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Fresh off a beatdown of their AFC East opponents, the Patriots looked to begin a beatdown of the NFC East. First up is winless Washington, a team whose owner makes some of the other most hated owners in sports look pretty good in comparison.
So naturally, the game begins with Washington rookie WR Steven Sims breaking free on a rush attempt for 65 yards and scoring, going up 7-0. This apparently offended the unbeatable sensibilities of the New England defense because Washington only made it past midfield once more before garbage time. The sacks just kept coming.
The sacks came for Brady, too. Washington blitzed fifteen times, picked up four sacks including two drive-ending sacks, and hurried Brady another five times. Sony Michel had a strong game, albeit against a bottom-five rushing defense. Nevertheless, this looked like an October Patriots football game. Mike Nugent was doing his best Gostkowski impression (Gostkowski was placed on IR after the Bills game), and kindly missed his first XP attempt. If there is one thing to note, it appeared that McDaniels did not trust the run game in his playcalling. 47 dropbacks versus 27 rush attempts despite holding a lead for most of the game.
Washington fired head coach Jay Gruden after this game. Losing to an undefeated Patriots team was evidently too much. Perhaps the front office wanted their new coach honeymoon phase just in time for their matchup against another Miami. The Patriots returned home to face off against the New York Giants.