FOXBOROUGH, Ma. -- We've shared our initial thoughts following the Washington Redskins' 27-10 loss at the New England Patriots. Breaking Burgundy also caught up players in the locker room.
- Ricky Jean-Francois on the "only one game out of first place" in the NFC East talk: "I don't care what our record is. At the end of the day, we need to beat who is in front of us." Jean-Francois seemed very passionate on this stance. He said he just wanted to put it together and beat teams.
- The Patriots converted a healthy 9 of 16 third down opportunities. Of their 27 first downs, 15 came through the air. "We need to start being disciplined in our coverage and just start making tackles," cornerback Will Blackmon said of the third down scenarios.
- Safety Dashon Goldston explained that the Patriots were using receivers and tight ends to block down on safeties and linebackers, forcing the corners to make tackles.
- The Redskins played without starting nose tackle Terrance Knighton (migraines). New England predictably ran effectively up the middle as LeGarrette Blount finished with 129 yards and one touchdown on 29 attempts. Chris Baker confirmed my theory that teams have been scheming more runs to the edge against them, but admitted Patriots had success running up the middle as well. As for his childhood friend Knighton, Baker said, "I don't know how often he gets the headaches, but I know he's had them since high school. He's home taking medicine."
- Washington only ran the ball 15 times compared to 37 for the Patriots. Falling behind 17-0 quickly didn't help. Matt Jones acknowledged the frustration with having to go away from the run game because of the scoreboard. Of course, the rookie fumbled in the second half with the Redskins in Patriots territory and a chance to pull within one score. "It was a hand-off exchange where I hadn't secured the ball yet and a Patriots player was right there to hit the ball," Jones explained.
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