After a week of participating with each other in practice, the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins finally got to battle in a game that counted (kind of) on Thursday night. The Redskins easily disposed of the Patriots 23-6 behind strong performances from their backup quarterback, Kirk Cousins and their third-string quarterback, veteran Colt McCoy.
Robert Griffin III started the game for the Redskins but was removed for the game after completing two of four passes for nine yards. Cousins came into the game and completed nine-of-13 passes with a touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson. He was replaced by McCoy, who the Redskins signed in the offseason. McCoy went eight-of-nine for 102 yards and a touchdown pass, which was caught by tight end Ted Bolser.
On the Patriots’ side, quarterback Tom Brady did not play and fourth-year pro Ryan Mallett got the start for the Patriots. He looked solid on deep throws but struggled in the short and intermediate game. He finished five-of-12 for 55 yards. He was lifted for the Patriots’ second round pick, Jimmy Garoppolo, who fared much better than Mallett. Garoppolo completed eight of 12 passes for 142 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Tyms. Tyms, who caught just two passes in seven games for the Cleveland Browns last year, made five receptions for 119 yards on the night.
For the Redskins, the debut of star wide receiver DeSean Jackson will have to wait – he did not suit up on Thursday.
Overall the game was pretty sloppy. There were no turnovers, but the two teams combined for 19 penalties for 160 yards. Of course, fans will probably take any brand of football after a long offseason wait.