New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins Preview

Josh Capps (@jcapps_) believes the Patriots defence will give Colt McCoy a tough time as he takes over as starting quarterback for the Redskins

It doesn’t look good for Washington heading into this weekend’s visit of New England but they will be hopeful of another weak offensive showing from the Patriots. Just 150 yards posted by Tom Brady last week was his lowest figure this season but was enough to get past the Bills with a huge helping hand from the ever impressive defence. Washington are still looking for their first victory in 2019 and last week’s trip to New Jersey was far from impressive.

Washington’s first challenge will be the start of veteran QB Colt McCoy and how he can avoid the scary stats of the Patriots defence. Another four interceptions and five sacks last week – the same amount the Skins have all season – against a young QB suggest this could be a very daunting task as McCoy returns for his first game since breaking his leg last season. Gruden has advised he knew this decision to play McCoy was made a long time ago, even with Haskins and Keenum looking likely starters this weekend and has come as a shock to some. Adrian Peterson will need to improve on his slow start of the season to help McCoy in what looks to be a near impossible task before a ball has even been kicked.

The Patriots are 4-0 but confidence could be at its lowest after a far from positive performance last weekend. The lack of penetration from Sony Michel left Brady with very few options when driving forward and different personnel again had to come to the party, with Brandon Bolden getting his first touchdown on his only rush of the game. A very concerning week for Patriots fans but Brady doesn’t have many weeks like that.

Another road trip for the Patriots will be a tough test against the veteran quarterback but I fear for Washington and expect their woes to continue come Sunday.

Ones to Watch

Patriots: James White – Brady will prefer the option of a runner who can catch the ball after last weekends poor showing. Expect White to see plenty of the ball.

Redskins: Chris Thompson – Other than Peterson on the ground, expect Thompson to be the primary target in the air.

Score Prediction

Washington 6 Patriots 27

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