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  • Erica Blackburn

Washington had some small hiccups in a 22-13 loss in preseason debut

The Washington Football Team trekked to Foxboro, Massachusetts and took on the New England Patriots, catching a 22-13 defeat in their first preseason action of the 2021 season.

First drive for Washington resulted in a minimum gain on the ground for Antonio Gibson, a 22 yard pass to Terry McLaurin by Ryan Fitzpatrick and three straight run plays. The Team punted after five plays.

It didn't take long for the defense to make its mark. Defensive end Chase Young came blistering on the edge, blowing past the right tackle and getting to Patriots quarterback Cam Newton as he was in his throwing motion. Pats punted with -3 yards to start their night.

Washington’s offense had a better second drive, getting all the way to the Patriots’ 21 yard line before missing a field goal.

With Washington’s starters still competing, New England got loose on screen passes and was within redzone range before lining up for a field goal. The Patriots took a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter. To start Washington’s third offensive series, Ryan Fitzpatrick was seen standing on the sidelines with a headset on, indicating a change in quarterback. He would end his day 5 of 8 for 58 yards. Taylor Heinke took over for Fitz and finished 9 of 15 for 86 yards.

Running back Peyton Barber scored a touchdown for Washington right as the second quarter was coming to a close. A fourth quarter interception by Washington gave New England excellent field position, which they capitalized on with a touchdown. The Patriots finished with a 91-yard touchdown run with a minute left in the fourth. It was the dagger.

Overall, the starters looked satisfactory. You can already see the repertoire between Fitzpatrick and McLaurin. Logan Thomas had a big catch in the first quarter for 24 yards, a great sign for the newly re-signed tight end. You also saw a glimpse of what that defensive line can do.

There’s a lot of optimism around the Washington Football Team and so far, for good reason.


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