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Self-Inflicted Wounds Cost Redskins Vs. Patriots


From dropped passes to missed tackles in the run game, the Redskins had too many miscues of their own causing in the 27-10 loss to the Patriots.

It was a day filled with miss opportunities, as the Redskins too often suffered from self-inflicted wounds in their 27-10 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

From the team's seven drops on offense to their struggles once again getting the run game going to stopping the run on defense, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said the team needs to "move past this one and chalk it up as a bad day."

"We took some shots, and none of our shots went in today unfortunately," Gruden said after the game. "And when you're playing, like I said, against a heck of a team like New England that's historically great at home, you've got to play your best and we didn't do that."

The Patriots, of course, are one of the best teams in the league this year, and really have been for quite some time now. And at home they're even tougher.

But the Redskins had their chances to put the Patriots into a vulnerable position at times during the game.

After forcing a fumble on the Patriots' second drive of the game, the Redskins finally got their first offensive play of the game after 23 defensive snaps.

But on that first play, a pass that is normally hauled in with ease by wide receiver Pierre Garçon, the ball was dropped before being intercepted.

On their next drive, quarterback Kirk Cousins found Derek Carrier wide-open on a 2nd-and-6 play that would have easily moved the chains. That ball was also dropped.

"We had guys that dropped balls that don't drop balls very often," Gruden said. "[I'd] throw it to them again and again and again, and I won't expect them to drop ever again. It was just one of those days. I don't know what happened. But, they do happen in pro football, and some of the best players make a mistake and drop the ball. But, it just seemed like it all happened at one time in today's game for whatever reason."

The Redskins' best drive of the first half came just before halftime, as the Redskins would march down the field methodically, starting from their own 25-yard line before penetrating Patriots territory.

Down 17-0, the Redskins had an opportunity to go into half down just 10 with the ball to start the second half.

But after getting into a 1st-and-Goal situation, the drive would end with a field goal.

It was their only points in the game before a late touchdown connection between Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed.

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"We had to make some plays, but we didn't make enough plays to win this game, to challenge the champs," Gruden said. "You know, it's unfortunate. We're all disappointed in it. Didn't coach good enough. Didn't play good enough. We have a lot to work on before we play New Orleans."

The running game, meanwhile, once again failed to consistently produce, a concerning trend since early in the season.

What was supposed to be the bread and butter for the team was once again held to less than 52 yards while neither Matt Jones, who lost a fumble, nor Alfred Morris could get anything going.

"We've just got to keep working on it," Gruden said. "And like I said, we just didn't have many opportunities to get drives going. And when we did, we failed to continue the drives. So, we couldn't get Alfred going again, and it's been four weeks in a row that I've said the same thing up here, that we have to get Alfred going, and we have to get Matt Jones going, he's got to protect the ball. …Coming from behind against these guys having to throw it where your one-dimensional is going to be tough and it's hard on the running game."

The Redskins have little room to worry about what could have been against the Patriots if they didn't commit so many mistakes, as they have the Saints coming to town this weekend.

While they have a 4-4 record through eight games, the Saints have beaten two division leaders right now in the Colts and Giants and also knocked off the Falcons.

The Redskins must be ready for a fight.

"We have another heck of a team coming in to our place next week, the New Orleans Saints. and that's what we got to focus on," Gruden said.




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