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NFL Week 5 PFF ReFocused: New England Patriots 33, Washington Redskins 7

The Washington Redskins offered little resistance against the undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday, as Tom Brady & Co. waltzed to a 33-7 victory in Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Final Score

New England Patriots 33, Washington Redskins 7

New England Patriots

Julian Edelman proved tough to cover and tackle throughout this game. He ran some really nice crossing routes and out routes, including a beautiful toe-tapping diving catch on the sideline.

As expected, the New England offense was efficient, moving the ball for most of the game against this Washington defense. Brady was off target a few times, and he made a very uncharacteristically bad decision for his interception, but he was otherwise clinical and precise driving his team down the field.

Rookie edge Chase Winovich ended the Redskins’ first drive by beating Donald Penn inside for a sack, and Dont’a Hightower sacked McCoy on a bootleg to end a Redskins' second-quarter drive. Unfortunately, this was a theme that continued for most of the game, as Colt McCoy was given precious few opportunities to work from a clean pocket. And when he was given time, the coverage — as has been all year — was far too good for this receiving corps.

Washington Redskins

New starting quarterback Colt McCoy has mostly ineffective for the duration of the game. He threw one interception that wasn’t fully his fault, but he nearly threw another interception to Dont’a Hightower, who cut under a route but dropped the would-be pick.

Wide receiver Steven Sims took an end-around for a 65-yard touchdown, leaving would-be tacklers in his wake. However, that one big play represented almost all of the Redskins’ first-half production and the side's only points for the game.

Montae Nicholson made the play of the game for the Redskins' defense when he read the wheel route all the way late in the second quarter for an interception. However, the Patriots ran that same play on the first drive of the third quarter, and that time, Ryan Anderson couldn't keep up with Brandon Bolden as Tom Brady delivered a perfect pass.

Jonathan Allen and Tim Settle were able to put pressure on Brady a few times throughout the game, but ultimately, Brady had plenty of time on most of his dropbacks.

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