New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins: Week 5 Preview


The New England Patriots, fresh off a commanding win against the Bills to remain undefeated, travel to Washington, D.C., to face off against the winless Redskins in a fairly predictable game.

The Patriots and Redskins, two teams essentially polar opposites of each other, meet for what should be a lopsided affair. New England, with the combination of Tom Brady and an elite offense, a dynamite defense, and Bill Belichick, is favored to defeat Washington, with a journeyman quarterback under center and a head coach on the hot seat at the helm.

The Patriots are coming off a big win against the Buffalo Bills that gave the Pats sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Meanwhile, the Redskins fell to the New York Giants last week as rookie Daniel Jones led his team to a 24-3 victory.

Bill Belichick is 3-2 all-time against the Redskins, while Jay Gruden lost his only contest against New England. The Patriots average 31 points scored per game and just seven points allowed this season (they’ve only surrendered one offensive touchdown), while the Redskins score 17 points per game and give up 30. New England’s defense is arguably the best in the NFL, while nobody in Washington has multiple sacks and only one player (Quinton Dunbar, two) has multiple interceptions.


If there’s one spot Washington has an advantage, it’s kicking. The Patriots lost Stephen Gostkowski to a season-ending hip injury this week after he opened the season 11-for-15 on PATs and seven-for-eight on field goal attempts. New England signed Mike Nugent to take his place. Meanwhile, the Redskins employ Dustin Hopkins, who has connected on all six of his PATs and four of his five field goal attempts.

The Redskins benched Case Keenum this week but in a continued effort to prove how much he hates talented rookie Dwayne Haskins, Jay Gruden announced he will start third-string quarterback Colt McCoy who was inactive for the first three weeks of the season as he recovered from a fibula injury.


Game Info

Date: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019
Start time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Stadium: FedEx Field
TV Info: CBS

Betting Odds

Point Spread: NE -16 (-110)
Moneyline: NE (-1200), WSH (+700)
Over/Under: 41.5 (-115)


The New England Patriots will steamroll the Redskins. Not much more needs to be said. If the Redskins are smart, they fire Jay Gruden and roll out Dwayne Haskins for Week 6.

Final Score: Washington Redskins 6, New England Patriots 41



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