The Washington Redskins hosted the New England Patriots at Fed Ex Field Thursday night for their pre-season opener. The football season is now officially underway.
The Redskins played solid from start to finish, defeating the Patriots 23-6. It would have been 23-0, if not for a touchdown by the Patriots third stringers late in the 4th quarter.
Gruden should be impressed with the way his team performed in their first game of the season. The starting offense demonstrated the ability to move the ball during the 10 snaps they were on the field. And the starting defense was aggressive and effective holding the Patriots scoreless and not surrendering a first down.
“Overall, it was a good performance by everybody. Now it’s time to move on. Unfortunately it doesn’t count,” Gruden said after the game. “. . . But overall, all three phases, I think, did well. It’s something to build off of, and that’s all we were looking for.”
Robert Griffin III looked comfortable with his new offense, even though his top two receivers (Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson) were sidelined as a precaution because of injuries sustained in camp this past week.
The Redskins head back to Richmond, where they will hold four days of practice before closing training camp.
Washington will play its second preseason game Aug. 18 at FedEx Field against the Cleveland Browns.