FOXBOROUGH — Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ 26-17 win over Washington on Thursday night in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
Patriots started off slow, just like their camp: The tempo and intensity of Patriots training camp has, so far, been underwhelming — even compared to last year. And the first half against Washington was a continuation of that. The Patriots were outgained 259-44 until New England went 56 yards in the final 49 seconds of the half to get on the board at 17-3 with a field goal. That led to Bill Belichick saying, "Yeah, about 38 seconds of good football."
Much better tempo in the second half: The Patriots came out and appeared to move at a quicker pace in the second half, at least offensively. New England outgained Washington 108-17 in the third quarter. A few of the players remarked that the tempo was increased after halftime. The Patriots defense held the Redskins to 0-for-4 on third down in the second half.
Key veterans continue to get rest: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were the offensive starters not to take part in the game. Devin McCourty was the only starter on defense not to play. The other starters not making appearances — RB Rex Burkhead, RT Marcus Cannon, WR Kenny Britt, DE Trey Flowers — have all been dealing with injuries and were expected to be out.
Brady is dealing with a sore back, according to The Boston Globe, and that would at least partially explain his light workload in camp.