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Patriots Replay: Key plays from New England’s win over Washington

Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.

Winning the trenches

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Patriots did a good job of protecting Tom Brady and creating holes up front.

The Patriots were effective at putting “a hat on a hat” and creating big lanes, like on this LeGarrette Blount run.

Another big hole for Blount, with everyone getting into the action: Linemen, tight ends, and receivers.

And the makeshift line did a good job of picking up the blitz and giving Brady a pocket so he could hit Brandon Bolden for a touchdown.

Brady interception: what happened?

Brady’s passes are rarely intercepted, but he threw a bad one to Keenan Robinson inside the red zone. The Redskins crowded the line of scrimmage all game and disguised their pass rush well.

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Brady never saw Robinson drop off the line of scrimmage . . .

. . . and just threw the ball right to him.

Dropping the ball

The Patriots had a few drops in the first quarter — Julian Edelman had a tough time with a 30-yard pass, and Dion Lewis dropped a potential 33-yard touchdown.

But we’ll give them a break, because the sun was right in their eyes.

Defensive snap counts
Steelers (73) Bills (72) Jaguars (57) Cowboys (72) Colts (80) Jets (72) Dolphins (63) Redskins (58) Total (547) Percent
CB Logan Ryan 4 50 57 47 80 72 63 58 431 78.8%
FS Devin McCourty 73 72 50 72 80 72 61 58 538 98.4%
CB Malcolm Butler 68 72 57 72 80 72 59 58 538 98.4%
LB Jonathan Freeny 0 2 13 25 47 22 7 57 173 31.6%
CB Justin Coleman 0 0 42 26 18 52 54 55 247 45.2%
DE Chandler Jones 71 62 33 57 73 72 56 50 474 86.7%
DE Rob Ninkovich 69 63 39 54 69 70 51 47 462 84.5%
SS Patrick Chung 49 61 30 64 70 65 43 45 427 78.1%
LB Donta Hightower 61 69 41 9 0 71 50 36 337 61.6%
DT Dominique Easley 7 0 32 19 30 28 32 30 178 32.5%
DT Malcom Brown 26 21 22 23 24 34 24 23 197 36.0%
DT Akiem Hicks 0 0 0 18 15 23 11 21 88 16.1%
S Duron Harmon 57 22 19 41 71 7 37 20 274 50.1%
DT Alan Branch 12 25 17 23 28 31 16 18 170 31.1%
S Jordan Richards 0 0 30 22 33 7 20 15 127 23.2%
DE Geneo Grissom 32 10 7 9 0 4 19 14 95 17.4%
LB Jerod Mayo 11 16 17 29 23 0 10 13 119 21.8%
DT Sealver Siliga 22 44 23 18 35 10 11 10 173 31.6%
LB Jon Bostic 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 10 27 4.9%
LB Jamie Collins 73 72 47 72 80 72 46 0 462 84.5%
DE Jabaal Sheard 50 45 48 46 15 0 0 0 204 37.3%
S Tavon Wilson 0 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 9 1.6%
CB Rashaan Melvin 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 8 1.5%
DE Trey Flowers 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 0.7%
S Nate Ebner 5 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 8 1.5%
CB Tarell Brown 64 53 0 45 0 0 0 0 162 29.6%
CB Bradley Fletcher 49 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 68 12.4%
LB Rufus Johnson 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2.4%
SOURCE: NFL
Offensive snap count
Steelers (61) Bills (86) Jaguars (81) Cowboys (59) Colts (69) Jets (67) Dolphins (72) Redskins (80) Total (575 Percent
C David Andrews 61 86 81 59 69 67 72 80 575 100.0%
G Josh Kline 54 86 54 48 60 67 72 80 521 90.6%
OT Cameron Fleming 0 0 0 0 58 67 72 80 277 48.2%
QB Tom Brady 61 86 79 57 69 67 68 79 566 98.4%
TE Rob Gronkowski 61 81 54 57 67 67 68 78 533 92.7%
WR Julian Edelman 48 75 57 51 66 66 68 74 505 87.8%
G Shaq Mason 36 57 61 42 56 0 0 74 326 56.7%
WR Brandon LaFell 0 0 0 0 0 48 59 60 167 29.0%
RB LeGarrette Blount 0 7 31 17 29 8 27 48 167 29.0%
OL Bryan Stork 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 46 46 8.0%
OT Sebastian Vollmer 52 49 63 56 69 67 72 41 469 81.6%
WR Danny Amendola 34 36 54 36 41 57 34 40 332 57.7%
TE Mike Williams 18 21 32 20 40 15 30 36 212 36.9%
TE Scott Chandler 25 43 32 10 22 7 27 25 191 33.2%
RB Dion Lewis 46 73 35 42 39 0 39 24 298 51.8%
RB Brandon Bolden 14 5 1 0 0 0 0 10 30 5.2%
WR Aaron Dobson 30 70 44 0 0 23 4 2 173 30.1%
WR Matthew Slater 0 4 2 3 0 0 0 2 11 1.9%
QB Jimmy Garoppolo 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 1 9 1.6%
G Tre Jackson 36 27 46 32 23 67 60 0 291 50.6%
G Ryan Wendell 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 0 13 2.3%
RB James White 1 0 17 2 3 43 4 0 70 12.2%
OT Nate Solder 57 78 70 25 0 0 0 0 230 40.0%
OT Marcus Cannon 13 50 40 40 11 0 0 0 154 26.8%
WR Keshawn Martin 0 0 36 50 37 0 0 0 123 21.4%
TE Michael Hoomanawanui 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 3.8%
WR Chris Harper 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2.1%
RB Travaris Cadet 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.5%
SOURCE: NFL

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