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Patriots vs. Redskins: Preseason Game Thread #2

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First half thoughts and second half game thread for the Patriots vs. Redskins preseason opener.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots trail the Washington Redskins 13-0 at halftime of their preseason opener.  A few quick thoughts:

  • Poor overall play from Ryan Mallett thus far.  He's thrown a few lasers for first downs, but as has often been the case with him, has shown poor touch on many of the underneath throws and those in the 1-9 yard range.  A quick start to the second half will be key for him.
  • The offensive line has struggled.  Even left tackle Nate Solder got off to a slow start, allowing a sack and having a holding call go against him.
  • Defensively, not a strong showing from the front seven.  Just about everyone has gotten pushed around.
  • Not a great first half from the safeties, especially Duron Harmon.  He took a bad angle on a Redskins touchdown in the red zone.
  • The one standout player on defense: Malcolm Butler.  The rookie looks like he belongs.

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