The Washington Redskins pulled off a convincing 23-6 victory of the New England Patriots while both backup quarterbacks looked impressive.
The Patriots played their first preseason game without Tom Brady, and they gave Ryan Mallett a chance to solidify his status as their No. 2 quarterback.
However, his trade value plummeted since his showing was awful, and the Patriots lost, 23-6. Mallett threw for just 55 yards while throwing 5-for-12, and now his backup job may be in danger.
Second-round rookie Jimmy Garoppolo had a surprisingly impressive preseason debut, passing 9-for-13 for 157 yards and a touchdown. This begins to justify Bill Belichick’s decision to select him in the draft. Brian Tyms had the Patriots’ sole touchdown, and he finished with 119 receiving yards.
Robert Griffin III only played in one drive for the Redskins, and he finished with just nine passing yards, but he almost had a touchdown to Aldrick Robinson, who was unable to keep both feet in bounds on a pass to the end zone.
Kirk Cousins looked impressive as he finished 9-for-13 with 103 yards and a touchdown. Colt McCoy also looked great, completing 8-of-9 of his passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
The running game also took off, and it was led by rookie Lache Seastrunk. Seastrunk finished with 63 yards on 12 carries.