Final
  for this game

Slowing Patriots a tall task for Redskins

Oct 28, 2007 - 10:54 AM Washington (4-2) at New England (7-0) 4:15 pm EDT

FOXBORO, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Joe Gibbs is taking hyperbole to another level.

The coach of the Washington Redskins will be looking to find a way to slow down the rampaging New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Gibbs, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, said his team will "probably be the biggest underdog in the history of sports."

That's obviously a stretch, but there's no denying the task awaiting Washington as it attempts to solve a juggernaut that has scored at least 34 points in each of its first seven games, tying an NFL mark set by the St. Louis Rams in 2000.

At least Gibbs has a slice of history on his side. He is 3-0 in his career against the Patriots and the Redskins enjoy a 6-1 edge all-time in the series.

The Redskins have held five of their six opponents under 20 points but needed a last-second miss on a 55-yard field goal attempt to withstand a late comeback in a 21-19 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday.

The problem for Washington has been on the other side of the ball. Aside from a 34-3 thrashing of the Detroit Lions, the win over the Cardinals represented the Redskins' highest point total of the season.

Quarterback Jason Campbell, a first-round pick in 2005, has struggled with consistency and too many drops by his receivers, while the running game has yet to get untracked. Clinton Portis scored twice against Arizona but managed just 43 yards on 18 carries.

"This is three weeks in a row where if we had caught everything that Jason (Campbell) threw, he would have been well over 70 percent (passing) these three games," Gibbs said.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is having no such issues with his receivers.

Brady set a franchise record by throwing a career-high six touchdown passes in a 49-28 batting of the winless Miami Dolphins.

The numbers for Brady have been staggering: He finished 21-of-25 for 354 yards and had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3 against Miami.

Brady already has 27 touchdown passes on the season - one shy of his career high - and is on pace to shatter Peyton Manning's single-season record of 49 set in 2004.

Randy Moss had just four catches but they were for 122 yards and two TDs, giving him a league-leading 10 on the season. The Patriots are outscoring their opponents by better than 22 points per game.

"I think they are on an all time pace to set records," Gibbs said. "We have been looking at them and it is hard to find anything there. There is no weakness that we can find."








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 7 7
    NEW ENGLAND 7 17 14 14 52 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NWE - TD, TOM BRADY 3 YD RUN (STEPHEN
    GOSTKOWSKI KICK), 11:16. Drive: 14
    plays, 90 yards in 7:16. Key plays:
    Maroney 11-yard run to New England
    21; Maroney 13-yard run to New
    England 34; T B

    Oct 28 7:15 PM



  • TD WAS CHRIS COOLEY 15 YD PASS FROM JASON CAMPBELL (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)







    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 7:04 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 7:04 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 7:04 PM


  • NFL
    TD WAS
    CHRIS COOLEY 15 YD PASS FROM JASON CAMPBELL
    (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)
    WASHINGTON 7
    NEW ENGLAND 52 3:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 7:04 PM



  • TD NWE MATT CASSEL 15 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)






    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:57 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:57 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    MATT CASSEL 15 YD RUN
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    WASHINGTON 0
    NEW ENGLAND 52 5:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:57 PM



  • TD NWE WES WELKER 2 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)

    Maroney 2-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to New England 23; Brady 13-yard pass to Welker to New England 24; Brady 15-yard pass to Stallworth on 3rd-and-9 to New England 39; Evans 10-yard run to New England 49; Brady 35-yard pass to Moss to Washington 16; Brady 2-yard run on 4th-and-1 to Washington 5.








    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:49 PM



  • TD NWE WES WELKER 2 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)

    Maroney 2-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to New England 23; Brady 13-yard pass to Welker to New England 24; Brady 15-yard pass to Stallworth on 3rd-and-9 to New England 39; Evans 10-yard run to New England 49; Brady 35-yard pass to Moss to Washington 16; Brady 2-yard run on 4th-and-1 to Washington 5.








    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:49 PM



  • TD NWE WES WELKER 2 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)

    Maroney 2-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to New England 23; Brady 13-yard pass to Welker to New England 24; Brady 15-yard pass to Stallworth on 3rd-and-9 to New England 39; Evans 10-yard run to New England 49; Brady 35-yard pass to Moss to Washington 16; Brady 2-yard run on 4th-and-1 to Washington 5.








    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:49 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:44 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:44 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:44 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    WES WELKER 2 YD PASS FROM KYLE BRADY
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    WASHINGTON 0
    NEW ENGLAND 45 9:06 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:44 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 0
    NEW ENGLAND 7 17 14 38 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NWE - TD, TOM BRADY 3 YD RUN (STEPHEN
    GOSTKOWSKI KICK), 11:16. Drive: 14
    plays, 90 yards in 7:16. Key plays:
    Maroney 11-yard run to New England
    21; Maroney 13-yard run to New
    England

    Oct 28 6:29 PM



  • TD NWE ROSEVELT COLVIN 11 YD FUMBLE RETURN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)






    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:16 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:16 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    ROSEVELT COLVIN 11 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    WASHINGTON 0
    NEW ENGLAND 38 5:47 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:16 PM



  • TD NWE TOM BRADY 2 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)






    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:09 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    TOM BRADY 2 YD RUN
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    WASHINGTON 0
    NEW ENGLAND 31 7:14 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 6:09 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0
    NEW ENGLAND 7 17 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NWE - TD, TOM BRADY 3 YD RUN (STEPHEN
    GOSTKOWSKI KICK), 11:16. Drive: 14
    plays, 90 yards in 7:16. Key plays:
    Maroney 11-yard run to New England
    21; Maroney 13-yard run to New
    England 34;

    Oct 28 5:42 PM



  • TD NWE RANDY MOSS 6 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)







    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:39 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:39 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:39 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    RANDY MOSS 6 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    WASHINGTON 0
    NEW ENGLAND 24 0:17 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:39 PM



  • FG NWE STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 36 YD





    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:16 PM


  • NFL
    FG NWE
    STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 36 YD
    WASHINGTON 0
    NEW ENGLAND 17 5:45 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:16 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:11 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:11 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:11 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    MIKE VRABEL 2 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    WASHINGTON 0
    NEW ENGLAND 14 8:08 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 5:11 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0
    NEW ENGLAND 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NWE - TD, TOM BRADY 3 YD RUN (STEPHEN
    GOSTKOWSKI KICK), 11:16. Drive: 14
    plays, 90 yards in 7:16. Key plays:
    Maroney 11-yard run to New England
    21; Maroney 13-yard run to New
    England

    Oct 28 4:50 PM
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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 4:42 PM



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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 4:38 PM



  • TD NWE TOM BRADY 3 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)






    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 4:38 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    TOM BRADY 3 YD RUN
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    WASHINGTON 0
    NEW ENGLAND 7 3:44 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 28 4:38 PM
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    Washington vs. PatriotsOct 25 9:50 PM
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