Redskins woeful defense perfect cure for Patriots offense

LANDOVER, MD. — The Patriots aren’t going to complain too much about a hard-fought victory over a division opponent on the road. They’ll take a 16-10 win over the Bills and happily flee Orchard Park.

But even in victory last week, there was one phase of their game that caused some agitation, especially with the quarterback.

While the dominance of the defensive unit was certainly on display at New Era Field, the offense struggled. Neither the passing attack nor the run game were especially effective.

Tom Brady & Co. were stymied against a legitimate defense. It’s not often you see the Patriots punt nine times in a game on 12 possessions, punctuated by seven three-and-outs.

The good news? It shouldn’t take offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels all that long to come up with a cure for what ails the offense.

Meet the Washington Redskins defense. They’re not particularly good at stopping either the pass or the run.

They’re 28th against the run, 18th against the pass. It’s a deadly combination, as they’re surrendering 29.5 points per game. There’s only one team allowing more points per game, and that’s the Dolphins. The Patriots already put up 43 on them. So the offense should turn it around against the Skins.

“We know we can play better,” said wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who was targeted nine times but caught just two passes against the Bills. “We have to go back to the drawing boards and practice harder. We got to play harder.”

The Skins are the first in a succession of not-so-elite defenses the Pats face this month, as they’re followed by the Giants Thursday night and a return engagement with the Jets the following week. Gang Green was already victimized by the Pats.

So they should be able to steady the ship, and get back on track.

“We’re going to practice this week, and hopefully come out and make a statement next game,” said rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers.

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