The Patriots came off the bus in Washington today with the mindset of clinching the AFC East and they can do so with a win over the 4-8 Washington Redskins. The Patriots gave their fans a scare in Gillette Stadium last weekend against the 0-12 Colts, allowing them to score 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to keep the game in arm’s reach, but this week the Patriots will be looking to play for two full halves in FedEx Field, not just one.
The last time these two teams met was in 2007 and the Patriots demolished the Redskins 52-7. If Rex Grossman plans on holding onto his quarterback rating of 69.8 for this one, you better believe this game will have a similar outcome to the lopsided loss in 2007. In the 9 games that he has started this season, Grossman has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Grossman also fumbled the ball 5 times, losing three of those fumbles. The Patriots may be giving up too many yards through the air this season allowing an average of 310 yards per game to their opponents but they have been an opportunistic defense with 17 interceptions. The Packers and the Saints have similar defensive stats as the Patriots do in terms of passing yards allowed but they all have winning records. The Saints, the Packers, and the Patriots are also the top 3 teams in the league averaging the most points per game, so it becomes quite obvious that opposing teams are usually trying to play catch-up against these offensive juggernauts.
It’s going to take a miracle for the Redskins to keep it close today at home against the Patriots and the loss of tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis make their chances even worse. Rex Grossman has to play the best ball of his life today, for 4 quarters. That’s not going to happen and instead he helps the Patriots get their 10th win on the season. I like the Patriots to clinch their division and do it convincingly, 35-24.