The only hard part of Sunday for the Patriots will be dealing with the injuries.
Because nothing Washington did was any obstacle toward them staying unbeaten.
The Patriots took an easy 27-10 win over Washington, improving to 8-0 on the season and keeping pace with the Bengals atop the AFC.
They it largely by showing up, as Washington (3-5) made couldn’t get anything going offensively. Kirk Cousins threw an interception that wasn’t really his fault, and they were plagued by drops throughout the day. They managed just 250 yards, but their touchdown came with 25 seconds left in the game and no one pretending it was relevant.
That was easily surpassed by Tom Brady and the Patriots, who finished the day with 460 yards, and good balance. Running back LeGarrette Blount had 129 yards and a touchdown, and Brady threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns.
But they finished without running back Dion Lewis, who left with a left knee injury and didn’t return. It appeared significant at the time he went down without contact, and the fact he walked off the field under his own power might not necessarily be a consolation. They also played the second half without left tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who suffered a head injury, leaving them with just five healthy offensive linemen.
Other than that, it was a breeze for the Patriots, though they have stiffer competition to worry about in the weeks to come, with next week’s trip to play the Giants followed by a Monday-nighter against the Bills and a trip to undefated-at-the-moment Denver.