New England Patriots: Studs and duds vs. Redskins in Week 5

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Stud: Julian Edelman

The first stud for the New England Patriots in Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins was Patriots veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman, who has dealt with some injury issues throughout the course of the last few weeks of the regular season, had a nice performance overall for New England to help lead its wide receiving corps in the contest.

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In the game in the nation’s capital, Edelman finished with a game-high 110 total receiving yards and one touchdown on eight receptions and nine overall targets in the game. Edelman has been and will continue to be a key aspect to this Patriots offense, and he once again played a large role in Week 5 against Washington.

Dud: Patriots run defense

The first dud that took place in the contest for the Patriots on Sunday afternoon in the nation’s capital was their inability to stop the Redskins on the ground. The run defense, which has been one of the top units in the NFL entering the game in Week 5 against Washington, allowed the Redskins to go off for a total of 145 yards on the ground, adding one touchdown in the game.

In a contest where a lot went right for New England and it displayed its dominance against a struggling team in Washington, one thing that the Patriots should try and work on ahead of next weekend’s matchup with New York is the defensive efforts in stopping the run.