Here's the Best and Worst of the Patriots' 23-6 loss to the Redskins in their preseason opener.
BEST OF MALLETT
A bullet completion down the middle to Josh Boyce near the end of the first quarter for a first down.
WORST OF MALLETT
A throw at the ankles of Kenbrell Thompkins on a simple slant to start the Patriots second drive. An excessively awkward slide on a scramble that featured him digging his left knee into the turf.
WORST FINISH TO GOOD RETURN
Roy Finch capped an elusive and jitterbugging kickoff return with a few moves too many in the first quarter, coughing the ball up mid-juke. Washington recovered but the play was wiped out by a Skins’ penalty.
BEST TD THAT WASN’T
Jimmy Garoppolo’s rainbow to Brian Tyms from the 38-yard line in the third quarter. Tyms juggled it, went to the ground, pinned it to his helmet and appeared to have the touchdown. It was ruled incomplete but defensive pass interference was called and the ball was spotted at the 4. Indicative of how the night went, the Pats couldn’t get it in.
BEST COMPLETION THAT WAS
Garoppolo again with a pretty parabola that landed like a butterfly wearing slippers onto the hands of Tyms for 53 yards.
BEST CHANCE FOR A BEAT-UP MOVIE REFERENCE
Stephen Houston fumbling immediately after the Tyms reception. Houston, he had a problem. Still got it.
WORST PLAYING TIME SIGN
Incumbent starting center Ryan Wendell toiling late in the game with the reserves and rookies.
BEST SHOW OF MIDSEASON FORM (tie)
Jeff Triplette’s screwed up mic (thanks to the Twitter follower I borrowed that from) and Bill Belichick in “nothing was good enough” form in his postgame press conference.
WORST AWKWARD SILENCE
Belichick waiting for further questions in his postgame press conference after the media had called off the hunt.