LANDOVER, Md. -- Quick-hit thoughts after the second quarter of the Patriots’ game against the Redskins (game tied at 20):
1. The Patriots’ quest for a full 60 minutes of football continues. This has not been a solid effort. Top concerns – the pass defense and inconsistent passing game.
2. The red-zone defense has helped keep the Patriots in the game. The Redskins have been tough in the red zone too.
3. Razzle-dazzle from the Redskins’ offense, with receiver Brandon Banks throwing a 49-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss. Patriots safety James Ihedigbo bit on the play, with Moss getting behind him. Then safety Matthew Slater took out Ihedigbo. Not good safety play from the Patriots.
4. A play that won’t show up on the highlights, but was one of the best of the first half, came when Tom Brady found Wes Welker to help extend the Patriots’ 16-play drive. It looked like Brady would be sacked but he kept the play alive and then found Welker.
5. At the same time, Brady was erratic at times in the second. He was high on a few throws and also looked to be forcing the ball into Rob Gronkowski.
6. Gronkowski has four catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. Impressive.
7. Did the officials miss a defensive penalty on an incomplete pass to Gronkowski in the end zone? I didn’t get a chance to see the play again, but when it happened, that was the question I had from the press box.
8. Also thought Andre Carter’s roughing the passer penalty was questionable. That took away cornerback Devin McCourty’s interception and saved the Redskins three points. McCourty just can’t catch a break.
9. Also thought the roughing call on Redskins linebacker London Fletcher – who was called for a forearm to the head as quarterback Tom Brady went into a slide – was off the mark (Brady's head wasn't touched). Jeff Triplette’s crew seems to be struggling today.
10. With his touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the first quarter, Brady moved past Warren Moon into sixth place on the NFL’s all-time touchdown list, with 292.
11. Ryan Wendell replaced Nick McDonald at center on the Patriots’ two-minute drive. That could be a reflection of the coaching staff tying some of the offensive struggles to the inexperience of McDonald inside.
12. Three snaps for receiver Chad Ochocinco in the first half and one nice route and catch.
13. Danny Woodhead led all running backs in snaps played in the first half (15). Kevin Faulk replaced him on the final two-minute drive.
14. The Patriots get the ball to start the second half.