Experts share their picks for the Patriots Week 5 matchup against Washington.
Mike Reiss, ESPN:
Pick: Patriots 30, Washington 6
Bold Prediction: New England running back James White will score two touchdowns, with his playing time rising because he's a top pass protector and Washington is a heavy blitz team. Also note that Washington enters the game ranked 29th in rushing yards allowed per game (147.5).
John Keim, ESPN
Pick: Patriots 27, Washington 7
Can Washington do anything to slow the Patriots' offense? The Pats are coming off a 16-point performance in which quarterback Tom Brady completed just 18 of 39 passes for 150 yards and an interception. For the season on third downs, he's completing only 48.9% of his passes and owns a 78.0 passer rating. But he'll face a Washington defense that, on third down, allows QBs to complete 87.2% of their throws and post a 140.5 passer rating.
Mike Golic, ESPN: Patriots
Seth Wickersham, ESPN: Patriots
Mina Kimes, ESPN: Patriots
Dan Graziano, ESPN: Patriots
Trey Wingo, ESPN: Patriots
Louis Riddick, ESPN: Patriots
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Pick: Patriots 30, Washington 10
To compare pass rushes, the Patriots have 21 sacks and 83 total disruptions, according to PFF, with role players like Lawrence Guy and John Simon providing great value. Washington has four sacks and 51 total disruptions with first-round pick Montez Sweat and even perennial Pro Bowler Ryan Kerrigan struggling to make an impact.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports:
Pick: Patriots 31, Washington 13
The Patriots are playing great defense and it will show up again here. This will be ugly as the Pats offense gets rolling again after a bad game against the Bills.
Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports: Patriots
Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Patriots
Dave Richard, CBS Sports: Patriots
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Patriots
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk:
Pick: Patriots 38, Washington 17
It may be Jay Gruden's last stand. Either way, he'll fall.
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk:
Pick: Patriots 35, Washington 10
New England opened as a 13-point favorite and that quickly moved to 15.5. I think it should be even higher.
Jenny Vrentas, MMQB: Patriots
Conor Orr, MMQB: Patriots
Andy Hart, WEEI
Pick: Patriots 33, Washington 9
Bold prediction – Michel tops the 100-yard mark in this one as the ground game gets going. The defense, well, the defense for New England continues to dominate against the fresh meat that is whichever quarterback hits the field. Heck, Washington may play a couple guys under center and both will probably struggle.
Paul Perillo, Patriots.com:
Pick: Patriots 27, Washington 10
Defense continues to overwhelm regardless of which quarterback Jay Gruden decides to play.
Mike Dussault, Patriots.com:
Pick: Patriots 42, Washington 3
Washington and their 29th-ranked run defense is just what the Patriots need to get their offense on track. Defensively it won't really matter who plays quarterback for Washington, they're going to struggle to move the ball. New additions Ben Watson and Mike Nugent should both play roles that ease some worries. The Patriots are undefeated and in great position, but expect this to be the kind of win that puts some of their offensive struggles behind them and leaves the rest of the NFL trembling.
Erik Scalavino, Patriots.com
Pick: Patriots 31, Washington 6
Washington's defense isn't nearly as potent overall as Buffalo's was a week ago. So, even though a number of offensive players on the Patriots remain dinged up, the O should be more productive this week on the road. Meanwhile, New England's defense continues its onslaught of opposing QBs, whichever of Washington's ends up playing.