For the fifth straight game, the Washington Redskins forced a turnover on defense. In the first quarter of the team's 27-10 Week 9 loss to the New England Patriots, the Redskins' defense forced two turnovers.
In a game where positive takeaways were few and far in between, the Redskins' ability to generate turnovers was impressive. Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon forced and recovered a fumble on a third-and-6 reception to Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman in the first quarter.
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Later in the quarter, linebacker Keenan Robinson jumped a pass at the Redskins' 10-yard line and returned the interception 44 yards before being tripped up by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
"I was just doing my job and zone blocking," Robinson said to reporters about his interception, per Redskins blog. "The guy got in my window and I wasn't expecting him to throw the ball to him, but he threw it kind of right there on my back shoulder, so I just thankfully caught the ball and tried to take off and run."
After the two first quarter turnovers, the Redskins couldn't get enough stops to hold the Patriots' offense from scoring 27 points. Robinson talked less about the plays the defense made, and more about the plays they left on the field.
"We're just trying to execute better," Robinson said. "There were times earlier in the season where we dropped picks or should have been in position to make plays or force fumbles. Sometimes they come and we got two of them, but could have [had] more."
The Patriots racked up 460 yards of total offense and 27 first downs. The Redskins' defense allowed the Patriots to gain a new set of downs on 9-of-16 third down conversions.