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Brady sits; RG3 gets a series as Redskins top Pats, 23-6

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes between New England Patriots defensive end Will Smith (90) and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes between New England Patriots defensive end Will Smith (90) and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

    New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) stands in the tunnel with his teammates before heading out on to the field for an NFL football preseason game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Brandy was not expected to play during the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) stands in the tunnel with his teammates before heading out on to the field for an NFL football preseason game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Brandy was not expected to play during the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • New England Patriots assistant coach Michael Lombardi. left, shakes hands with  oach Bill Belichick before an NFL football preseason game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    New England Patriots assistant coach Michael Lombardi. left, shakes hands with oach Bill Belichick before an NFL football preseason game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • New England Patriots running back Roy Finch is hauled to the turf by Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)

    New England Patriots running back Roy Finch is hauled to the turf by Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)

  • New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

    New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes between New England Patriots defensive end Will Smith (90) and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) stands in the tunnel with his teammates before heading out on to the field for an NFL football preseason game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Brandy was not expected to play during the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • New England Patriots assistant coach Michael Lombardi. left, shakes hands with  oach Bill Belichick before an NFL football preseason game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • New England Patriots running back Roy Finch is hauled to the turf by Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
  • New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

LANDOVER, Md. – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots starters pretty much had their way against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins during three days of joint practices.

No sense in rubbing it in when they got around to playing the game.

Coach Bill Belichick rested Brady, Darrelle Revis and most of his first-teamers, while Griffin played one series under new Coach Jay Gruden as the Redskins beat the Patriots, 23-6, last night in their preseason opener.

Griffin completed two of four passes for 9 yards, and Alfred Morris ran for 27 yards in an 11-play drive that ended with a 39-yard field goal from Kai Forbath. Forbath hit the right upright from 34 yards, but he was given a second chance because the Redskins were whistled for delay of game.

That was enough Griffin for Gruden, who is in charge of reviving the Redskins – and the franchise quarterback, in particular – after last year’s 3-13 tension-filled season that got Coach Mike Shanahan fired. Gruden, 47, looked boyish manning the sideline in a burgundy horizontal-striped team shirt, while Belichick sported the more traditional Patriots short-sleeve blue – it was too warm for his hoodie.

The two teams wore each other out Monday through Wednesday at Washington’s training camp facility in Richmond, Virginia, and the sessions showed the Redskins have a ways to go before they can match the polish and efficiency of a perennial Super Bowl contender. Brady moved the ball with ease against Washington’s starting secondary in practice, while Griffin faced more of a challenge.

So last night turned into a well-deserved day off for all but nine of New England’s projected opening day starting 22, including Brady, top offseason acquisition Revis, receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman and linebacker Jerod Mayo. Tight end Rob Gronkowski also remains out as he recovers from knee surgery.

Ryan Mallett started at quarterback and completed five of 12 passes for 55 yards. Second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo played the second half and went 9-for-13 for 157 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown to Brian Tyms with 1:23 to play.

Patriots second-year defensive tackle Chris Jones left the game with an ankle injury.

The Redskins’ prized free agent pickup, receiver DeSean Jackson, also was sidelined after hurting his left ankle during Wednesday’s practice. Among others sitting out for Washington were receiver Pierre Garcon, safety Ryan Clark and safety Phillip Thomas – all nursing hamstring injuries.

Backup Kirk Cousins led the only touchdown drive of the first half, hitting Aldrick Robinson over the middle for a 10-yard score.

Third-stringer Colt McCoy hit rookie Ted Bolser for a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the Redskins, who have won seven consecutive preseason games.

Last year they won more games in the preseason (four) than in the regular season (three).

Cousins finished 9-for-13 for 103 yards. McCoy was 8-for-9 for 102 yards, all in the second half.

Forbath, facing a challenge from draft pick Zach Hocker, was short on a 46-yard attempt and put a kickoff out of bounds, while Hocker made field goals from 27 and 39 yards.

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