FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots earned their first victory of the preseason in their debut against the Washington Redskins, winning 26-17.
Brian Hoyer started under center for the Patriots, as Tom Brady got the night off and watched from the sidelines.
The Redskins took a 17-3 lead into halftime with Brady on the bench and the Patriots defense picking up where they left off in Super Bowl 52 against the Philadelphia Eagles and held on for the win.
Ralph Webb found the end zone multiple times in the second half, with two rushing touchdowns and two more two-point conversions to give the Patriots the lead and the win.
Julian Edelman was out on the field as a starter in the receiving corps, getting reps with Hoyer leading the charge.
Jeremy Hill had a successful debut in a Patriots uniform, running for 51 yards and punching in the team's first touchdown of the preseason in the third quarter.
The Patriots move on to a Super Bowl LII rematch next week, facing off with the Eagles in their second preseason game.
© 2019 Cox Media Group.