Mismatch looms as Patriots visit Redskins

The Washington Redskins face a major mismatch on Sunday when they host the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are 4-0 and have outscored their opponents 122-27. The Redskins are 0-4 and have lost by a cumulative 118-66.

But it gets worse. Redskins coach Jay Gruden was asked on a conference call about the plan for the quarterback situation.

"We don't have one right now," Gruden told reporters prior to Wednesday's practice about the trio of Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and Dwayne Haskins. "... We want to see the health of the guys, first of all. See where Dwayne's at. Then I'll make a decision shortly."

Keenum suffered a foot injury during last Sunday's 24-3 loss to the New York Giants and sat out Wednesday's practice with a boot on the foot. Gruden said Keenum is still feeling "discomfort."

McCoy is just getting game-ready after suffering a broken leg last December, and Gruden said he looked fine during Wednesday's workout. Haskins is a first-round draft choice out of Ohio State who saw his first action against the Giants.

It wasn't pretty, as Haskins threw three interceptions while completing 9 of 17 passes for 107 yards.

"I feel like I've got a lot more work to do, but I like my growth and where I'm going," Haskins told reporters of his debut. "I'm trying to stack the days together and keep getting better. I want to be compared to guys like (Tom) Brady and (Drew) Brees one day."

Brady will try to keep New England among the ranks of the unbeaten and look to get the offense back on track.

The Patriots outscored their first three foes 106-17 but scored just one offensive touchdown in a 16-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Brady was 18-of-39 passing for 150 yards and one interception in a contest in which New England's top-ranked defense (243 yards allowed per game) carried the way.

"We've lost a lot of games playing poorly, and sometimes, when you don't play well on offense but you play well defensively, you win," Brady told Westwood One.

New England will be without kicker Stephen Gostkowski after placing him on injured reserve due to a hip injury. He is expected to undergo season-ending surgery.

The Patriots are working out kickers to find a replacement. The team also faces a decision on tight end Ben Watson, eligible to return to the active roster after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are in disarray as speculation flies that Gruden could be fired this month.

Washington is looking to avoid its first 0-5 start since 2001.

The Redskins have averaged nine points over the past two games and allowed more than 30 on three occasions.

Washington doesn't even have a 100-yard back -- for the season. Aging veteran Adrian Peterson leads the team with 90 while averaging just 2.7 yards per carry for a team ranked 31st in the NFL at 49.8 per game. The offensive line is struggling without top-flight tackle Trent Williams, whose holdout continues.

Still, Belichick is viewing the Redskins as a dangerous opponent.

"They've played three pretty good football teams that played well," Belichick said. "I think they're a good team. Their record is what it is, but I think when you watch them on film you see a good football team that has a lot of good players, that is well coached, that knows what they're doing."

Receivers Julian Edelman (chest) and Josh Gordon (knee) are among the New England players battling ailments.

Washington tight end Vernon Davis is sidelined with a concussion suffered in Sunday's loss. Regular tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) remains out.

New England has won the past three meetings.

--Field Level Media