LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — 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 Thursday in their preseason opener.

Griffin completed 2 of 4 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, while Griffin faced more of a challenge.

So Thursday 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 5 of 12 passes for 55 yards. Second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo played the second half and went 8 for 12 for 141 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, was also 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.

Ravens 23, 49ers 3

BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco needed just one drive to show how effective the Baltimore Ravens’ offense can be under Gary Kubiak.

Flacco produced an 80-yard touchdown march in his only series, and the Ravens beat San Francisco in a preseason opener.

It was the third time in three tries that Ravens coach John Harbaugh got the best of his brother, Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers. Baltimore previously defeated San Francisco on Thanksgiving 2011 and in the Super Bowl ending the 2012 season.

In this one, each team played its starting unit for one series before the backups took over.

After Colin Kaepernick moved the 49ers 66 yards for a field goal, Flacco made himself right at home in Kubiak’s variation of the West Coast offense, going 4 for 5 for 52 yards.

Jets 13, Colts 10

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Michael Vick led the New York Jets on a touchdown drive, capped by fellow newcomer Chris Johnson’s 1-yard scoring run, in a victory over Indianapolis in the preseason opener for both teams.

Geno Smith, looking to retain his starting job in his second season, was 4 of 6 for 33 yards in two series with the first-team offense that included a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk before giving way to Vick. The 34-year-old backup received a hearty cheer from the crowd at MetLife Stadium, and moved the starting offense for the Jets down the field against the Colts’ second-team defense.

The 14-play drive was helped by two 15-yard penalties on the Colts. Vick was 3 of 6 for 17 yards.

Andrew Luck played just one efficient drive, going 4 of 5 for 53 yards and leading Indianapolis to a field goal.


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