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Redskins looking to spoil Saints big night

Washington out to shut down Brees & Black & Gold win streak

Steve Geller
October 05, 2018 - 10:55 am
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The Black & Gold are on a 3 game win streak after dropping their season opener, so the Saints have some positive momentum going their way heading into week 5’s match-up against  Washington on Monday night. The prime time contest also features the return of suspended running back Mark Ingram along with QB Drew Brees just having to throw for 201 yards to set the all-time record for career passing yards.  But the 2-1 Redskins could care less and would love to spoil the festivities for New Orleans.

Washington safety D.J. Swearinger reportedly texted his teammates Tuesday night with the message, “Don’t let Drew Brees set the record.” The ‘Skins defense is capable of playing the role of party poopers. They are allowing just 187 passing yards per game and are allowing just 14.7 points to the opposition thru their first 3 games.  What has Saints coach Sean Payton seen from the Redskins D?

“They have not given up the big play, they have limited the explosive plays. I think they are playing the run awfully well. They are affecting the passer. I think their sub rush is really good and so you're seeing quarterbacks under duress. Their numbers both in the running game and the passing game are real strong.  Then the thing we always talk about flip side is they're playing a complementary game of football and this is a team that is one of the top six seven teams in time of possession on offense. When you get the time of possession that they're getting offensively and then you're playing the way they are defensively, relative to the run and pressuring the quarterback and also eliminating the big plays; that formula works.”

On the offensive side of the ball, Washington had a dangerous one-two punch at running back with Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. At quarterback Alex Smith is now commanding the Redskins after spending that past 5 years in Kansas City.

“He's still operating extremely efficiently”, stated Payton. “The one thing you see is his ability hadn't changed at all being able to move in the pocket flush to the pocket make a play to the right, to the left. Not only in the pocket, but outside the pocket he's dangerous. Clearly, he has a command as to what they're trying to do, whether they're in shotgun or under center. I think he's playing real well.”

Smith was the top overall pick way back in 2005 and helped ruin a special Saints season back in 2011. He helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to a wild 36-32 win over the Black & Gold in the divisional round of the playoffs.  Many feel that was the most talented Saints offense EVER and should have carried the team to their second Lombardi trophy. Now, once again an Alex Smith led team has a chance to be the thorn in the Saints side on what should be a memorable Monday night. Good news is Smith's recrod vs. New Orleans in the regualr season is 1-3 with 5 TDs and 5 INTs. 

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