At New Orleans
8:15 p.m. ET
Key Decision #1: (NO ball, leading 6-3 / third-and-8 NO 49 / 13:32 Q2)
The Saints have the ball on their second possession and WAS DL Ryan Kerrigan sacks Brees and WAS is about to receive the ball back. On the prior drive, WAS had a nice drive for a FG. Except right after Kerrigan’s sack, WAS S Montae Nicholson is flagged for unnecessary roughness when he pushed Saints RB Mark Ingram. The Saints received a first down, and they promptly converted on that drive for a two-possession lead at 13-3, and they never looked back.
· A tough game for Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and his team facing the Saints and Drew Brees who were anticipating a record-setting night. They had to play perfectly on this night in front of a loud Superdome crowd, and one bad penalty cost them in this game. We still see a talented team (especially the two young DL Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen).
· The Saints scored a TD to lead 26-6, and Saints head coach Sean Payton decided on a 2-point conversion. We understand the ‘charts’ and ‘analytics coaches’, but we simply did not agree with this decision.
· The Saints are bringing along young WRs Cameron Meredith and Tre’Quan Smith quite nicely; they will be a bigger part of the game plan going forward it appears.
· There were a number of Saints blitzes that didn’t get home tonight – something for their defense to continue to work on. They have talent along the DL, but until young pass rusher Marcus Davenport develops, right now it is just DE Cam Jordan who gets consistent pressure.