Monday Night Football this week takes us to the Superdome in New Orleans, where there is a chance that we will see history being set. Drew Brees will be entering the game needing just 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning to become the NFL’s all-time leading passer. This should be a competitive game on paper either way, but with the possibility that Brees becomes the all-time leading passer in league history is even more of a reason to tune in.
Redskins offense vs Saints defense
The Redskins offense hasn’t been too hot this season, but neither has the Saints defense. This will be a battle of which team can get the side of the ball they’ve been struggling on going.
The key for Washington is getting the running game going. Adrian Peterson has been a really nice surprise this season for Washington showing that he still has something left in the tank. If they can get the running game going it helps Alex Smith out immensely. He struggles if the whole offense is reliant on him.
The tough thing for Washington is that the New Orleans defense is ranked near the top of the league in defending the run. Now this could just be the case because they have been torched through the air this season so teams just haven’t had to run the ball.
I think Washington will move the ball in this one, but the key to this matchup is likely going to be who can win third down.
Saints offense vs Redskins defense
Washington is only giving up 14.7 points per game on the season entering this one, while New Orleans is scoring 34.3 points per game this season. This should be a really good matchup.
Ted Ginn Jr. is out for the Saints and that’ll hurt because he has played a key role in the Saints offense over the past few years even though he isn’t one of the bigger name receivers in the league.
A really interesting aspect of this game also is that Mark Ingram will be back from his four-game suspension and will be making his season debut. Without him, Alvin Kamara was taking on even more of a load in terms of carries, but now there’s a good chance that he will be able to take on less of a load in carries, but will be able to take on more of the role that he had last season, which is to be a matchup nightmare out of the backfield in a number of different ways.
Not only do the Saints have that dangerous duo of running backs, but Michael Thomas has been maybe the best receiver in the league this season and if you forget about him, he will torch you.
The Redskins defense is good, but I think with this potentially being a special night for Drew Brees, that will be too much and the Saints will be able to move the ball pretty well.
Much like most NFL games, the return game probably won’t have that big of an impact. Both kickers are pretty reliable, but I’ll give a slight edge to the Saints because Wil Lutz has been really good this season and is coming off of winning the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
Washington is a good team and on paper they can matchup pretty well with New Orleans, even though I think the Saints are the better team. I think what will be a huge difference in this one is that Drew Brees is likely going to break the passing yards record and this will be a special night in the Superdome and I think the Saints are too good to let a team that they are better than beat them in that situation.
Now if Brees doesn’t end up breaking the record then things have gone really sideways for New Orleans and the Redskins can easily win, but I just don’t see that happening, especially in a primetime game.