NFL Week 5: Redskins at Saints Game Preview

Redskins at Saints Game Preview

Washington comes off their bye week to face the Saints, which is probably good since they’ll need a lot of rest to keep up with the New Orleans offense.

New York gave it a try last week. They held Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara to four field goals worth of offense in the first half. But once the team broke through, it was game over for the Giants.

Kamara wound up with three touchdowns and 181 total yards in the 33-18 victory. Brees was held to 227 yards, but it was more than enough as the Saints defense held the Giants at bay.

New Orleans is averaging 34 points per game, but they face a Redskins defense that has only allowed 14.6 points per game. That is the second lowest rate in the league after the Jaguars 14.0.

Before the bye week, Washington upset the Green Bay Packers with their best offensive showing of the young season.

Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards in that game. Alex Smith only threw 17 passes butcompleted 12 for two touchdowns and 220 yards.

With a week to rest, Redskins fans hope to see the powerful Adrian Peterson as opposed to the disappearing Adrian Peterson. There is little doubt that a strong running game is important to Washington, even in a potential shootout.

Smith hasn’t been asked to do much heavy lifting in Washington so far. His receivers are a banged-up bunch with Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson both listed in the injury report.

Tight end Vernon Reed and running back Chris Thompson are the Redskins’ leading receivers.

The worst thing that happened to the Redskins was that the Giants held Saints receiver Michael Thomas to just 47 yards on 4 catches last week. Thomas is rearing to get back on track after a record-setting first three weeks.


How to watch the Saints-Redskins game

ESPN will broadcast this game across the nation and internationally to satellite and cable viewers. But if you don’t have cable or satellite, what do you do?

Then you join us in watching the live stream Monday Night Football game on Sling TV. Sling will show the real-time feed from ESPN in many markets.

DirecTV Now also carries ESPN across the country, as well as all the other NFL-contracted networks so you can watch live stream NFL action all season.

PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV are other options to watch high-quality live stream football games on your favorite Internet-connected device.

These providers offer free trial periods, or you can dive right in with a low-cost monthly subscription with no contract. Check out their websites to learn what is available in your neighborhood.

Who will win the Saints-Redskins game?

Washington had an extra week to prepare for the Saints. Adrian Peterson on rest is a more effective Adrian Peterson. But can the Redskins get their wide receivers into the flow to help the team keep up with Drew Brees’ talented receiving corps?

Or will they have to? Washington’s defense has played surprisingly well. Josh Norman will try to shut down Michael Thomas again. If the rest of the team holds up their end, maybe the Redskins can win with a tightend and running back-heavy game plan.

But don’t count on it. Despite the win and their big second half, the Saints are not happy with their performance against the Giants. The return of Mark Ingram could mean less passing opportunities but look for the deep balls to fly Monday Night to make up for it. Final score: Saints 36, Redskins 27

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