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After ugly loss to Saints, Washington Redskins face crucial week ahead

After ugly loss to Saints, Washington Redskins face crucial week ahead”

Washington had no answer for Brees and the Saints Monday in a 43-19 loss, allowing the quarterback to throw for 363 yards while completing 89.6 percent of his passes for three touchdowns.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees broke the NFL's all-time passing mark on Monday, eclipsing Peyton Manning's 71,940 career yards in the Saints' game against the Washington Redskins.

On the next series, it got worse.

The offense then delivered as quarterback Alex Smith ran it in himself for a four-yard score to make it 26-13 heading into the half.

Brees had 12,238 passing yards as a member of the then-San Diego Chargers from 2001-05, but his assault on the National Football League record books truly began when he joined the Saints as a free agent in 2006.

To get back in the game, the Redskins needed to be flawless.

"Communication, man", defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said.

Peterson was injured the first half, and only appeared in two plays in the second.

Down 26-13 at the half, the Redskins tried to make adjustments in the third quarter. Norman returned later on. Adrian "All Day" Peterson has a pair of 120-plus scrimmage yard games and three touchdowns on the ground so far - the 33-year-old showing he has plenty left in the tank.

"Certainly I think we're all disappointed with a bunch of uncharacteristic things, I felt like". That changed Monday night. "Offensively, couldn't get started offensively, early found ourselves in a hole and were one-dimensional and still couldn't get much from that".

New Orleans will be without one of its leading pass catchers in Ted Ginn Jr., who missed practice all week with a knee injury that has limited his action in earlier weeks. Trailing for all of the game, the Redskins also abandoned the running game.

Peterson, who had just six yards on four attempts, said in addition to the knee injury, he "dislocated" his shoulder in the second quarter.

Also of note, even if the Redskins lose to the Saints, they will still remain on top of the NFC East as the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all lost on Sunday.

A holding penalty on Norman negated a third-down stop on New Orleans's first drive, which ended in a touchdown, and prompted ESPN analyst Booger McFarland to remark that Norman is no longer the Redskins' best cornerback. Ryan Kerrigan hadn't finished celebrating his first sack of the season when Nicholson shoved Ingram to the turf in plain sight of the official, drawing a 15-yard penalty that extended New Orleans's drive.



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