Loss to the Washington Redskins may be the best thing for the New Orleans Saints

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September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) wraps up New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) behind the line of scrimmage during the second quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

If there can be any positive in the New Orleans Saints 40-32 loss to the Washington Redskins at home, then it could be that this might jar the team back to what they really need to do which is focus on what matters during this season.

The local media has hashed and re-hashed the loss on numerous angles and given a complete overview of what happened.  In a nutshell on that, the Redskins simply outplayed the Saints on every level.

Robert Griffin III looked more like Drew Brees than Brees did.  RGIII had 320 yards passing for two touchdowns and no interceptions.  He also set a record by being the first player in NFL history to have 300+ passing yards for two or more touchdowns and no interceptions.

While Brees did have 339 passing yards for three touchdowns, he also threw two interceptions and had an unthinkable completion percentage for the usual accurate quarterback with a dismal 46%.

The Redskins also pounded the ball in the run game with 153 rushing yards versus the Saints 32 yards.  The underrated Washington defense also outperformed the much hyped Steve Spagnuolo scheme especially on the defensive line.  In fact the Redskins defense looked like the Saints were supposed to.

In the end, the Saints got a much needed rude awakening that hopefully should spur them to reevaluate the whole thought process of “Us Against the World” and instead be “Us Against Ourselves”.

Even Brees admitted that it was probably the emotion of the game that caused the slip of the details with numerous dropped passes, the inexcusable amount of penalties, and in general just a sluggish approach on both sides of the ball.