The New Orleans Saints got absolutely manhandled by the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon, 47-14.
It wasn’t a bad loss, it was awful. The Saints looked like the worst team in the National Football League, and it was the team’s worst loss in the Sean Payton era. After a promising start by the defense on the first drive, it was only a tease. And it seems like that three-game winning streak was too.
The Redskins got on the board with an early touchdown, but the Saints answered back immediately. The same thing happened again. With a quick 14-14 score by the 11:30 mark in the second quarter, it looked like we were going to have a shootout on our hands. And it was, for Washington, and Washington only.
New Orleans didn’t score another point for the remainder of the game. The Redskins exposed every weakness on the Saints — the defensive line, the linebackers, the secondary, and the offensive line.
It was a disastrous letdown in all aspects of the game for the Black and Gold. Even Drew Brees struggled after a hot start, finishing with only 210 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, including a pick six score for the Redskins that just added to the misery for the Saints and their fans.
The Redskins offense put up 394 yards in the first half and finished with 514 on the day. Through two quarters, Washington was on pace to break the single-game yards record set by the Los Angeles Rams in 1951. Luckily, the Saints didn’t allow it, which was one of the only positives (if that’s what you want to call it) from today’s game.
Sunday’s performance was atrocious, plain and simple. Sean Payton and company have a ton to think about over their break, and some change would not at all be surprising. Two things are for sure: 1. The Saints are not a good football team. 2. This is going to be an interesting Week 11 bye. All eyes are on defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.