Washington Redskins: Three Things to Watch vs the New Orleans Saints
As we end week 5 of the 2018 NFL Season, we do so with a solid NFC matchup. The Washington Redskins will travel into New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions. The Saints are coming off a week 4 win against the New York Giants. Meanwhile, the Redskins have had two weeks to prepare for the Saints. What do the Redskins need to do for a victory on Monday Night Football? Here are three keys for that Redskins win.
Through the first three weeks, the Washington Redskins have been a top-five defense. Heading into action on Monday the Redskins rank 1st in overall and passing defense. They rank sixth against the run. These rankings are far better than they fared in 2017. They will need every bit of that defense against Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and the Saints offense.
The run defense of the New Orleans Saints ranks third in the NFL. Thus, the run game of the Washington Redskins will need to be on point. This will allow their defense to rest and keep the Saints offense off the field. Using the run game to sustain drives will be a huge key for the Redskins to win this game. It will also allow the Redskins to use their play action game more effectively.
Second Half Play
In their two victories on the 2018 season, the Skins have let the foot off the gas in the second half of ball games. Therefore, games have become more competitive than they need to be. If the Redskins want to be 3-1 at the end of MNF, they need to stomp on the throat of the Saints. Especially since they have Drew Brees on the other side.
The Washington Redskins have the opportunity to put some distance between them and the other teams in their division. A victory on MNF can go a long way in making the Redskins a contender in the NFC.
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