With today's matchup against the New England Patriots officially a thing of the past, the Redskins turn their attention to a surging NFC opponent to the south.
The Redskins next Sunday play host to the New Orleans Saints. Kickoff at FedExField is set for 1 p.m. ET.
The Saints entered today's action against the Tennessee Titans with a 4-4 record and winners of four of their last five contests.
New Orleans opened its season with three straight losses (Arizona Cardinals, 31-19; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-19; and Carolina Panthers, 27-22), before earning their first victory Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, 26-20.
Since that win, the Saints were blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles, 39-17, before reeling off three straight victories over the Atlanta falcons, 31-21, and Indianapolis Colts, 27-21, and New York Giants, 52-49.
The Saints are led by 10th-year head coach Sean Payton. Hired in 2006, Payton, 51, has compiled a 90-56 overall record (.616), including a 6-4 record in postseason games. He stands four wins shy of passing Jim Mora's all-time franchise record of 93 wins set from 1986 to 1996.
Payton, who led the Saints to their first-ever Super Bowl title in 2009, a 31-17 victory over the Colts, has overseen one of the league's most consistent offensive attacks, as New Orleans has led the league in net yards per game five times since 2006, and was tops in scoring in 2008 and 2009.
New Orleans enters today's game against the Titans off the heels of a dramatic, high-scoring victory over the Giants at the Mercedes Superdome.
Quarterback Drew Brees had a career day in the 52-49 win – which is saying something – as he passed for a career-best 511 yards and seven touchdowns. Recently-signed kicker Kai Forbath, formerly with the Redskins, converted a 50-yard field goal as time expired to earn the victory for the Saints.
The Saints had big days offensively from several receivers, including tight end Benjamin Watson (nine receptions, 147 yards, touchdown) and wide receivers Marques Colston (eight receptions, 114 yards, touchdown), Brandin Cooks (six receptions, 88 yards, two touchdowns) and Willie Snead (six receptions, 70 yards, two touchdowns).
The best of the Redskins-Saints Week 1 game on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Mark Ingram ran the ball 16 times for 80 yards.
Linebacker Stephone Anthony led the New Orleans defense with 11 tackles on the day, while cornerback Brandon Browner added eight stops.
The Saints entered today's game ranked second in the league in total offense at 422.4 yards per game. Their defense is a different story, however, as their 406.2 yards allowed per game average ranks 31st in the NFL.
Through eight games, Brees has completed 210-of-303 (69.3 percent) of his passes for 2,376 yards with 15 touchdowns to six interceptions. Ingram has 118 rushes for 530 yards (4.5 yards per run) with five touchdowns. Cooks (41 receptions, 532 yards), Watson (38 receptions, 472 yards) and Snead (35 receptions, 531 yards) each have three receiving touchdowns for the Saints.
Anthony leads the Saints' defense with 56 total tackles, while defensive end Cameron Jordan is turning in a career year thus far with six sacks to go along with 20 tackles and a forced fumble. Linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, meanwhile, has four sacks and three forced fumbles entering today's action.
Game notesHere's some more facts and figures from next Sunday's Redskins-Saints matchup in Landover, Md., courtesy of Redskins Public Relations:
- The Redskins are 16-8 all-time against Saints and have won three of the teams' last four meetings.
- The Redskins won their most recent game against the Saints, a 40-32 road victory to open the Redskins' 2012 NFC East championship season.
- From 1980-90, the Redskins went 6-0 against the Saints, marking the longest winning streak by either team in the series.