We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, the New Orleans Saints.
Week 4, October 8 (Monday night football), Mercedes Benz Superdome
2017 Saints: 11-5, first in NFC South
Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9.5
Early line: Redskins +7.5
Key additions: TE Benjamin Watson, CB Patrick Robinson, DE Marcus Davenport
Key losses:S Rafael Bush, WR Willie Snead
Notable: QB Drew Brees was slated to be a free agent but he re-signed with the Saints; RB Mark Ingram reportedly will be suspended for the first four games, pending appeal. The game against the Redskins is the fifth of the season for New Orleans so Ingram will be eligible.
- How will they survive the loss of Ingram if he loses his appeal? Alvin Kamara was terrific as a rookie, but he didn’t have more than 12 carries in a game and he had single digit carries in 11 games.
- How much will Davenport, who cost the Saints their No. 1 picks this year and next, help a pass rush that was pretty good without him last year (42 sacks, T-seventh in NFL)?
- Will Father Time ever catch up with Brees, who is 39?
The Redskins lead the all-time series 17-9; Washington has a 3-2 edge in the last five meetings.
The first time: September 24, 1967, Tulane Stadium — Rookie running back Ray McDonald ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns to spur the Redskins to the win. A 40-yard touchdown pass from Sonny Jurgensen to Charley Taylor gave the Redskins a 20-10 halftime, lead and McDonald’s final touchdown run, from 15 yards out, clinched the 30-10 win for Washington.
The last time: November 11, 2017, Mercedes Benz Superdome — You really don’t want the details on this debacle, do you? If you’re into that sort of thing, here’s my account I wrote as the game unfolded.
The best time: September 9, 2012, Superdome — Nobody knew quite what to expect out of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III as he made his NFL debut. The answer came late in the first quarter when he found Pierre Garçon on a slant for 88 yards and a touchdown. The rookie was simply spectacular. That could apply both to Griffin, who complete 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two TDs, and running back Alfred Morris, who rolled for 96 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. It all added up to a 40-32 Redskins win.
The worst time: See “The last time” above.
More 2018 Redskins
- 53-man roster: Three up, three down
- The draft: Grading the Redskins' draft
- The future: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- The buzz: Redskins part ways with long-time executive
Redskins schedule series