There has been a lot of talk this week about the performance of the Redskins’ offense against the Saints and how significant it was given how dreadful the Saints defense is.
But there is no debating that the Washington defense did a good job against Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense. The Saints came into the game leading the league in total offense and sixth in scoring. The scored just 14 points and gained 350 yards.
“They had 14 points with 9:52 to go in the second quarter so to shut out the New Orleans Saints offense, that caliber of offense, with the quarterback and offensive scheme of theirs says a lot about our defense and how far they've come,” said Jay Gruden..
A week after facing Tom Brady, the Redskins went up against another future Hall of Fame quarterback in Brees. He burned them for a 60-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks in the second quarter but they put the clamps on the veteran, holding him to a total of 209 yards passing on the day, sacking him twice and picking off two passes.
“We're happy for the progression now it's a matter of following up making sure we're good and sound fundamentally in the secondary and just continue to fly around to the ball,” said Gruden. “Our pursuit was outstanding against New Orleans. They hit us with a few screens but they were were not huge plays because of our backside pursuit, our front-side pursuit. Our tackling was sound, also.”
Gruden is right to be concerned about consistency on defense. Earlier this year they held the Rams to 10 point but they followed that up by giving up 32 to the Giants. They won’t be able to get away with that with the undefeated Panthers on tap.