BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNmidatlantic.com
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was in high spirits following the team’s blowout win over the Saints, but cautioned his guys not to dwell on the victory too much.
“It’s a great win and I’m very proud of those guys but now it’s about expectation levels,” he said. “Our expectation level has got to be higher. We play the undefeated Carolina Panthers next week, so they can enjoy this win for a few hours but then it’s back to work.”
The Redskins scored 27 first-half points, their most in the first half since 2012, and never looked back as they trounced the Saints, 47-14. Kirk Cousins outshined Drew Brees, throwing for 324 yards and four touchdowns to Brees’ 209 yards and two touchdowns.
“[Kirk] delivered the ball with efficiency and great decision-making and the results were outstanding,” Gruden said. “Kirk was the trigger man.”
The Redskins also had a solid day on the ground, gaining 225 yards on 31 carries. The Saints put up 158 yards rushing.
Gruden also praised his team’s grit and said the win keeps them “relevant” in the NFC East. The Redskins currently sit 3-5 and third in the division behind the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.
Watch the video above for Gruden’s full comments in his post-game press conference.
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