Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints Recap

A lot will be written about how great RG3 played in his career debut, and rightfully so, however Robert Griffin III did not win this game for the Redskins.  Griffin, who became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history (w. 10+ attempts) to finish a half with a perfect passer rating (158.3).  Lost in the news of the win on Sunday was the cost, Pierre Garcon left the game with a foot injury.  RG3 did look good completing 19 of his 26 attempts for 320 yards and 2 touch downs.  The ever revolving door of running backs in Washington showed a new face, Alfred Morris, who rushed for 96 yards on 28 carries, he also added 2 scores of his own.  The true story of the game for the ‘Skins was the defense.  After giving up an early TD to Jimmy Graham on a 20 yards touchdown pass from Drew Brees, the defense began to fly around the field and disrupted the Saints offensive strategy.

For the Saints, things aren’t as bad as they may seem.  Most people predicted some kind of let down given the outcome from Bounty-Gate.  The suspension of Sean Payton proved more disruptive to the offensive play calling then many had thought it would be.  New Orleans running backs combined for a total of 32 yards on 10 carries, as Brees was asked to throw the ball 52 times, completing 24 of them.  The passing production finished with quality numbers, 339 yards and 3 TDs to go with 2 INTs, but the offense never seemed in rhythm.  On the bright side for the Saints, they looked awful on the offensive side of the ball, and yet they still mustered 32 points and had a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation.  Yes, the Saints got beat by a rookie quarterback making his first career start, however, things aren’t as bad as they seem in New Orleans, and this team and city have shown a great ability to bounce back.

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