By: Jakob Vaughan
The Washington Redskins returned from their bye week against the New Orleans Saints in week 5. Monday Night Football was also the return of Adrian Peterson to the Saints, as he previously played for them last season before being traded to the Cardinals. The main reason every NFL fan tuned into to watch this Monday Night Football show down was to see Saints quarterback Drew Brees pass Brett Favre and break Peyton Manning’s all-time passing yards record. Drew indeed broke Peyton’s all-time passing record in the second quarter against a blown coverage that allowed a 70 yard touchdown pass by Brees. From the beginning to the end of the game the Washington Redskins looked lost and sluggish and were down 26 to 13 at half time. Redskins’ cornerback, Josh Norman, was benched to start the second half of the game. His replacement in rookie cornerback Greg Stroman immediately allowed a 35 yard touchdown pass. Josh Norman understood and agreed with Gruden’s decision to bench him and put some of the blame on himself. Norman continued to lose after the game as he and Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas went back and forth on Twitter. More bad news came for the Redskins when the team announced that running back Adrian Peterson suffered a shoulder strain. The running back is not expected to miss time, but is worrisome for the 33 year old even though he is likely to play next week. In the loss to the New Orleans Saints Adrian Peterson rushed for six yards on four carries and caught two passes for 36 yards. Head coach Jay Gruden was far from pleased with the team’s performance as he was embarrassed and has a lot of problems to fix. Gruden said “I can’t live with the fact that we give up easy plays on defense” and “We have a cloud looming over our head”. The team does have a half game lead in the NFC East with a record of 2 and 2, but the inconsistent play of the Redskins in their most recent performance could leave fans worrying about the future. The main problem that I witnessed during the game was that the offensive line wasn’t giving their quarterback Alex Smith enough time in the pocket to allow him to distribute the ball to his playmakers. The defense allowed way too many big time plays and most of them were easy plays that they gave up to the Saints offense. On Tuesday following their loss, the Redskins cut offensive tackle Chris Durant and signed offensive tackle Justin Evans to their practice squad. The team will face the Carolina Panthers in week 6 and I’d expect a different Washington Redskins team, after getting embarrassed on national television in a 43 to 19 blowout at the hands of the Saints.