The Washington Redskins’ record-setting defense has kept the New England Patriots from making a playoff push, but the teams have shared a common enemy in the New Orleans Saints: the NFC East.
Here are the biggest storylines from Sunday’s game: 1.
How did the Redskins fare against the Saints?
The Redskins were unable to stop New Orleans’ three touchdown passes.
Washington’s defense, which ranked second in the league in rushing defense last season, allowed just 21.6 yards per carry against the defending Super Bowl champions.
That was the lowest total allowed in a regular-season game this season.
Can the Patriots continue to run with New Orleans?
New Orleans is one of the league’s most physical defenses, but this was a good showing for the Redskins’ defense, as well.
The Saints’ offensive line was particularly disruptive, and quarterback Drew Brees threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns.
Can New Orleans stop the run?
Brees’ arm strength and ability to scramble have allowed him to throw the ball on time, even when his receivers have been targeted.
But the Redskins did a good job of defending the run against the Giants, as the Saints ran for a combined 442 yards and five touchdowns.
New Orleans finished with just two sacks and a fumble.
Can Washington slow down the Saints’ running game?
New England’s offensive line struggled to stop running backs, and the Redskins were able to make some big plays against the run, as New Orleans rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
New York’s running game will be tested in Week 6, as quarterback Drew Brady’s accuracy is not ideal.
Brady had a passer rating of 57.4 on throws that traveled 20 yards or further in the air against the Patriots.
What will the Saints do on defense?
New Saints linebacker Koa Misi is a disruptive force on the edge, and he was responsible for a pair of sacks on Sunday.
The team also had some nice playmakers up front in Kenny Vaccaro and Will Blackmon.
But, for the most part, the Saints struggled to move the ball.
Will New Orleans beat the Redskins in the Super Bowl?
The Patriots are a very good team, but they haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2007.
They also have not beaten the Redskins since 1999, a season that also saw quarterback Tom Brady lose a Super Game to the Cowboys.
But this was the first Super Bowl in New Orleans since 2003.
The Redskins have been very good against the spread this season, allowing just 5.8 points per game.
That’s a good result against a team that is often in the top-five in scoring offense.
Can Brady have a repeat of his 2007 win over the Cowboys?
The Cowboys’ defense had some issues against the New York Giants last season.
The Cowboys ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in points allowed per game and were often in trouble in the first half.
But New Orleans struggled to slow down Dez Bryant’s big day, and it allowed just 18 points on 17 carries.
What was the game’s best play?
The best play of the game came when quarterback Tom Savage caught a pass and turned it into a big gain on the Saints.
The catch was a perfect ball to receiver Marques Colston for a touchdown.
How will New Orleans react to a Tom Brady Super Bowl victory?
Brady has played well against the NFC South this season and he knows the Redskins are a strong team, so the pressure should be on him to win the Super Game.
But he needs to continue to work on his accuracy as well as his timing in his throws.
He needs to be more aggressive in his decision-making.
Who will win it all?
The Super Bowl is the most important game of the year, and this is one that will be played in New York.
The Patriots will be in the thick of it, but it will be interesting to see how much of a factor they become in the final game.
Will the Patriots get some help from the offense?
New York is coming off a season in which it averaged a league-low 3.8 yards per play, but a good performance in the divisional round is a good sign.
This could be a fun game for the offense to keep the offense in the mix.
What did the Saints need to win?
The Saints defense is one the NFL’s most elite, and they are playing at a high level on offense.
The secondary also had a great game, but quarterback Ryan Mallett’s accuracy was a bit inconsistent, as he was thrown for just 22 yards on seven passes.
But Mallett has done a great job of making the throws when the pressure is on. 13.
What do the Patriots have to do to beat the Saints in the playoffs?
The defense will have to come up with big plays, and Brady needs to keep his receivers in the right spots and