The Saints defense hasn’t been an impressive unit at any point this season, but they may have found a new low on Sunday afternoon.
Kirk Cousins has completed 17-of-20 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns and the Redskins have 394 yards of offense overall while running up a 27-14 halftime lead at home. The score could be even worse for the Saints, but they were able to drop Chris Thompson short of the end zone just before halftime to make Washington settle for a Dustin Hopkins field goal.
That stop may keep Cousins from making a run at tying or topping Drew Brees and the other quarterbacks who have thrown an NFL-record seven touchdown passes in a single game. That’s about the only positive to come up with for the Saints defense through two quarters of this contest, though.
Not all was perfect for Cousins and company. The team announced that running back Alfred Morris is questionable to return with a rib injury and wide receiver DeSean Jackson is being evaluated for head and neck injuries, but neither was missed much against an overmatched New Orleans defense.
The Redskins didn’t start off much better defensively as Brees and Brandin Cooks hooked up for two touchdowns, but the Saints were held to two punts while their defense was allowing Washington to storm up and down the field. If Rob Ryan can’t find a way to make that change, the Saints will have a tough time coming back even if Brees should wind up breaking his own record in the final 30 minutes.