Based on recent games, it looks like the New Orleans Saints offense is drawing an easy matchup with the Washington defense on Sunday. Washington has lost three of its past four games and allowed at least 33 points in each loss. The defense ranks 26th in points allowed per game and 20th overall. The Saints, meanwhile, have the second-ranked offense and are third in scoring, rising the rankings after a 47-point output last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. But, New Orleans is still leery of the Washington defense. "I think when you watch the film, the overall cutups that you're watching, you see a very good defense, so we know we got a big challenge cut out for us this week," offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said. "You see them flying around. You see them getting a handle on balls in the secondary. We expect their best." Washington's 3-4 defense has plenty of talented players capable of limiting the Saints offense. In the middle, linebacker Zach Brown leads the NFL in tackles with 96. He also has nine tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. "They move around a lot, and he's clearly one of the guys that you seen making a ton of plays," Carmichael said. But Brown is dealing with an Achilles injury and is questionable. Washington actually has 13 players listed as questionable, so the Saints could be facing a short-handed team.
Washington defense presents challenges for Saints despite recent results
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Nov 19