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It was a "break the streak" kind of day. Dashon Goldson had the team's first defensive pick six since October 27, 2013. The team put up the most first half yards (394) in 27 years - since Super Bowl XXII in January, 1988. The offense scored the most points since its 45-41 win against Chicago on November 3, 2013.
In light of all of that, the New Orleans Saints just couldn't keep up.
All of the offensive weapons showed up today, and the run game finally got going after a rough past few games. All three running backs and fullback Darrel Young combined for 213 yards on the ground. Kirk Cousins, who finished the day with a perfect passer rating, hit nine different players with passes and earned a career high 4 touchdowns. The Redskins actually built a comfortable enough lead that Kirk Cousins saw his day end before the end of the fourth quarter, and not due to injury. Colt McCoy came onto the field to finish out the game.. Finally, fans got to see what the offense could look like when everything clicks.
The defense pressured Drew Brees and his receivers the whole game and, even though they continued to show weaknesses in tackling and run defense, allowing New Orleans 157 rushing yards, held the Saints to a measly 14 points. In their pressure on the Saints, the team came up with two interceptions, the aforementioned pick six by Goldson and a somewhat surprising interception by Perry Riley Jr., and two sacks.
As the game went on and the dominance continued, all of the players seemed to carry themselves with confidence, and they should celebrate a win in which they were firing on all cylinders. They're going to need that swagger when they head south to face the Panthers in Carolina next weekend.
By the numbers: Kirk Cousins (25/20, 324 yards, 4 TD, 0 int), Alfred Morris (15 carries, 92 yards), Matt Jones (11 carries, 56 yards, 3 receptions, 131 yards, 1 TD), Chris Thomson (2 carries, 52 yards), Jamison Crowder (4 receptions, 60 yards, 1 TD), DeSean Jackson (2 receptions, 44 yards), Jordan Reed (3 receptions, 29 yards, 2 TD), Dustin Hopkins (4/4 field goals)