Washington already has played seven games against offenses currently ranked in the top 11 in yards gained per game. The Saints, ranked second, might be the best of the bunch. The Redskins have lost five of the first seven games to these teams. While it's tough to play at the Superdome, the Redskins already have won big games on the road -- at the Rams, at Seattle -- and also have a close loss at Kansas City. They won't be intimidated. But the noise will make it hard to communicate defensively, an issue with so many players rotating in and out because of injuries. That, plus a balanced offense, makes New Orleans difficult. Saints 27, Redskins 20 -- John Keim
Without Pryor, the Redskins are thin at receiver; veterans Brian Quick and Ryan Grant are listed as questionable with concussions. Josh Doctsonmoved ahead of Pryor as the Redskins' starting X receiver in a Week 7 loss to Philadelphia and has remained there since.
The Redskins did consider backs in the draft, but Jonathan Allen fell to them at 17 (and Christian McCaffrey was gone) and then in the second round Dalvin Cook was gone before they picked. They selected Perine in the fourth round. After he was picked, one player texted me and predicted he'd be an opening-day starter.
Recent comments from Cousins may hint at future in D.C.—Cousins has been big on making statements about the long-term future with the Redskins (read the post for specifics). That doesn’t mean that it’s a lock that he stays in town. But it should give some pause to those who believe that it is a lock that he will be in another uniform when 2018 or, at the latest, 2019 rolls around. He has never been inclined to go to the highest bidder and if the Redskins make a competitive offer that delivers what he wants he could well stick around.
So you're saying... - There is a chance. Don't count out the Redskins yet. Remember, this team won games both in Seattle and in Los Angeles, against two of the best teams in the NFC. Further, the Saints have been committing plenty of turnovers, but largely, their opponents haven't made them pay. (Listen to Saints analyst Deuce McAllister in the video above). If the Redskins can run the ball at a decent rate, Kirk Cousins protects the ball and gets the offense into the end zone, Washington could pull off another road upset. Winning eight games in a row is very hard in the NFL.