REGULAR SEASON WEEK 5 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-1) VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-1)
Monday, Oct. 8 | 8:15 p.m. ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (73,208) | New Orleans, La.
The Washington Redskins will make their first prime time appearance of the 2018 season when they face the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Kickoff from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.
The match-up features one of the NFL's premiere defenses against one of the league's top scoring offensive units. The Redskins enter Week 5 following the bye week with the No. 2 ranked defense in points per game (14.7 avg.).
The Redskins are also ranked third in total yards per game (278.0 avg.) and passing yards per game (187.3 avg.). The unit has not allowed a 300-yard passer this season.
The Saints rank among the NFL's top five in yards per game (418.3 avg.) and points per game (34.3 avg.)
The offense will look to continue its versatility following a Week 3 win over Green Bay. Running back Adrian Peterson's career milestones have added incentives to the 2018 campaign. After passing Jim Brown for No. 10 on the NFL's all-time list for rushing yards in Week 1, Peterson recorded two rushing touchdowns against the Packers to take sole position of seventh on the NFL's all-time list.
SERIES HISTORY: Redskins trail all-time regular season series, 17-9
Last meeting: Nov. 19, 2017 (34-31, OT, NO)
Joe Tessitore (play-by-play)
Jason Witten (color)
Lisa Salters (sidelines)
Booger McFarland (field analyst)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
Larry Michael (play-by-play)
Chris Cooley (analysis)
Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)
The New Orleans Saints enter the game with a 3-1 record, including three consecutive wins. Head coach Sean Payton returns for his 12th season, after leading the Saints to the postseason last year.
Quarterback Drew Brees continues to build on his Hall of Fame career, and is already off to a fast start this season. Brees is 122-for-161 for 1,295 yards and eight touchdowns over four games. Brees also needs just 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning and Brett Favre to become the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.
Running back Alvin Kamara continues to build on his Rookie of the Year performance from last season, and will get reinforcements in the backfield with the return of Mark Ingram from suspension. Kamara has recorded 611 all-purpose yards, with 56 rushing attempts and 35 receptions, and a combined 6 touchdowns.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas has begun the year on fire, and is now fourth in the league in receiving yards. Thomas has 42 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns, and is on pace for a career year. Veteran tight end Benjamin Watson and the quick wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. round out a talented receiving corps.
Demario Davis and Cameron Jordan lead an explosive front seven for the Saints. Davis leads the team in tackles with 37, and has also forced a fumble and recorded two sacks. Jordan leads the team with four sacks, and has tallied 15 tackles in four games.
Defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams lead the Saints against the passing game. Lattimore has 13 tackles and a forced fumble this season, while Williams has 15 tackles and an interception.
Veteran kicker Wil Lutz continues to be successful, hitting 10 of 11 field goals, including a long of 49 yards. The three year player from Georgia State owns a career field goal percentage of 85.2%. .
Monday’s matchup between the Redskins and Saints is the second meeting on Monday Night Football and the 27th all-time meeting between the two franchises dating back to their first meeting on Sept. 24, 1967.
In their last meeting on Monday Night Football, the Redskins dropped a 20-3 decision to the Saints on Nov. 23, 1992.
The Redskins hold a 17-9 record against the Saints all-time, with all 26 meetings coming in regular season play.
A win on Monday would give the Redskins five victories in their last seven meetings with the Saints dating back to 2006. The Redskins have scored 30 or more points in the last four contests against the Saints and have won two of the contests by reaching the 40-point mark.
Included below are the 26 previous games contested between the Redskins and Saints:
Date Game Result
- 9/24/1967 at New Orleans 30-10 W
- 12/17/1967 vs. New Orleans 30-14 L
- 9/22/1968 at New Orleans 37-17 L
- 9/21/1969 at New Orleans 26-20 W
- 12/14/1969 vs. New Orleans 17-14 W
- 10/31/1971 vs. New Orleans 24-14 W
- 10/28/1973 at New Orleans 19-3 L
- 9/21/1975 vs. New Orleans 41-3 W
- 10/28/1979 vs. New Orleans 14-10 L
- 10/26/1980 vs. New Orleans 22-14 W
- 12/26/1982 at New Orleans 27-10 W
- 10/5/1986 at New Orleans 14-6 W
- 11/6/1988 vs. New Orleans 27-24 W
- 10/1/1989 at New Orleans 16-14 W
- 11/18/1990 vs. New Orleans 31-17 W
- 11/23/1992 at New Orleans 20-3 L
- 9/11/1994 at New Orleans 38-24 W
- 12/30/2001 at New Orleans 40-10 W
- 10/13/2002 vs. New Orleans 43-27 L
- 11/30/2003 vs. New Orleans 24-20 L
- 12/17/2006 at New Orleans 16-10 W
- 9/14/2008 vs. New Orleans 29-24 W
- 12/6/2009 vs. New Orleans 33-30 (OT) L
- 9/9/2012 at New Orleans 40-32 W
- 11/15/2015 vs. New Orleans 47-14 W
- 11/19/2017 at New Orleans 34-31 (OT) L
Check out these photos of the Redskins' preparing for their Week 5 game against the New Orleans Saints Monday, Oct.1, 2018, at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park.
NOTABLE REDSKINS/SAINTS CONNECTIONS
Former Saints on Redskins:
- WR Michael Floyd (2018)
- K Dustin Hopkins (2014)
- T Ty Nsekhe (2014)
- RB Adrian Peterson (2017)
Former Redskins on Saints:
- Offensive Coordinator Peter Carmichael (2001)
- Linebackers Coach Mike Nolan (1997-99)
- Defensive Assistant Coach Leigh Torrence (CB-Player, 2006-08)
- Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta (2014-16)
- G Josh LeRibeus (2012-15)
Redskins from Louisiana:
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (Patterson, La.)
- Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart (Abita Springs, La.)
- Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams (Zachary, La.)
- S Deshazor Everett (DeRidder, La.)
- CB Danny Johnson (Jackson, La.)
Saints from the Washington D.C. area:
- Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Ronald Curry (Hampton, Va.)
- T Jermon Bushrod (King George, Va.)
- CB Ken Crawley (Washington, D.C.)
- TE Benjamin Watson (Norfolk, Va.)
Redskins who went to college in Louisiana:
- Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart (Southeastern Louisiana University)
- Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams (Grambling State)
- CB Danny Johnson (Southern University)
Saints who went to college in the Washington, D.C. area:
- Offensive Assistant Coach Joseph Brady (William & Mary)
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach Brendan Nugent (Catholic University of America)
- T Jermon Bushrod (Towson)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (1995-97) worked with Saints Head Coach Sean Payton (97-98) for the Philadelphia Eagles. Callahan served as Offensive Line Coach and Payton as Quarterbacks Coach.
- Callahan (1998-03), Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan (03) and Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly (98-03) worked for the Oakland Raiders when Saints Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Ronald Curry (WR-Player, 02-08) played there. Callahan served as Head Coach, Jordan as Special Teams Assistant Coach and Kelly as a Coaches Assistant (98-01)/Assistant to the Head Coach (02-03).
- Callahan (2008-11), Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (2009-12), Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (07-13), Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Kevin O'Connell (QB-Player, 10-11) and Saints Special Teams Coach Mike Westhoff (01-12) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Kevin O'Dea (08-09) were all members of the
New York Jets. Callahan served as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line, Cavanaugh as Quarterbacks Coach, Kotwica as Quality Control Coach (07-08)/Assistant Special Teams (09-12), Westhoff as Special Teams Coach and O'Dea as Special Teams Coordinator.
- Cavanaugh (1999-04) worked with Saints Linebackers Coach Mike Nolan (01-04) for the Baltimore Ravens. Cavanaugh served as Offensive Coordinator and Nolan as Wide Receivers Coach (01)/Defensive Coordinator (02-04).
- Cavanaugh (2013-14) worked with Saints Assistant Offensive Line Coach Brendan Nugent (13-14) for the Chicago Bears. Saints T Jermon Bushrod (13-15) played there at the time. Cavanaugh served as Quarterbacks Coach and Nugent as Offensive Quality Control Coach.
- Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky (2000) worked with Saints Coach Kevin O'Dea (1996-01) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manusky served as a Training Camp Coach and O'Dea as Offensive and Defensive Assistant Coach.
- Manusky (2002-06) worked with Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael (02-05) for the San Diego Chargers. Saints QB Drew Brees (01-05) played there at the time. Manusky served as Linebackers Coach and Carmichael as Offensive Assistant/Quality Control Coach.
- Manusky (2007-10), Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula (07-15), TE Vernon Davis (06-15) and QB Alex Smith (05-12) and Saints Mike Nolan (2005-08) were all members of the San Francisco 49ers. Manusky served as Defensive Coordinator and Nolan as Head Coach.
- Tomsula, Davis and QB Colt McCoy (13) and Saints Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Ronald Curry (13-15) and WR Ted Ginn Jr. (10-12) were all members of the 49ers. Tomsula served as Defensive Line Coach (07-14)/Head Coach (15) and Curry as Offensive Assistant Coach (13-14)/ Wide Receivers Coach (15).
- Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Kevin O'Connell (QB-Player, 2008-09) played with Saints TE Benjamin Watson (04-09) on the New England Patriots.
- O'Connell (QB-Player, 09) played on the Detroit Lions when Saints Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta (2008-13) worked there.
- O'Connell (2015) worked for the Cleveland Browns when Saints LB Craig Robertson (11-15) played there. O'Connell served as Quarterbacks Coach.
- Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews (2013) also worked for the Browns when Craig Robertson played there. Matthews served as Defensive Coaching Intern.
- Matthews worked for the Browns when Saints LB Demario Davis played there in 2016. Matthews served as Assistant Defensive Backs Coach.
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (2011) worked with Saints Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Dan Campbell (10-15) and Mike Nolan (10-11) for the Miami Dolphins. Hilliard served as Assistant Wide Receivers Coach, Campbell as Tight Ends Coach and Nolan as Defensive Coordinator
- Outside Linebacker Coach Chad Grimm (2013-14) worked for the San Diego Chargers when Saints LB Manti Te'O (13-16) played there. Grimm served as Defensive Quality Control Coach.
- Director of Player Development Malcom Blacken (2001-09) and Saints Dan Campbell (TE-Player, 06-08), Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta (LS-Player, 01-03, 08-13) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Kevin O’Dea (02-03) were all members of the Detroit Lions. Blacken served as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Banta as Assistant Special Teams Coach and O’Dea as Special Teams Assistant Coach.
Pro Player Connections:
- OL Tony Bergstrom (2012-15) played on the Oakland Raiders when Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen (12-14) worked there. Allen served as Head Coach.
- Bergstrom (2017) played with Saints TE Benjamin Watson (16-17) on the Baltimore Ravens.
- LB Zach Brown (2016) played with Saints RB Mike Gillislee (15-16) and RB Jonathan Williams (16) on the Buffalo Bills.
- DB Kenny Ladler (2014-15) also played with Mike Gillislee on the Bills.
- WR Michael Floyd (2012-16) and S D.J Swearinger Sr. (15-16) played with Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (14) and DE Alex Okafor (13-16) on the Arizona Cardinals.
- Floyd (2017) played with Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater (14-17) on the Minnesota Vikings.
- LB Mason Foster (2011-14) played on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Saints Kevin O’Dea (14-15) worked there. O’Dea served as Special Teams Coordinator.
- Swearinger Sr. (2015) also played for the Buccaneers when Kevin O’Dea worked there.
- Foster (2015), DL Ziggy Hood (15) and LB Pernell McPhee (15-17) played with Saints T Jermon Bushrod (13-15) and WR Cameron Meredith (15-17) on the Chicago Bears.
- G Shawn Lauvao (2010-13) and QB Colt McCoy (10-12) played with Saints LB Craig Robertson (11-15) and TE Benjamin Watson (10-12) on the Cleveland Browns.
- CB Josh Norman (2012-15) played with Saints S Kurt Coleman (15-17), WR Ted Ginn Jr. (13) and LB A.J. Klein (13-16) on the Carolina Panthers.
- RB Adrian Peterson (2007-16) played with Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater (14-17) and FB Zach Line (13-16) on the Minnesota Vikings.
- WR Paul Richardson Jr. (2014-16) played with Saints C Max Unger (09-14) on the Seattle Seahawks.
- QB Alex Smith (2013-17) played with Saints S Kurt Coleman (14) on the Kansas City Chiefs. Saints Kevin O’Dea worked there in 2013 and served as Assistant Special Teams Coach.
- LB Zach Vigil (2015-16) played with Saints T Jermon Bushrod (16-17) on the Miami Dolphins. Saints Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Dan Campbell (10-15) worked there and served as Head Coach.
Notable College Connections:
- Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken (2011-12) worked at Colorado when WR Paul Richardson Jr. (10-13) and Packers T David Bakhtiari (10-12) played there. Blacken served as Director of Speed, Strength & Conditioning.
- Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (1993) worked at Pitt with Packers Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine (93-94). Cavanaugh served as Tight Ends Coach and Pettine as a Graduate Assistant.
- Cavanaugh (2005-08) also worked at Pitt with Packers Tight Ends Coach Brian Angelichio (06-10). Cavanaugh served as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach and Angelichio as Offensive Assistant/Tight Ends Coach (06)/Tight Ends Coach (07-10).
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach Phil Rauscher (OL-Player, 2004-05) played at UCLA with Packers TE Marcedes Lewis (02-05).
- Rauscher (2008-09) also worked at UCLA with Packers Wide Receivers Coach Doug Raih (08-09). Rauscher served as a Graduate Assistant and Raih as a Football Intern.
- Assistant Defensive Backs Coach James Rowe (2015) worked at Florida when DT Caleb Brantley (14-16) and Packers LB Antonio Morrison (12-15) played there. Rowe served as a Defensive Graduate Assistant.
- CB Quinton Dunbar (11-14) and TE Jordan Reed (09-12) also played with Antonio Morrison at Florida.
- Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham (2011) worked at Rutgers with Packers Brian Angelichio (11) and Quarterbacks Coach Frank Cignetti Jr. (11). Latham served as a Strength and Conditioning Intern, Angelichio as Tight Ends Coach and Cignetti Jr. as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach.
- DL Jonathan Allen (2013-16) and LB Ryan Anderson (13-16) played with Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (11-13) at Alabama.
- Allen, Anderson, LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (14-17) and DL Daron Payne (15-17) played with Packers P JK Scott (14-17) at Alabama.
- T Geron Christian Sr. (2015-17) and LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (15-16) played with Packers CB Jaire Alexander (15-17) at Louisville.
- WR Jamison Crowder (2011-14) played with Packers G Lucas Patrick (12-15) at Duke.
- CB Fabian Moreau (2012-16) played with Packers DL Kenny Clark (13-16) at UCLA.
- G Brandon Scherff (2011-14) played with Packers DL Mike Daniels (08-11) at Iowa. Packers David Raih (10-12) coached there and served as a Graduate Assistant (O Line/TEs).
- LB Preston Smith (2011-14) played with Packers LS Hunter Bradley (12-17) at Mississippi State.
- LS Nick Sundberg (2005-08) played at California when Packers Frank Cignetti Jr. (08) worked there. Cignetti Jr. served as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach.