TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 1: New Orleans Saints Vs. Washington Redskins

Saints
Redskins
Wild Card Playoffs - Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints
Indianapolis Colts v Washington Redskins
Quarterback
Winner You can’t argue with Drew Brees when it comes to passing accuracy and aggressiveness at quarterback. Brees has complete confidence in his ability and his decision-making is almost always stellar.
The Redskins should be a fun team to watch this season with Robert Griffin III. He gives them explosive athleticism, a strong and accurate arm and the intelligence and desire to run Mike Shanahan’s offense.
Offense
Winner The Saints have a multitude of weapons. Marques Colston can get open whenever Brees needs him to while Devery Henderson can go downfield and get it. Jimmy Graham may be the best receiver on the team and Pierre Thomas keeps opposing defenses honest.
The Redskins may eventually have an All-Pro quarterback, but they don’t have a very solid complementary cast at this point. Pierre Garcon has a chance to be the kind of receiver who can bring out the best in Griffin, but there’s not much else in the cupboard.
Defense
The Saints have been devastated by the punishments associated with the Bountygate scandal. Steve Spagnuolo will run the Saints’ defense and will have a difficult time keeping this unit respectable without Jonathan Vilma.
Winner The Redskins showed significant improvement under Jim Haslett last year and his 3-4 defense. The Redskins love to attack the quarterback and they have the power up front with Adam Carriker, Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen.
Special Teams
Winner Thomas Morstead is one of the best kickoff specialists, having led the league with 68 touchbacks a year ago. Darren Sproles is still one of the best and most elusive return men.
Winner The Redskins have a solid weapon in punter Sav Rocca, who excels at directional punting and giving his coverage teams a chance to get down the field. The Skins do a solid job at both punt and kickoff coverage.

The Winner Is

Wild Card Playoffs - Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints
Winner Saints
3 out of 4

The Redskins probably will be a much better team by the second half of the season than they are in the first half. Robert Griffin III is extremely gifted but he needs experience. The Saints will have their offensive moments this year and this should be one of them. They should be able to handle the improving Redskins.

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