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2018 Opponent Profile: Washington Redskins

Saints play the Redskins on Monday, Oct. 8

Opponent – Washington Redskins

Coach – Jay Gruden

Quarterback – Alex Smith

2017 Record – 7-9, third NFC East

Most recent matchup: Nov. 19, 2017 – Saints won 34-31 in OT

2018 game: Monday, Oct. 8 @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 7:15 p.m.

Redskins-Saints series record: Redskins lead 17-9

Stadium – FedExField

2017 season recap: The Washington Redskins missed the playoffs for the fourth time in four years after going 7-9 in the regular season. New Orleans faced off against the Redskins on Nov. 19 and came back from a 15-point deficit in the final six minutes of regulation. After a field goal from kicker Wil Lutz, the Saints defeated the Redskins in overtime 34-31 to extend their winning streak to eight games. The Redskins could not overcome the amount of injuries they were saddled with during the season. Star quarterback Kirk Cousins had another solid season, passing for 4,093 yards and a completion percentage of .643, but it was not enough to bring Washington out of the hole. Following the season, the Redskins traded for quarterback Alex Smith, who spent the last five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and threw for 4,042 yards last season, and Kirk Cousins left for the Minnesota Vikings.

Notable Additions:

  • Defensive tackle – Daron Payton – Selected with the 13th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft
  • Defensive end – Jonathan Allen – Selected with the 17th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft
  • Running back – Derrius Guice – Selected with the 59th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft
  • Quarterback – Alex Smith
  • Defensive back – Orlando Scandrick

Notable Losses:

  • Defensive end – Trent Murphy
  • Offensive lineman – Orlando Franklin
  • Quarterback – Kirk Cousins

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