Redskins season dire after blowing 15-point lead to Saints

WASHINGTON — This one will haunt the Redskins for quite some time. They had a 15-point lead in New Orleans with just over six minutes left, and end up losing the game in overtime, 34-31.

New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) celebrates his game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) celebrates his game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) celebrates his game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) celebrates his game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Teammates crowd around Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson as he is helped onto a cart after being injured in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Teammates crowd around Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson as he is helped onto a cart after being injured in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Mark Ingram
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) his touchdown in front of Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

free safety D.J. Swearinger (36)
Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger (36) celebrates his interception with running back Chris Thompson (25) and strong safety Montae Nicholson (35) in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) pulls in a pass in front of Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) pulls in a pass in front of Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Drew Brees, Ryan Kerrigan
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Kirk Cousins
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Marshon Lattimore, Josh Doctson
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.

Saints running back Mark Ingram runs the ball as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans.   (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Saints running back Mark Ingram runs the ball as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a pass as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans.   (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a pass as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is hit as he throws a pass during an NFL football game as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans.   (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is hit as he throws a pass during an NFL football game as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass during an NFL football game as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass during an NFL football game as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Saints running back Mark Ingram III celebrates after scoring a touchdown as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.   (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Saints running back Mark Ingram III celebrates after scoring a touchdown as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) drops back to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) is helped onto a cart after being injured in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) is helped onto a cart after being injured in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Alvin Kamara
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara scores a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Chris Thompson
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) is helped onto a cart after being injured in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Drew Brees, Junior Galette
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) drops back to pass under pressure from Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette (58) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes under pressure from Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette (58) and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Chris Thompson, Vonn Bell
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of New Orleans Saints free safety Vonn Bell (48) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Alvin Kamara
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara bobbles a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Martrell Spaight (50) pursues in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won in overtime 34-31. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Alvin Kamara
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) celebrates his game-tying two-point conversion in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won -34-31. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

New Orleans Saints mob kicker Wil Lutz after he hit the game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
New Orleans Saints mob kicker Wil Lutz after he hit the game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Wil Lutz
New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) celebrates his game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) celebrates his game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) celebrates his game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Teammates crowd around Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson as he is helped onto a cart after being injured in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Mark Ingram
free safety D.J. Swearinger (36)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) pulls in a pass in front of Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
Drew Brees, Ryan Kerrigan
Kirk Cousins
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Marshon Lattimore, Josh Doctson
Saints running back Mark Ingram runs the ball as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans.   (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a pass as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans.   (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is hit as he throws a pass during an NFL football game as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans.   (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass during an NFL football game as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in New Orleans. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Saints running back Mark Ingram III celebrates after scoring a touchdown as The New Orleans Saints take on The Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.   (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
Drew Brees
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) is helped onto a cart after being injured in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Alvin Kamara
Chris Thompson
Drew Brees, Junior Galette
Drew Brees
Chris Thompson, Vonn Bell
Alvin Kamara
Alvin Kamara
New Orleans Saints mob kicker Wil Lutz after he hit the game winning field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The Saints won 34-31.(AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
Wil Lutz

The Redskins defense seemed to have bounced back from last weeks dismal performance against the Vikings with a pretty good performance on the road against a Saints team that had won seven straight games.

They forgot it was a 60-minute game. They forgot that the Saints have Drew Brees.

After being handed a 15-point lead with just over six minutes left, the Redskins defense inexplicably allowed the Saints to mount two touchdown scoring drives, including a two-point conversion to tie the game and force overtime.

The defense had no answer for Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the final three drives. Brees went 11-11 for 164 yards and two touchdowns in mounting the comeback. He’s a future Hall of Famer.

The defense will get a lot of blame for this loss, and rightfully so, but there is blame to go around on the offense, as well as coaching.

Leading by eight with just over two minutes remaining the Redskins faced a third and one. The Saints had used up all of their timeouts so all the Redskins needed was one yard and a first down to ice the game and secure one of the best wins in recent memory.

After burning their second timeout, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense were stopped for a loss of one, as Samaje Perine (23 carries, 117 yards) ran right and was stuffed by the Saints defense, giving them another chance to try and tie the game.

They were in nearly the same situation late in the game last week against the Vikings, facing a third and one, and failed to pick up a yard on third and fourth down.

The play call was questionable last week and again this week, as well. Instead of running straight ahead and picking up a yard, Gruden called for Perine to run right and didn’t have a chance.

Despite allowing the game-tying drive, the Redskins still had just over a minute left to try and win the game. Cousins drove the offense to the Saints’ 34-yard line, but an intentional grounding not only cost the Redskins field position but a 10-second run off the clock.

To make matters worse, the Redskins lost their top offensive performer for the season, as running back Chris Thompson suffered a broken fibula and will be gone for the season.

Now sitting at 4-6, the Redskins have to rebound and play a game in four days against the Giants on Thanksgiving night. It will most likely take 10 wins to get into the postseason this year, the Redskins now have zero room for error and must win out for any shot at all.

The Redskins have bounced back after losses pretty well under Jay Gruden, but Sunday’s loss was one of the most crushing defeats he has suffered in his time in Washington. It will be very tough to rebound from this one anytime soon.

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