If there's one thing that can stop Drew Brees(notes), it's Mother Nature. Through 11 games this season, Brees has completed 154 of 213 passes (72.3%) for 2,149 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions indoors. Outside, he's been far more mortal -- 82 of 130 (63.1%) for 968 yards, seven scores and four picks. He's averaging almost three more yards per attempt indoors (10.09 to 7.45), and he's been sacked nine times outdoors to five indoors despite many more attempts under a roof.
This is good news for the Redskins' effective (but big-play prone) defense. On a clean field and weather not a factor, Brees and the Saints would tear Washington up with their supernatural timing and multiple route combinations. When they take the field at FedEx, you may see more running with Pierre Thomas(notes) and Mike Bell(notes), though the challenge will be to block Albert Haynesworth(notes), who is expected to play today. On defense, New Orleans will be challenged by a Washington offense which has actually seen statistical improvement since implementing their playcalling-by-committee system.
This is more than a trap game for the Saints. The Redskins are out of the playoff hunt, and the trucks will be backing up to HQ once again when the season is over, but the Saints are facing two spirited opponents today -- and only one of them is the weather.
- Winter Weather Advisory