NFL Game Previews: Redskins-Saints Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Redskins-Saints Matchup

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Washington (+6.5) at New Orleans, 52.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

The Story: An early bye didn't do Washington any favors. In fact, it seems like the roster is more beat up now than it was heading into Week 3. Nonetheless, the current NFC East leaders got a lot of time to dissect film on one of the worst defenses in the league, giving Alex Smith a golden opportunity to make a splash in his new uniform. He'll need to come up big, because nothing has been able to slow down Drew Brees at home yet. The Saints are just a field goal shy of the Rams as the most potent offense in the conference, and that's only because Brees struggled outdoors in MetLife Stadium last week. Back under the roof in New Orleans, he'll have a go at a Washington secondary that actually sits third in QB rating allowed, but which might be without Josh Norman.

The Skinny:
WAS injuries: RB Adrian Peterson (questionable, ankle0: WR Paul Richardson (questionable, shoulder); WR Josh Doctson (questionable, heel); CB Norman (questionable, hamstring)
NO injuries: RB Alvin Kamara (questionable, knee); WR Ted Ginn (questionable, knee); WR Cameron Meredith (questionable, knee)
WAS DFS chalk: Chris Thompson (NO 31st in passing game DVOA vs. RB)
NO DFS chalk: Kamara (WAS 23rd in YPC allowed)
WAS DFS tournament plays: Smith (NO 31st in QB rating allowed), Richardson (30 percent share of team Air Yards, NO 32nd in

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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