Brees makes history as Saints beat Redskins
Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's NFL record and the New Orleans Saints breezed past the Washington Redskins 43-19.
Saints quarterback Brees surpassed Manning's record of 71,940 yards to become the all-time passing leader on Monday.
Brees and running back Mark Ingram II partnered up to take a part the league's top defense. The Redskins allowed 447 total yards and struggled to apply pressure when it counted, including on the record-breaking touchdown pass.
The dismantling of the Redskins was not just on one side of the ball.
Quarterback Alex Smith struggled against New Orleans' defense. This was the fifth consecutive game Washington have not scored a touchdown in the third quarter, dating back to last year.
Washington scored their first second-half touchdown of the season early in the fourth quarter, but the efforts were too little too late.
The loss leaves the NFC East wide open while, the Saints' victory pushed them past the Carolina Panthers for top spot in the NFC South.
Brees cements his name in record books
Fans packed the Superdome in hopes of seeing Brees surpass Manning as the NFL's all-time leading passer. The 18-year QB accomplished that feat in the second quarter when he put the Saints up 26-6, but he was just getting started.
New Orleans came out of the half and continued to dominate Washington's defense.
No. 9 just became No. 1 all-time pic.twitter.com/fbk9uxaOFa— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 9, 2018
Brees finished 26-of-29 passing for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He utilised Ingram, who made his 2018 debut after finishing a four-game suspension, and Tre'Quan Smith. Smith made the record-breaking reception for a touchdown that put Brees over the hump.
Brees now sits at 499 career touchdowns, one away from the illustrious 500 mark that he will surely break in weeks to come.
Ingram's return wasn't overshadowed
Ingram was due back on the field when Brees was predicted to break Manning's record, leaving many to wonder if the former's return would be overshadowed.
The two-time Pro Bowl running back quickly silenced that talk. After Brees completed a short pass to Ingram that eventually put the Saints on the two-yard line, the latter recorded the team's first touchdown a play later to give New Orleans an early lead.
Ingram was suspended for four games after violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances. It was the first time in his career that he has been away from a team at any level, and he made his presence felt when he returned to the field.
He finished with 53 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.
An undisciplined defense didn't do Washington any favors
There was no excuse for why the Redskins showed up to NOLA unprepared.
Top top-ranked total defense had an early bye week, which should have given them more than enough time to prepare for one of their toughest matchups of the season.
But when Washington took the field, the defensive unit lacked the necessary discipline needed to stop Brees and company.
The Redskins racked up six penalties that extended some of the Saints' early drives. They could have bounced back from the 38 yards lost on penalties, but allowed Ingram to establish a steady run game — and of course, Brees' record outing. It was the most yards (447) Washington have allowed since week 14 of the 2017 season against the Los Angeles Chargers.
It was a showing that did not do Washington any favours as they battle through a division that is anyone's game.