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Monday Night Football Week 5, Saints vs. Redskins

Week five of Monday Night Football pits the 3-1 New Orleans Saints against the 2-1 Washington Redskins. This will be a game for the record books because all eyes will be on Saints QB Drew Brees as he closes in on the record for most passing yards in an NFL career. Coming into Monday's game, Brees is only 201 yards away from Peyton Manning's record of 71,940. If you want to crank the excitement up yet another notch for this matchup, head over to our NFL sportsbook to check our football betting live lines and great bonuses for this and all the other NFL games.

To break the record on Monday, Brees will have to go through the Redskins, who are at best an emerging threat in the NFL and at worse, an unpredictable team that has yet to show its true colors. So far, Washington has won an impressive 31-17 game in Week 3 against the Packers and had a dominant win in Arizona to start the season, but faltered in week 2 in a 21-9 loss to the Colts. They had an early bye last week, so if nothing else, they will be very rested for this matchup.

After the Saint's 33-14 win against the Giants last week, Brees indicated that while he is excited and honored about the record, he is not letting it occupy much of his thought.

"It doesn’t affect my approach," Brees said in a press conference. "I just focus on winning the next game, whoever my opponent is. Just trying not to make a bigger deal of it than it already is. Just focusing on my preparation and my process and let the rest take care of itself."

Injury-wise, Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson has not practiced this week due to heel pain. He has been off to a slow start this season with only five catches so far. Left guard Shawn Lauvao (calf) also remains out, but LT Trent Williams, RB Adrian Peterson, and CB Josh Norman are all back from injury and ready to play on Monday.

For the Saints, they will be trying not to get too caught up in the hype around Brees and instead focus on playing their best game. Running back Alvin Kamara continues to shine this season as a dual threat. His 35 catches for 336 yards are third most in the NFL, and his 276 rushing yards are good enough for 8th in the league. In a Washington-New Orleans matchup last season, the Redskins held Kamara to only 42 yards rushing, but he also caught eight passes for 74 yards, with one of those resulting in a touchdown. To make matters even worse for the Redskins, running back Mark Ingram will be back from a four-game suspension. Last year Ingram ran for 134 yards and a touchdown against Washington in that same game, a 34-31 win in overtime for the Saints.

Before that game, Washington has won 17 of the 26 total matchups between these two clubs. The Redskins last win was in 2015, a 47-14 drubbing of the Saints in front of their home crowd.

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