NFL Week 13 Top 5 Observations: Saints 33, Redskins 30

Here are five quick-hit observations from the Saints’ 33-30 overtime win over the Redskins in Week 13.

1. Team of destiny? Uh, yeah – maybe.
Up 30-23 with just over two minutes remaining, the Redskins could have iced the game with a 23-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham. But he missed the chip-shot and not surprisingly, the Saints took the gift 80-yards for the game-tying score. To win in the NFL, teams have to be a mixture of good and lucky. Well, New Orleans is better than good – they’re great. And after today, it appears that they have quite a bit of luck on their side as well. Sometimes, teams are just destined to win and it looks like it’s the Saints year.

2. The Saints better get healthy.
They may be a team of destiny, but injuries on the defensive side of the ball are starting to mount for the Saints. They were absolutely shredded for 367 passing yards by an offense that has been anemic all season and they better get healthy before they face the likes of the Vikings, Cardinals, Cowboys or whomever come January.

3. How does any defense stop this Saints’ receiving corps?
Marques Colston caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown today and he was about the third or fourth most productive receiver for the Saints. Robert Meachem (8 receptions, 142 yards, 1 TD) is finally starting to cash in on his first-round ability and Devery Henderson (6 receptions, 61 yards) turned in his best game of the season. Washington’s secondary is one of the best in the league and it still couldn’t figure out how to defense the New Orleans’ receiving crops. Defenses just have to pick their poison with this bunch.

4. There’s still fight left in the Skins.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote that the Redskins had given up. I was wrong. They’re not going to the playoffs this season, but they’ve continued to fight hard under head coach Jim Zorn. He won’t save his job, but he deserves a little credit for the way his team hasn’t thrown in the towel yet.

5. Campbell can play.
Redskin fans might grill me for this, but Jason Campbell proved today that he can play in this league. Granted, his interception at midfield with 28 seconds remaining cost the Redskins a potential opportunity at a game-winning field goal attempt, but he was fantastic outside of that. He completed 30-of-42 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Considering he plays in the West Coast Offense, those numbers should have been good enough for Washington to blow New Orleans out. If the Redskins move in another direction next year, I’d love to see Campbell get a shot to be a starter elsewhere.

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