Overall Game Grade--B-
It's hard to think an offense that scores 33 points in one game could deserve a B- grade for their performance. But when those 33 points come despite two turnovers and a multitude of dropped passes, penalties and pressure it makes much more sense.
The team was never able to establish a running game, partially due to the fact the team was playing from behind at the onset. Nonetheless, the unit, even when it tried to stick to its game plan could not do anything right.
The passing game was obviously better, but multiple dropped passes only hurts the team's grade in that area. It may have been a 33-point effort, but it wasn't the finest showing from the Saints' offense Sunday.
The key issue was that the line had trouble blocking Washington's plethora of talented pass rushers. Drew Brees nearly paid for that difficulty many times. Only his amazing ability to escape trouble kept the sack numbers to a minimum.
The bulk of Washington's pressure in this game came from the outside. Without actually watching the film, it seem reasonable to conclude the issue was with the tackles. In this case, that puts Bushrod in harm's way of my wrath.
I will give him a break on the Deangelo Hall that Saints fans seemingly wanted to blame on Bushrod. That was a play Washington simply brought more than the Saints could block. Bushrod blocked the furthest guy inside, as he was supposed to do.
Ben Grubbs was brought into New Orleans with the expectation his presence would improve the Saints' running game. After one game, the jury is still out on that front.
In pass protection, Grubbs was supposed to be nearly equal to Carl Nicks. Sunday, Drew Brees was facing pressure mostly from the left side. In other words, the communication and execution that is supposed to be exhibited between Grubb and Jermon Bushrod did not take place.
Brian de la Puente--B
With the exception of the Deangelo Hall sack, where de la Puente may have been able to check the line into a better protection, he seemed to be handling his assignment as QB of the line quite nicely.
As a blocker, there were no noticeable mistakes he made. And when watching a television copy of a football game that is a good thing. No mentions for an offensive lineman is not a bad thing.
Evans' play was neither awful or spectacular. He appeared to be handling the interior of the Redskins' defense in pass protection. And the bulk of the Saints' successful runs (of which there may have been five) came to the right side.
Though much of the Redskins' pressure Sunday came off the left side of the line, Zach Strief did allow a few rushers to come off the right side in Brees' direction.
He earns a 'C+', though, because he was partially responsible for opening up holes on the right side in the running game.