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The Redskins made life miserable for Brees, getting consistent upfield push against the Saints’ offensive line, effectively snuffing out the rushing attack and forcing Brees to scramble.

“We made him run all over the place,” defensive lineman Adam Carriker said. “We were hitting him. I felt like we were pressing the pocket and making him dance all over. He’s not the tallest guy in the world, so it makes it hard for him to throw.”

One win at a time

The Redskins are 1-0 for the third straight season, but after beating Dallas in 2010 and the New York Giants in 2011 only to finish in last place both seasons, no one is putting too much stock in Sunday’s win.

“It was huge for us to beat the Saints, but we have to forget about it,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “Everybody has to be on the same page and not be celebrating like we won the Super Bowl already. We just have to continue to work, progress and get better like we did against these guys.”

Shanahan also was quick to tell his team not to get ahead of itself.

“As I said to our team after the game, it’s one game,” he said. “We’ve got 15 left. Our football team is mature enough to understand that it was a nice win, but it was one win. What you do over the course of the season dictates what type of team you are.”

Back in the trenches

Guard Kory Lichtensteiger finally returned to the field Sunday after missing nearly a year with a torn right ACL, which he suffered last October against Philadelphia.

“You kind of forget how sore you get after an NFL game,” said Lichtensteiger, who missed all four preseason games after aggravating the injury during training camp. “The second half for me was better than the first. It’s been a long time, so there was a little acclimation period I had to get through.”

Shanahan was pleased with Lichtensteiger’s play after such a long period of inactivity.

“I thought Kory did a great job considering he hadn’t played in a game-type situation,” Shanahan said. “To be able to play as many plays as he played at the level he played at, I was very pleased.”