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And it’s not as though Washington’s defense was perfect against New Orleans. Brees threw three touchdown passes, including a 33-yarder on fourth and 10 late in the game. His pump fake on that play froze cornerback Josh Wilson and free safety Madieu Williams.

“We’d like to eliminate the big plays,” linebacker London Fletcher said. “Those are things that we go into each game looking at — not giving up big plays, making teams earn everything they get.”

“They’ve got a lot of weapons,” Haslett said. “We’ve got to be ready to play.”