Running back Mark Ingram was the one to return from suspension, and he wasted no time getting involved, running for 53 yards and two touchdowns, even shutting down the production of fellow tailback Alvin Kamara. The 39-year-old Brees entered the game needing just 201 yards to reach the milestone, as he was 40 over that number by halftime. He finished 26-of-29 throwing, and has yet to throw an interception this season. He also had the eighth reception of his career when he caught a ball that was deflected right back to him.
The Saints led by as many as 37 points after backup quarterback Tayson Hill ran in from a yard out for a touchdown, as the Saints took over first place in the NFC South all alone at 4-1.
Meanwhile, the Redskins were coming off a bye week, but Alex Smith seemed to still be on that break, completing just 23 of his 39 passes. The veteran finished with 275 yards through the air and ran in for a touchdown, but his team dropped to 2-2 on the season. That is still good enough to hold first place in the struggling NFC East Division.
After falling behind quickly, the Redskins never got any closer than 13, as they will host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers next week with hopes of getting back over .500. The Saints will look to keep rolling when they visit Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens after enjoying a bye week.