He broke the record on a touchdown pass in the first half and finished with 363 yards.
The Redskins defense was ranked No. 1 coming into Monday, giving up 14.7 points per game through the first three games. They were outplayed and out-coached on national television, losing to the Saints 43-19. They might want to look for a way to get that game moved to Tuesday afternoon, such as kidnapping Gritty and holding him for ransom.
"Overall, our whole team played poorly and that's a reflection of myself", coach Jay Gruden said.
"He throws for 5,000 yards just like he's sleeping at night, and it's insane to see that", Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said.
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They couldn't run the ball on offense - just 39 yards on 18 carries all night.
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Peterson, who had just six yards on four attempts, said in addition to the knee injury, he "dislocated" his shoulder in the second quarter. "It was just between him and I. He finished the game and played a lot better in the second half".
With the game in hand, Payton subbed Brees off the field after the two-minute warning so the quarterback could have one more interaction with the appreciative crowd. That just can't happen in that scenario.
The Redskins (2-2) scored 13 points in the first half on field goals of 37 and 53 yards by Dustin Hopkins and a 4-yard run by Alex Smith after Washington recovered a Cameron Meredith fumble late in the first half.
For Adrian Peterson, it was an opportunity to beat his former team.
The Saints' Smith, a third-round draft choice last spring, caught two touchdown passes from the 18th-year pro. Receiver Paul Richardson Jr. stained his knee and tight end Vernon Davis had a hamstring injury. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.