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Redskins take pride in win over Saints

 Reggie Bush's string of dynamic games came to a screeching halt Sunday as the Redskins' defense swarmed the Saints' rookie (25).
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Date published: 12/19/2006

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Betts, who replaced the injured starter Clinton Portis in late November, has been one of the league's top running backs over the past month. In the last four games, Betts has run for 549 yards.

And after having a host of starters hampered by injuries, the Redskins' defense is finally healthy, and it showed on Sunday. In addition to slowing the league's top passer, Drew Brees (207 yards, one interception), the Redskins muffled New Orleans' dynamic running back duo of Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush (combined 62 yards on 22 carries).

"I think our defensive line and front has played very well," Gibbs said.

Notes:

Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham made all three of his field goal tries on Sunday and is now 7-for-7 since joining the team last month.

"It's been awhile since we've had seven straight," Gibbs said.

Gibbs praised Redskins offensive lineman Todd Wade, who filled in for the injured tackle Jon Jansen on Sunday.

"He had great preparation," Gibbs said of Wade. "He's a smart guy and went after it hard. I thought he did a heck of a job for us there."

Gibbs said he did not know if Jansen (calf) would be ready for the Redskins' game against the St. Louis Rams this weekend.

To reach ADAM HIMMELSBACH: 540/374-5442
Email: ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com


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