Impact player

Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was phenomenal, becoming the first player in NFL history to finish with at least 300 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in his debut, according to Elias Sports. Is it too soon to dust off a spot in Canton?

Under the radar

There's lots of defensive players to choose from. But second-year safety DeJon Gomes played his best game with the Redskins. He covered well, and his interception and return inside the 5-yard line killed a Saints rally.

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Rookie running back Alfred Morris rarely got stopped for a negative gain and consistently got a little more than the hole called for? He powered through a linebacker on his second touchdown run. Morris runs with an attitude.

From the sidelines

The Saints, under interim-interim coach Aaron Kromer, looked undisciplined. They committed 12 penalties for 107 yards. They looked confused by the Redskins' defensive looks. Sean Payton was missed.

Give defensive coordinator Jim Haslett a ton of credit. The Redskins not only played aggressively, but their coverage was sound, leading to few big plays after the catch. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called a smart game. He rarely put Griffin in a bad spot.