The Redskins defense stood atop the NFL after Washington’s Week 2 throttling of Jacksonville, a game in which the front seven registered 10 sacks.

In the two NFC East games since — Sunday’s 37-34 loss at Philadelphia and Thursday’s 45-14 implosion against the New York Giants — Washington’s defense has recorded one sack. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan did the honors, dropping Eli Manning for a five-yard loss in the second quarter.

It was Kerrigan’s fifth sack of the season, which leads the NFL and moved him past Bruce Smith (29) into eighth on Washington’s all-time sack list (29.5).

Asked to explain the drop-off in sack production, nose tackle Chris Baker said: “That’s how the NFL is sometimes. One day you’re on top; next day you got to grind. Every game we’re not going to get 10 sacks. But we’ve got to do our best to put ‘em in those situations where we get after ‘em. And when it’s our time to get after ‘em, get after ‘em.”

Washington’s defense did better against the run than the pass, holding the Giants to 154 rushing yards on 38 carries (a 4.1 yard average). Rashad Jennings, who rushed for a career-high 176 yards in the previous week’s victory over Houston, was held to just 55 yards on 13 carries.

“We got to do a better job collectively as a team to get a W,” Baker said. “We hate losing, but they gave us a good butt-whipping today.”

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