Final: Redskins dominant in 16-3 win over Colts
The Redskins rolled up more than 400 yards of offense while holdingthe Colts to fewer than 200, winning their second preseason game, 16-3 Friday night in Indianapolis.
The fourth quarter was an uninspired and scoreless 15 minutes of football. Rex Grossman played for two more offensive possessions, finishing the night 7-of-12 passing for 88 yards. By comparison, John Beck was 14-of-17 passing in the first half for 140 yards.
Despite one costly drop, rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson finishedwith 43 yards on three catches, the best numbers of any receiver.
The Redskins defense, meanwhile, strung together another strongouting. No Indianapolis runner topped 25 yards, and without Peyton Manning, the Colts’ passing game was nearly non-existent.
Washington plays the Baltimore Ravens next Thursday in its third preseason game.
Third quarter: Redskins offense stalls
After a first half of marching the ball down the field with ease, the Redskins inserted their second-teamers into the game and their offense promptly stalled.
In the third quarter, the Redskins, led by Rex Grossman, managed just one first down and never reached midfield.
The Colts, meanwhile, finally found their way to the scoreboard. Capping a 12-play drive, kicker Adam Vinatieri booted a 55-yard field midway through the quarter, cutting the Washington lead to 16-3.
Grossman was 2-of-4 passing for 14 yards. Running back Roy Helu added 25 yards on four carries, giving him 101 yards on the night.
Second quarter: Redskins continue to dominate Colts
The Washington Redskins head to the locker rooms with a 16-0 lead following a second quarter that featured a pair of Graham Gano field goals and strong defense.
The Redskins again showed they are capable of moving the ball, concluding the first half with 277 yards (117 passing, 160 rushing) and16 first downs. The Colts, meanwhile, mustered only one first down and 41 yards of offense. Washington held the ball for just less than 23 minutes in the first half.
Their problems, however, were in the red zone, where Washington was 0-for-2 in two trips inside the 20 and had to settle for field goals.
Rookie running back Roy Helu was expected to get a fair number of carries after Tim Hightower and Evan Royster took the majority of the snaps last week. And Helu did.
Taking over for Hightower midway through the first quarter, Helu picked up 76 yards on 10 carries. Mike Shanahan has touted Helu as a legitimate homerun threat, and Helu demonstrated that on a 51-yard gain up the left sideline. Helu appeared to be going out of bounds, but stopped on a dime and darted upfield for a big gain. He was caught from behind, however.
Defensively, the Redskins have frustrated the Colts all night. But take it with a grain of salt, because Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie aren’t playing. This is a very different Colts team without them.
First Quarter: Redskins 10, Colts 0
For a second straight week, the Washington Redskins showed an ability to move the ball, cranking out an 80-yard scoring drive to open the game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Tim Hightower continues to look impressive. He accounted for 61 of the Redskins’ 80 yards – 58 of them came on his second carry of the game – on the scoring drive. That run topped Washington’s longest of the 2010 regular season – a 54-yarder by Ryan Torain.
John Beck had only one pass attempt on the first possession. That was a 19-yard strike down the middle of the field to Jabar Gaffney. That set up Washington for a one-yard Hightower touchdown run.
On their second trip into the red zone, the Redskins settled for a 28-yard field goal from Graham Gano. A holding penalty on Anthony Armstrong wiped out a 10-yard Roy Helu run and the drive fizzled from there.
In the first quarter, Beck was 7-for-9 for 73 yards with completions to seven different pass-catchers.
The defense held the Colts on both of their first-quarter possessions. Rookies Ryan Kerrigan and Jarvis Jenkins already are making their presences felt. Jenkins recorded a hit on the quarterback on the first Indianapolis possession, and Kerrigan notched a sack on Curtis Painter on third down of the second possession. That play brought on fourth down.
An interesting wrinkle on third down of that first drive was Bryan Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan switching sides (with Kerrigan switching to the right edge to rush the quarterback’s blind side).