The Washington Redskins first-team defense was impressive in the team’s preseason game at Indianapolis Friday night, but it was a performance that comes with a caveat. The Redskins were facing an uninspired Colts offense that was missing its star quarterback and has a history of lackluster preseason outings.
Still, coming off a strong effort against Pittsburgh, the Redskins’ starters couldn’t have fared much better against the Colts. Indianapolis played its first-team offense for the entire first half, but managed only one first down and 41 yards of total offense. The starters were held scoreless through the first two quarters of play and failed to even reach midfield.
The Colts were without three big offensive weapons. Quarterback Peyton Manning has yet to appear in the preseason and receivers Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie both had the night off.
The Redskins, however, were missing four starters of their own. Linebacker London Fletcher, cornerback Josh Wilson and safeties Oshiomogho Atogwe and LaRon Landry were all resting injuries.