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Redskins vs. Colts – Fourth Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 17, 2010 – 11:34 pm

At least it didn’t go to overtime. That’s about the best thing I can say. By the end, it seemed like neither team really wanted to win. The last five possessions looked like this:

  • Colts go three-and-out, passing on all three downs, letting the Redskins take the ball back trailing by 3 and with just over two minutes remaining.
  • Redskins go four-and-out, including one sack. The fourth-down play is a long pass to Anthony Armstrong that flat-out misses when ten yards would buy you a fresh set of downs.
  • Colts go three-and-out, giving the ball back to the Redskins on their own 20 with :32 seconds left, still trailing by three.
  • Donovan McNabb throws an interception on the first play of the drive.
  • The Colts finally decide to win the game and take a knee.

Given how much yardage the Redskins gave up, they shouldn’t have been in the game. Given the way the Colts managed the clock in the fourth quarter, they were lucky to escape with a win. In the end, it’s just another relaxing 2010 Redskins game, but one that drops the team’s record to 3-3.

Heading down to the locker room to get player reactions. Back shortly. Read more »

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Redskins v. Colts – Third Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 17, 2010 – 10:47 pm

Somewhat unbelievably, the Redskins head into the fourth quarter trailing the Colts by just one score, 24-17. And it’s largely due to the two guys in this picture: Brian Orakpo forced the fumble on a sack of Peyton Manning — which is, quite literally, not something you see every week in the NFL — and Lorenzo Alexander forced another fumble on a punt return that was recovered by Byron Westbrook.

It’s indicative of the way this game has gone that the Redskins only managed to get a touchdown after one of those two takeaways, but they did get three points out of the other, which is why the lead is relatively manageable.

The problem, unsurprisingly, is the Colts offense. Peyton Manning has (as noted) been every bit as good as advertised, 23-of-32 for 279 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s also been perfectly willing to go to the running game when necessary. That was how the Colts scored their touchdown, three running plays for 63 yards, with the Redskins largely having extra defensive backs on the field, seemingly expecting the pass.

Still, it’s somehow only a one-score game, and that’s about the best the Redskins could be hoping for given the way this game has gone. Read more »

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Redskins v. Colts – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 17, 2010 – 10:04 pm

Missed opportunities. That’s the only possible takeaway from that second quarter. The missed field goal is the biggest one, for certain, but throughout the quarter — throughout the half, in fact — it just seemed like the Redskins couldn’t quite get in sync. Donovan McNabb continues to struggle with his accuracy; it’s something that’s always been a knock on him, but this has been a particularly frustrating display.

McNabb finished the half 10-for-19 for 100 yards and an interception, and it didn’t even look that good as it was happening. The running game is going well — Torain is up to 68 yards — but the Redskins aren’t finding themselves in running situations as often as they’d like.

Frankly, it feels like Jim Haslett’s comments on Peyton Manning were more sincere than I’d hoped, and he really is every bit that good.

In some ways, this half was a microcosm of the Redskins season so far: they could just as easily be down by 16 or more, or they could be within 3. Instead, they’re trailing by 10 and should probably feel fortunate to be there. Read more »

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Redskins v. Colts – First Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 17, 2010 – 9:10 pm

There are certain things we’ve come to expect from this 2010 Redskins team, and several of those items showed up early this game, like they were being checked off a list:

  • Huge special teams tackle? First play of the game — Chris Wilson this time.
  • LaRon Landry inadvertently taking out one of his own guys? Yep, knocked down DeAngelo Hall on the touchdown.
  • Awkward possession deep in their own territory early in the game. Yes indeed!
  • And the big one: dropped interception by Carlos Rogers? Not just one, but two.

The second one wasn’t nearly as sure of a pick, as many people pointed out on Twitter, but the first one … oh, the first one. Pictured above, it was the classic Carlos Rogers play: in position, good coverage, both hands on the ball … and the drop. The only twist here? The interception turned out to be good for the Redskins, as Rogers’ drop came after he hit the ground and — if ruled a fumble — would’ve given the Colts a first down, when instead they were forced to punt. Still: Rogers’ inability to bring in interceptions he’s in position for may be the most frustrating thing in football.

Not frustrating: Ryan Torain, who rushed for 42 yards on 8 impressive carries. He ran hard, showed good vision and an elusiveness that I hadn’t seen from him in preseason. The fact that the game is tied at the end of the quarter is mostly due to his efforts. Read more »

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The Redskins Homecoming Parade

Posted by Matt Terl on October 17, 2010 – 7:50 pm

I’ll have more on the alumni later tonight (or possibly tomorrow), but Redskins.com TV cut together an excellent piece to give you a look at the parade and alumni photo shoot, with appearances by Doug Williams, Russ Grimm, Joe Bugel, and more. While you wait for this game to (FINALLY) kick off, check it out.

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Redskins v. Colts – Inactives

Posted by Matt Terl on October 17, 2010 – 7:01 pm

That’s rookie linebacker Perry Riley pictured above; he’s there not because he’s INactive but because he’s likely to be MORE active than usual. Rocky McIntosh is one of the more surprising names on the inative list, and — while H.B. Blades is slated to start in his place — Riley is likely to get more work as a result. McIntosh suffered a concussion during last week’s game and didn’t practice all week.

The other big name on the list is Albert Haynesworth, inactive after missing practice following the death of his brother.

  • QB John Beck (third QB)
  • CB Kevin Barnes
  • RB Clinton Portis
  • LB Rocky McIntosh
  • G Derrick Dockery
  • DT Anthony Bryant
  • TE Logan Paulsen
  • DL Albert Haynesworth

The other big move is that Anthony Armstrong makes the next step in his Hollywood NFL story and takes over the starting role from Joey Galloway. Read more »

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