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WAS-IND: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 25, 2012 – 7:12 pm

(AP photo)

The Washington Redskins continued to roll in the fourth quarter of today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, and came away with a 30-17 win in front of 60,047 fans at the 2012 FedExField opener.

It was an impressive all-around effort by the Redskins, who got some grit and attitude from its first-, second- and third-teamers on offense, defense and special teams.

For the second straight week, a Redskins backup quarterback had a strong second-half preseason performance.

Last week it was rookie Kirk Cousins against the Chicago Bears — who nearly rallied the Redskins to victory after trailing by 20 points.

This week, it was veteran Rex Grossman, who ended his day against the Colts (1-2) completing all eight of his passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He had a perfect 158.3 QB rating.

The first Grossman-led touchdown drive was highlighted by a 13-yard passing score to receiver Josh Morgan, the D.C. native’s first as a member of the Redskins.

The second touchdown for Grossman and the Redskins (2-1) came in the fourth quarter, when he found receiver Dezmon Briscoe for a 12-yard pass-and-score. It was Briscoe’s second touchdown reception of the preseason and the play capped a six-play, 81-yard drive.

The Colts, meanwhile, got back on the scoreboard with a garbage-time, 2-yard touchdown run by Darren Evans with 3:48 remaining in the game.

Here’s a few things that stood out to me about today’s game:

– I don’t think it ever could’ve lived up to all the Robert Griffin III-Andrew Luck pregame hype, but I think both Redskins and Colts fans saw today that they have reasons to be excited for their franchises’ futures with those young men under center.

– Rookie running back Alfred Morris showed he can play with the big boys today — as he has been doing the entire preseason. He rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries, an average of 7.6 yards per carry. He also had a touchdown and ripped off a 24-yard run.

– The Redskins linebackers as a group have a lot to be proud of. They were flying around the field and made several big plays, highlighted by the safety sack by Chris Wilson in the third quarter.

– The defense in general was ready to play today, and that was evident in how they were approaching their tackles. I counted at least three big hits on receivers across the middle, and only a couple badly-missed tackles.

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One Response to “WAS-IND: Fourth Quarter Conclusions”

  1. By jeff on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    I was excited about the sustained passed rush, but the secondary is lacking. Linebackers were bringing some pressure. Was very disappointed to see Griffin average 4.35 yds an attempt. That is not what you want to see from your starting QB. Rex showed us what an exciting performance looks like. Glad the running game had success. Overall I think we are still looking at 3-5 wins this year.

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