It didn’t take long for Robert Griffin III to try to get on top of today’s matchup with fellow rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
Griffin III’s first pass of the game against the Indianapolis Colts was a bomb to wide receiver Pierre Garçon, who is playing his first game against his former team.
Though Garçon was open in single coverage, the pass was a tad overthrown, but it set the tone for the rest of this highly anticipated preseason game, which at halftime has a score of Redskins 14, Colts 7.
The first throw to Garçon was the first of several Griffin III-chucked deep pass attempts of the first half.
The Redskins got on the board on an electric eight-play, 66-yard drive that was capped early in the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown by rookie running back Alfred Morris.
The big plays of the drive were a pass from Griffin III to Garçon for 18 yards to the Indianapolis 19-yard line and into the red zone, and a 17-yard rush from Morris down the sideline that got the Redskins to the 2-yard line and set up the rookie’s first professional touchdown.
Luck countered with a 31-yard touchdown throw in the corner of the endzone to T.Y. Hilton — a perfectly-placed floater pass that showed off why he was the No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.
Griffin III answered right back, finding Santana Moss for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 remaining in the half. It was the highlight of a 12-play, 80-yard drive that took 6:18 off the clock.
Griffin III finished the first half completing 10-of-14 passes for 73 yards and that touchdown to Moss. He also rushed for a five-yard gain that led to a first down.
The Redskins’ defense also had a few key stops in the first half. Linebackers London Fletcher and Ryan Kerrigan combined for a sack in the first quarter, and defensive end Stephen Bowen got his own sack, slamming Luck to the turf.
So far, this game has given fans just about everything they could’ve hoped for. Both Griffin III and Luck are showcasing what made this such a hyped preseason game.
Redskins fans, specifically, are also getting a great look at a few other key areas of the team, namely Morris in the backfield and the defense swarming to the ball and making plays.
With injuries beginning to mount in the Redskins’ backfield, Morris could develop a huge role in this offense. He came into the preseason as the fourth running back on the depth chart behind Tim Hightower, Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr., but has shown both elusiveness and strength in his carries so far this preseason.
Another highlight of the first half was an 18-yard carry by Hightower in his first action of the preseason after coming off a season-ending ACL injury last season.
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