WAS-IND: Halftime From FedExField

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 25, 2012 – 5:26 pm

(AP photo)

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.

(The Women Of Washington Ticket Takeover was a big success in FedExField Party Decks today)

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.

Stay tuned for more from FedExField.

CHIME IN: What are your thoughts of the game so far? Has it lived up to the hype? Feel free to comment below.

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8 Responses to “WAS-IND: Halftime From FedExField”

  1. By jeff on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Only averaging 5yds per attempt is not going to win you games in this league. We need to see more than underneath throws from Griffin. At least he has the running game to take off the pressure. Luck has no running game today but has still managed to put up bigger numbers and a TD to a late round draft pick rookie. We are leading but I’m not liking what i’ve seen so far.

  2. By Matt on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Tanard Jackson is stepping up big time!

  3. By Shaka Muhammed on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    so glad to finally see a working offense. Would like to see Fred Davis and Chris Cooley more involved. Good to see Hightower back

  4. By carla on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    how can I watch this on my computer for free HELP !!!!!

  5. By Orley on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Oh I guess you don’t like sustained drives, well blocked running plays, pretty decent protection, and actually defined roles by our wide receivers and tight ends. I don’t know what your are watching but that was a very successful first half by the redskins. Were plays left on the field, sure, but last time I checked preseason was still meant for trying things out. If we can ever get our running backs healthy, we can be damn good on offense. Baby steps, young grasshopper, baby steps.

  6. By tony k on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    good game so far- ready for the Saints

  7. By Tony Kendall on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Good game so far.- ready for Saints HTTR !

  8. By GC TAYLOR on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Will surely miss Portis. Met him at Catch31 in Virginia Beach during my son’s wedding reception. Great guy!! Signed autograph on cocktail bapkin for my son, the groom. Thx.

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