Monday, October 18, 2010
Wrap-up: Colts 27, Redskins 24
By Matt Mosley
A quick look at the Redskins’ loss to the Colts:
What it means: Mike Shanahan has changed the culture of this organization. No one was pleased to simply hang around this traditional power. The Redskins had a legitimate chance to win the game. I think the Skins have plenty of confidence going into Chicago. Quarterback Donovan McNabb had his moments while going 29-of-45 for 246 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. I think McNabb has brought strong leadership, but he needed to be better late in this game. Why does a McNabb two-minute drill seem so infuriating this many years into his career?
Where was the run D? The Colts are not supposed to be a great running team, but Joseph Addai had 17 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown. The Skins were missing starting linebacker Rocky McIntosh and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. I think both of those players could've made a big difference. But there's no reason Addai should be allowed all of those cutback lanes.
Injuries: Tight end Chris Cooley suffered a concussion and that could be a setback. McNabb and Cooley have already developed a nice chemistry and he was missed in the fourth quarter. There's a good chance McIntosh and Haynesworth both make it back next week. Fred Davis had three catches in this game. McNabb has to throw the ball to him more.
Grand Torain: Ryan Torain had the best game of his young career against the Colts with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He bounced off defenders and helped give this offense an identity. That game has to be a huge confidence booster for Torain. He was patient in setting up his blocks and he just exploded through the hole.
Catch the ball: Carlos Rogers may have the worst hands for a cornerback in the league. He had a couple of opportunities that he let slip away Sunday. Rogers is getting in good position, but he has to finish off some of these plays. It's like giving a great hitter an extra strike. Peyton Manning will make a team pay.
What next: Washington will walk into Chicago and win that game. I still think the Bears are a fraudulent team. The Skins should batter Jay Cutler. This is the type of game where Brian Orakpo could have six sacks. He had a sack and a forced fumble Sunday. He's already, hands down, the best player on defense.