Monday, October 18, 2010
Wrap-up: Colts 27, Redskins 24
By Paul Kuharsky
Some thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 27-24 win over the Washington Redskins.
What it means: The Colts are 4-2, the same record as the Texans and the winner of Monday night’s Titans-Jaguars game, after a nip-and-tuck affair in Washington where they maintained a lead after going ahead in the 14-7 in the second quarter.
What I liked: The only play better than Aaron Francisco’s spectacular, game-sealing, one-handed interception was Pierre Garcon’s second-quarter, one-handed reception from Peyton Manning. Garcon’s leaping reception is a clear-cut contender for catch of the season so far. The Colts also found their rushing game, with 170 ground yards and a 5.6-yard average.
What I liked, Part II: The defense did a nice job limiting big plays -- not allowing any throws longer than 19 yards from Donovan McNabb while picking him off twice and sacking him three times. Washington converted just four of 14 third- and fourth-down attempts.
Injury of note: Joseph Addai didn’t finish for the second week in a row because of an injury. He ran for 128 yards and a touchdown before he took a big shoulder shot on the helmet a week after a neck injury knocked him out of a win over K.C. This one was initially called a shoulder injury. He’s a guy the Colts need on the field, but it’s been a tough couple weeks.
What’s next: A bye week before a rematch of the opening weekend game and a chance to avenge a tough loss when the Houston Texans visit Lucas Oil Stadium for "Monday Night Football."