Friday, August 19, 2011
Three things: Redskins-Colts
By Paul Kuharsky
Three things to look for in tonight’s preseason game for the Indianapolis Colts against the Washington Redskins at Lucas Oil Stadium, at 7 p.m. ET.
Even at its best the Colts' offense is unlikely to be very good while driven by Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky. So let’s focus on the defense. John Beck is starting at quarterback for the Redskins. Whoever is up front, the Colts should rattle the inexperienced signal-caller and get a read on their ability to stop the run, starting with Tim Hightower and Roy Helu. The Colts need to contain the running backs and show they can bring them down. That would be a good start.
Let’s see the offensive line assembly from the start. Indications are it will be, left to right, Anthony Castonzo, Joe Reitz, Jeff Saturday, Ryan Diem and Jeff Linkenbach. Castonzo could begin to take a vice grip on the job, and if Diem effectively slides inside it could help the cause as well. Some early signs of cohesion would be very good.
Don’t care too much. It’s hard to not be result-oriented, I know. But just force yourself. They don’t care if they lose or lose by a lot, so you need not to care.