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When things go bad in sports, fans want answers.

After a dominant Week 1 win in Arizona where the Redskins pounded the ball in the run game, Redskins fans expected another strong performance on the ground. 

It didn't happen Week 2 against the Colts, and what's worse, there might not be a real answer. 

"It's very frustrating. It's something that we do pride ourselves in is getting the run game going and when it doesn't get going we take that fall on ourselves," Washington center Chase Roullier said on Monday. 

The stats are downright ugly.

The Redskins ran the ball 22 times for 65 yards, which amounted to 2.9 yards-per-carry. Adrian Peterson, fresh off an impressive 26 carry, 96-yard performance in Arizona, ran 11 times for 20 yards. The leading rusher on the team was wide receiver Jamison Crowder. 

Naturally, people want to know what happened.

What was different between Week 1 in Arizona and Week 2, at home, against Indianapolis?

"When you're going against different defensive personnel, different things are going to have to change in the game plan. You're just going to have to be able to run some different plays," Roullier explained. "We definitely had a little bit different list of runs for this game."

Against the Cardinals, the Redskins found success running inside and outside. Peterson and Chris Thompson could not be stopped, and the offensive line got great push up front. 

 

Against the Colts, the Redskins found no success inside and little on the outside.

"When you run a play and it may not work out one time, you start trying other things. You start to maybe get away from what worked the week before," Roullier said.

Washington's best run of the day came on a gimmick play - a jet sweep to Crowder on the team's first offensive snap. Throughout the game, the offensive line got stood up and pushed back at the point of attack. 

"Obviously, they just outplayed us," Roullier said.

That, above anything else schematically or strategically, made the biggest difference in the game. 

Credit the Colts defensive line for playing a rigid, physical game. Indianapolis also deployed consistent pre-snap movement and stunts along their defensive front. 

"You definitely can't pinpoint the lack of the run game yesterday on just the movement. There was a lot more going on and stuff that we need to figure out."

Redskins fans might want one singular answer about the team's abhorrent rush display on Sunday.

They're not going to find it. 

To a man, the Washington offensive line said their Colts counterparts won the fight in the trenches. That's the problem. 

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