Here is what you need to know on Tuesday, September 18, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Green Bay Packers.
One final look back at the Redskins’ loss to the Colts.
—Looking back at it, this one was over about midway through the first quarter. The Colts had their way with the Redskins on the opening drive. Jay Gruden said that took some of the energy out of the team. After getting the ensuing kickoff, the Redskins did an end around to Jamison Crowder that was good for 75 yards. But after three plays the Redskins were punting. The Redskins were far from out of it on the scoreboard, but they didn’t seem to have much life the rest of the way.
—The more I look, the more I find it hard to cast a substantial amount of the blame for this loss on the defense. Not counting a kneel down possession at the end of each half, the Colts had 10 drives. They went three and out on five of them and punted after four plays on another. They got two takeaways. Andrew Luck had a 77.2 passer rating, a performance on the low side of mediocre.
—Alex Smith didn’t have a terrible game and a couple of key passes were dropped, but he still had a hand in the defeat. He missed a few passes, in particular a fade to Josh Doctson in the end zone that would have made it a four-point game in the third quarter. It wasn’t an easy throw, but it was one that a veteran with his experience should be able to make.
—Late in the first quarter, the Redskins had driven into Colts territory and Chris Thompson lost three yards on a third and one. Gruden said that “we didn’t have a puller” on the play. I asked him to clarify and he said, “we blocked it wrong,” essentially saying that someone blew an assignment. That is not encouraging news.
Injuries of note
Rob Kelley left the game with a toe injury and it appears to be somewhat serious. Gruden said that “he hit it pretty good” and he could require surgery. “Could be a month, month and a half type of deal.”
Today: No media availability
Upcoming: Packers @ Redskins (Sept. 23) 5; Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 20; Cowboys @ Redskins 33
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