We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, the Indianapolis Colts.
Week 2, September 16, FedEx Field
2017 Colts: 4-12, tied for third in AFC South
Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 6.5
Key additions: G Quinton Nelson, TE Eric Ebron, WR Ryan Grant
Key losses: RB Frank Gore, LB Jon Bostic
Notable: QB Andrew Luck missed all of the 2017 season with a shoulder injury.
- Will Luck, who has not thrown a regulation NFL football since his injury, bounce back and become a top QB?
- Can RB’s Marlin Mack and rookie Nyheim Hines adequately place the aging but productive Gore?
- Will former Redskins WR Ryan Grant get it done was one of the top two receiving options?
Key matchup: Redskins’ secondary vs. Luck and WR T.Y. Hilton
Colts lead the all-time series 20-10; the recent trend has Indy with three straight wins and four of the last five.
The first time: October 25, 1953, Memorial Stadium — The Redskins rallied from a 10-point deficit to pull within 20-17 on a 10-yard Charlie Justice touchdown run. But the defense could not hold, and the Colts clinched a 27-17 with a late touchdown run.
The last time: November 30, 2014, Lucas Oil Stadium — Colt McCoy got the start and he passed for 392 yards and three touchdowns. But the Redskins defense didn’t show up as Luck and the Colts got out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter and never looked back in a 49-27 win.
The best time: October 27, 2002, FedEx Field — Remember the time that Shane Matthews outdueled Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier outcoached Tony Dungy? Manning and Matthew both threw for just over 200 yards and two touchdowns, but Manning threw two interceptions to none for Matthews. The real difference in Washington’s 26-21 win was on the ground. Indy’s Edgerrin James ran for just 33 yards while for the Redskins’ Stephen Davis got 80 and Kenny Watson chipped in 67.
The worst time: December 22, 1990, Hoosier Dome — The Redskins rushed for 223 yards and held the ball for nearly 40 minutes, but they could not put the Colts away. Washington took a 25-14 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 53-yard TD pass from Mark Rypien to Gary Clark. But the Colts eventually tied it up on a Jeff George touchdown pass. Then with Rypien trying to set up a winning field goal with a minute left, Rypien threw an interception to Alan Grant, who bolted untouched down the sideline for a 35-28 Colts win.
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