The Redskins-Colts score could have been a trap for Indianapolis. Yet the Redskins-Colts score finally went for the road team 27-24, despite some late problems. The defending AFC champs have already had trouble on the road, after stumbling against Houston and Jacksonville. Now that the AFC South suddenly looks tight, Indianapolis can’t afford to lose anymore early games. But Washington is also trying to keep pace in the NFC East, although the results against Indianapolis made it a little harder for them.
Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb traded touchdown drives in the first quarter, but Indianapolis soon went back ahead for good. Despite Pierre Garcon getting a 57-yard touchdown pass, as well as a one-handed highlight reel catch, Indianapolis nearly shot themselves in the foot all game.
The Redskins-Colts score could have been worse for the visitors, as three Manning throws were nearly picked off in the first half and Adam Vinatieri missed two field goals. What’s more, the Colts lost three fumbles in the second half and could not run the clock out in the fourth quarter.
Washington didn’t do much on their end, as their defense gave up over 400 yards. But thanks to all the Indianapolis errors, McNabb nearly got to led the Redskins back. They closed the gap to 27-24 late, and Manning could not get a first down on two separate late drives. But the game was finally settled on another one-handed catch, this time on an interception by Adam Francisco.
The win left Indianapolis at 4-2, and tied with Houston – and the winner of tonight’s Tennessee-Jacksonville game – for first in the AFC South. Yet the Redskins-Colts score wasn’t that much to brag about, as the visitors are still struggling to get back in form.
Both Indianapolis and New Orleans are 4-2, yet have symptoms of the dreaded “Super Bowl hangover.” However, the Saints finally got a blowout win over the Bucs, and play in an increasingly weak NFC. Since the AFC seems to have all of the powerhouse teams this year, the Colts have less margin for error down the road.
As for the home team, the Redskins-Colts score prevented Washington from staying in a three-way tie for the NFC East lead. Now they are 3-3, and looking up at both the Giants and Eagles, although they’ve already beaten Philadelphia. It seems that the Redskins have no consistency – which can be said of more than half of the NFL as well.
Following the Redskins-Colts struggle, Indianapolis will use their bye to get better before a Monday night rematch against Houston. Meanwhile, Washington goes on the road to face NFC North leader Chicago.
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