Redskins Fall to Colts 27-24

Gary "Digital" Williams | 10/17/2010, 9:30 a.m.
A mixture of too much Manning and too many missed opportunities led to...
The Washington Redskins played the Indianapolis Colts down to the wire but cam up short 27-24. London Fletcher puts a big hit on Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai during the game last night at FedEx field. Photos by John E De Freitas

A mixture of too much Manning and too many missed opportunities led to the Washington Redskins falling to the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 in front of a nationally televised audience and 87, 883 in attendance at FedEx Field.

The Colts shredded the Redskins defense for 469 yards, 307 of them coming from the future first-ballot hall of fame arm of quarterback Peyton Manning, who handled the no-huddle defense like a precise surgeon throwing two touchdowns along the way. Running back Joseph Addai rushed for 128 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown.

Despite the Colts's offensive prowess, the Redskins had numerous opportunities to turn the contest in their favor. However, the defense dropped three crucial interceptions and other offensive opportunities fell by the wayside.

""We had some opportunities offensively and some opportunities with turnovers that we didn't capitalize on," said Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan. You don't have a lot of big plays against them so you have to out-execute them and we didn't do that as well."

There were some notable players on the offensive side for the Redskins. Running back Ryan Torain notched his first 100-yard game on 28 carries and scored a touchdown. Quarterback Donovan McNabb threw for 246 yards and one touchdown, but also threw two interceptions.

The Redskins are now 3-3 and travel to Soldier Field in Chicago, IL to face the 4-2 Bears. The Bears still lead the NFC North despite losing to Seattle at home, 23-20. If the Redskins defense can imitate the play of the Seahawks defense (who sacked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler six times), it would be a nice coming out party.