The Washington Redskins home opener versus the Indianapolis Colts triumphed over the burden of hype it had been assigned to become one of the most singularly entertaining pre-season NFL football games played in recent memory. For fans, the game is rich with information about both teams, and certainly worth the effort required for a little old-fashioned deconstruction. Every one went home happy after this one.
Both quarterbacks exceeded expectations in the matchup, with number one pick Andrew Luck appearing the more sophisticated, and the number two Griffin the more athletic and improvisationally talented. Many publications have thus far crowned Luck the “winner” in the pre-season contest, and from certain perspectives this may be true, however a more distanced interpretation says that each player was everything their respective franchises expected in this match up and perhaps a bit more.
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Statistically speaking, the Redskins passing attack with Griffin at the helm was a fairly pedestrian 11-17 for 74 yards and a TD, highlighted by a 4 yard scoring toss to veteran Santana Moss. It was a solid outing however, and Griffin led the team on two scoring drives in total, the other capped by a 2 yard TD run by rookie running back Alfred Morris. Morris and the offensive line were more than adequate on the day, with the young man from Florida Atlantic exceeding the hundred yard rushing mark. He is the first Redskin to do so this season.
Keep in mind the starting players appeared only into the beginning portion of the third quarter. It was actually the Rex Grossman led second teamers that put the Colts away in this game, with the sexy one going a tantalizing 8 for 8 and 2 TD’s, garnering a perfect quarterback rating for the outing. For the moment, the Redskins are sitting in the cat bird seat as concerns quarterbacks.