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article imageNFL: Redskins stride as Colts still struggle without Peyton

By Austin Tyler     Aug 20, 2011 in Sports
Indianapolis - The Redskins have made some moves in the off-season getting rid of some players, but with the way the pre-season is going they may have done some addition by subtraction. As far as the Colts they have seen better days.
The Washington Redskins visited the Indianapolis Colts for the second game of their respective pre-seasons. The Redskins are coming of an impressive 16-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts on the other hand still have no Peyton Manning and it has not been good especially after the 33-10 whipping the St. Louis Rams gave them last week.
The Redskins opened the game with the ball and they forced the ball down the Colts throat with Tim Hightower (6 carries, 70 yards, 1 TD) running the ball the whole drive. Hightower broke a 58 yard run on that drive and later punched in the game’s first touchdown off a 1-yard run. The Redskins covered 80-yards in 7 plays as they took a quick 7-0 lead.
With Manning still on the sideline Curtis Painter (5/10, 40 yards) started the game and could not do much with the offense as they only moved the ball 23-yards. The Colts were forced to punt and the Redskins started with decent field position. Washington lined up in the run formation, but mixed the game plan up this time as they got into field-goal range. Graham Gano came in and made a 28-yard field-goal that gave them a 10-0 lead.
The Colts went three and out on their next drive and punted the ball away again. The Redskins took over and moved the ball 82-yards in 9 plays to get in field-goal range. During this drive, Roy Helu (14 carries, 101 yards) broke a 51-yard run. Gano came in and kicked another field-goal, but this time from 27-yards out to give the Redskins a 13-0 lead.
Indianapolis went three and out on their next drive and was forced to punt the ball away again. Washington had no trouble again moving the ball, but still could not get another touchdown. This 15 play drive covered 82-yards and was capped off by Gano coming out to kick another field-goal. Gano’s field-goal was a 26-yarder that gave the Redskins a 16-0 lead.
The Colts did not score in the first half as they went three and out again. The Redskins got the ball back off another Colts punt, but they could only run two plays before the half was over.
Dan Orlovsky started the second half at quarterback for the Colts. He had some trouble, but was able to move them a little. Adam Vinatirei put the first points on the board for the Colts as he kicked a 55-yard field-goal to make it a 16-3 game that was basically the end of the scoring for both teams.
John Beck got the start for the Redskins and went 14/17 for 140 yards and no touchdowns. Then Rex Grossman was 7/12 for 88 yards and threw one interception when he got in the game.
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