Lucas Oil Stadium, Ind. (November 30, 2014) – The Washington Redskins lost to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday, 49-27. The Colts seemed to be playing catch with themselves as Andrew Luck heaved four TD Bombs of 30-yards or more. Luck had TD throws of 30, 48, 73 and 79-yards, to go with a three-yard toss. For good measure, the Colts added a 49-yard run by Dan Herron and a 35-yard fumble return as well. It was an ugly day for the Redskins defense.
The day started off well enough. The defense caused an Andrew Luck fumble on the very first play from scrimmage, but the offense wasn’t ready to play yet. After getting the ball on Indy’s 15-yard line, they were only able to drive the ball to the 8-yard line before settling on a Kai Forbath 25-yard kick and a 3-0 lead.
On Indy’s next possession, the defense stepped up again and picked off an Andrew Luck pass and handed the offense the ball on the Indy 45-yard line. However, the offense was still cleaning the sleep out of their eyes and opened the possession with a sack which was followed by a 1 yard pass and an incomplete pass. Squandering an opportunity to get up on the Colts, the Redskins punted the ball away.
The third time proved to be the charm for Luck as on their next possession, they executed a 7 play, 83-yard drive that culminated in a 30-yard TD strike to Coby Fleener and a 7-3 lead, a lead that they would only build on for the rest of the day.
After swapping a couple of punts, Indy then shifted gears and scored on their next two possessions and a 21-3 lead. Afterwards, the Redskin offense finally got going. Up to this point, all were wondering if the Redskins had any serviceable quarterbacks as Colt McCoy had largely been ineffective. During the first quarter, when they had the ball on four different possessions, McCoy only had 4 yards passing.
The Redskins got their first TD on a 9 play 84 yard drive that was finished off by a MCoy to Roy Helu TD pass for 21 yards. The Redskins then made the game interesting by taking the second half kick-off and marching down the field on an 8 play 80 yard drive that was capped off by a 16-yard pass from McCoy to Logan Paulsen. On this play, Colt showed his out of the pocket athleticism by rolling right on a naked bootleg, making one defender miss and breaking two other tackles before throwing the strike. It’s easy to believe that this play may be the launch of a long run in the driver’s seat at QB for Colt McCoy.
On the day Colt McCoy was 31 for 47 passing for 392 yards and a 113.1 passer rating.
But four points would be as close as the 8-point underdogs would get as Andrew Luck decided enough was enough and he went on to thoroughly shred the Redskins defense. On their next possession, it took just 3 plays for Indy to score on a 48-yard pass to Donte Moncrief. Then, on the next possession, Gruden decided to go for it on a fourth and 1, but the pass protection broke down immediately and McCoy was sacked and fumbled. The ball was scooped up by D’Qwell Jackson who returned it 35-yards for a 35-17 Indy lead.
The Redskins did answer back when Colt connected with DeSean Jackson for a 42 yard TD score. But Indy scorched Hasslet’s D again with a 2 play 73 yard bomb from Luck to Coby Fleener for their second TD hook-up of the day.
Next week the Redskins (3-9) face the St. Louis Rams (5-7) at FedEx field at 1:00 p.m.