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Game Notes: Skins vs. Colts


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August 25, 2012

Game Notes: Washington Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts

• The Redskins defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 30-17, at FedExField on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 60,047.
• With the win, the Redskins improved to 11-2 against the Colts in preseason games since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
• The win pushes the Redskins’ preseason winning streak against the Colts to six games.
• Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan is now 7-4 in preseason games with the Redskins.
• Shanahan improved his preseason record against the Colts to 3-1.
• Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck became the first rookie quarterback duo selected with the top two picks to face off in a preseason game since 1999, when Cleveland’s Tim Couch and Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb faced each other in the 1999 preseason.
• Griffin III completed 11-of-17 passes (64.7 percent) for 74 yards and a touchdown, finishing with a quarterback rating of 93.8. Through three preseason games, Griffin III has completed 20-of-31 passes (64.5 percent), 193 passing yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 103.3.
• Griffin III led the offense on touchdown drives of 66 and 80 yards on the team’s only two drives of the second quarter and recorded five first downs on each drive.
• Rookie running back Alfred Morris rushed for the first touchdown of his preseason career, scoring on a 2-yard-run in the second quarter on his eighth carry of the game.
• Morris finished the first half with 77 rushing yards on 12 carries. Redskins running backs posted at least 77 first-half rushing yards on three occasions last season (Tim Hightower, 83 yards vs. Arizona in Week 2; Hightower, 78 yards at Carolina in Week 7; Roy Helu, Jr., 80 vs. New England in Week 14).
• Morris eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark with his 13th carry of the day, gaining 24 yards on the play, a preseason long. The Redskins have had nine 100-yard individual rushing performances in regular season games during the Mike Shanahan era.
• Tight end Niles Paul returned the game’s opening kickoff 42 yards. Paul has one career kickoff return in regular season play, a 15-yard return against the San Francisco 49ers last November.
• Tight end Chris Cooley, who started the game at fullback, recorded his first catch of the preseason, gaining four yards on a pass from Griffin III.
• The Redskins stopped the Colts’ second drive by sacking Luck twice. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and London Fletcher combined for the first sack. Two plays later, defensive end Stephen Bowen sacked Luck for a loss of six yards on third down to force a punt.
• Running back Tim Hightower saw his first action since suffering a season-ending knee injury at Carolina in Week 7 last season. Hightower’s first carry since the injury was an 18-yard run that put the Redskins on the Colts’ 5-yard line.
• Two plays following Hightower’s 18-yard run, Griffin III threw for his second touchdown of the 2012 preseason, completing a five-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss.
• The touchdown play was the culmination of a 12-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 6:18. The Redskins were tied for second in the NFL last season with 33 drives of 10 plays or more.
• The Redskins led at halftime, 14-7. Washington was 3-2 in 2011 when leading at the half.
• The first points of the second half came on a safety by Redskins linebacker Chris Wilson, who sacked Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish in the end zone on the Colts’ second drive of the third quarter. The Redskins’ last regular season safety was by Kedric Golston at Minnesota on Dec. 23, 2007.
• Quarterback Rex Grossman led the Redskins on a five-play, 52-yard touchdown drive that culminated with the first preseason touchdown reception of wide receiver Joshua Morgan’s tenure with the Redskins. Grossman was 4-for-4 for 49 yards on the drive, finding Morgan for a 13-yard touchdown.
• One drive later, Grossman was again 4-for-4, gaining 75 yards and finding wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe for a 12-yard touchdown. Grossman finished 8-for-8 passing for 127 yards with two touchdowns and a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
• The touchdown was the second of the preseason for Briscoe, who caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins at Chicago last week.
Well, just for the sake of some "warm fuzzies";

The Redskins Red Zone Efficiency for the game-4-for-4-100%

3rd down conversion efficiency-6-for-11-54%

Goal-to-Go efficiency-2-for-2-100%
Overall how did RG3 and first team offense look? Did RG3 have any planned runs?
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Solid. Griffin nearly threw the length of the field on the opening play, great pass which if Garcon had been concentrating on a bit more would've gone for 7, just beyond his reach. I dont remember if there were any designed runs (hard to tell if they were designed) but when he did take off, he did it with authority and was smarter in using his feet this week. Biggest surprise was the line protected well and run-blocked very well. Then again - this was the Colts, not the Bears. I recall one errant pass from RG3, otherwise, he was very accurate. He also put together 2 very long drives for TDs in the first half which was nice to see.

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