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Redskins-Colts: Upon Further Review...

Redskins.com recaps Sunday's 36-22 loss to Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome:

First Impressions:

#### Revealing Moment:

Indianapolis came out in the third quarter and showed why they have been among the league's elite teams. Running back Joseph Addai broke a series of tackles on two hard-nosed runs and quarterback Peyton Manning found wide receiver Marvin Harrison on a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Colts a 20-14 edge. The game was still within reach, but the tempo of the game had clearly gone into Indianapolis's favor.

Redskins Play of the Game:

#### Redskins Player of the Game:

Antwaan Randle El's performance wasn't restricted to his scintillating 87-yard punt return. Randle El also had a strong performance overall. Late in the first quarter, he had a 24-yard punt return to help set up the Redskins' first touchdown of the game. He caught three passes for 42 yards, including a 30-yard catch on a 3rd-and-10 play. He also ran twice for 19 yards. Randle El is proving that he is an all-purpose performer.

Redskins Unsung Hero:

#### What Went Wrong

-- The Redskins' defense did not have an answer for the Colts' quick-strike, big play offense, especially in the third quarter. The pass defense yielded plays of 21, 51, 14 and 38 yards in the third quarter, as the Colts scored three touchdowns to break open the game. Overall, Peyton Manning was 25-of-35 for 342 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Marvin Harrison.

-- Tackling became a problem for the Redskins in the second half--rookie running back Joseph Addai broke tackles on several runs to help put Indianapolus in scoring position. The Colts, coming off their bye, appeared to have fresher legs in the second half. Addai finished the game with 85 yards on 11 carries, a 7.7 yards-per-carry average.

-- Mark Brunell may have been efficient, but most of his completions were in the short and intermediate ranges, which played to the strength of the Colts' fleet-footed linebackers.

-- Clinton Portis logged just 12 carries for 43 yards in the game. He struggled against the Colts' run defense until midway through the second quarter when he reeled off a 34-yard gain. Portis sustained a lower leg injury in the third quarter, but he returned. Once the Colts established a big lead, coaches opted to rest Portis and give Betts some carries.

-- Penalty problems are back. The Redskins were flagged 10 times for 91 yards. In one sequence late in the first half, the Redskins were penalized three times in four plays. Antwaan Randle El was flagged for excessive celebration after his TD return, Sean Taylor was flagged for off-sides on the ensuing kickoff, and then Derrick Frost was flagged for taking his helmet off to jaw with officials. It all ended with the Redskins kicking off from their own 5-yard line.

-- Nick Novak missed two field goal attempts in the climate-controlled conditions of the RCA Dome. Novak's first was pushed back to a 49-yarder because Santana Moss was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on the previous play. In the fourth quarter, Novak missed a 35-yarder.

What Went Right

#### What's Next:

The Redskins' bye finally arrives, and it's a chance for some of the team's injured players to get healthy. Carlos Rogers missed the Colts game with a fractured thumb, but he says he'll "definitely" play in the Redskins' next game. Cornelius Griffin, Lemar Marshall and Joe Salave'a have also been nursing injuries. Up next, the Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 5 at FedExField.

Stats Geek:

#### Quote:

"Yes, we're 2-5, but we wish we weren't. It doesn't look good, it doesn't taste good, and it doesn't feel good. But the season is far from over. There are a lot more games to play. It's going to be up to us to get out of this. We've got to find a way." -- Santana Moss

Lasting Impressions:

The Redskins have struggled to find an identity on offense. They have struggled through injuries on defense. They have been inconsistent all across the board. It's safe to say that the Redskins have regressed since their postseason run last year. So what's the next move? This week, coaches expect to review the first seven games and pinpoint areas giving the team trouble. Expect the names Jason Campbell and Rocky McIntosh to be bandied about by the media and fans in the coming days, but playing time decisions are up to Joe Gibbs, Al Saunders and Gregg Williams. It can sometimes be dicey going with younger players--if not handled correctly, it could send a message to veterans that they are giving up on the season. So those decisions, if they happen at all, will not be taken lightly.

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