Redskins fall 21-9 in ugly loss to Colts
LANDOVER With less than eight minutes left in the game, T.Y. Hilton danced. The Colts wide receiver shook his hips from side-to-side, celebrating not just thescoring play that put him in the end zone, but how easy it was to get there.
As Hilton finished his routine, Redskins fans headed for the exits, leaving the team’s home opener disappointed. Again.
After a dominant performance last week to start the season, the Redskins laid an egg Sunday in a 21-9 loss at FedEx Field in which Washington trailed for the entire game.
In Week 1, the Redskins defense went three quarters without allowing anArizona Cardinals touchdown.
The Colts scored on their very first drive an 11-play, 75-yard excursion that saw them easily convert all three of their third downs along the way. Quarterback Andrew Luck took advantage of mismatch after mismatch, hitting tight end Eric Ebron for a seven-yard score on a fade route.
The Redskins’ biggest problem, though, was a scattered and inconsistent offense that couldn’t find a rhythm.
Last week’s dominant rushing attack? Gone. The Redskins managed just 65 rushing yards 22 of which came from wide receiver Jamison Crowder.
Redskins running back Adrian Peterson had just 20 yards on 11 carries good for just 1.8 yards per carry after rushing for 96 yards in Arizona. Running back Chris Thompson wasn’t any better, finishing with only one yard on four attempts.
When the Redskins did hit big plays, they couldn’t capitalize.
Just before the half, after Alex Smith hit wideout Paul Richardson for 34 yards, kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 49-yard attempt with six seconds left. The Redskins went into the locker room to a chorus of boos, down 14-3.
In the second half, the Redskins wasted more opportunities as the defense kept them in the game. D.J. Swearinger picked off Luck the safety’s second interception of the day but the Redskins settled for three points.
On the Colts’ next drive, the Redskins defense forced a three-and-out. But the Redskins managed only another field goal after the offense picked up 42 yards on 11 plays.
The Colts responded with a lengthy 5:56 drive, capped off with Hilton’s wide-open three-yard touchdown.
Smith finished with 292 yards, completing 33 of 43 passes.