Colts-redskins Tonight

November 07, 1993|By Vito Stellino

Site: RFK Stadium, Washington

Time: 8

TV: ESPN, Channel 9

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Line: Redskins by 6 1/2

Records: Redskins 1-6; Colts 3-4

Last week: The Redskins lost to the Buffalo Bills, 24-10. The Colts beat the New England Patriots, 9-6.

Last meeting: The Colts beat the Redskins, 35-28, in 1990 when Alan Grant intercepted Mark Rypien and returned the ball 25 yards for a touchdown with 50 seconds left to climax a 21-point, fourth-quarter rally at the Hoosier Dome.

The series: The Colts lead, 16-6, including a nine-game winning streak in the 1960s when they were in Baltimore. The teams are 1-1 since the Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984. The Colts haven't played at RFK Stadium since 1981.

On the sidelines: Richie Petitbon is 1-6 in his first season as Redskins coach. Ted Marchibroda, in his second stint as Colts coach, is 53-47.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Get a good game from Rypien. Since being rushed back from knee surgery, Rypien hasn't been in top form and was intercepted on four straight possessions by the Bills on Monday night. Rypien is the lowest-rated quarterback in the NFC at 57.7. If he recovers his form, he should be able to pick apart the Colts' defense. Rookie Reggie Brooks gives the Redskins a running threat, but it doesn't make any difference if Rypien keeps throwing interceptions.

What the Colts have to do to win: Get another solid game from rookie running back Roosevelt Potts, who ran 23 times for 86 yards last week. If Potts controls the ball, quarterback Jeff George, who has started only two games after missing training camp in a holdout, can keep out of dangerous situations. Against the Patriots last week, he completed 18 of 26 for 200 yards and wasn't intercepted in starting and finishing a game for the first time since the 1991 finale at Tampa Bay.

Injury report: Colts: T Kevin Call (foot) is out. NT Tony Siragusa (elbow) is probable. Redskins: T Joe Jacoby (back), T Ed Simmons (knee) are out. QB Rich Gannon (foot) is doubtful. C Jeff Bostic (knee), S Danny Copeland (neck) are questionable. T Moe Elewonibi (knee), DE Charles Mann (knee), CB Alvoid Mays (hamstring), WR Tim McGee (hamstring), TE Terry Orr (ankle), DT Jim Wahler (ankle) are probable.

Outlook: The Redskins will find out how bad -- or good -- they

really are. If they can beat the Colts, they can rebound in the second half against a fairly easy schedule. If they lose, the season could be a disaster.

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