Play it again

October 23, 2006|By DON MARKUS

A summary of the Washington Redskins' 36-22 loss to the Indianapolis Colts:

What went right -- The Redskins played well in the first half, putting some pressure on Peyton Manning after he drove the Colts 92 yards on their opening possession. They also took a 14-10 lead with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell to Chris Cooley, and an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown by Antwaan Randle El.

What went wrong -- The third quarter. The Redskins were outscored 20-0, outgained 202-63, - actually, Colts running back Joseph Addai outgained them by 1 - and outcoached. This marks the second straight week and the third time this season they let a halftime lead fritter away after coming out flat in the third quarter.

What went wrong -- While the onslaught began with the Colts' first possession of the second half, what seemed to change everything was the slew of penalties late in the first half that led to Washington kicking off from its 5-yard line. Indianapolis then took possession at its 47 and scored a late field goal to cut the deficit to one by halftime. Even though the Redskins didn't surrender a touchdown (officials reviewed replays that showed Marvin Harrison came down with only one foot inbounds on a potential 1-yard scoring pass), it gave the crowd something to cheer about.

What it means -- It means that what everyone in Washington has been saying since the team started the season 0-2 after an 0-4 preseason is finally becoming reality. Unless the Redskins win eight of their last nine games, they won't be a playoff team for the second time in the three years since Joe Gibbs returned to the sideline. It also means that more fans will be calling for Gibbs to play third-year quarterback Jason Campbell.

A look ahead -- The Redskins have a bye week, which isn't a bad thing considering how banged up the defense is right now and how much more fine-tuning the offense needs, possibly with a new quarterback running the show when Dallas comes to FedEx Field on Nov. 5.

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