Greater expectations - Colts 27, Redskins 24
By Evan Bliss
Worse than losing is being okay with the loss. Chris Cooley summed it up better than anyone after the Houston overtime loss, suggesting that he felt as if he’d wasted a week of his life. That’s how it should feel, bitter, disgusting, sour, disappointing, a complete and total waste. You should never forget how terrible losing feels so you’ll never want to feel that way ever again. Ever.
Some praise. Running back Ryan Torain. Choo Choo Torain notched the first 100-yard rushing game from a Skins’ back this season, and added two touchdowns on the ground -- 20 carries, 100 yards, 5.0 yards per carry average, and two scores. But that doesn’t tell the tale. I’d say at least 50 of those yards were earned after contact, and most of that contact came from behind the line of scrimmage. The offensive line needs to treat this man to a steak dinner at Morton’s after making them look so much better than they actually were.
Some more praise. Lorenzo Alexander turned in another great performance on special teams and defense. It’s easy to cheer for a guy who’s worked his way from the practice squad into the starting lineup, and then makes game-changing plays week to week. Brandon Banks and Anthony Armstrong are in the same category: underdogs turned game-changers. Hats off also to Brian Orakpo, who was battling the flu and still logged a sack and a forced fumble on Peyton Manning.
Enough praise. I think I understood what Haslett was doing on defense, but I don’t know. Jeremy Jarmon, the actor on the roster, jumping around back and forth at nose-tackle looked like he was confusing our defense as well as Manning. Unfortunately, Manning figured it out. With four men standing up on the line, it’s pretty easy for his offensive line to get leverage and run the ball down our throats, all Manning had to do was check into running plays. Maybe Haslett was giving the Colts the run to dissuade the pass, but the Skins still gave up 170 yards on the ground and 299 yards in the air.
Carlos Rogers needs a new pair of hands. An interception isn’t only a possession change, it will alter the future decisions of the opposing quarterback. Manning had no problem testing Rogers all day, knowing the only negative result to a risky decision would be an incomplete pass. Call Dr. James Andrews, have him cut off Malcolm Kelly’s hands and sow them on Carlos Rogers.
The Colts made the plays they needed to make. Pierre Garcon’s leaping one-handed grab, Aaron Francisco’s game-sealing interception, and Peyton Manning down after down. The Redskins left a lot on the field on Sunday. This is obviously a much better team than last year, but they need to stop beating themselves and start beating their opponents. Getting better isn’t being good.
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| October 18, 2010; 3:02 PM ET
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