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Redskins-Colts keys to victory: offense

Here's what the Redskins must do on offense to beat the Colts:

Run the ball. Once again the Redskins will need to run the ball this week. Facing Peyton Manning, it will be very important that they control the time of possession and keep Manning and the Colts offense on the sidelines. The Redskins' running game has been anemic. But the Colts aren't known as a strong run-stopping defense. Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams need to show they can get the job done, and this is the perfect defense for them to do that.

Protect the quarterback. Donovan McNabb caught fire in the second half of the Packers game, but the offense had a difficult time scoring. The Colts defense is known for getting to the quarterback. Defensive end Dwight Freeney is one of the most difficult players to block. He is good at causing turnovers. The Redskins offensive line must find a way to limit the success of the Colts pass rush.

Spread the ball around. The Redskins finally got other receivers involved in the passing game against Green Bay. They will need to do the same thing on Sunday. It will help enormously if the Colts defenders are not comfortable with where they think the ball is going. Of course, Santana Moss and Chris Cooley need to stay involved and active too.

Convert third downs. By having success on third downs the Redskins lengthen the their drives while keeping Manning off the field. The Washington red zone offense must also be more effective. The Redskins were 0-2 inside the 20 in last weekend's game. Touchdowns in the red zone will be the most important key to the Colts game. The Redskins must score TDs.

Eliminate penalties. Last but certainly not least, the Redskins must cut down on penalties. Costly penalties will cost the Redskins the game. The team only had four penalties in the Packers game. That's a positive. Keep the penalties to a minimum.

The Redskins will have to play on a very high level offensively again this week if they want to have a chance to beat a team with Peyton Manning on it. I said this last week: The Redskins' offense can't count on the defense to keep these high-octane offenses under 20 points every week. Washington's offense must help.

Advantage goes to the Redskins, if they do these things.

By LaVar Arrington  | October 12, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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Lavar: I think your analysis is usually well done, but here it fell a little short. After all, any team that protects the QB, spreads the ball around through the air, runs well, succeeds on third down and in the red zone, and minimizes penalties is going to win. Doesn't leave much room for debate. Also, on the run part and pass protection, you fail to mention that two OTs are out for the Redskins. That's hugely important!

Posted by: ktp70 | October 12, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

By now you should just post a template and fill in the opponent's name each week.

'Against the [fill in blank], the Skins offense needs to:

-Establish the run.
-Limit penalties.
-Convert third downs.
-Have success in the red zone.
-Get everyone involved in the offense.
-Protect the quarterback.

Rinse and repeat.

Posted by: RIP-21 | October 12, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

As for the penalties part other than a couple bad ones on Special Teams they have not committed very many penalties at all this year.

Posted by: wstclair | October 12, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Lavarr can teach Tracy Hamilton how to count Orakpo's sack total, or maybe show her what a football looks like

Posted by: Black706 | October 12, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Tracy Hamilton's article has been wrong for almost a week. Between that, JReid's inability to produce real info first, and Make Wise fabricating news the WaPo is losing credibility. At least they have one pro left

Posted by: Black706 | October 12, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, are you watching this nobody is reading your column, i am not envious as your buddy would say, i am just telling you to be and impartial and dont be a hypocrytand people will be back...

Keys to game
Stop Payton
our Offensive line has to play hard and smart
Big daddy and brian and other defense have a good game

Posted by: mazbar | October 12, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

LaVar I must commend you on being one of the very few who predicted the Redskins would beat the Packers. Good call. I hope your prediction for this week pans out as well.

I expect the Defense to play well like the last few weeks. I think the only key to this victory however is that O-line, for both the run and the pass. If they play poorly Torain gets nothing, and an already Hobbled Donovan McNabb risks further injury.

Posted by: skins91r | October 13, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

As others have indicated, this is a cliche-ridden column; even I could write it, a Redskins enthusiast but dummy about the game itself. An editor should check it for grammar and spelling. A machine could do the spelling part. I won't bother reading it after today.

Posted by: beoods | October 13, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

bleedin' obvious

Posted by: 44fx2901 | October 14, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Lavarr can teach Tracy Hamilton how to count Orakpo's sack total, or maybe show her what a football looks like

Posted by: Black706

Tracee probably already knows Orakpo's sack total is 2 ;-)

Posted by: ho-skin | October 15, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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