Redskins-Colts keys to victory: defense
The Redskins defense has started to build a reputation as a hard-hitting unit. This now marks three weeks in a row that Jim Haslett's unit has knocked guys out of the game. But If they plan on winning the battle against the Colts on Sunday they had better get their track shoes on. Here's what the defense will need to do if it wants to succeed in this game.
Joseph Addai, the Colts starting running back, is questionable, but the Colts don't have a strong running game anyway. Still, there's no need to let Mike Hart, the backup running back, find too many yards in this game. So yes, stop the run first. That's always first on the list.
The Colts are coming into the game knowing that Peyton Manning has to be effective throwing the ball. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark are very capable targets. And Manning has a couple more targets as well, so look for the Redskins to be in nickel or dime packages. That means they frequently will have more players on the field that can cover rather than play the run.
The Redskins held Aaron Rodgers in check last Sunday, and even had a goal-line stand against the Packers that proved to be a pivotal moment in the game's outcome. They will need to have the same type of performance against the Colts. Manning will get his yards but the defense must limit the amount of touchdowns and hold the Colts to field goal attempts.
The pass rush got going against Green Bay. The Redskins have pressured quarterbacks all year, but they need sacks and forced fumbles. This will fluster Manning and could force him into ill-advised passes that lead to interceptions. Again, the Colts running game is so weak I look for Haslett to dial up all kinds of blitzes. I'm thinking that the Colts, just like the Packers, will have to earn the respect of Haslett in the running game before he does something different. The defense, except for one really long run, stopped the Packers running game. On Sunday, if the Redskins don't take the run for granted and shut it down quickly, the Colts will abandon it.
Cover like they did in the Eagles and Packers games. Force turnovers and try to convert them to points. Pressure Peyton Manning. Do this and the Redskins defense wins its part of the game. Aaron Rodgers was a great test and preparation for the main event of quarterbacks, but Peyton is Peyton and a mature Peyton Manning is always a difficult task. Because of that, I say, advantage Colts offense.
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