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Redskins-Colts keys to victory: special teams

The Redskins special teams had success and more consistency against the Packers.

This Sunday against Indianapolis, the goals of the kickoff and punt coverage teams remain the same: keep the Colts pinned deep in their territory. The Colts' running game is suspect just like the Packers,' so Peyton Manning will have to throw more if the field is longer, giving the defense more field and opportunities to make plays. I know you've heard this but it's true: good kick coverage gives the defense a much better chance to get the Colts offense off the field. The Redskins will have a chance to to win the battle of field position if they cover well.

Hunter Smith punted the ball well last Sunday and handled holding on field goals well, too.

n the kickoff return game, Devin Thomas is gone. In with Brandon Banks. If he can replace the consistency of Thomas or add to his success, then this should be good for the return teams. Banks has shown his explosiveness with every return he gets. If he can break loose this weekend it could be the difference in the game.

As for the punt returns, Banks's returns were solid and he held onto the ball, so his confidence should be growing. Again, if he can stay consistent and fumble-free the Redskins should be solid in this phase.

Stay consistent with field goals and don't have any breakdowns in blocking.

The Redskins' special teams covered well and returned the ball okay in last weekend's game. I look for them to be better Sunday against an average special teams group. Edge: Redskins

By LaVar Arrington  | October 14, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
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