Manning likely to see through defense's disguises
From week to week, the Redskins' defense seems to have a new game plan. The team blitzed heavily in early games but hardly at all against Philadelphia. Andre Carter is playing more defensive end, Lorenzo Alexander can play on the line or as a linebacker, and Brian Orakpo can rush from either side. This team uses dime and nickel packages more than recent Redskins squads.
One key to the Washington approach is to disguise its coverage schemes as much as possible. That may not be too effective this Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, though.
"You might confuse him for a quarter or a half or maybe even three quarters," said cornerback DeAngelo Hall. "But at some point, he's going to figure out what's going on and he's going to be able to execute that offense."
"We couldn't even really confuse Sam Bradford, so how can we go out there and confuse Peyton Manning? Sam Bradford was able to see where the blitzes were coming from, get rid of the ball. So you know, with Peyton, we're going to have to go to the drawing board, figure out what we want to do as a defense, as a staff, and try to execute it."
The Redskins were eager to face Bradford, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, but the rookie quarterback was sacked only once and threw just one interception in the Rams' Week 3 over Washington.
Manning has much more experience and has had enjoyed more success. While the pieces around him may not be as good as they were on recent Indianapolis teams, Manning is off to another strong start. He's third in the NFL with 322 passing yards per game. His 11 touchdown passes tie him for first in the league. He's been sacked five times and has thrown only two interceptions so far.
"We're going to go out there and play our kind of football and hopefully we contain him," Hall said.
| October 13, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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