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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.

By Rick Maese  | October 13, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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The only way to beat the colts is to put pressure on Manning. If you give him time, you get scorched. Corners better practice their 1 on 1s, and practice tackling too or else Clark is gonna stomp right over them.

Posted by: rexforab | October 13, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

You are not going to outsmart Peyton, so out-physical him instead. Jam his receivers, and beat the living snot out of them when they get thrown to. Push the pocket in so he can't step up, and turn Orakpo loose.


Posted by: edvar | October 13, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I just want someone to add Peyton to the Redskins kill count!

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | October 13, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

2 intelligent comments out of 3. Nice job posters. The Patriots did exactly Rex and Ed suggested and it worked flawlessly when they had the athletes to get the job done.

I'm sure we'll see plenty of pass interference calls go against us, but need to walk that line to win.

Posted by: jjredskins | October 13, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Peyton seems to be over due for few interceptions. Even better, he can use some rest time on the bench from injury or Skins run game.

Posted by: SeedofChange | October 14, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I won't wish any injury on the man, but Peyton best keep his head on a swivel. The Skins D is out there hurting people. They may give up some yards, but they're delivering the hits.

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 14, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I can't help but think that Manning is going to expose all the weaknesses of our new 3-4 defense, and completely pick us apart.

I really hope I'm wrong, but from what I've seen so far ... "I fear much trouble in the fuselage, Frederick."

Posted by: FootballCardSnatcher | October 14, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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