This was a winnable game. Expectations were a blow out by the Colts, but with 30 seconds left in the game, the Redskins had a chance to either get the ball closer for a field goal attempt or at least an attempt down field to take the game, but McNabb’s first pass was intercepted and the Redskins lose 27-24.
The Redskins defense allowed 307 pass yards and 170 rush yards, but this is not what lost the game for them. There were 2 dropped interceptions by Carlos Rogers and a very catchable one missed by Kareem Moore, which would have prevented a TD. There was also only 1 sack on Manning. Where was the pressure on the QB?
The Redskins offense played okay with McNabb putting up a respectable 246 yards(29/45) and Ryan Torain racking up 100 rushing yards and 2 TDs, but McNabb’s 2 interceptions prevented more opportunities as well as 1 missed field goal by Gano. And Chris Cooley? What is going on?
The Colts, on the other hand, had 2 missed field goals (1 blocked by the Redskins) and 4 fumbles (3 of which were recovered by the Redskins). Manning’s completion ratio of 25/38 is not far off from McNabb’s. The Colts did, however, put up 170 rushing yards with 1 rushing TD. They scored early and Manning made the calls early to take the audience noise levels out of the equation.
So no matter which way you look at it, the Redskins had a chance and they blew it. Both the Eagles and Giants won, so now the Redskins drop from #1 to #3, but alas all you Redskins fans, the Cowboys lost and are in last place with a 1-4 record. There is always something positive to focus on!
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.