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Beck Impressive as Redskins Beat Up Colts 16-3

John Beck answered Rex Grossman’s challenge.

One week after Grossman’s impressive preseason performance, Beck counterpunched by leading the Redskins to four straight scores in the first half in Washington’s 16-3 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Friday night.

Beck and Grossman are fighting to become Washington’s starting quarterback, and after two weeks, the race appears even. Grossman was 19 of 26 for 207 yards in a 16-7 win over defending AFC champion Pittsburgh last week.

Beck’s answer: 14 of 17 for 140 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions against the defending AFC South champs. With Beck in the game, the Redskins dominated. They outgained the Colts 277-41 in the first half, ran more than twice as many plays (41-14) and had two 50-plus yard runs.

Grossman was 7 of 13 for 88 yards with one interception, all in the second half.

Indianapolis looked lethargic and inept in losing its eighth straight preseason game. The Colts are 4-24 since 2005 in games played in August and early September.

Curtis Painter started for the second straight week in place of Peyton Manning, who is recovering from offseason neck surgery, and struggled again. Despite playing the entire first half, he was just 5 of 10 for 40 yards and led the Colts to only one first down. Behind Painter, Indy didn’t get past its 29-yard line.

One reason: the Colts weren’t at full strength.

The offense was missing Manning, receivers Austin Collie (knee), Anthony Gonzalez (hamstring) and Reggie Wayne (personal matter), and the defense played without tackle Tommie Harris (hamstring) and linebacker Ernie Sims (appendix). The Colts also lost Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea on the game’s second play, and rookie cornerback Chris Rucker, a second-round pick, later in the first quarter. Both went out with hamstring injuries.

The Redskins were missing only one key player, safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring).

And the difference was clear.

Tim Hightower exposed a gaping hole on the second play of the game, running 58 yards. Four plays later, Hightower plunged in from the 1 for a 7-0 lead.

Beck didn’t stop there. He set up Graham Gano for three short field goals – from 28, 27 and 26 yards – to give the Redskins a 16-0 lead with 1:48 left in the first half.

Indy’s lone score came on a 55-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri midway through the third quarter. The Colts’ only other scoring chance was thwarted when Washington coach Mike Shanahan successfully challenged a 40-yard completion from Dan Orlovsky to Taj Smith that would have put Indianapolis inside the Washington 15.

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4 Responses to “Beck Impressive as Redskins Beat Up Colts 16-3”

  1. Beck Fan says:

    At a boy John you are the man here is his facebook fan page check it out.

  2. richbrave says:

    Lots of front-line players out for the COLTS.

    REDSKINS d-line and COLTS d-line had some good plays.

    My man BARRY COFIELD and young 7th pick NIELD getting it done in the middle.

    KERRIGAN looked good energy-wise if not always in the proper positions. JENKINS looks to have a nasty ‘tude toward o-linemen. I like it.

    ORAKPO bringing it, and ROCKY MAC getting in a few licks.

    And BRANDYN THOMPSON looked like an all-star with a pass defensed and INT. Nice.

    On the not good side of things;

    TRENT WILLIAMS whiffed on one block that led directly to a sack.

    On another play CHESTER was literally run over.

    WIL MONGOMERY on a hold when he couldn’t get in position to block properly on a sweep left, but overall, certainly better than last year.

    The second unit o-line not getting it done. HICKS and the left tackle LOCKLEAR in jeopardy of losing a job if I’m the SHANAHAN’s.

    Didn’t like seeing the ball on the ground again after being in FRED DAVIS’ hands. Saved by the whistle for having a knee down, but with COOLEY problematic all year, he’s got to be the man this season. I have way too many nightmares about his play in the past regarding tipped balls going for touchs the wrong way. Same with fumbles after the catch.

    PAULSON had one too. Fortunate it went out-of-bounds.

    Otherwise, receivers and RB’s looked great. Didn’t see EVAN ROYSTER this time around.

    I like NILES PAUL. Predict he will take BANKS’ place on the roster, and eventually [a year or two] find his way into the starters at receiver.

    TERRANCE AUSTIN looked great also. Not room for both. Hard decision coming there.

    HANKERSON looked better this week. KELLY is a ghost in burgandy and gold.

    HIGHTOWER was bringing it.

  3. richbrave says:

    KEENAN McCARDELL certainly remmebers what it’s like to be the odd-man out in REDSKIN-land where a crowded receiver situation is concerned. Here’s hoping he keep the right guys.

    If we keep six receivers and park one on the taxi-squad, I like


    HANKERSON – practice squad

    PAUL – special teams

    Out of a job


  4. Greg says:

    This game is a tough one for me. I think Beck is more of a game manager while Grossman is one who will take more of a risk— so dont’ know who I want as QB.

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