Capping off a tremendous Hall of Fame Weekend, the Colts and Redskins entertained the fans at Fawcett Stadium on Sunday night to a little taste of preseason football, with the Skins outslugging the Colts 30-16. The story of the back and forth contest was the play of the four Skins QB’s, who are all learning the new system being put in by new head coach Jim Zorn and offensive coordinator Sherman Smith.
Jason Campbell, the teams starter this year, was sharp off the bat and on the night, going a perfect 5-for-5 for 61 yards and a TD to Antwaan Randle El from 20 yards out that opened up the scoring just over a minute into the game. Rookie QB Colt Brennan drew cheers when he came into the game in the second half, and didn’t dissapoint. He went 9-for-10 for 123 yards with two TD’s, and looked poised for his first action as a pro.
2nd year running back Marcus Mason, from Youngstown State, paced an effective Redskins running game as he ran for 98 yards on 18 carries (5.4 per carry) with a long of 19. He and Rock Cartwright were the only two ball carriers for the Skins, and they put up a total 156 yards on 31 carries. If this is an indication of what the Skins may be like on offense this year, it will make life tough for the rest of the hardcore NFC East.
As for the Colts, preseason for them is just that – a time to simply get ready for the regular season and not get anyone hurt. They rested just about all major starters, including players like Peyton Manning, Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney and Marvin Harrison. One starter who did give the team a scare was RB Joseph Addai, who left after the second play with a head injury, but seemed all right by games end.
The Colts starters played just one series, and usual backup Jim Sorgi played one series and led the team on a field goal drive, going 7-for-10 for 66 yards. Former Jags QB Quinn Gray, who was a recent cut by the Texans, saw the most extensive action for the Colts, and went 10-for-19 for 160 yards with a TD to Onrea Jones from 30 yards out that gave the Colts a 10-9 lead with 5:57 left in the first half.
Indy led 13-9 at the half after an Adam Vinatieri field goal from 24 yards out to end the first half. Rookie kicker Adam Crossett kicked a 28-yard field goal to make it 16-9 Colts with 10:44 left in the 3rd quarter. That’s when Brennan made his debut, and he quickly made an impact. He tied the score witha nifty 20-yard TD to wide out Maurice Mann that made it 16 all. Then with 10:22 left in the 4th he threw a five-yard TD to Mason on the run that put Washington up for good.
Colts QB Jared Lorenzen, formerly of the Giants, took the helm for Indy in the 4th quarter, and threw a pick with 1:50 left that Skins corner Matterral Richardson took back 30 yards to close out the scoring at 30-16. The Redskins will be at home for their first home preseason game vs the Bills on Saturday night. Indy will head to Carolina to take on the Panthers on Saturday night.