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1-1, 1st in NFC East

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins receivers coach Ike Hilliard said they'll focus on Breshad Perriman just learning the X receiver spot and Michael Floyd focusing on the Z. Hilliard said of Perriman, “You can see there's some ball skills there. He's a short strider, but he can roll. It's a matter of getting him comfortable and making him confident.” Hilliard said of Floyd, “Tough, physical. He's a pro. He's been around a few teams. He understands how this works. We're lucky to have him here. He along with Brian Quick will be the oldest guy in the room. We're going to enjoy leaning on him with situations he's been in.”

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Smith said he and Aaron Rodgers are friends and that he does pay attention to how he does. They, of course, have been connected since the 49ers opted to draft Smith in 2005 and not Rodgers.

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The Redskins placed running back Rob Kelley on injured reserve. He injured his toe in Sunday's loss to the Colts. Kelley must stay on injured reserve for at least eight games. This means Samaje Perine will be the third running back behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.

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Redskins add to WR depth with Floyd, Perriman

The Washington Redskins added two former first-round picks at receiver Monday after failing to trade for Josh Gordon -- signing Michael Floyd and agreeing to a deal with Breshad Perriman, according to multiple sources.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Most Redskins players said they didn't notice the sparse opening game attendance. They had a 50-year sellout streak snapped. Chris Thompson said he was surprised but it didn't impact them.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Chris Thompson looked as dejected as anyone in the postgame locker room. He knows what's at stake next Sunday vs. Green Bay. "It's very important. I mean, it's Aaron Rodgers coming in. We don't have it together then we get embarrassed again."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins blew a chance for a 2-0 start and did so by playing an all-around bad game in losing 21-9 to the Colts. But it started with the offense. They blocked poorly along the front and generated almost nothing but short gains on underneath throws. Adrian Peterson rushed for only 20 yards on 11 carries. The defense allowed three touchdown drives of 75 yards, though they did force two turnovers. Washington has Green Bay and New Orleans up next; the Redskins will need to play a lot better to win.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have not done a good job applying pressure vs. Andrew Luck out of their four man rushes. It's forced them to send extra rushers on occasion and it burned them when the Colts took a 21-9 lead. Their pressure was not an issue last week because they did bother Sam Bradford and he threw short passes all day. But Luck has had way too much time in the pocket and the only time he's been threatened is when they blitz. This defense does much better when they don't have to blitz much, doing a better job in coverage.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Because the Colts have stopped the run so well with their interior, it's been hard to suck their linebackers inside. So if the Redskins try to use cutbacks, the linebackers are still in position to help and defeat that opportunity. The Redskins' front continues to allow penetration so the combination has resulted in a horrible rushing game. If the Redskins want to do more than kick field goals they'll have to figure out a way to be more consistent with their run game.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins ran to the locker room hearing a smattering of boos for a lackluster first-half effort. The Redskins have been bad on third down on both sides of the ball: They have converted only two-of-seven on offense and allowed five-of-nine on defense. The result is a team that controlled the ball for 38 minutes last week has only had it for 13 minutes, 12 seconds in the first two quarters. They're a team that must win with a diverse attack. Being unable to convert on third down prevents them from having one.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Communication was a key topic for the Redskins' defense this week. So far, the Colts have done a good job stressing the Redskins' defense and, at times, catching them a little disorganized because of the action of the play. It's resulted in some good gains. That, plus an inability to pressure Andrew Luck better, has hurt Washington. If that doesn't change, the Redskins will be in trouble.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins did a good job in their opener of keeping Arizona off-balance and staying in control of the clock and the game. The result was excellent rhythm. They've been unable to find a rhythm vs. the Colts, partly because they haven't run well. They created numbers advantages last week to help the run game; that's not happening vs. Indianapolis.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins had the benefit last week of fooling Arizona, showing their true offense for the first time. Indianapolis, outside of the first play from scrimmage, has not been confused. The Redskins haven't moved the backside pursuit enough to help on any outside runs and the interior blocking must improve if Washington wants to generate any success inside. It has been a frustrating start for the Redskins in part because they can't rely on fooling a defense that has seen a similar style offense every day in practice.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Colts' offense should look somewhat familiar to Washington with a heavy dose of fakes, some run-pass option plays and action designed to create run lanes and a numbers advantage. The Colts did a good job opening alleys for their backs and getting to the linebackers. One reason Washington liked using more run-pass option in its offense was to help its defense. But the Redskins' defense will have to do a better job inside of getting off blocks to make plays.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

A big key for the Redskins' defense will be communication, especially at inside linebacker with Mason Foster and Zach Brown. Last week vs. Cincinnati, the Colts ran a lot of underneath crossers that took the Bengals' linebackers out of position. Or they'd run a crosser with a running back also coming out, designed to fool the linebackers. With some line issues, the Colts likely will want Andrew Luck to throw quick as he did last week so the linebackers must know their assignments and be disciplined.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

One matchup to watch: Redskins OLB Preston Smith vs. Colts LT Le'Raven Clark. The Colts started Joe Haeg at tackle last week in place of injured starter Anthony Castonzo, who remains sidelined. But they flipped Haeg to the right side to contend with Ryan Kerrigan. That means Smith will be facing a third tackle on the depth chart. It's a good chance for him to pressure Andrew Luck.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins inactives: WR Maurice Harris, S Troy Apke, RB Samaje Perine, CB Adonis Alexander, OL Casey Dunn, OL Geron Christian and DL Caleb Brantley.

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As of now there is no rain in the forecast during the Redskins game vs. the Colts. Rain is forecast for about an hour after the game. The Redskins feel good about their run game with Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson in particular if it becomes a sloppy field. But the surface looks good.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.014th
Rushing Yards123.57th
Points For16.527th
Points Against13.52nd

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