Did Week 1 reveal who the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins really are, or will a truer identity emerge in Week 2?
Looks like there are more votes for the former scenario. Though these observers don’t see the Redskins as dominant as they showed against Arizona, they’re comfortable viewing the Colts as a lower-rung squad.
However, there are a couple of rays of hope for Colts fans here.
Don’t see the Colts holding up out east this weekend. The running game will be stunted by a newly improved Redskins front, which features those Alabama defensive linemen. Andrew Luck will be under pressure often, especially if Anthony Castonzo is still not right. Going to the other side of the ball, Alex Smith won’t give an overmatched Indy defense any freebies. The Redskins’ wide receiver group isn’t the scariest in the league, but it is different when tight end Jordan Reed is healthy. This could be another productive matchup for Adrian Peterson, too. #2-0
The Colts are going to beat themselves up over letting a win in Andrew Luck’s return get away from them … and they should. As thin as this roster is, chances like that won’t come along often. Don’t rule out a chance like that this week, though, because as dominant as Washington looked in its opener at Arizona, the jury is still out. Is Adrian Peterson really still that good? Is Jordan Reed that healthy? Is Alex Smith that efficient? Is the defense … well, can they be kept off the field long enough? The Colts will test all of that.
Alex Smith continues to be the most underrated quarterback in the NFL. Washington, coming home for its opener, brings the better and offensive and defensive line into this contest. Lay the points.
Andrew Luck threw it 53 times last week. It might be more than that if the Colts are to have a chance here. I don’t think they do, even if he does. The Redskins impressed on defense last week and they will run a lot of Adrian Peterson here. Redskins big.
The Redskins have lost their home opener in three consecutive years, and now after one suitable performance, they’re six-point favorites? That feels like a bit of a reach. The Colts defense is suspect, to say the least, but Andrew Luck can keep it close and will be eager to get his first win since his return from injury.
The Indianapolis Colts are preparing for leftover rain from Hurricane Florence on Sunday. Clark Wade/IndyStar
It looks like Alex Smith is a perfect fit for Jay Gruden’s offense, and so is 33-year-old Adrian Peterson. Andrew Luck and the Colts have problems along the offensive line, run game and defense. The Colts blew a 23-10 third-quarter lead at home vs. the Bengals. It’s going to be a long afternoon on the road for Indy.
From Michael D. Smith, who goes 23-20 Washington: Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson looked like an excellent pair of running backs in Week 1, and I think they’ll have a big game against a suspect Colts defense.