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Week 2 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 21, Washington Redskins 9


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Indianapolis Colts

The Colts played well offensively outside of two Andrew Luck interceptions. The Colts offense remained conservative with throws mostly targeting the short and intermediate areas of the field. TY Hilton was the biggest standout for the Colts and clearly their best offensive weapon. Hilton drew a 37 yard pass interference penalty that would have added to his receiving total if not for the penalty. Eric Ebron has been a far more effective and efficient receiver, especially downfield, than Jack Doyle. Marlon Mack got the start at running back but appears to be in a committee with Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines for the time being.

Washington Redskins

Washington looked like an improved team along the offensive and defensive line but today they looked overmatched. If Washington is unable to control the line of scrimmage they will struggle to win games. Alex Smith must be able to convert in the redzone when given the opportunity but today was a struggle for the offense overall. The defense must be able to manufacture more pressure as well with the front seven. This game can be chalked up as just a bad outing as it will take more experience to identify if this is truly how the team has been built.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Andrew Luck, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 31 - 179 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 2 - 0
Andrew Luck played well outside of two interceptions. Luck's deep passing remains a concern coming off of a shoulder injury but Luck made a nice throw downfield to TY Hilton. The frequency of downfield passes remains low. Luck put together a touchdown drive on the Colts first possession. Luck converted third downs to TY Hilton and Eric Ebron to get the Colts into scoring position. Luck capped the drive with a nice 7 yard back shoulder throw to Ebron for a touchdown. Luck had a pass get tipped in the air and intercepted targeting Hilton over the middle. Luck threw a perfect deep ball to Hilton down the seam that drew a 37 yard pass interference penalty on Fabian Moreau. The long penalty set up a Nyheim Hines touchdown run. Luck threw his second interception of the game trying to force the ball to Hilton over the middle. The pass was well read and undercut by DJ Swearinger. A wobbly throw downfield from Luck saw a potential big gain to Ebron fall incomplete. Luck responded by putting together a 13 play drive culminating in a 3 yard TY Hilton touchdown giving the Colts a 12 point lead.

RB Jordan Wilkins, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 61 - 0, Rec: 2 - 3 - 0 (2 targets)
Jordan WIlkins was in on the Colts' second offensive snap and took a carry 11 yards off right tackle. Wilkins burst for 18 yards as the Colts ran their four minute offense running behind Ryan Hewitt. Wilkins looks like the Colts best all around back but will be a part of a backfield committee barring an injury or change in coaching philosophy.

RB Marlon Mack, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 34 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (2 targets)
Marlon Mack opened the game as the Colts' starting running back on made a catch on their first offensive play for 2 yards. Mack had a couple of nice runs and looked healthy in his return from injury. Mack is in a three way time split with Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines until further notice.

RB Nyheim Hines, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 7 - 1, Rec: 1 - -2 - 0 (1 targets)
Nyheim Hines scored impressive 8 yard touchdown on his second carry of the game featuring a spin move to evade two defenders. Hines is clearly the number three running back in the committee behind Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 83 - 1 (11 targets)
TY Hilton had a breakout performance after a rough first week. Hilton beat Josh Norman running a crossing route for 18 yards. Hilton caught a screen pass and found a nice crease he exploited for 22 yards to convert a 3rd and long. Hilton picked up 17 more yards the following play by making a catch running a comeback route and evading a tackle. Hilton drew a 37 yard pass interference penalty on what would have been a sure catch without the penalty. Hilton ran a slant for a 10 yard gain. Hilton was the target of both of Luck's interceptions but neither was Hilton's fault. Hilton picked up 9 yards on a slant route thanks to a nice pick set by his teammate. Hilton came wide open on a blown coverage running a crossing route for a 3 yard touchdown.

WR Chester Rogers, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 17 - 0 (3 targets)
Chester Rogers caught a check down for 6 yards on his first target. Rogers picked up 5 yards on 3rd and short for a first down. Rogers gained 6 yards on a screen from Luck.

WR Ryan Grant, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 30 - 0 (2 targets)
Ryan Grant picked up 8 yards on his first catch of the game in the fourth quarter. Grant picked up 21 yards running a deep crossing route the following play.

TE Eric Ebron, 17 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 26 - 1 (4 targets)
Eric Ebron's defender fell down as Ebron ran a crossing route and Ebron gained 13 yards on the play. Ebron ran a corner route lined up from the slot and caught a nice back shoulder throw from Luck for a 7 yard touchdown. Ebron picked up 7 yards running a shallow crossing route. A poor throw downfield from Luck caused an incompletion on what would have been a 20 yard gain for Ebron. Ebron has run fewer routes and played fewer snaps but has been much more efficient and effective than Jack Doyle from a fantasy perspective.

TE Jack Doyle, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (5 targets)
Jack Doyle managed one catch for 8 yards on 3 first half targets. Doyle picked up 12 yards running an out breaking route. Doyle was not given much attention by Andrew Luck. Eric Ebron has been more effective and efficient on his targets.


Washington Redskins

QB Alex Smith, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 33 - 46 - 292 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 14 - 0
Alex Smith's game was much different than the opener. He failed to lead a touchdown drive the entire game against seemingly a lightly talented defense. For majority of this game the Redskins struggled to sustain drives as the offensive line allowed too much pressure. Alex had two opportunities at touchdown throws but they resulted in drops and ultimately lead to field goals. Alex attempted forty-six passes today as the run game went cold today. Alex tried to extend plays to find open receivers, but they seem to have had difficulty gaining separation on routes. The Colts didn't allow Alex to throw downfield much either as his lone long completion went for twenty-five yards. Alex's inability to convert on third downs and connect in the end zone lead to an abysmal day for the offense.

RB Chris Thompson, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 1 - 0, Rec: 13 - 92 - 0 (14 targets)
Chris Thompson found no room to run as he only totaled one rushing yard. However, he led Washington in receptions and receiving yardage. His thirteen receptions were a career high. As the line struggled to protect Chris often became a safety valve for dumpoff passes out of the backfield. Chris is a major part of the Washington offense and today he was extremely busy. Chris' run after the catch yards were minimized as well as the Colts did a great job of corralling him after the catch.

RB Adrian Peterson, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 20 - 0, Rec: 3 - 30 - 0 (3 targets)
Adrian Peterson was held in check versus the Colts as he only had a total of twenty yards rushing. He also chipped in thirty yards receiving but found it tough to find open running lanes for this game. The offensive line struggled to control the line of scrimmage, so the cutback lanes were shut down. Adrian is more of a volume driven runner as well so the inability to sustain drives also contributed to his lackluster day. Adrian's longest carry went for fourteen yards as they got the 3rd quarter started but he often got stuffed for short gains.

RB Rob Kelley, 1 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0
Robert Kelley played 3rd fiddle again as he only recorded one carry and left with an injury.

WR Josh Doctson, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 37 - 0 (7 targets)
Josh Doctson had a quiet day as he totaled four catches for less than forty yards. He managed to get 7 targets and two of those were towards the endzone. Josh has primarily been a redzone threat and if he doesn't score his days can look like this.

WR Jamison Crowder, 69 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 29 - 0, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (4 targets)
Jamison Crowder was extremely quiet in this game outside of a twenty-nine-yard reverse. Jamison had two catches, but he struggles to consistently produce with Jordan Reed's presence.

WR Paul Richardson, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 63 - 0 (6 targets)
Paul Richardson had a productive game as he led the receiving core in yards. Paul was able to make a few chunk plays in this game as his longest catch went for thirty-four yards. He could have had a bigger game if Alex connected with him on a couple of deep shots downfield. Paul serves as the deep threat for Washington and they made a concerted effort to get him involved more today. If the run game is more effective that will help Washington opportunity to throw deep which greatly benefits Paul.

TE Jordan Reed, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 55 - 0 (8 targets)
Jordan Reed had another busy game as he grabbed six catches. The yardage was held in check as he only managed fifty-five yards. Too many drives were stalled which didn't allow him to establish a rhythm. If Washington could have stayed on the field Jordan could have had a bigger day. His longest reception went for nineteen yards.

TE Vernon Davis, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Vernon Davis had one catch for seven yards. As the backup tight end he doesn't get many opportunities in the passing game.