The INDIANAPOLIS and the WASHINGTON will both be gunning for a victory on 9/16/2018 at 1:00 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
INDIANAPOLIS vs WASHINGTON
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 16, 2018
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
|261||INDIANAPOLIS||-5.5 (-110)||45.5 (-110)||180
TV: 1:00 PM
PREDICTION: WASHINGTON , INDIANAPOLIS
Oddsmakers currently have the WASHINGTON listed as -5.5 point favorites versus the INDIANAPOLIS, while the game’s total is sitting at 45.5.
The Washington Redskins’ defense was impressive in a Week 1 win at Arizona but it will be tested in the coming weeks by a string of top-notch quarterbacks, beginning with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, who visit the nation’s capital for a matchup Sunday. The Redskins held the Cardinals to 68 yards rushing and forced a pair of turnovers in a dominating 24-6 win last Sunday.
“I think any coach has that vision,” Washington coach Jay Gruden told reporters. “That’s what pro football is all about: your ability to run the ball and stop the run. And we’re getting there. We’ve got a long way to go, but I’m happy the way this game ended.” The Redskins will now face Luck – who was solid in his return from a shoulder injury that robbed him of the entire 2017 season – followed by star signal-callers Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Cam Newton over the next four contests. The Colts raced to a 13-point lead in the third quarter last week against Cincinnati before fading down the stretch and turning the ball over in the final minute in a 34-23 loss. Luck completed 39-of-53 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns in his first regular-season game since Jan. 1, 2017.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Redskins -6 O/U: 46.5
ABOUT THE COLTS (0-1): Luck will have a big member of his protection unit available Sunday when standout left tackle Anthony Castonzo returns from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the opener. “Certainly having Anthony back is a plus,” Luck told reporters. “I think he’s elite at what he does. He’s an elite left tackle, and he’s also a great friend of mine, so it’s great to have one of your friends back in the huddle. I’m excited for him. He’s excited as well.” Tight end Jack Doyle had seven catches for a team-high 60 yards against the Bengals but it was his fumble in the final minute that was returned 83 yards for a clinching score as Indianapolis was driving for a potential game-winning touchdown.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS (1-0): While the defense turned heads in the opener, Washington was pleased with its new-look backfield. Quarterback Alex Smith (21-of-30, 255 yards and a TD) was solid in his team debut, as was running back Adrian Peterson, who ran 26 times for 96 yards and a TD and also recorded a team-high 70 receiving yards — his best total since 2011 — against the team with whom he finished last season. His backup, Chris Thompson, needed just five carries to pick up 65 yards and added 63 yards and a TD through the air as Smith relied heavily on his running backs and tight ends in the passing game.
1. Redskins rookie WRs Trey Quinn and Cam Sims both had ankle surgery and were placed on injured reserve.
2. Colts DT Margus Hunt had two sacks and three tackles for a loss in the opener.
3. Indianapolis won the last three meetings, including the most recent matchup in 2014, when Luck threw for 370 yards and a career-high five TDs in a 49-27 rout.
PREDICTION: Redskins 27, Colts 24