Washington hits the road for the first time this preseason on Friday when its travels to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. The week two exhibition clash is scheduled to kickoff at 7:00p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLVI. The NFL oddsmakers have the visiting Redskins listed as a -5.5 against the spread favorite; the Over/Under is set at 33.5 points. Get the latest Redskins vs Colts odds available on our NFL Odds page.
Mike Shanahan's retooled roster turned in an impressive performance last week as it opened the preseason with a 16-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Redskins, which brought in 12 free agents after the lockout ended, produced 27 first downs and 452 yards of offense in the victory.
Quarterback Rex Grossman received the bulk of playing time under center, throwing for 207 yards and one touchdown on 26 pass attempts, but newly signed Kellen Clemens also got in on the action. Clemens, who spent the first five years of his career with the Jets, completed 9-of-17 passes for 105 yards.
Shanahan has declared that John Beck, who was acquired by the Redskins last season in a trade with the Dolphins, will get the start on Friday against the Colts. Beck, a second round pick by Miami in the 2007 draft, and Grossman are the top candidates to earn the starting job. The BYU product has not taken a regular season snap since his rookie year.
Indianapolis does not have a competition at starting quarterback, a spot Peyton Manning has held down for 13 seasons, but his neck injury has opened up a can of worms behind him.
Backups Dan Orlovsky, Curtis Painter, and Nate Davis all struggled in last week's 33-10 loss to the Rams, as they combined to complete 10 of 23 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.
Orlovsky and Painter, along with rookie Mike Hartline, will get plenty of opportunities against the Redskins as well with Manning still recuperating from off-season surgery. Davis, a stand out performer at Ball State, was cut by the team on Monday.
Quarterback was not the only questionable position for the Colts in their preseason opener as the defense yielded 21 first downs and 342 yards to the Rams revamped offense. A trio of St. Louis quarterbacks, including Sam Bradford, completed 20-of-31 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown against Indy's defense.
Despite the poor numbers and wide margin of loss, Head Coach Jim Caldwell did not seem overly concerned about the effort.
"We thought we did some things fairly well, but obviously not consistently enough," Caldwell told the Indianapolis Star. "One of the things that you find, particularly when you look at the tape after a game, is that oftentimes turnovers can kind of cloud some pretty decent play from individuals. Some of that was hidden."
Washington Redskins -5.5 (-110), Over 33.5 Points (-110)
Indianapolis Colts +5.5 (-110), Under 33.5 Points (-110)