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National Football League
Preview
Indianapolis at Washington
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 16, 2018
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

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.

EXTRA POINTS

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
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Indianapolis 0-1 L1 23.0 34.0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - 0-1
Washington 1-0 W1 24.0 6.0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 - - 1-0
Last Meeting
Indianapolis Washington
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/30/14 WAS 27 IND 49 487 126 361 425 84 341
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Indianapolis A. Luck 70.4 370 5 1
Washington C. McCoy 66.0 392 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Indianapolis B. Herron 8 88 11.0 1
Washington A. Morris 17 67 3.9 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Indianapolis D. Moncrief 3 134 44.7 2
Washington J. Reed 9 123 13.7 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Indianapolis C. Fleener 2
Washington R. Helu Jr. 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Indianapolis A. Luck 73.6 319 2 1
Washington A. Smith 70.0 255 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Indianapolis J. Wilkins 14 40 2.9 0
Washington A. Peterson 26 96 3.7 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Indianapolis J. Doyle 7 60 8.6 0
Washington A. Peterson 2 70 35.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Indianapolis E. Ebron 1
Washington A. Peterson 1