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Redskins Fall To Indianapolis Colts In Home Opener Cheap Jordan Reed Jersey , 21-9 [Redskins fans: Sign up for our weekly Redskins survey, 3 quick questions each week]Washington had their fits with Indianapolis throughout the day, struggling on both offense and defense in a variety of ways. The first half was not kind, the interior rush for the Colts wreaked havoc among the guards and center for the Redskins offensive line. The best rushing attack for the Redskins was jet sweeps to Jamison Crowder, leading the Redskins with 2 rushes for 29 yards after two quarters of play. The running backs for Washington combined for seven carries for two yards. It was a very questionable half for Jay Gruden in regards to play calling, it seemed his strategy was to create misdirection, causing the defense to pursue to one side and run in the opposite direction. Hence the decision to dial Crowder’s number multiple times as a ball carrier, and sending him on jet sweep looks a few times. The Redskins finished the first half with 121 total yards offensively and just three points, mainly due to lack of a true gr[Image: nike_redskins_1835.jpg]ound game, pass protection, and missed opportunities which trickled into the second half as well. Defensively the Redskins started out just as poorly as the Redskins offense, Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton connected often against the Redskins secondary. In addition to solid protection for Luck, the Colts were able to run the ball effectively too Cheap Brandon Scherff Jersey , allowing them to do whatever they wanted early. Granted, the Redskins defense settled down later into the half, generating pressure late and even forcing a turnover. However, more often than not the Colts have found themselves in favorable down and distances in key situations, 100 percent in the redone and over 50 percent on third down conversions. Washington’s second half started off stronger than the first, but it was not strong enough to overcome the mental errors offensively and defensively. Washington forced Andrew Luck to commit two turnovers but the offense failed to turn them into touchdowns, settling for just six points. As a result of no touchdowns, the Colts responded to a Redskins field goal with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to essentially put away the Redskins with just a 12-point deficit. In the end, the Colts executed greatly on both sides of the ball and that cannot be taken away from them. They were able to neutralize the Redskins ground game (Crowder the leading rusher for Washington), consistently generated interior pressure, and made Alex Smith look uncomfortable all game. Again, the Redskins leading rusher was a wide receiver today, that is how bad the ground game was. Offensively the use of rub routes and pick-plays created confusion amongst the Redskins secondary Womens Jamison Crowder Jersey , and protection was solid for the most part allowing Luck safe pockets to throw from. As the Redskins head into a tough week three match-up against the Green Bay Packers, it is vital that the Redskins address the offensive struggles the first two weeks. Washington has not scored a touchdown in six quarters and if the Redskins plan to come out of September with a 2-1 record, they need to come out of this offensive funk and help their defense out in a big way. Alex Smith is frustrating Josh Norman.Norman likes having Smith with the Washington Redskins, but practice time against the veteran quarterback at training camp hasn't been as beneficial as the big-money cornerback had hoped. That's because Smith has been so on-point with his decision-making and throws that Norman isn't getting a whole lot of work in team drills."You're in great position, you get there top of the route, you're ready for your play to be made and it doesn't come," Norman said. "But the ones you are a little step behind on and you're almost there to make it, he throws it. It's those games, cat and mouse, man. It's cat-and-mouse games that it just sucks when you're the mouse."Norman feels like the mouse early in camp but hopes facing a QB like Smith each day benefits him in the long run. Entering the third season of a $75 million, five-year contract, Norman is balancing the lack of work he's getting during 11-on-11 time with his usual half-hour plus of individual drills after practice as one of the last players on the field."That's what you've got to do to be the best, to be great like him Youth Montae Nicholson Jersey ," said undrafted rookie safety Quin Blanding, who worked out with Norman following practice Sunday. "It just shows he wants extra work no matter all the work he's done in practice. It's always find ways to get better, and that's what he's doing."Norman is known for his post-practice regimen, whether it's going for jump balls or catching in rapid succession out of a JUGS machine. But none of that compares to team snaps, where Smith is avoiding Norman the way he would in a real game."I'm just staying the course and trying to understand that your technique is not flawed, continue to do what you do even though your chances are not coming," Norman said. "But when they do come, try to be better than the quarterback in making a play. He's so precise right now, so he's not making mistakes, and that's the biggest thing you've seen. Even in practice, he's not making mistakes. It's hard to try to key in on that."Coach Jay Gruden approves. His offense is built around quick decisions and finding the right receiver to throw to, and that's not usually by challenging Norman."Josh is getting plenty of work," Gruden said Tuesday. "We're not going to throw a flat route out to Josh Norman and let him pick it. That's just common sense Youth Zach Brown Jersey , so Josh is going to have to wait for somebody else to throw it to him."Norman is still isolating elements of his game to work on at age 30, going into his seventh NFL season. He had no interceptions last year and dropped more than a handful of prime opportunities, so at practice he's working on the little things that turn a broken-up pass into a pick."Being in place is the first part, but finishing the ball should be something that already is established and ingrained in you," Norman said. "It's just that six inches from making a play to not making a play."Trying to close the gap on those inches is what goes into Norman's extra work after practice. And in the process, he's helping young defensive backs like Blanding and Kenny Ladler develop the same kind of habits."You fix the mistakes and then when it comes again, you don't make the same mistake," Blanding said. "You've got to be ready to work no matter if it feels like a great day of practice or if it was a bad day of practice. You've got to put that aside and you've just got to work. You've got to keep on working, and that's what he does."NOTES: RB Chris Thompson, who's recovering from surgery to repair a broken right fibula, took his first snaps in team drills Tuesday. ... LB Mason Foster was limited at practice by a strained stomach muscle.
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