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Redskins trail the Colts, 14-6, in the third quarter


Dustin Hopkins attempts a field goal during the first half. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

This post will be updated throughout Sunday’s game.

3rd Quarter

Washington is on the move: It took three quarters, but the Redskins have finally found some daylight — and a rhythm — on offense. After the defense forced another three-and-out, Adrian Peterson broke off a 14-yard run, by far his longest of the game. Alex Smith threaded the needle to Jordan Reed for a 19-yard gain. Washington will open the fourth quarter at the Colts 19 looking for its first touchdown of the day. (Colts 14, Redskins 6, End of 3rd Quarter)

Redskins pull within 14-6: Josh Doctson couldn’t come down with what would’ve been an impressive catch in the corner of the end zone on a fade route, forcing the Redskins to settle for a 27-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal. Jordan Reed, who was quiet in the first half, had an 11-yard reception on third down during the short scoring drive. (Colts 14, Redskins 6, 5:40 3rd Quarter)

D.J. Swearinger makes another interception: D.J. Swearinger stepped in front of T.Y. Hilton and made his second interception of the game at the Indianapolis 22. Can the Redskins’ offense take advantage of the short field? (Colts 14, Redskins 3, 9:17 3rd Quarter) 

Nothing doing for the offense: The Redskins’ opening drive of the second half got off to an inauspicious start, thanks to a holding penalty on the kickoff return and a false start by Trent Williams. A 14-yard completion to Josh Doctson on third down moved Washington out of the shadow of its own end zone, but the drive ultimately stalled just shy of midfield. Tress Way has more punts (5) than Adrian Peterson has rushing yards (3). (Colts 14, Redskins 3, 10:38 3rd Quarter)

Halftime: Colts 14, Redskins 3

Maybe the Cardinals are just really, really bad. The Redskins look nothing like they did in their Week 1 win at Arizona and have some adjustments to make at halftime if they’re to get to 2-0 for the first time in seven years. The halftime stats are ugly, especially for the Washington offense. Adrian Peterson has three carries for one yard. Chris Thompson has three carries for zero yards. Alex Smith is 10 for 16 for 97 yards. Meanwhile, the defense has allowed the Colts to convert five of their nine third downs.

2nd Quarter

Dustin Hopkins misses before halftime: The Redskins put themselves in position to get points before the half, but Dustin Hopkins’s 49-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of the second quarter sailed wide left. Alex Smith found Paul Richardson Jr. for a 34-yard completion on the drive. (Colts 14, Redskins 3, 0:01, 2nd Quarter)

Redskins bring pressure and get a stop: Andrew Luck and the Colts took over at their own 19-yard line with 1:52 remaining before halftime and all three timeouts, but their two-minute drill never got rolling. Zach Brown pressured Luck into an incompletion on first down, Matt Ioannidis sacked the Colts’ QB on second down and Mason Foster made an open-field tackle on Jack Doyle on third-and-long to bring on the punt team. Washington’s defense has forced consecutive three-and-outs after a slow start. (Colts 14, Redskins 3, 0:55 2nd Quarter)

Saved by replay review: After forcing a Colts punt, the Redskins initially appeared to give the ball right back when Jamison Crowder, who had ball security issues last season, fumbled the ensuing return. Malik Hooker recovered the ball for Indianapolis, but replay showed that Crowder was down by contact before the ball popped loose and Washington retained possession after a replay review. (Colts 14, Redskins 3, 3:58 2nd Quarter)

Washington goes three and out: Right guard Brandon Scherff returned to the game after leaving earlier in the second quarter to be evaluated for an injury, but the Redskins’ offense continues to struggle. Adrian Peterson was stopped for no gain on first down, Jordan Reed’s first catch of the day went for four yards on second down and Alex Smith threw incomplete on third down. (Colts 14, Redskins 3, 5:33 2nd Quarter)

Colts take 14-3 lead in the second quarter: The Redskins’ defense has been unable to get off the field in the first half. Rookie running back Nyheim Hines’s first career touchdown run capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive to extend Indianapolis’s lead. A 37-yard pass interference penalty on Fabian Moreau was the big play of the drive, which included the Colts’ fifth third-down conversion in seven attempts. (Colts 14, Redskins 3, 6:51 2nd Quarter)

Redskins get on the board: Washington capitalized on the first turnover of the game when Dustin Hopkins drilled a 49-yard field goal straight down the middle. The key play on the drive was a 21-yard screen pass to Adrian Peterson, who leads the Redskins with three catches for 30 yards. Peterson has never been known for his pass-catching skills (he had 11 receptions in 10 games last year), but he already has five catches this season. (Colts 7, Redskins 3, 11:12 2nd Quarter)

Brandon Scherff exits with an injury: Potentially brutal news for the Redskins, as right guard Brandon Scherff suffered a right knee injury while blocking on a screen pass and was examined in the injury tent. Scherff is questionable to return. (Colts 7, Redskins 0, 12:30 2nd Quarter)

 Redskins force a key turnover: The Colts were threatening to add to their 7-0 lead after Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton hooked up for a 17-yard gain and a roughing the passer penalty on Pernell McPhee tacked on another 15 yards, but the Redskins’ defense responded with their biggest play of the game thus far. On third and short, Mason Foster batted Luck’s pass over the middle into the air and safety D.J. Swearinger made a diving interception at the Washington 37. Swearinger and his fellow defensive backs proceeded to break out their ‘Flight Marshals’ celebration. (Colts 7, Redskins 0, 13:09 2nd Quarter)

1st Quarter

Colts get out of trouble, are on the move again: With Indianapolis facing third and 12 from its own 3-yard line, Andrew Luck found T.Y. Hilton for 22-yard gain on the final play of the first quarter. Former Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant made the key block on the play to spring Hilton, who has two catches for 40 yards. (Colts 7, Redskins 0, End of 1st Quarter)

Washington’s second drive stalls: A defensive offsides penalty negated a Colts sack on third down and gave the Redskins new life on their second possession, but Washington couldn’t take advantage on their next series. Josh Doctson couldn’t haul in what would’ve been a big gain on first down. Two plays later, Chris Thompson was dropped for a loss of three on a misdirection pitch play on third and short. (Colts 7, Redskins 0, 0:57 1st Quarter)

Colts go three and out: Andrew Luck threw incomplete on third down after Marlon Mack was stuffed for short gains on the first two plays of the Colts’ second possession, leading to a Rigoberto Sanchez punt from just outside his own end zone. The Redskins will begin their second drive on their own 38-yard line. (Colts 7, Redskins 0, 4:58 1st Quarter)

Redskins forced to punt: Washington’s first possession began with a 25-yard run by Jamison Crowder on an end-around, but stalled just across midfield when linebacker Darius Leonard tackled Paul Richardson Jr. for a gain of one when the Redskins needed five on third down. Washington downed Tress Way’s ensuing punt at the Indianapolis 10. (Colts 7, Redskins 0, 6:37 1st Quarter)

Eric Ebron gives the Colts an early lead: Well, that didn’t take long. The Redskins’ shutout-less streak is at 429 games and counting after Andrew Luck led Indianapolis on an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to open the game. Luck was 4 for 5 on the drive, including a seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Ebron on a fade route with Montae Nicholson in coverage. Indianapolis converted all three of its third downs and was successful running the ball, as rookie Jordan Wilkins and Marlon Mack combined for 35 yards on six carries. (Colts 7, Redskins 0, 9:25 1st Quarter)

Colts start with the ball: The Redskins won the coin toss and elected to defer, giving the defense an early look at Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis offense.

Pregame

Redskins pregame introductions will look a little different this year. Out: The inflatable helmet tunnel. In: Pyrotechnics.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin returned to FedEx Field before Sunday’s Washington Redskins home opener against the Indianapolis Colts, donning his own customized burgundy and gold uniform. He had already met with Redskins stars Josh Norman and Derrius Guice earlier this week, both of whom reveled in Ovechkin and the Capitals ending the city’s championship drought earlier this spring.

Ovechkin was still being celebrated on the sidelines on Sunday, less than 48 hours after he opened training camp with the Capitals; he took countless selfies and waved to admirers in the NFL crowd, and he was the centerpiece of the coin toss a few minutes before kickoff. (via Roman Stubbs)

Don’t expect to see Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup in his suite during the game as he did when the Capitals visited Nationals Park in June; the trophy was in China and Hong Kong over the weekend. Meanwhile, Norman and the Redskins will wear burgundy jerseys with white pants for the first time since 2012.

Redskins defensive lineman Preston Smith arrived in a Capitals jersey.

Wide receiver Maurice Harris is among the inactives for the Redskins. Fellow wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr., who was questionable with a shoulder injury, will play. Running back Marlon Mack is active for the Colts.

Washington Redskins (1-0) vs. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET, FedEx Field
TV: CBS
Radio: 630 and 980 AM; 92.7, 94.3 and 105.9 FM
Line: Redskins by 6

After a dominating win in Week 1 at Arizona, the Redskins are back home to face the Colts with a chance to open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011. Running backs Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson combined for 294 total yards against the Cardinals and quarterback Alex Smith was efficient in his Redskins debut, doing most of his damage with short passes to Peterson, Thompson and tight end Jordan Reed.

Washington’s defense nearly registered a shutout for the first time since 1991 and limited running back David Johnson to 37 yards rushing. The Colts, who dropped their season opener to the Bengals, don’t have a running back on their roster anywhere close to Johnson’s caliber, but quarterback Andrew Luck should provide the Redskins’ secondary a stiffer test than Sam Bradford did a week ago. Luck, who threw five touchdown passes in these teams’ last meeting in 2014, looked sharp in Week 1 after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.

Pregame reading:

Redskins-Colts matchups: Five potential keys to Sunday’s game

If Redskins’ ‘Business Friday’ carries over to businesslike Sunday, this could be fun

Redskins’ stretch of facing elite quarterbacks begins Sunday with Andrew Luck

Adrian Peterson wasn’t invited to an NFL training camp. So he created his own.

The Redskins’ new ticket strategy: Actively courting fans

Redskins’ wide receivers were quiet in Week 1, but they aren’t worried about it

The ‘Redskins Talk’ podcast became a hit, thanks to ‘good dudes’ and free beer

Adrian Peterson praises Hogs 2.0, plans to reward them with king-size mattresses

Nobody knows comebacks like Colts coach Frank Reich

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