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WEEK 6
2010
*CLE at PIT *BAL at NE *SEA at CHI *IND at WAS
*NO at TB KC at HOU *OAK at SF *TEN at JAC
*MIA at GB *DET at NYG NYJ at DEN ARI, BUF
*Updated *SD at STL ATL at PHI *DAL at MIN CAR, CIN

Prediction: IND 20, WAS 16

Update: Joseph Addai was held out of practice to rest his shoulder and neck on Thursday but is expected to play this week. He should practice on Friday. Collie has returned to limited work in practice with the same foot issue he had the previous week. He should also practice on Friday.

Update #2: Joseph Addai, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon all are listed as questionable and yet had a full day of practice on Friday and are expected to play.

The Colts scratched out a win over the Chiefs and are tied with everyone else in the AFC South for the lead. The Redskins are also 3-2 by virtue of their close win over the Packers. Whatever happens here is not likely to contain many points. In the end, the biggest difference for the Skins is if they can get to the opponents quarterback. This time it is going to be hard.

Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Homefield: Lucas Oil Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @HOU L 24-34 10 CIN --
2 NYG W 38-14 11 @NE --
3 @DEN W 27-13 12 SD --
4 @JAC L 28-31 13 DAL --
5 KC W 19-9 14 @TEN --
6 @WAS -- 15 JAC --
7 Bye - 16 @OAK --
8 HOU -- 17 TEN --
9 @PHI -- - - -
Colts Report | Statistics | Roster
INDIANAPOLIS at WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Peyton Manning - - 280,2
RB Joseph Addai 50 20 -
TE Dallas Clark - 50,1 -
WR Reggie Wayne - 70,1 -
WR Austin Collie - 60 -
WR Pierre Garcon - 50 -
PK Adam Vinatieri 2 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: So far the Colts have been very good against non-divisional foes but at 3-2 are "in a new place" compared to the last several seasons. Still plenty of time to pull away from the pack which everyone expects to happen. There's only a bye waiting in week seven so getting this win is big and there's no reason to be looking past this game. This parity crazy season may at least force the Colts to play their starters all season long.

QUARTERBACK: For the first time all year, Peyton Manning failed to pass for multiple touchdowns and only produced 244 passing yards in the Chiefs tilt but they won that game with mostly field goals anyway. Manning had been on quite the productive streak but that will once again be tested.

The Redskins have allowed a passing score to each opponent but only once gave up more than one (Matt Schaub - 3). The reality this week is that the rushing game is likely to falter and Manning will need to win the game. He has the weapons but the Skins are never making it easy.

RUNNING BACKS: Joseph Addai suffered shoulder and neck injuries last week and was unable to finish the game. He already had 22 touches with 89 total yards but gave way to Mike Hart who scored once and gained 50 yards on 11 runs. I am assuming that Addai can play this week since he was only sore after the game and had no apparent structural damage.

Donald Brown is back to practice this week and is expected to get back onto the field. Mike Hart could be the odd man out or end up as the starter depending on Addai. I'll update later on depending on what happens in practices.

The Redskins have been very good against the run and no runner had topped 69 yards until last week when Brandon Jackson broke off a long run. This is on the road and Addai may still be a bit banged up. Look for moderate yardage and likely no score.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Austin Collie has still played and had five catches for 48 yards in week 5 but is still hampered by his foot injury. Pierre Garcon made it back last week and turned in six catches for 57 yards and had a total of 14 targets as Manning's most common outlet. Reggie Wayne continues his streak of 65+ yards every week though he has not scored since week two. This unit will need to come through this week since the running game will be depressed.

The Redskins gave up plenty of yards and scores in the first two games but since no wideout has scored or had more than 85 yards. The Packers last Sunday had James Jones as their leader with only 65 yards but their offense was immediately thrown off by the injury to Jermichael Finley and Aaron Rodgers was much harassed by the pass rush.

I like one score to this position and it's most likely to go to Wayne but not by much. There's no pattern of the Redskins' secondary really and Manning spreads the ball around well enough that a high confidence is hard to have.

TIGHT ENDS: The Chiefs were able to shut down Dallas Clark last week but he's been good for 60+ yards in most games as well as a score. With the Skins likely to blitz, a short strike to Clark becomes all the more likely and there have already been three touchdowns scored by tight ends on the Redskins. Start Clark as always and he should respond with decent stats.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points IND 3 24 2 10 8 22
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 29 21 27 21 23 4
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) IND 26 -3 25 11 15 -18


Washington Redskins (3-2)
Homefield: FedEx Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 DAL W 13-7 10 PHI --
2 HOU L 27-30 11 @TEN --
3 @STL L 16-30 12 MIN --
4 @PHI W 17-12 13 @NYG --
5 GB W 16-13 14 TB --
6 IND -- 15 @DAL --
7 @CHI -- 16 @JAC --
8 @DET -- 17 NYG --
9 Bye - - - -
Redskins Report | Statistics | Roster
WASHINGTON vs IND Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb - - 230,1
RB Ryan Torain 70 20 -
TE Chris Cooley - 70,1 -
WR Santana Moss - 70 -
WR Anthony Armstrong   40  
WR Joey Galloway - 20 -
PK Graham Gano 3 FG 1 XP -

Pregame Notes: As long as the defense can depress the score, the Skins can win. In their two losses, they allowed 30 points each to the Rams and Texans. But in three wins, no team scored more than 13 points on the Redskins. By this point, it seems evident that the Redskins are not going to score more than about 17 points in most games, the only question is if the defense can shut down their opponent or not. This week will be the biggest test yet and so far the Redskins have not fared well against the AFC.

QUARTERBACK: No changes here - Donovan McNabb still only throws one touchdown every week even though his yardage varies wildly. Last Sunday he had 357 yards against the Packers and yet only 125 yards the previous week versus the Eagles. He's been very consistent in scoring (or make that not scoring more than once) but his yardage does vary greatly.

The Colts have been allowing one or two scores per game and while they allowed 426 yards to the Broncos, no other team has posted more than 200 yards on the Colts. Give McNabb his automatic one touchdown but expect lesser yardage. The Skins are just not likely to get into any shootout with the Colts on the other side of the field.

RUNNING BACKS: Word is that Clinton Portis may be out for the rest of the year with his groin injury which only begs the question if he has played his last for the Redskins or at all? Ryan Torain became the primary rusher but only posted 40 yards on 16 carries against the Packers though he added 27 yards on four catches. So far in two games played, Torain has only gained 110 yards on 33 carries for a 3.3 yard average and has not looked particularly sharp or impressive.

Keiland Williams has stepped up to be the #2 but has almost no role in the offense and minimal touches. Williams is a third down back with never more than 15 yards as a receiver. Torain is going to reap whatever there is to get for the running back.

Against the Colts, that may not be as much as we think. The Colts stats and reputation took a huge hit in week one but in the subsequent four games, they have only given up one rushing touchdown and mostly moderate yardage. Look for just that moderate showing by Torain but with a chance for a score.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The Redskins used Anthony Armstrong over Joey Galloway for most of the Packers game and he came down with a 48-yard touchdown catch and a total of three receptions for 84 yards. Armstrong should continue to play over the aging Galloway even though he only has two long catches this year and not much else to hang his hat on. Santana Moss bounced back from being blanked in Philly to leading the team with 118 yards on seven receptions. This last week was the most productive for the team wideouts.

The Colts have been generally good against the pass and mostly have been victimized by flankers which would play into Armstrong's game. There won't be any huge performances here but Moss should manage his normal production and Armstrong potentially get a touchdown for the second week in a row.

TIGHT ENDS: Chris Cooley is due to score this week with his "every other" trending. He has been good for around 60 yards each week and had his best games of the season come when he was at home.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 15 26 21 9 5 17
Preventing Fantasy Points IND 13 25 23 1 20 3
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) WAS -2 -1 2 -8 15 -14

WEEK 6
2010
CLE at PIT BAL at NE SEA at CHI IND at WAS
NO at TB KC at HOU OAK at SF TEN at JAC
MIA at GB DET at NYG NYJ at DEN ARI, BUF
  SD at STL ATL at PHI DAL at MIN CAR, CIN
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