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When you talk about the Colts you talk about Peyton Manning. When you talk about trying to beat the Colts you talk about stopping him. it's the focus of every team that plays them and it is the best way to come out with a victory. But he wouldn't be the best QB in the league if he could be shut down by a game plan designed to stop him.
No matter how good the pass rush is or how much you hold onto the ball, Peyton Manning is going to get his. You might be able to hold him below his standards, but you still have to outscore him. That's where Donovan McNabb and Redskins offense comes in. The defense on Manning will be the foundation of what the Redskins try to do but on offense the Redskins might need McNabb to go out and take this one.
The Skins haven't scored more 17 points in a victory this season. I don't think that will be good enough to beat the Colts, no matter how good your pass defense on Manning is.
But that's fine. This is why the Redskins went out and got Donovan McNabb in the offseason, he's a quarterback capable of putting a lot of points on the board. There are holes in the Colts defense that can be exploited. This might be the first time McNabb puts up big numbers and the Redskins actually win the game.
It might not be the most important game of the season thus far (Dallas and Philadelphia were way more crucial) but it might be McNabb's first chance to really shine in a winning effort as a member of the Redskins. Games like this are why they got him.
Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:
- Hogs Haven has week six NFL picks. But if anyone asks we don't condone gambling.
- It will be interesting to see if Nyjer Morgan returns to the Nationals next year. Read what Jim Riggleman had to say about it at Federal Baseball.
- From Bullets Forever: JaVale McGee isn't sure what the coaches want which is concerning. And he refers to the various aspects of the game as substances, which might be even more so.
On tap today on SB Nation D.C.: Jack Anderson provides five keys to beating the Colts this weekend.