As much as people want to focus on John Beck's solid first start, the real story of the Redskins' 16-3 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Friday night was the running game. The Redskins picked up 215 yards on the ground in the win, with Roy Helu gaining 101 and Tim Hightower gaining 70. Fifty-eight of Hightower's rushing yards came on this one play early in the game.â†µ
As you can see, there's nothing incredibly remarkable about the run itself. It was simply opened up by phenomenal blocking. First, Trent Williams clears out Dwight Freeney, giving Hightower a hole wider than (insert wide hole here). Then, Kory Lichtensteiger and Logan Paulsen took out the Colts' linebackers, with Lichtensteiger making the key block to open up a huge cutback lane. From there, it wasn't that hard for Hightower to make that long run up the field.â†µ
A good running game would sure make it easier on Beck this season. So far, so good.