Not much I can say about the game last night. The Washington Redskins lost to the Indianapolis Colts 27-24.
By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 18, 2010; 2:14 AM
Seeking a championship-caliber quarterback, the Washington Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb on Easter Sunday and started a process, they hope, that will one day culminate in another Super Bowl appearance for the franchise.
Early in his Redskins career, McNabb has, at times, exhibited the leadership and clutch play so lacking in these parts for so long. On Sunday night, however, the Redskins and their fans watched the position of quarterback played in its highest form as Peyton Manning led the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-24 victory.
“He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” said cornerback DeAngelo Hall. “I don’t think that was a secret.”
Manning provided the difference in front of an announced crowd of 87,883 at FedEx Field. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 307 yards with two touchdowns to help the Colts, who lost three fumbles and had to hold off the Redskins in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Redskins pulled within three points, 27-24, on McNabb’s eight-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Keiland Williams with 2 minutes 46 seconds remaining in the fourth. Place kicker Graham Gano’s successful point-after attempt capped a 12-play, 92-yard drive – but the Redskins would get no closer. Colts strong safety Aaron Francisco intercepted McNabb’s final pass with 24 seconds showing on the clock.
There was one bright spot in watching this game and his name is Ryan Torain. The 24 year old running back ran for 100 yards last night. He replaced Clinton Portis who is out with an injury.
By Rick Maese
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 18, 2010; D10
When it was finished, a flock of cameras followed Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb off the field and into the tunnel. Just a few yards back was Ryan Torain – like much of the night, with no one around him – quietly walking to the locker room after a strong outing in a losing effort.
For much of the night, Torain bounced off defenders and slipped tackles, but his team was unable to sneak by the Indianapolis Colts, losing 27-24. Despite the final score, Torain posted the best game of his young career, rushing for 100 yards on 20 carries. He scored the Redskins’ first two touchdowns of the game.
“When my number is called, I just try to do my best. It felt good out there, [but] I just wish we could’ve got the ‘W’,” Torain said.
Torain replaced Clinton Portis in the starting lineup in Week 5 against Green Bay and made his second start of the season Sunday night. While Washington Coach Mike Shanahan can at times be cautious when it comes to praise, he’s said Torain could be an elite running back in the NFL. Sunday night marked the first time the 24-year-old Torain showed that potential for an entire game.
He became the Redskins’ first rusher to crack 100 yards in the team’s past 13 games. Ladell Betts had 114 yards on Nov. 15, 2009, against Denver, which came just three weeks after Portis’s last 100-yard game.