John Beck showed good mobility on several occasions, running for 17 yards on two carries and avoiding the rush to throw a nice 23-yard pass to Dante Stallworth on third and twelve. Beck was calm and confident and clearly knows how to run this offense the way Mike and Kyle Shanahan want it run. He looks good on the boots and rollouts.
Beck finished 14 of 17 and led all four Redskins scoring drives. He was deadly accurate and knew when to run on those naked bootlegs. By contrast, Rex Grossman reverted to form, completing 7 of 12 for 88 yards, no scores and one boneheaded interception to a defender right in front of him. And all that was done against backups, including guys who won???t be on the Colts roster at all in September. ADVANTAGE BECK.
Not a good first half for Trent Williams. He got beaten badly on a sack of Beck that pushed the Redskins back to the Colts 16-yard line, costing the team a good touchdown opportunity. Later he didn???t line up on the line of scrimmage, costing the Redskins a big play after a completion from Beck to TE Fred Davis. The Redskins offense really needs Williams to become a top left tackle this year and this is not a good sign.
The Redskins moved the ball all over the field in the first half, amassing 277 yards of offense, equally split between the rushing and passing attacks. Yet all they had to show for that was one touchdown and three chip shot field goals. The main complaint about Washington???s offense against Pittsburgh was that it didn???t produce touchdowns. Beck said before the game his goal was to change that. He didn???t change it. Washington???s red zone offense needs a lot of work.
Washington gave up two sacks in the red zone in the first half, turning TD opportunities into field goals. Part of the problem was Washington didn???t run the ball well in the red zone, allowing the Colts pass-rushers to pin their ears back on passing downs. This tells you the Redskins offensive line may be improved from last year, but it still has a way to go.