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A Quick Look: Washington @ Indianapolis

Intro: The Colts (7-4) three-game homestand comes to a close on Sunday afternoon with Washington (3-8) coming to town. With a win, the Colts would move to 2-1 on the season against the NFC East.





INDIANAPOLIS – It's been quite the season in the nation's capitol for Washington.

A matchup that was billed in the offseason as a possible primetime contest with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III meeting has a few different storylines involve with game week upon us.

Washington has started three different quarterbacks in 2014 with Griffin tossing just two touchdowns in 119 pass attempts.

Griffin started last week in Washington's 17-13 road loss to the 49ers but his struggles have those who follow the team not sure on who the starter will be in Indianapolis this weekend.

The expectations heading into the 2014 season were very high for Washington with several talented players on each side of the ball.

Offensively, Alfred Morris is approaching another 1,000-yard season and his seven rushing touchdowns are the third most in the NFL this year.

At wide receiver, former Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon leads the team in catches but the big play ability has gone to three-time Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson.

No matter the quarterback, Jackson has produced. His 20.4 yards per catch is tops in the NFL by more than two yards.

Washington's offense has been plagued by a high interception rate and a unit that is ranked 30th in the NFL in third-down conversions.

Since returning from a Week 10 bye, Washington has scored just 20 combined points in back-to-back losses.

Defensively, the unit is having a pretty solid season considering the record.

Behind Indiana native Ryan Kerrigan leading Washington with a career-high 8.5 sacks, Washington ranks top 10 in both pass defense and run defense.

Sunday's matchup will mark the third NFC East game of the year for the Colts before Indianapolis travels to Dallas in Week 16.

*2014 Record: *3-8, 4th in the NFC East.                               

*Head Coach: *Jay Gruden, 1st season as Redskins head coach and 1st season as NFL head coach (3-7 overall regular season).

*2014 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 10th (365.2); Rushing, 16th (112.0); Passing, 9th (253.2). Defense – Overall, 10th (331.1); Rushing, 9th (100.7); Passing, 8th (230.3).

2014 Leading Passer: Robert Griffin III (starter) (83-of-119 comp., 869 yards, 69.7 pct., 2 TDs, 3 INTs).

*2014 Leading Rusher: *Alfred Morris (193 carries, 826 yards, 7 TDs).

*2014 Leading Receiver: *Pierre Garcon (46 receptions, 498 yards, 3 TDs).

2014 Leading Sacker:  Ryan Kerrigan (8.5).

2014 Turnover Breakdown:  Minus 9 (tied for 28th).

2014 NFL Draft Results:  With its first round pick (No. 2 overall) heading to St. Louis in the Robert Griffin III trade, Washington didn't make a choice until No. 47 overall back in May. Trent Murphy, an outside linebacker out of Stanford, was the choice in the second round. In the third round, Washington turned to its offensive line by selecting tackle Morgan Moses and guard Spencer Long.

*2013 Review: *Coming off an NFC East title in 2012, optimism was high in the nation's capitol last season. That hope was dashed as Washington dropped its final eight games and finished the season 3-13, the worst mark the team has had since 1994. Head coach Mike Shanahan was fired after four seasons in Washington. Robert Griffin III battled back from an ACL injury at the end of 2012 to play in 13 games last season.

Last time in Playoffs:  2012 season. Lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 24-14, in the Wild Card Round of the Playoffs.

*Last time in Super Bowl: *1991. Won Super Bowl XXVI, 37-24, over the Buffalo Bills.

*Super Bowl Championships: *Three. 1982 (XVII), 1987 (XXII) and 1991 (XXVI).

2014 Pro Bowl Selections: RB-Alfred Morris, LB-Brian Orakpo, OT-Trent Williams

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