Colts Set Their Sights On The Redskins

With today’s Week 1 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals officially a thing of the past, the Indianapolis Colts turn their attention to next Sunday’s road matchup against the Washington Redskins.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck throws against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS — With today's 2018 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals officially a thing of the past, the Indianapolis Colts now set their sights on their Week 2 opponent: the Washington Redskins.

The Colts take on the Redskins at 1 p.m. ET next Sunday at FedExField. The game is being televised on CBS.

Washington also opened its season today, and is taking on the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Kickoff was set for 4:25 p.m.

Here's a look back at the Redskins' 2017 season, courtesy of the team's PR staff:

The Redskins finished the 2017 season with a 7-9 re­cord and a third-place finish in the NFC East.

The Redskins reached at least seven wins for a third consecutive season despite being besieged by injuries for most of the campaign. A total of 72 different players saw game action for the Redskins in 2017, the second-most used by the team in a single season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, trailing only the 108 used to complete the 1987 strike season.

A number of standout individual performances led to return trips to the Pro Bowl for three Redskins. Tackle Trent Williams and guard Brandon Scherff were selected to their sixth and second straight Pro Bowls, respectively, becoming the first Redskins offensive line duo collectively named to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons since Russ Grimm and Joe Jacoby earned selections four straight times following the 1983-86 seasons.

Meanwhile, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was once again a reliable force for Washington, earning his third career Pro Bowl selection after posting 13.0 sacks. Kerrigan started every contest, finishing the year as one of only eight NFL players to have started every game since he entered the league in 2011. In Week 4, he became the first member of the Redskins since the 1970 merger to open a career with 100 con­secutive starts.

Here are some notable changes for the Redskins entering the 2018 season:

• It's been mostly Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins under center for Washington since 2012, but this year the Alex Smith Era begins. Smith, 34, is coming off the best season of his career, as the former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback connected on 341-of-505 passes (67.5 percent) for 4,042 yards with 26 touchdowns to just five interceptions; his 104.7 QB rating led the league. For his efforts, Smith was named to his third-career Pro Bowl.

• Washington's receiver corps has changed quite a bit in the last few years. Out are the likes of DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Terrelle Pryor, and now Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson will be relied upon to man the boundaries with Jamison Crowder in the slot. Can rookie Trey Quinn crack the lineup? Also, it's important not to forget about the talents of Jordan Reed, who, when healthy is one of the more talented pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.

• How will Washington's secondary look after the departures of cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller? After selecting cornerback Adonis Alexander in the sixth round of the supplemental draft, will he be ready to see any action on defense yet?

• The Redskins have a formidable defensive front with the likes of Kerrigan and Preston Smith off the edge, and Jonathan Allen and 2018 first-round pick Daron Payne manning the middle. How will the Colts respond to this potent 3-4 attack?

• And, finally, Washington made a late switch at the running back position, signing future Hall of Famer and free agent Adrian Peterson halfway through the preseason and naming him the starter to start the 2018 season. How much juice does the 33-year-old Peterson have left?

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