Colts vs. Redskins: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
When Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts take on Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins on Saturday, we will get a look at one of the most anticipated matchups of this season—never mind that it's only the preseason.
In terms of records, this game might not count, but it counts for these two rookies, both of whom will be gunning to prove that they can one-up the other.
Heading into this matchup, one big question on every NFL fan's mind is this: Can Andrew Luck keep it going?
But he still gave his team a chance, and even though this was only an exhibition game (and even though the Colts lost), he still continues to show positive signs.
Now, he'll have to keep improving—this time, against the one rookie QB who stands a chance of upstaging him this season.
Here's a look at where and when you can see the action.
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
When: Saturday, August 25 at 4 p.m. ET
Watch: NFL Network, NBC-4 or CSN in Washington, MY-INDYTV 23 in Indianapolis
Live Stream: NFL.com
Listen: ESPN 980 AM in Washington, Vectren Radio Network or Sirius 94 in Indianapolis
What's At Stake?
Actually, kind of a lot—even though it's just an exhibition game.
Andrew Luck and RG3 spent much of February, March and April trying to prove that they deserved to be the No. 1 pick. The Colts were in love with Luck from the start—they've always seen him as the next Peyton Manning—so there wasn't much doubt, in anybody's mind, about whose name would be called first on draft day.
That left RG3 for the Redskins. There's no bad blood between these two, nor is there much of a heated rivalry, but when two quarterbacks are so close to one another in terms of skill level and projected success, there's bound to be a little bit of friendly competition.
As such, and as you can imagine, the "hype machine" has been operating at full force all week. The NFL's official fantasy football Twitter account has been feeding into it, too, and the fantasy draft battle does pose a very interesting question:
This—a game that marks the first time these two potential Pro Bowlers will face each other on a professional level—will mark the winner of Round 1.
Key Injuries: Colts (via CBSSports.com)
WR Donnie Avery (thigh) questionable for Saturday's game
WR Austin Collie (concussion) doubtful for Saturday's game
DL Robert Mathis (shoulder) questionable for Saturday's game
DL Cory Redding (knee) questionable for Saturday's game
LB Pat Angerer (foot) doubtful for start of regular season
DL Josh Chapman (knee) questionable for start of regular season
LB A.J. Edds (knee) out for 2012 season
Key Injuries: Redskins (via CBSSports.com)
RB Roy Helu (Achilles) doubtful for Saturday's game
Who's your pick to win?
DB Brandon Meriweather (knee) out for preseason
LB Brian Orakpo (shoulder) out for preseason
WR Anthony Armstrong (shoulder) questionable for Saturday's game
RB Tim Hightower (knee) questionable for Saturday's game
Fantasy Prospect(s) to Watch: QBs Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck
The only storyline more captivating than the wannabe-rivalry between these two rookies is the fantasy battle between them.
Which one would you draft first?
Luck had a stellar first game, going 10-of-16 with 188 yards, two TDs and zero picks or sacks in a 38-3 win over the Rams. However, he then dropped off considerably in his second preseason game.
Or would you draft RG3, who's also 1-1 but hasn't had as many reps as his draft-day counterpart? In two games this preseason—a 7-6 win over Buffalo and a 33-31 loss to Chicago—Griffin has combined to go 9-of-14 for 119 yards with one touchdown, zero interceptions, three sacks and four carries for 17 yards.
Decent numbers for both of them, and in RG3's case, there's the potential for some extra padding with the rushing numbers. But there's also the fear of injury that comes with running quarterbacks.
It's a tough call, and one that will probably be cleared up a little bit more on Saturday.
What They're Saying
All anybody seems to be talking about is this budding quarterback rivalry. Obviously.
The Washington Times' Dan Daly did his part to analyze the friendly competition between these two, but unlike many of the others, he was reluctant to, as he says, "pump helium" into it. Daly writes:
What kind of rivalry can 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and the 2012 No. 1 pick look forward to? A distant one, most likely. They are, after all, on different sides of the NFL divide. If that doesn’t change, they’ll meet once every four seasons—unless their clubs collide in the Super Bowl. For the most part, though, their rivalry figures to be statistical. Who wins the most rings? Who makes the most Pro Bowls (or commercials)? Who puts up the glossiest numbers? Ergo, Saturday night’s get-together should be enjoyed for its novelty as much as anything.
Because Saturday's matchup is a novelty, though, it is deserving of more hype than any other preseason game this year.
For his part, though, RG3 has other things on his mind as this all-important contest approaches:
Well people decided to go with the classic cereal and Pb&J sandwiches lolLove the suggestions though, Thank you guys— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 20, 2012
Good thing he's not letting the hype get to him.
Indianapolis' Key Addition
Just in the interest of avoiding the obvious, let's go a different route with this one.
At the moment, the Colts have more than enough corners and not enough roster spots—and then they went and traded for the Rams' Josh Gordy. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes, Indy wouldn't have made this move if it didn't believe Gordy could make an impact, despite what his stat line suggests.
In parts of two seasons with the Packers and the Rams, Gordy has gotten into 16 total games, but he made nine starts for St. Louis in 2011, recording three picks and 43 total tackles.
And as Florio points out, the fact that the Colts felt the need to make this trade doesn't say much about the cornerbacks they already have. A big game on Saturday could go a long way for Gordy.
In exchange for Gordy, the Colts offered up an undisclosed 2014 draft pick, per the same report from Pro Football Talk.
Washington's Key Addition
Again, let's avoid RG3 here for a moment and focus on somebody else—perhaps Pierre Garcon, who might know how to beat this Indy defense better than anybody.
In March, the Redskins signed the former Colts wideout for five years and $42.5 million, according to ESPN.com. The 26-year-old spent four years with the Colts, and in his best season in 2011, he registered 975 yards, six TDs and two fumbles.
Garcon doesn't have any interest in buying into the hype that comes with facing his former team. He told The Washington Post's Mark Maske that this is just "a football game," but he also added that his original preference was to stick with the Colts:
That was my first option. I never wanted to leave Indianapolis. That was my first option, to stay there. But, you know, football is football. Things happen and hopefully it works out the best.
If emotions don't interfere on Saturday, he could make a big impact—or as much of an impact as you can make in limited playing time in a preseason game.
Prediction: Colts Win
This is a tough one. Both teams have shown defensive fortitude in one game and offensive fortitude in another. But Luck has had much more time on the field to get acclimated to his new NFL surroundings, and his offense has been better than RG3's.
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