It was billed as the biggest rookie showdown this preseason. Andrew Luck, the first overall pick, would square off against the man some viewed as a better quarterback: Robert Griffin III. More importantly, it was a battle between two teams to climb out of the gutter and back to respectability.
Last year, the Indianapolis Colts finished 2-14 with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning watching from the sidelines. It was their worst season since 1998 when Manning piloted the Colts to three wins during his rookie campaign. The season would lead to sweeping changes in an organization that defined the word "stability" over the last decade.
The Washington Redskins weren't the second-worst team, but only managed five wins in Mike Shanahan's second season. It was bad enough to prompt owner Daniel Snyder to pull the trigger on a trade with the St. Louis Rams for the second overall pick and a chance to draft one of these two quarterbacks.
Both teams badly needed to see positive progress from their starters, as they prepare for the regular season. Indianapolis has struggled defensively, while the Redskins have struggled with consistency. Both teams have issues in their secondary, but hoped to live up to the hype against rookie QBs.
Neither team started strong nor revealed anything telling as they approach the regular season. In the end, the Redskins got the best of the Colts, but neither team was particularly impressive.
Let's dig in a bit deeper to see if we can find any nuggets of wisdom amidst what was an admittedly sloppy game.