Last night, the Indianapolis Colts were in Landover, Maryland to face Mike Shanahan's Washington Redskins.
The Skins sat at 3-2 and were tied atop the NFC East going into the week. They needed a win to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, who had both won their respective games earlier yesterday. They have surprised some people this year, playing fairly well with a bunch of new faces in the starting lineups and were coming off a big overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers last week.
For Peyton Manning and the Colts, this was a must-win game as well. They were 3-2 going into this one and needed a win to keep a tie for the division lead with the rival Houston Texans, whom they already lost to Week 1 of this season.
The Colts are a great team—at home—but when you take away their home field advantage, they have been very pedestrian so far this season and do not seem to have the same firepower on either side of the ball that got them to the Super Bowl in 2009.
The game was not one of the prettiest things Peyton has ever constructed, but in the end the Colts came out victorious, beating the Skins 27-24 and avoiding a late comeback chance by Donovan McNabb and company to improved to 4-2.
The Redskins fell to 3-3, but considering they played a pretty good game and were some dropped interceptions away from stealing this one, they shouldn't be too concerned with the loss.
Here are five things we learned from watching this Sunday Night matchup.