Peyton Manning And Colts Overcome Three Turnovers To Defeat Redskins 27-24
October 18th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

It may not have been pretty, but the Indianapolis Colts will take it.

The Colts lost three fumbles on the night, and quarterback Peyton Manning did not look sharp, but Indianapolis was able to overcome the mistakes in a 27-24 win over the Washington Redskins on the road Sunday night.

“It’s one of these games where you just got to keep your poise,” remarked Indianapolis cornerback Jerraud Powers after the game.

“The standards and expectations of our team are so high that whenever we have a few bumps in the road, people seem to panic. ‘The Colts are going to have a bad year.’ Well, we’re going through the same stuff, if you look around the league, it’s pretty balanced right now, there’s no real dominant team out there. We’re working on being more consistent and finding our identity.”

Those expectations are due in large part to the seven-straight seasons that the Colts have won a minimum of 12 games during the regular season.  The streak remains active and is a NFL record.

On the night, Manning was 25 for 38, throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns.  It was the 60th 300-yard passing game in his career, joining Brett Favre (61) and Dan Marino (63) in the 60-club.

The Colts (4-2) remain tied with Houston atop the AFC South.

Indianapolis got on the board first in this one, courtesy of a 57-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Pierre Garcon midway through the first quarter.  That however, was answered by Washington at the end of the opening quarter when running back Ryan Torain scampered in from nine-yards out.

Torain carried the ball 20 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns in his second-straight week starting for the injured Clinton Portis.

Indianapolis took a 17-7 lead into the locker room, as the Redskins came out in the third quarter and scored a touchdown to bring the game to 17-14 with another Torain run.

Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb threw two interceptions in the game, with one leading to a Colts touchdown.  The points off turnovers were one of the difference makers in this one.  Indianapolis capitalized, Washington did not.

That was answered by a Joesph Addai touchdown by the Colts however, and despite a comeback attempt by the Redskins, Indianapolis was able to fend them off and avoid a third loss in six weeks.

Entering this one, the Colts were set as a three-point favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Odds, with the game resulting in a push with the Indianapolis three-point victory.  The Colts move to 3-2-1 ATS this season, with the Redskins equaling that mark as well.

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