Sunday was ugly on many levels. Attendance was bad, leaving swaths of open seats throughout the stadium. The offense was bad, providing a litany of questions about that side’s 180 after looking potent in Arizona. The defense was…OK. They acquitted themselves rather well considering the numerous bad spots the offense put them in. The coaching was a blowout. Indianapolis coach Frank Reich and his staff worked over the Redskins and Jay Gruden.

Together, the result was a disheartening 21-9 loss. This is how week-to-week works in the NFL. World-beaters one Sunday, dregs the next. It’s more how the Redskins finished with this loss. They could not run the ball. They did not play with oomph, something noted by several players postgame. Adrian Peterson search for an answer as to why.

“I have no idea,” Peterson said. “Because at the end of the day, inside this locker room, we control our energy, we control our focus and ultimately our execution on the field no matter what the surroundings is. I don’t know. I couldn’t put my finger on it. But, obviously, I felt it. I’m always a high-energy guy. Going around talking with the guys, guys picked up. I don’t know. I don’t know. But, I promise you this, it will change next week.”

Peterson ran for just 20 yards on 11 carries. Alex Smith went 33-for-46 for 292 yards, most of which came late when the Redskins ran no-huddle in a desperate, and failed, attempt to catch up.

They outgained Indianapolis, ran more offensive plays and were plus-1 in turnovers. Yet, these still lost by two touchdowns.

“Well, I think they were executing and we weren’t – period,” Gruden said. “You know hats off to them like I said. They did a good job. We didn’t do a very good job out there in the second half. We weren’t on track. We were off track a little bit, lost our balance, never really had it really. We were kind of one-dimensional throughout the game. Our running game suffered and we were pretty much one-dimensional.”

They are also 1-1.

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Week 1: W, Redskins 24, Cardinals 6
Week 2: L, Colts 21, Redskins 9.
Week 3: vs. Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Bye
Week 5: at New Orleans,  8:15 p.m. (MNF)
Week 6: vs. Carolina, 1 p.m.
Week 7: vs. Dallas, 4:25 p.m.
Week 8: at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Week 9: vs. Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Week 10: at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 11: vs. Houston, 1 p.m.
Week 12: at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. (Thanksgiving)
Week 13: at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. (MNF)
Week 14: vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Week 15: at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Week 16: at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Week 17: vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m.