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NFL Week 8 Game Recap: Washington Commanders 17, Indianapolis Colts 16

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) celebrates his catch in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

It took somewhat of a miracle, but the Washington Commanders scraped their way back to .500 with a 17-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8.

It was the homecoming of all homecomings for Indianapolis native Terry McLaurin, who capped off a 100-yard day with a magical 33-yard contested catch to set his team up for the game-winning score.

Offensive spotlight: It seems as though this day was always going to belong to Commanders receiver Terry McLaurin, who caught seven of his eight targets for 113 yards and three first downs. He caught his only contested target — which all but sealed the win for his team — and three of his catches went for 15 or more yards.

Defensive spotlight: Washington DI Jonathan Allen was a handful against the run, as he recorded four solo tackles — all defensive stops — across 20 snaps. While PFF's first-run analysis didn't credit him with a pressure, he did notch three pass-rush wins.

Rookie spotlight: Colts receiver Alec Pierce led his team in receiving yards, with 65. He caught all three of his catchable targets, moved the chains twice and averaged 21.7 yards per reception on the day.

Offensive line spotlight: This Colts offensive line has not played up to expectations this year, but this game was at least a step in the right direction. According to PFF's first review of the game film, they gave up just two sacks and two hurries from 28 snaps.

Box Score

Passing
Washington Commanders
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Taylor Heinicke 23.1 23 / 31 279 9.0 1 1 2 98.7
Indianapolis Colts
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Sam Ehlinger 8.5 17 / 23 201 8.7 0 0 2 100.1
Rushing
Washington Commanders
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Taylor Heinicke 23.1 6 29 4.8 1 9 0
Antonio Gibson 20.7 7 19 2.7 0 5 0
Terry McLaurin 19.6 1 -7 -7.0 0 -7 0
Curtis Samuel 10.9 4 29 7.2 0 11 0
J.D. McKissic 5.0 2 6 3.0 0 4 0
Brian Robinson 2.0 8 20 2.5 0 7 0
Indianapolis Colts
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Nyheim Hines 12.9 5 20 4.0 1 9 0
Parris Campbell 9.1 1 28 28.0 0 28 0
Sam Ehlinger 8.5 6 15 2.5 0 7 1
Jonathan Taylor 6.6 16 76 4.8 0 27 1
Deon Jackson -0.4 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4 0
Receiving
Washington Commanders
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Antonio Gibson 20.7 7 7 58 8.3 1 18
Terry McLaurin 19.6 8 6 113 14.1 0 42
Curtis Samuel 10.9 4 3 50 12.5 0 20
J.D. McKissic 5.0 5 3 14 2.8 0 7
Cam Sims 3.1 2 1 21 10.5 0 21
Armani Rogers 2.3 2 1 13 6.5 0 13
John Bates 1.6 1 1 6 6.0 0 6
Dax Milne 1.4 1 1 4 4.0 0 4
Indianapolis Colts
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Nyheim Hines 12.9 2 2 29 14.5 0 22
Michael Pittman Jr. 12.3 9 7 53 5.9 0 16
Alec Pierce 9.5 5 3 65 13.0 0 47
Parris Campbell 9.1 2 2 43 21.5 0 38
Jonathan Taylor 6.6 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Kylen Granson 4.1 3 3 11 3.7 0 15
Mo Alie-Cox 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

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