Pro Football Hall of Fame Field, Fawcett Stadium
Washington kicked off the beginning of the NFL's preseason schedule and the Zorn era with a 30-16 victory over the Colts in front of 22,216.
Quarterback Jason Campbell had a touchdown pass to Randle El on the game's opening drive, rookie quarterback Colt Brennan impressed in rallying the Redskins to the victory with two touchdown passes in his first professional outing, and the Redskins -- most important -- appeared to make it through without major injuries.
In 10 attempts, Colt Brennan, drafted in the sixth round out of Hawaii, completed nine passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
With Portis out and Ladell Betts (thigh) sidelined, Cartwright and Marcus Mason split time in the backfield. Mason, who caught the go-ahead touchdown pass from Brennan in the fourth quarter, led the Redskins in rushing with 98 yards on 18 carries. Cartwright had 58 yards on 13 rushes.
Washington played Denver when it was last in the Hall of Fame game, in 2004. In the first preseason game of former coach Joe Gibbs's second stint with the team, Washington defeated the Broncos, 20-17. Tackle Jon Jansen suffered a season-ending knee injury on the first series.