Redskins vs. Colts: Preseason Week 3 Live Score, Analysis

Tom NataliCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 18:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks for a receiver against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The most anticipated preseason game is upon us. Washington Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan vs. the Peyton Manning-less Colts.

For the rest of their careers, Andrew Luck and RGIII will be forever linked. Luck being the first pick overall and Griffin shortly following him.

Luck was scouted as the best prospect to enter the NFL draft since John Elway. Griffin won the country over with his charismatic charm and outstanding play in his final season at Baylor.

We all know the story from here, Luck was the unanimous first pick of the draft and the Redskins essentially went "all-in" to acquire the second overall pick from the St. Louis Rams.

After Peyton Manning was the face of the franchise for over 15 years in Indianapolis, Colts fans said goodbye to No. 18 and welcomed a quarterback with equal or even higher potential.

The Colts are starting over with a new coach and defense, emphasizing youth while building the team around Andrew Luck.

The Redskins are in a similar process, as they will continue to change the culture around the franchise. However, they haven't had the same luck (no pun intended) the Colts had for over the past decade.

Griffin is a glimmer (a huge glimmer for that matter) of hope for the Redskins and their passionate fanbase. The team has fallen on hard times for over 20 years and RGIII now has the opportunity to reverse their fortune.

Of course, there are other aspects of this game that will draw significant interest to each respective fanbase. Can Chuck Pagano lead the Colts back to relevance? Can Mike Shanahan rekindle his winning ways?

But that's not what is getting national attention—RGIII vs. Luck.