Redskins 27 - 10 Broncos
This is the 'late as hell' coverage of the Washington Redskins versus the Denver Broncos.
My name is JimmiJo and Spaceman Spiff is on the job on the sidelines.
I think the Broncos' defense will pose a lot of problems for the Redskins. On the other hand, their offense is pretty poor.
The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 13 WR Maurice Harris
o No. 23 S DeAngelo Hall
o No. 30 RB Kenny Hilliard
o No. 52 LB Ryan Anderson
o No. 53 LB Zach Brown
o No. 67 G Kyle Kalis
o No. 74 C Demetrius Rhaney
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After three anemic drives, the Redskins woke up and scored 10-points on back-to-back drives to take a 10-3 lead over the Denver Broncos.
Meanwhile; Denver’s offense is everything we expected. CJ Anderson is a dangerous runner.
But then there’s Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler. He must have grown up a Redskins’ fan because with a fumble-for-loss and interception that had to be intended for DJ Swearinger, Osweiler is turning out to be Washington’s best weapon.
Still, the Redskins have eight-losses for a reason and with only a 7-point lead there is a long way still to go.
See you after.
The Washington Redskins started slow. The offense was anemic and the defense allowed CJ Anderson to get loose on a couple runs early.
Denver took an early 3-0 lead and it sure looked like the Redskins were in for a long-day.
But after three drives, the offense woke up. And what followed was 27-unanswered points hung on the Broncos before Denver added a meaningless touchdown and 2-poinnt conversion.
Along the way were a sack-fumble the Redskins forced and consider recovered and also an interception by D.J. Swearinger. The interception could only have been intended for him, given no-one else was around.
Many players contributed to today’s win.
Kirk Cousins had a solid day. He logged 19/37 for 399-yards, 3-touchdowns and 1-interception for a quarterback rating of 94.3.
Ryan Grant had a career-day. Grant caught 4-passes for 85-yards to lead all Washington receivers.
Samaje Perine impressed in the second half. He tallied 53-yards on 16-carries before a late-fumble put a blemish on his effort.
Defensively, Washington tightened the ship significantly following the early drive for field goal by Denver. The created multiple turnovers. The sack-fumble on Brock Osweiler, an interception by DJ Swearinger, and the last fumble caused with DeShazor Everette tackled Devontae Booker, dislodging the ball recovered by the Redskins.
Preston Smith had a fantastic day, he posted 5 tackles, 2-sacks and a forced fumble.
Ryan Kerrigan logged 4-tackles combined and 2-sacks.
The Redskins needed this win to close out the season at home. This was a nice early holiday present for the fans who showed today. Though this team was out of any postseason action some time ago, the players are playing with a lot of pride. They also want to prevent a losing season.
A win next week in New York ensures an 8-8 season.
When all is said and done this year was about injuries. Finishing the season strong, as the Redskins are doing, sets them up well for next year. But they have some questions as well.
None bigger than the quarterback position.
Was today Cousins’ last game at FedEx Field as the starter of the Washington Redskins? Who is the starting running back going into training camp next year? Though head coach Jay Gruden’s job is probably safe, can the same be said for all of the position coaches?
There will be lots of changes on the roster. But first they have one more game to play.
This was my last effort of the season. I’ve had a fantastic time covering this year. I will see you next year for sure.