Redskins vs. Broncos: A look into how the Washington Redskins defense matches up against the Denver Broncos offense.
Redskins rush defense - 29th in the NFL at 126.2 yards per game,
Broncos rushing offense – 16th in the NFL at 108 yards per game
The Denver Broncos have a decent ranking running the football, but they are not necessarily a great running team. And the fact is they haven’t had to be, because their passing game is so lethal. The Broncos only average 3.8 yards a carry, and although they are top 10 in carries, that’s mainly because the nature of their up-tempo offense creates more opportunities to carry the football.
The Redskins have been one of the worst defenses against the run, but they have improved in that area the past few games. However, the Broncos will still be successful running the ball on the skins, because their passing offense keeps teams off-balance. Also, the Redskins tackling of ball carriers has at times been atrocious.
Even their best tackler, ILB London Fletcher has struggled in this regard. But ultimately, I don’t think the Broncos running game will win or lose the game for them. It’s all about the pass.
Redskins pass defense – 22nd in the NFL at 262.8 yards per game
Broncos passing offense – 1st in the NFL at 361.3 yards per game
The Washington Redskins defense doesn’t matchup well against up-tempo offenses. Up until this year the offenses in the NFC East have been conventional west coast offenses, and the Redskins defense has been built for that. But we saw how badly the Redskins defense did against Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense, primarily because it’s not built to stop it.
This may alarm some, but it actually makes sense, because a team has to try to win its division to ensure a spot in the playoffs. So the Redskins giving up a lot of yards to the Broncos or even losing to them, doesn’t necessarily kill their season. But there’s a flip side this too. As passing for a lot yards and having seemingly an unstoppable offense doesn’t guarantee the Broncos a championship either.
That was proven last season, as one slightly off game by Peyton Manning could be enough to derail what appears to be a near unbeatable juggernaut. The Redskins can’t stop the Broncos passing game, but if they can get a consistent pass rush on Manning, they might be able to get a few turnovers, and that could give their offense a chance to keep it close.
A fumble here, an interception there, might give the Redskins a chance to try to steal the game.
Most Intriguing Individual Matchup
Brian Orakpo vs. Chris Clark – The loss of Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady for the season is huge. Clady was a pro-bowl tackle, and while his replacement Chris Clark is decent player, with the amount of times the Broncos pass the football, decent isn’t good enough. Because as we saw against the Colts, giving up a few sacks where there may not have been with Clady, may be just enough for a good team to exploit to steal a win. So Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo will be attacking Manning hard. Redskins vs. Broncos