Redskins vs. Broncos: A look into how the Washington Redskins offense matches up with the Denver Broncos defense.
Redskins rushing offense - 4th in the NFL at 141.5 yards per game,
Broncos rush defense - 1st in the NFL at 77.1 yards per game
The Broncos are number one in the NFL against the run, but I think that statistic is a bit misleading. Primarily because most of the Broncos games have been high scoring shootouts, and their opponents have had to practically abandon the run to try to stay in the game. So I don’t think the Broncos are the dominant run defense their ranking suggests.
The Redskins will definitely try to run the football on the Broncos regardless. It’s in their best interest to establish a good rushing attack on the Broncos, first and foremost to try to keep the ball away from Peyton Manning. The better the Redskins can run the football, the better they can control time of possession.
But the Broncos can score so fast, that time of possession may not matter much, but the Redskins have to try. Because they won’t win a shootout with the Broncos either. And I think the Redskins will have success running the football on the Broncos.
Redskins passing offense - 7th in the NFL at 274.3 yards per game
Broncos passing defense - 32nd in the NFL at 319.9 yards per game
The Broncos up-tempo offense has proven that they can score a lot of points on practically any team’s defense. However, the Broncos defense has proven that they are susceptible to the same thing, and their pass defense ranking proves this. But not having the pass rush skills of Von Miller may have had something to do with that.
Miller is one of the best pass rushers in the league and served a six game suspension. So his presence may have had a dramatic affect on the Broncos defense. But as we’ve seen with the Redskins, an up-tempo no-huddle offense has a way of neutralizing the impact of great pass rushers.
So when good passing teams have to pass even more to stay with the Broncos, I think it actually works against the Broncos. However, the Redskins high passing ranking doesn’t mean they are a great passing team. But QB Robert Griffin III had his best passing game of the season in a week 7 win over the Chicago Bears.
And rookie TE Jordan Reed has emerged as a dangerous target for RGIII. Also WR Pierre Garcon and running back Roy Helu Jr. have been consistent targets as well. So if the Redskins need to pass more, they should be able to do so. And RGIII’s mobility gives him an advantage to avoid the pass rushing skills of Von Miller, as we saw Andrew Luck and the Colts in week 7.
Redskins vs. Broncos – Most Intriguing Individual Matchup:
Jordan Reed vs. Danny Trevathan - Redskins rookie TE Jordan Reed has been a huge matchup problem for defenses the past few games. Most linebackers have had trouble staying with him, and safeties aren’t strong enough. However, Broncos OLB Danny Trevathan has good speed and is very good in coverage. He has three interceptions on the year, and he will be matched up with Reed for much of the game.