It wasn’t quite the offensive shootout that many people expected it be, at least not at first. But after being bottled up in the first three quarters by a stingy defense, the Denver Broncos finally got their offense on track and went on to beat the Washington Redskins 45-21.
In the first half and for a part of the third quarter, the Redskins had the Broncos right where they wanted them. In a defensive quagmire that was fueled by a strong running game and Peyton Manning turnovers. The Redskins appeared to have control of the game in the third quarter after a DeAngelo Hall pick six on Manning that resulted in a 21-7 Redskins lead.
But then the Broncos offense cam to life, as Manning then led an 80 yard touchdown drive that culminated with a 4th down conversion, and a four yard TD run by running back Montee Ball. Redskins QB Robert Griffin III then tried to get the Redskins passing game going, but it remained stagnant.
RGIII seemed uncomfortable and the Redskins offense lacked aggressiveness the entire game. Once the Broncos got their offense rolling, the Redskins weren’t able to answer, and their defense wore down. The Redskins no-huddle offense which was successful against the Chicago Bears was no where to be found against the Broncos.
The lack of diversity in the Redskins offense became apparent as the Broncos defense was able to start teeing off on RGIII, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had no answers. Robert Griffin III injured his left knee late in the fourth quarter on a hit by the Broncos Terrence Knighton as he came down on top of RGIII. Grifffin didn’t return to the game.
The Redskins really could not have asked for more from their defense, but the offense couldn’t capitalize and the Broncos surged in the second half for the 45-21 victory.