Coming into their week 8 game with the Denver Broncos, the Washington Redskins seemed to have a good chance to perform well against the Broncos 30th ranked defense. But while the Redskins running game paid dividends early on, their passing game could never get going, as QB Robert Griffin III was hammered much of the game by the Broncos pass rush.
The Redskins strategy to rely on running the football seemed to be working for the much of the first half, as the game was tied at halftime 7-7. And the Redskins even took a 21-7 lead in the third quarter off of a DeAngelo Hall pick six on Peyton Manning. But after that, the Broncos offense came to life and wore down the Redskins for the win.
As the Broncos offense took control of the game, the Redskins offense was unable to answer. RGIII couldn’t find open receivers, and when he did they failed him with dropped passes that while difficult, should have been caught.
And for some reason offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan chose not to use the no-huddle or “Turbo” offense the team used successfully against the Chicago Bears. As a change of pace in the second half could have been useful.
Even as they got down by multiple scores, the Redskins offense routinely only sent only two receivers into the pattern on deep routes. But this caused RGIII to have to hold on to the football, and then get pounded as his pass protection gave way. Surely there must be something in the Redskins offense for such an occasion, but maybe there isn’t.
When the Redskins smash-mouth running offense is working it can bring them control over games and most times a win. But when it’s not working and the opponent starts pulling ahead, it seems the Redskins offense doesn’t have many other options to turn to when the running game is no longer an option.
In order for the offense to move to the next level the Redskins need to develop need to develop more versatility, and ensure RGIII gets the ball out of his hands quicker to avoid so much punishment. As Griffin sustained a knee injury on a pass attempt, and who knows what other ailments he took away from the game.