Broncos-Redskins: Week 8 Game Capsule


Mike Shanahan

The (6-1) Denver Broncos host the (2-4) Washington Redskins this Sunday at 2:25 pm MT. Washington head coach Mike Shanahan returns to Denver, where he coached for 14 seasons and won two Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII). The Redskins have won two of their past three, including last week’s 45-41 win over Chicago.

“Denver’s got an excellent football team,” says Shanahan. “We found a way to win this one. Hopefully we can do that next week. Every game is big. You don’t want to dig yourself a bigger hole.”

Offensively, the Redskins were led last week by Robert Griffin III (105.2 Passer Rating), Roy Helu, Jr. (3 rushing TDs) and Rookie Tight End Jordan Reed (9 recs. for 134 yards and a TD). Brian Orakpo recorded his first career Interception and returned it 29 yards for a Touchdown.

“It felt like we were in sync,” says Griffin about the win over Chicago. “We were in sync for the entire game and that’s what the scoreboard reflected.” 

The Broncos had their 17-game regular-season winning streak stopped last week at Indy but are looking to get back on track. Denver leads the NFL with 298 points scored and QB Peyton Manning sits atop the league rankings in passing yards (2,565), Touchdown passes (25) and Passer Rating (123.3).

Manning had this to say about Denver’s first loss of the season:

“This is a game we need to learn from. We can learn from it. We certainly have to improve from this game because we weren’t as sharp execution-wise as we’d like.”

The Game will be televised by FOX with Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter) calling the game.


  • QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III had a 105.2 Passer Rating last week. The Redskins are 8-2 when Griffin has 100+ rating.

  • Since Week 12 of 2012, RB ALFRED MORRIS is averaging 101.3 rush yards per game, 2nd best in NFL. He also has 11 rushing TDs in that span, tied for 2nd most in NFL.

  • RB ROY HELU, JR. had a career-high 3 rushing Touchdowns last week.

  • Rookie TE JORDAN REED had a career-high 9 catches for 134 yards and a Touchdown in Week 7.

  • WR PIERRE GARÇON has 5+ catches in all 6 games in 2013.

  • WR ALDRICK ROBINSON had a 45-yard Touchdown catch last week.

  • CB DE ANGELO HALL had a 30-yard Interception in the last meeting between these two teams.

  • LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 7 Sacks and 3 Forced Fumbles in his past 8 games. Since entering the League in 2011, Ryan is the only player in NFL with 20+ Sacks (21) and 2+ Pick Sixes (2).

  • LB BRIAN ORAKPO had a 29-yard Interception return for a TD last week, his 1st career INT. Brian has 10.5 Sacks in 12 games vs. the AFC, including 1.5 Sacks in his last game against Denver.

  • LB LONDON FLETCHER has played in 246 consecutive games. Has 30 Tackles and 3 Sacks in 4 career meetings with Denver.



  • Denver has scored 30+ points in 7 straight games and are looking for a 7th straight win against the NFC.

  • QB PEYTON MANNING has 25 TD passes in 2013, 2nd-most ever through the first 7 games of a season (Tom Brady, 27 in 2007). For his career, Manning is 3-1 vs. Washington with 10 Touchdowns vs. 3 Interceptions and a 106 Passer Rating. At home with Denver, Manning is 11-1 with 38 TDs vs. 4 INTs and a 120 Passer Rating. Peyton has a 124.3 4th-Quarter Passer Rating in 2013, the best in the NFL.

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO has a career-best 8 rushing Touchdowns this season and aims for his 5th consecutive game with at least 1 rushing TD.

  • Since 2012, WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 2,044 receiving yards, 2nd-most in AFC.

  • WR WES WELKER (8) and TE JULIUS THOMAS (8) are tied for the NFL lead in receiving Touchdowns this season.

  • WR ERIC DECKER had a career-high 150 receiving yards last week.

  • LB VON MILLER has 6 career Sacks in 7 career games vs. NFC teams.

  • LB DANNY TREVATHAN leads the team with 48 Tackles.

  • CB CHAMP BAILEY was drafted No. 7 overall in the 1999 NFL Draft by Redskins.

On pace to become the 6th trio to record 1,000 receiving yards each in NFL history, Denver Broncos Wide Receivers Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker force the defense to make difficult decisions.

Says Broncos All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey:

“You take your pick, they all play like No. 1 receivers. I don’t care where they play, or where they line up, that corner is going to have his hands full.”

The teams with three players with 1,000 receiving yards in a season in NFL history:

  • Arizona Cardinals, 2008 – Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston, Larry Fitzgerald

  • Indianapolis Colts, 2004 – Marvin Harrison, Brandon Stokley, Reggie Wayne

  • Atlanta Falcons, 1995 – Bert Emanuel, Terance Mathis, Eric Metcalf

  • Washington Redskins 1989 – Gary Clark, Art Monk, Ricky Sanders

  • San Diego Chargers 1980 – John Jefferson, Charlie Joiner, Kellen Winslow


The Broncos are 12.5 point favorites according to the Wise Guys in Las Vegas and the Over/Under is set at 58.5 points currently. Sounds like another high scoring affair.


Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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