Date/Time: October 27th, 4:25 PM ET
Spread: Broncos -12
The Denver Broncos are coming off of their first loss of the season, and you know that they are going to want to rebound and rebound in a hurry. Their foe on Sunday is the Washington Redskins at Mile High.
Washington scored its second victory of the season last week against the Chicago Bears, but it wasn’t the prettiest game in the world by any stretch of the imagination. QB Robert Griffin III was a hero, leading the team to 45 points, including putting up the game-winning drive in the dying moments, but in the end, the story to us is still about the defense, not the offense. This unit allowed 41 points to a Chicago team that definitely doesn’t have one of the elite offenses in the game, and the truth of the matter is that things only got worse when QB Jay Cutler was forced out of the game with a groin injury. If QB Josh McCown is lighting this unit up, what in the heck is Manning going to do? But more on this in just a moment. It really seems like the only way that the Redskins can even hang in this game is if RG3 proves that he can continue to be mobile. Denver has a beatable defense for sure, but getting around LB Von Miller could be problematic.
It’s not like the Broncos just stopped scoring last week. They still put 33 on the board against the Indianapolis Colts, and they have to figure to be dropping points in bunches against a defense that has allowed at least 27 in five of its six games this season as well. Manning is clearly going to make some history this year, as he will get to 3,000 yards with a dynamite game in this one, something that is unheard of through eight games of any season. Just the fact that this team has scored over 40 points per game still at this point in the season is out of this world. Keeping balanced is a key as well, and RB Knowshon Moreno has managed to do that with 413 rushing yards and eight scores. If you want to talk about obscene stats, there’s a chance that at the end of this game, Manning could be on a pace for 6,000 passing yards and 60 TDs, Moreno could be on a pace for 1,000 rushing yards and 20 scores on the ground, and WR Eric Decker, WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Wes Welker, and WR Julius Thomas could all be on a pace for 1,000 receiving yards. On top of that, Welker and Thomas both could be on pace for 20 TDs receiving, and the three wide outs could all be on a clip for 100 receptions. Wow.
Denver is square, and it is going to be square all week long, but we have to think that it is going to get the job done in this one. The Broncos are scoring their 35 points. Is Washington really scoring its 24? We just don’t see it happening, especially if this one gets out of control and gets into the 40s as many are expecting.
Washington Redskins @ Denver Broncos Pick: Denver Broncos -12
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