Game 7: Redskins @ Broncos

Updated: October 24, 2013

When: Sunday at 425 pm EST
Where: Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver
TV: Fox
Radio: WTEM SportsTalk 980 ESPN Radio
Line: Denver -13 (over/under 58)

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Redskins Nation rejoice! Unless you live in the Phoenix or Atlanta markets, you will receive the second game of the FOX doubleheader from Colorado. Sorry to our friends in Arizona and Georgia as you will get the Falcons @ Cardinals. Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman handling the call, with Pam Oliver on the sideline.

For the first time in more than a calendar year, the Broncos are coming off a regular season loss. Denver suffering its first loss of the 2013 season in Peyton Manning’s emotional return to Indianapolis, ending a streak of 17 consecutive regular season wins. The four time NFL MVP didn’t practice on Wednesday, but was resting more than anything else. In fact, veterans like Champ Bailey, Eric Decker and Wes Welker didn’t practice either, simply taking a break halfway through an NFL season according to Broncos Head Coach John Fox.

Sunday will mark the first time Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan returns to Mile High Stadium since he was fired following the 2008 season. 1770 days since he left, but who’s counting (the Broncos are). Shanahan has a legacy in Denver of two Super Bowl victories and the Broncos will honor him with a short video on Sunday. As for Shanahan himself, he is hoping he isn’t booed, after all, he was fired after 21 years with the team and didn’t quit.

Shananan Returns!
Graphic Courtesy Redskins Facebook page

The Redskins will be looking to end the Broncos ten game home winning streak and at the same time win back to back games for the first time this season. Washington will have to outscore a Denver offense averaging a league leading 470 yards per game and a league high 298 points scored. Manning leads the NFL with 25 touchdown passes, while running back Knowshon Moreno leads the NFL with eight rushing touchdowns. The Redskins offense is also on a roll, the 499 yards amassed in the 45-41 win over Chicago on Sunday are the most by the team this century. Washington’s offensive revival has coincided with Robert Griffin III’s renewed running threat. A wild card for the Redskins may be running back Roy Helu who scored three times on the ground last week and has earned more playing time.

Denver has the league’s worst pass defense, allowing 340 yards per game. Some of the Broncos deficiencies through the air can be attributed to opponent’s playing from behind early on and also the absence of cornerback Champ Bailey for much of the season. Expect a big game from both tight end’s as Washington rookie Jordan Reed has a breakout game against the Bears, while the Broncos have surrendered some big games to opposing tight ends. Denver will look to tight end Julius Thomas early and often to exploit the Redskins issues at safety. Thomas and receiver Wes Welker are tied for the NFL lead in TD catches with eight apiece. Washington may have to go without both starting safeties as Brandon Meriweather will be serving one-game suspension, while Reed Doughty is recovering from a concussion suffered on Sunday.

Former Broncos on Redskins
Kory Lichtensteiger (2008)
Tyler Polumbus (2008-09)
Chris Baker (2009)

Former Redskins on Broncos
Champ Bailey (1999-2003)

Washington Leaders
Passing: Robert Griffin III – 143-238, 1746 yds, 8 tds
Rushing: Alfred Morris – 91 car, 472 yds, 3 tds
Receiving: Pierre Garcon – 40 rec, 466 yds, 2 tds

Denver Leaders
Passing: Peyton Manning – 207-289, 2565 yds, 25 tds
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno – 95 car, 413 yds, 8 tds
Receiving: Eric Decker – 42 rec, 627 yds, 3 tds

Logan Paulsen TE — Full Participation in Practice
Reed Doughty S — Limited Participation in Practice
Will Montgomery C — Full Participation in Practice
Chris Neild DT — Limited Participation in Practice
Leonard Hankerson WR — Did Not Participate In Practice
Stephen Bowen DE — Limited Participation in Practice
Jordan Reed TE — Full Participation in Practice

Shaun Phillips DE — Did Not Participate In Practice
Champ Bailey CB — Did Not Participate In Practice
Eric Decker WR — Did Not Participate In Practice
Chris Kuper G — Did Not Participate In Practice
Robert Ayers DE — Full Participation in Practice
Orlando Franklin T — Did Not Participate In Practice
Mitch Unrein DT — Limited Participation in Practice
Wes Welker WR — Did Not Participate In Practice
Joel Dreessen TE — Did Not Participate In Practice
Peyton Manning QB — Did Not Participate In Practice
Wesley Woodyard LB — Limited Participation in Practice

REDSKINS: Head coach MIKE SHANAHAN spent 14 years as Den. head coach & won 2 Super Bowls…QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III had 105.2 rating last week. 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. Has 11 rush TDs in that span, tied for 2nd most in NFL. RB ROY HELU, JR. had career-high 3 rush TDs last week…Rookie TE JORDAN REED had career-high 9 catches & 134 yards with TD in Week 7. WR PIERRE GARÇON has 5+ catches in all 6 games in 2013. WR ALDRICK ROBINSON had 45-yard TD catch last week…CB DE ANGELO HALL had 30-yard INT in last meeting. LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 7 sacks & 3 FFs in past 8. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player in NFL with 20+ sacks (21) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). LB BRIAN ORAKPO had 29-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st career INT. Has 10.5 sacks in 12 games vs. AFC, incl. 1.5 sacks in last game vs. Den. LB LONDON FLETCHER has played in 246 consecutive games. Has 30 tackles & 3 sacks in 4 career meetings…BRONCOS: Have scored 298 points, most by team through 1st 7 games of season in NFL history. Have 30+ points in 7 straight games. Aim for 7th straight win vs. NFC…QB PEYTON MANNING has 25 TD passes in ’13, 2nd-most ever through 1st 7 games of season (TOM BRADY, 27 in 2007). For career, Manning is 3-1 vs. Was. with 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 106 rating. At home w/ Den., Manning is 11-1 with 38 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 120 rating. Has 124.3 4th-qtr. rating, best in NFL…RB KNOWSHON MORENO has career-best 8 rush TDs this season. Aims for 5th consec. game with at least 1 rush TD…Since ’12, WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 2,044 rec. yards, 2nd-most in AFC. WR WES WELKER (8) & TE JULIUS THOMAS (8) are tied for NFL-best in TD rec. in ’13…WR ERIC DECKER had career-high 150 receiving yards last week…LB VON MILLER has 6 career sacks in 7 career games vs. NFC. LB DANNY TREVATHAN leads team with 48 tackles…CB CHAMP BAILEY was drafted No. 7 overall in ’99 NFL Draft by Redskins.

The teams have split a dozen meetings all time, the most memorable Super Bowl XXII, a 42-10 Redskins victory. The Redskins return home to host the San Diego Chargers at Fed Ex Field next week, Denver will have a bye.

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