The Denver Broncos came out and looked to win decisively Sunday and did just that.
While it was a slow start to the game, as the men in orange and blue scored only seven points in the first half and then put up 38 points in the second half. It was fireworks from Peyton Manning and his merry men after halftime – even though there were many mistakes throughout – and they beat the Washington Redskins into submission with 31 in the fourth quarter alone.
MVP – Knowshon Moreno
Knowshon Moreno was a major piece to the winning puzzle for the Broncos on Sunday. Once again, he was the team’s leading rusher, carrying the ball 14 times for 44 yards, while also leading all Denver players with 89 receiving yards. His longest play of the day receiving-wise was a 35-yard screen pass touchdown in the fourth quarter, putting the Broncos ahead 28-21, which they only built on from there. He was a consistent threat through the air and on the ground, once again showing he’s at his best this season.
LVP – Peyton Manning
Yeah, he passed for 354 yards and four touchdowns, but Manning also threw three interceptions and fumbled once, too. That’s four total turnovers, which was far too many, despite the fact that his team was able to battle through, forcing six turnovers themselves along the way.
X-Factor – Demaryius Thomas
Thomas was the most consistent receiver on the day for Denver, catching a team-leading seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. That score, much like Moreno’s, came on a screen pass. Thomas took the ball and found a way up field, navigating behind blocks and eventually running into the end zone. That score put the team up 17 in the fourth quarter, basically cementing the win.
Key Stat – 9 turnovers
While the Broncos turned it over four times, they were one-upped by the Redskins’ five turnovers. Robert Griffin III threw two interceptions, his backup, Kirk Cousins threw two and Griffin fumbled once as well. If it weren’t for that, the Broncos could have been in jeopardy of losing.
Tweet of the Game
That was a great drive by the Skins. Game on
— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) October 27, 2013
Mark Schlereth called it well when the Redskins tied it up at seven.
What This Win Means
This win means the Broncos are now 7-1, still only one game behind the Kansas City Chiefs, who they play in three weeks. Denver needed to get back to their winning ways and they did in dominating fashion; 45-21.
Next week is the Broncos bye.
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Sunday, November 10, 2:25 p.m. MT
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California