Peyton Manning’s march into the history books hit a halt Sunday night. The Denver Broncos (6-1) saw their record blemished for the first time this season as the Indianapolis Colts threw the kitchen sink at their former quarterback. This can’t be good news for the Washington Redskins (2-4), who just so happen to visit Denver this weekend.
Predicted Spread: Broncos by 10.5 (Early Spread: Broncos by 13)
Manning seemed to have a worse case of the wobbles than usual Sunday night, with his ball fluttering more as the game pushed on. Much of this can be attributed to slinging it downfield at a much higher rate than normal and also very much the pressure Indy generated. Harass Peyton and his ball — which isn’t a tight spiral as is — becomes quite duck-like. But it gets there, and Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has a chore in slowing down weapons like Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Eric Decker.
I imagine the general Vegas line will soar into the double digits for Denver given how brutal Washington’s secondary has been. Vital edge rusher Brian Orakpo is getting back to his old form but Chicago Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown managed to dice this defense late in Week 7. Washington likely must top 30 points to even cover and the emergence of rookie tight end Jordan Reed, who tallied 134 yards receiving and a touchdown Sunday, is crucial to the Washington offense carrying momentum from dropping 45 points on Chicago. Robert Griffin III needs a target who can get open consistently, and Reed’s doing it better than any of them.
Key Matchup: Peyton Manning vs. Redskins secondary
DeAngelo Hall and Co. played aggressively in coverage during the early going against Chicago. Manning’s an artist at exploiting this.