TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 27, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Weather: High 67, Low 39
Line: Denver (-13)
It seems as if Robert Griffin III is returning to form for the Washington Redskins in 2013. Coming into the season, no one knew how the second-year player would perform just months after proceeding with a knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. Now that he is back on the field, all eyes have been on him to begin the season and he had struggled a bit. Making big strides in recent weeks, the young star has seemingly returned to form as he led the Redskins past the Chicago Bears at home a week ago. Griffin III has 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns through the air, but it’s the recent work that he has done with his legs that has everyone breathing a sigh of relief — he has rushed for 233 yards on 38 carries this season. Pierre Garcon leads all receivers with 466 yards and two touchdowns on 40 catches this season, assisting RG3 tremendously. Alfred Morris has continued his success into his second year in the league, rushing for 472 yards and three scores.
Peyton Manning‘s homecoming against the Indianapolis Colts didn’t quite go as planned for the Denver Broncos and their start quarterback. The veteran superstar struggled on his former home turf and that led to the improbable first loss of the season for the Broncos. Manning is still having an MVP-type season, passing for 2,565 yards and 25 touchdowns, connecting with four targets equally. Eric Decker leads all receivers with 627 yards and three touchdowns on 42 catches while Demaryius Thomas is a close second with 41 catches for 610 yards and five scores. Julius Thomas and Wes Welker both have over 400 yards and eight touchdown catches each. Knowshon Moreno has been a force in the run game with 413 yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively, the Broncos have the worst secondary, on paper, in the NFL. This team is full of extremes as it ranks 32nd in passing yards allowed per game and first in rush yards allowed per game. The Redskins once owned the worst defense in the league, but have since improved. However, they still allow the fourth-most rush yards per game in the league and the third-most points per game in the league.
PREDICTION: Redskins 21, Broncos 38