The Denver Broncos are vulnerable. They have a weakness. They have been beaten. Now it’s time to see if they can rebound from it.
The Broncos suffered their first loss of the 2013 NFL season in week seven as they were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football. Now they will have to show that they belong among the league’s elite (which we all know they do) as they take on the Washington Redskins. Denver has the obvious advantage in this matchup in a number of areas. However, one of the areas where they could get worn down this Sunday is in facing Robert Griffin III as a dual-threat quarterback.
Before this game, the Broncos have faced three opponents with quarterbacks that have solid ability when it comes to taking off and running, including Andrew Luck this past week (if you don’t include Luck as one of those guys, we need to talk). Between Luck, Michael Vick and Terrelle Pryor, the three quarterbacks have combined for 757 yards and four touchdowns through the air along with 106 yards and one touchdown on 16 rushing attempts. Though only Luck was able to score a victory against Denver, dual-threat quarterbacks have had individual success against the Broncos defense.
RG3 is certainly the best runner of those three quarterbacks, especially after showing signs of looking like his former self in week seven as he threw for 298 yards and ran for 84 yards on 11 carries. With the Broncos poor pass defense, Griffin could potentially put up similar or better numbers in week eight as well.
The crazy thing is, though, that it probably won’t matter if RG3 has a big game against Denver. The Broncos offense is still a juggernaut and the Redskins defense still is one of the worst overall units in the league. Griffin could have a big game, but still not be able to keep pace with Peyton Manning and company. Such is life with the Broncos these days.