The Washington Redskins have renewed confidence after their 45-41 Week 7 victory over the Chicago Bears. It was a back-and-forth affair where the team that had the ball last would come out victorious. Redskins’ fans were thankful that their team came out on top against a very good, well-balanced Bears’ team.
The Redskins will need that confidence from the Bears’ victory against their Week 8 opponent, the Denver Broncos. The Broncos, led by the incomparable Peyton Manning at quarterback, are averaging an eye popping 42 points per game in 2013. It’s no surprise that Denver boasts the NFL’s top ranked offense as well. It appears the scoreboard at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Broncos, will get plenty of exercise for this game.
But I digress. Washington’s defense, while improved regarding yards surrendered, is still giving up 30 points per game. If the Redskins’ offense were as prolific as the Broncos’ offense, it wouldn’t be an issue. Washington’s 45-point output against Chicago was the Redskins’ best output of the season. However, that game was an outlier, because turnovers have plagued the Redskins this season. Despite the Redskins having four defensive touchdowns, the team has a -1 turnover differential. The offense must take some blame for that.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris have had difficulties exhibiting ball control in 2013. They have already combined to lose three fumbled this season, and Griffin III has thrown six interceptions. That total surpassed the five interceptions he threw last season. While miscues happen, the Redskins aren’t good enough to overcome them and win consistently. It’ll be tough enough to contain Manning without turning the ball over. If Washington can’t exhibit better ball control, they’ll have no chance to win.
Washington’s special teams have been the albatross around the team’s neck this season. They’ve given up punt returns for touchdowns in consecutive games. They won’t get any type of reprieve, as Broncos’ kick returner Trindon Holliday averages 11 yards per punt return. He also averages around 35 yards per kick return. He has returned a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown, which solidifies the belief that he’s one of the best return men in the NFL.
The Redskins will need to be near perfect on offense, defense and special teams if they want to beat Denver on Sunday. While that’s a difficult task, it isn’t impossible. If Washington limits turnovers, become opportunistic on defense, and display some sort of competence on special teams, they could pull off the upset.