10.28.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins
Stephen Czarda, Redskins Staff Blogger
Football is a sixty-minute game consisting of four 15-minute quarters and on Sunday the Denver Broncos walloped the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter. Up 21-14 after three quarters, the Redskins lost 45-21.
The Broncos’ 31-point fourth quarter outburst was assisted by a Redskins offense that couldn’t do anything right.
On their sixth fourth quarter possessions, the Redskins were forced to punt twice and threw four straight interceptions to end the game. The first two were heaved into the air by quarterback Robert Griffin III while the final two came from quarterback Kirk Cousins who was making his season debut.
After his second interception, Griffin III suffered a scary hit by 300-plus-pound defensive lineman Terrance Knighton. After landing on his left knee (the right knee is the one he had surgery on in the offseason and is protected by a brace) Griffin III grimaced on the turf holding the problem area. He did not return to the game as a precaution with the game out of reach.
After the game he said the knee is “fine.”
Griffin III failed to solve a talented Denver defense as he connected on only 50 percent of his passes for a season-low 132 passing yards and only seven rushing yards.
Running back Alfred Morris once again had a stout performance, carrying the ball 17 times for 93.
The defense found ways to confuse Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as he threw a season-high three interceptions, tying the amount he had through the first seven games.
But with time of possession heavily in favor of the Broncos in the fourth quarter, the defense became winded and couldn’t keep up with the quick-strike, no-huddle attack.
[No-huddle: When the offense does not huddle up after a play. They rush to the line of scrimmage in hopes to both confuse the defense and gas them quickly.]
Manning found an open Joel Dreessen in the end zone on the first play of the quarter then followed it up with a quick dump pass to running back Knowshon Moreno for a 35-yard touchdown on the first play of the next drive.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall recorded his second pick-six of the season and newly re-signed safety Jordan Pugh, who had been released just days prior, got his second career interception as well.
The Redskins (2-5) return to FedExField this Sunday to take on the San Diego Chargers (4-3). The Chargers are led by quarterback Phillip Rivers who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
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