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Denver Broncos continued.
2-5-DEN 20 (15:00) K.Orton pass short right to T.Scheffler to DEN 27 for 7 yards (R.Doughty).
Doughty bites on the play action and is slow getting out to cover Scheffler in the flat.
1-10-DEN 27 (14:25) K.Moreno right end to DEN 26 for -1 yards (B.Orakpo, C.Griffin). Direct Snap to 27
2-11-DEN 26 (13:50) K.Orton pass short left to E.Royal to DEN 39 for 13 yards (L.Fletcher, A.Carter).
PENALTY on DEN-T.Scheffler, Offensive Pass Interference, 10 yards, enforced at DEN 26 - No Play.
Penalty on DEN-C.Kuper, Ineligible Downfield Pass, declined.
Play action gets the whole defense flowing to the offensive right, so Royal runs a quick comeback and has plenty of room to run.
2-21-DEN 16 (13:21) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass short left to B.Marshall to DEN 21 for 5 yards (R.McIntosh).
Timeout #1 by WAS at 12:40.
3-16-DEN 21 (12:38) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete deep right to E.Royal.
Andre Carter (at LDE) tries to stunt inside of Cornelius Griffin but the Broncos adjust and pick him up. Haynesworth tries to stunt to the outside oF Orakpo (RDE) but both end up getting ensnared among four Broncos blockers. Orton has all day in the pocket, and Eddie Royal is impossibly wide open due to yet another blown coverage. Redskins were very lucky this was overthrown.
4-16-DEN 21 (12:31) M.Berger punts 45 yards to WAS 34, Center-L.Paxton. S.Moss to WAS 34 for no gain (D.Bruton).
Washington Redskins at 12:23
1-10-WAS 34 (12:23) J.Campbell pass incomplete short right to A.Randle El (E.Dumervil).
2-10-WAS 34 (12:19) L.Betts left end to WAS 34 for no gain (K.Peterson, A.Davis).
The left side of the line (including Fred Davis) does its job and creates a hole, but Malcolm Kelly is too slow getting to the interior and fails to cut off Brian Dawkins from shooting the gap. Dawkins forces Betts to cut in the backfield, and by the time he recovers the Broncos line is able to make the stop.
3-10-WAS 34 (11:36) (Shotgun) J.Campbell pass short left to R.Cartwright to WAS 42 for 8 yards (R.Hill, D.Williams).
ROLB Dumervil badly beats Levi Jones to the outside, and Campbell is lucky to be able to get the screen pass out as he takes the hit. Rabach, and Dockery do an effective job of getting to the outside to set up the blocking, but Rinehart is a bit late (admittedly he has the farthest to go from RG) and he doesn’t have an angle to take out the DB who closes on Rock.
4-2-WAS 42 (11:06) H.Smith punts 27 yards to DEN 31, Center-E.Albright, downed by WAS-E.Albright.
Denver Broncos at 10:56
1-10-DEN 31 (10:56) K.Orton pass incomplete deep right to B.Marshall (D.Hall).
Excellent leap by DeAngelo Hall to fight for the ball, and he very nearly comes down with the interception.
2-10-DEN 31 (10:48) K.Moreno right guard to DEN 34 for 3 yards (L.Fletcher).
3-7-DEN 34 (10:13) (Shotgun) K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 31 for -3 yards (B.Orakpo).
Redskins line up with three linemen, but with Fletcher lined up directly over the LG. Haynesworth is at RDE and attacks to the outside, drawing away the LT. Fletcher makes a lunge at the LG, but then drops back into coverage and draws the LG with him. The C blocks right against Kedric Golston at DT. Orakpo shoots through the huge LG-C gap untouched to blow up the draw play.
4-10-DEN 31 (9:42) M.Berger punts 51 yards to WAS 18, Center-L.Paxton. S.Moss to WAS 26 for 8 yards (R.Ayers).
PENALTY on DEN-R.Ayers, Face Mask (15 Yards), 15 yards, enforced at WAS 26.
Washington Redskins at 9:30
1-10-WAS 41 (9:30) Q.Ganther up the middle to WAS 44 for 3 yards (V.Holliday, A.Davis).
2-7-WAS 44 (8:51) J.Campbell scrambles right end to DEN 43 for 13 yards (W.Woodyard).
The O-line stops the Broncos four linemen cold, and Rabach even pushes his guy back enough to cut off the route of a LB who tries to blitz up the middle. A DB blitzes off the (offensive) left edge and Quinten Ganther not only clobbers him, but sticks with him as Campbell scrambles to the right and seals him out all the way downfield. Santana gets credit for a good downfield block on this play, and Devin Thomas gets credit for a poor one – but at least he was trying to block, which is an improvement over last week.
1-10-DEN 43 (8:06) J.Campbell pass short middle to Q.Ganther to DEN 25 for 18 yards (B.Dawkins).
Good dumpoff by Campbell just as the pocket is caving in on him.
1-10-DEN 25 (7:29) Q.Ganther right end to DEN 25 for no gain (E.Dumervil).
Fred Davis is at RTE and can’t hold the edge – he gets pushed two yards into the backfieldd so Ganther has no chance to make the corner. On the other side Levi Jones blocks in on the RDE. He does it effectively, but this must be a mistake because there is no one to cut off the backside pursuit by ROLB Dumervil. Once Ganther runs into Davis’ back, Dumervil easily takes him down from behind.
2-10-DEN 25 (6:49) (Shotgun) J.Campbell pass incomplete short middle [E.Dumervil].
PENALTY on WAS-J.Campbell, Intentional Grounding, 10 yards, enforced at DEN 25.
Campbell initially has a pocket but he double pumps and uses up his time. By the time he pulls the ball down Dumervil has fought free of Levi and hits Campbell as he throws. I disagree strongly with the grounding call – Campbell had Yoder on the goal line and the hit made the ball fall well short.
3-20-DEN 35 (6:42) (Shotgun) J.Campbell pass incomplete short left to F.Davis.
Thrown high and behind Davis.
Timeout #2 by WAS at 06:39.
4-20-DEN 35 (6:39) (Field Goal formation) H.Smith pass deep left to M.Sellers for 35 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Field Goal formation
switched to Shotgun, direct snap to #3 (Smith)
Wow – well designed. The Broncos know this was a fake and adjust to all the shifting (especially since we called a timeout to give ourselves a second chance to get it right). But Todd Yoder motions from the far left to tight right, drawing the outermost defender with him. After the snap, Mike Sellers comes from the right side and finds his way around the left corner. No one is there to pick him up because he comes visible late and the remaining defenders have been drawn inside by slants form Shaun Suisham and Lorenzo Alexander. It is less surprising now that this worked even though we gave away the fake by calling the timeout. The play design counted on the fake being detected so the Broncos would follow the motion men and open up Sellers. One point for Danny Smith.
S.Suisham extra point is GOOD, Center-E.Albright, Holder-H.Smith.
DEN 14 WAS 14, 7 plays, 59 yards, 3:00 drive, 8:30 elapsed
S.Suisham kicks 55 yards from WAS 30 to DEN 15. L.Jordan to DEN 21 for 6 yards (L.Alexander).
PENALTY on DEN-J.Moss, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 10 yards, enforced at DEN 21.
Good God does Lorenzo Alexander ever lay a hit onto this poor kick returner.
Denver Broncos at 6:30, (1st play from scrimmage 6:26)
1-10-DEN 11 (6:26) K.Moreno right end to DEN 18 for 7 yards (R.McIntosh).
Great blocking by the TE Daniel Graham. He and the RT first blow Philip Daniels off the line, then Graham sheds off and keep Rocky from beating Moreno to the corner.
2-3-DEN 18 (5:53) K.Moreno right end to DEN 18 for no gain (A.Carter).
Haynesworth runs over the LG to almost blow up the play, but Moreno is quick to the outside. But Kedric Golston fights his way past the RG to force Moreno farther outside than he intended to go, so by the time he gets to the corner Andre Carter has fought free of the TE and can make the stop.
3-3-DEN 18 (5:15) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass short middle to B.Stokley to DEN 33 for 15 yards (R.Doughty, J.Tryon).
Ineffective three man rush. Haynesworth is at RDE but gets stopped by a LG-LT double team. Griffin and Carter run a stunt but the three Broncos linemen on the right side adjust well and both are stopped cold.
1-10-DEN 33 (4:32) K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 43 for 10 yards (R.Doughty, R.McIntosh). WAS-R.Doughty was injured during the play.
1-10-DEN 43 (4:04) K.Moreno left end to DEN 45 for 2 yards (P.Daniels, K.Golston).
Andre Carte splits a double team to penetrate and force Moreno to start changing directions earlier than was planned.
2-8-DEN 45 (3:30) K.Orton pass short left to E.Royal to WAS 47 for 8 yards (K.Moore).
Quick slant. Smoot has Royal covered and tries to jump the route for the pick rather than just making the easy tackle.
1-10-WAS 47 (2:50) K.Orton pass incomplete short right to D.Graham.
2-10-WAS 47 (2:41) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass short right to E.Royal to WAS 34 for 13 yards (D.Hall).
1-10-WAS 34 (2:08) K.Moreno left end to WAS 33 for 1 yard (C.Griffin, A.Haynesworth).
2-9-WAS 33 (1:59) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete short right to K.Moreno.
3-9-WAS 33 (1:55) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass short middle to T.Scheffler to WAS 21 for 12 yards (R.Doughty).
Still not getting much out of the four man rush. Our linemen, including Haynesworth and Orakpo, are not winning the matchups.
1-10-WAS 21 (1:13) K.Orton pass incomplete deep left to B.Marshall (F.Smoot).
Between the play action and very solid blocking there is no pass rush to speak of, but the secondary has apparently gotten over their early communication issues and both Landry and Smoot have Marshall well covered in the end zone, forcing Orton to overthrow him to avoid the pick.
2-10-WAS 21 (1:07) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass short middle to B.Marshall to WAS 12 for 9 yards (R.McIntosh, F.Smoot).
Timeout #1 by DEN at 00:52.
3-1-WAS 12 (:51) Additional eligible receiver #71 B.Gorin reported in as eligible. K.Moreno right guard to WAS 10 for 2 yards (R.McIntosh).
Haynesworth and Golston both get penetration, but the run goes away from them to the offensive right, where Philip Daniel and Orakpo get blown off the line.
1-10-WAS 10 (:23) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete short middle to K.Moreno (A.Haynesworth).
2-10-WAS 10 (:20) K.Orton pass incomplete short middle to E.Royal.
Thrown away – again plenty of time but now the secondary is smothering everybody.
3-10-WAS 10 (:16) (Shotgun) K.Orton scrambles up the middle to WAS 7 for 3 yards (B.Orakpo).
Two man rush with Orakpo and Carter off the edges. Haynesworth is the only other lineman but he stays put (with three linemen on him) to guard against a scramble up the middle. Again no one can get open, and by the time Orton decides to run Orakpo is able to catch him from behind. And hurt him.
Timeout #2 by DEN at 00:07.
4-7-WAS 7 (:07) M.Prater 24 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Paxton, Holder-M.Berger.
DEN 17 WAS 14, 18 plays, 82 yards, 6:25 drive, 14:55 elapsed
M.Prater kicks 62 yards from DEN 30 to WAS 8. R.Cartwright to WAS 36 for 28 yards (D.McBath).
END OF QUARTER
Play by play info taken from the offical NFL Game Book.