Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wrap-up: Redskins 27, Broncos 17
By Dan Graziano
No, that is not a misprint. The Redskins survived two early touchdown catches by Brandon Marshall to pull off the huge upset. I'm sitting in the pressbox at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego and Chargers fans are going crazy over the Skins' win over the Broncos. Obviously it helps the Chargers' cause.
But on this day, the Redskins are only concerned with restoring some of their dignity after a disastrous start. Quarterback Jason Campbell did an outstanding job of managing this game. He made plays when they presented themselves but he never tried to do too much. Campbell was 17-of-26 for 193 yards and a touchdown.
On several plays, he made perfect throws on the run. And Antwaan Randle El was the recipient of at least two of those plays. The Redskins allowed two huge plays in the first half, but the defense came back strong in the second half. They knocked Broncos starter Kyle Orton out with an ankle injury late in the first half. And his replacement, Chris Simms, never had a chance. Simms was awful in this game, but a lot of that had to do with the Redskins' constant pressure.
Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo combined for three sacks. And LaRon Landry had a key interception in the fourth quarter to put the Skins in position to take the lead. Carter and Orakpo also combined for 13 tackles. Simms was 3-of-13 for 13 yards and one interception. It was a regrettable performance by a player who hasn't seen meaningful action in years.
The Redskins showed a lot of balance on offense. Coach Jim Zorn and playcaller Sherm Lewis never abandoned the run -- even when it wasn't there at times. As a result, Ladell Betts ended up with 26 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown. He ran through a Brian Dawkins tackle to put the Redskins on top, 24-17.
It was nice to see several players run over to hug Zorn after the game. Through this entire mess, they've never quit on their coach. And on Sunday, they rewarded him with a really impressive win.