Line: Broncos -11.5

The Broncos finally tasted defeat for the first time in week 7. The team struggled on offense for the first time this season and the defense was unable to stop Manning’s old team (The Colts) and his replacement (Andrew Luck). The Redskins are coming off a 45-41 win over the Bears in which the offense finally developed a rhythm and the defense was awful. The Redskins have gotten off to a disappointing start and now find themselves at 2-4 and in a division that is still up for grabs. The Broncos are now 7-1 and we will find out how they bounce back from their initial loss.

The biggest reason for the Redskins offensive explosion was the return to form from quarterback Robert Griffin III. He was 18/29 passing for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns. Perhaps even more importantly he also ran the ball 11 times for 84 yards, which was his rushing high for the season. It appeared as if he was reluctant to run the ball early in the season when he returned from a devastating knee injury. Perhaps it took him a few weeks to get warm and is ready to get back on the path to an elite quarterback that he was on prior to the injury. He also appears to have a new favorite target in tight end Jordan Reed who caught 9 passes for 134 yards with a long reception of 38 yards. He has supplanted Fred Davis as the starter and looks like he is a perfect fit for the Redskins “pistol” attack. Alfred Morris had a productive day in the running game with 19 carries for 95 yards, however it was Roy Helu Jr who scored 3 rushing touchdowns. The defense was horrific allowing the Bears to March down the field all day long even after starting quarterback Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game. If they play defense like that this week they may very well give up 100 points.

The Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning faced a tough situation with Manning’s return to Indianapolis. Manning was greeted with a warm reception from the grateful people of Indianapolis prior to the game and was treated like any opposing quarterback during it. The Colts lead throughout in their 39-33 victory which wasn’t as close as the score indicated. It took 16 Broncos 4th quarter points to close the gap. The offense wasn’t bad by any means as Manning ended up 29/49 for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was the defense that committed constant stupid penalties throughout the second half as the team was flagged for over 100 yards in penalties. Look for Denver to establish their running game early against a weak Redskins run defense. Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman will be called upon to give the offense more balance.

Pick: Redskins +11.5

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