At least now there is a blueprint for beating this season’s Broncos that the Washington Redskins can try to follow Sunday in Denver.
When the Broncos suffered their first loss of the season last Sunday night in Indianapolis, the Colts used an unyielding pass rush to sack Denver quarterback Peyton Manning four times and force him to throw an interception and lose a fumble for a safety.
The Redskins know they probably must have similar pass-rushing success to have a chance this weekend, particularly when they will be shorthanded in the secondary with Brandon Meriweather suspended and fellow safety Reed Doughty out.
“We take a lot of pride up front and we’ve got to cause them to make some mistakes,” Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen said this week. “I think the Colts did a good job rushing the passer and they got a lot of turnovers. And we’ve got to try to do the same thing.”
Broncos Coach John Fox said in a mid-week conference call with Washington-area reporters that a key for his team to slow down the opposing pass rush is to avoid facing the sort of deficit the Broncos faced in Indianapolis. The Colts led that game by as many as 19 points before finally prevailing, 39-33.
“I think number one is not putting yourself in the position where you’re down 19 or down 16 and become one-dimensional,” Fox said. “That puts you in a tough spot. It’s not an excuse. It’s just reality. So I think that’s the main focus this week.”
For the Broncos, at least Manning won’t be dealing with the sort of fanfare that accompanied his return to the Indianapolis last weekend.
“I hate speaking for him and he did speak to that,” Fox said. “But I think it’s fair to say he’s probably glad it’s over. And I’ll just leave it at that.”
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