NFL Scores: Broncos defense sharp in win over Redskins

Posted Oct 27, 2013 by Larry Seely
The Denver Broncos defense responded well just one week after playing poorly in a loss at Indianapolis. With five forced turnovers and three sacks, Denver pulled away after a slow start and defeated Washington 45-21.
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After scoring on their opening drive, Denver was held scoreless for the rest of the first half and went into halftime tied at 7-7. Peyton Manning had three interceptions, but the veteran quarterback also threw for four touchdowns and 354 yards on Sunday as the Broncos improved to 7-1 heading into their bye week.
Washington used an effective ground game, but once they fell behind, the offensive line had trouble keeping pressure off quarterback Robert Griffin, who was eventually knocked out of the game with a lower leg injury late in the fourth quarter.
The Redskins were averaging over 400 yards per game, but the Broncos defense limited Washington to just 266 total yards. Griffin was 15 of 30 for 132 yards and a score, but his two interceptions led to quick scores and the game got quickly out of hand in the second half when Denver scored three touchdowns in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, erasing a 21-14 deficit.