PASSING OFFENSE: D-minus -- The Broncos passed for 92 yards,
completed only three passes in the second half and had only one pass longer
than 13 yards. But Jake Plummer didn't throw any interceptions for the
third straight game. Plummer isn't taking many chances, and that has been
a successful formula.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- Tatum Bell broke two long touchdown runs and that was the difference in the game. He had 89 yards on his two touchdown runs, but the Broncos had only 76 yards on their other 26 rushing attempts. Denver couldn't grind out yards and the clock in the fourth quarter, and that was a reason Washington almost came back to tie the game.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus -- The Broncos gave up 322 yards, but Washington attempted 53 passes. Denver's rookie cornerbacks kept the Redskins' receivers from getting behind them most of the time, although they gave up some long passes in the fourth quarter. But for a team playing without Champ Bailey, the Broncos held up pretty well.
RUSH DEFENSE: C -- Clinton Portis had 103 rushing yards against Denver's defense. Washington averaged 4.8 yards per carry. But Denver didn't give up many long runs, and surrendered no rushing touchdowns. Portis' day was pretty quiet for a back that averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- A blocked punt in the fourth quarter allowed the Redskins to get back in the game. But other than that play, Todd Sauerbrun had a big impact on the game. He averaged 47.3 yards per punt and helped the Broncos win the field position battle.
COACHING: B -- The Broncos hung on at the end of the game for a victory. Denver didn't do anything great on Sunday but win. They hit a couple of big plays in the running game, didn't allow the Redskins' offense any back-breaking plays and didn't make many mistakes. The biggest coaching move of the day might have been Mike Shanahan's successful challenge of a Jake Plummer fumble that would have been a safety for Washington.
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