Broncos Report Card vs Redskins

Check out how the Broncos graded out against the Washington Redskins.

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- One great half and one awful half. Kyle Orton was cruising along with 193 yards in the first half. He hit Brandon Marshall for a couple of long touchdowns, including a 75-yard score, halting criticism that the Broncos refused to stretch the field in the passing game. Then Orton left with an ankle injury, and it all disappeared. Chris Simms was rusty and ineffective. He completed three of 13 passes for 13 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- Knowshon Moreno started the day with a 28-yard run and had a very strong game, gaining 97 yards on 18 carries. Correll Buckhalter's first-quarter fumble was pretty much the end of his day. Usually a player who splits series pretty evenly with Moreno, Buckhalter didn't get a carry the rest of the game.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Broncos couldn't force Jason Campbell into an interception, and they allowed him to a have a solid, efficient day. Campbell had 193 yards passing and spread the ball around to nine receivers. A couple of missed tackles allowed Devin Thomas to pick up 27 yards to the 5-yard line in the fourth quarter, setting up a game-winning touchdown.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- For the third consecutive week, the Broncos allowed too many rushing yards. Ladell Betts got rolling in the second half and ended up with 114 yards. The Redskins had 174 as a team, picking up 4.4 per carry. The Broncos are out of position too often lately and have to return to the formula that worked so well over the first six weeks.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F -- It was embarrassing for the Redskins to show fake field goal, call timeout because they had 10 men on the field, run the fake anyway and get a 35-yard touchdown pass. The Broncos also continued to get uneven performances from Mitch Berger, who had a 16-yard punt. He did follow that up with a 65-yard punt.

COACHING: C -- Aside from the fake field goal, the Broncos were doing a pretty good job, but the coaching staff can't control Orton's injury. Simms looked like a pretty typical backup quarterback who had almost no practice time during the week -- or the eight weeks before it. Perhaps the Broncos could have catered some play calls to his strengths, but more than anything, Orton's injury was simply an unlucky break.



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