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Horse Tracks 11/16/09 - Broncos fall to Redskins and into tie with Chargers; Orton injured and could miss game vs. San Diego


Well, it was another rough weekend for the 2009 Broncos - and for several reasons, this was the worst. For the first time, the Broncos lost to an inferior team and struggled all day long to stop the run. (Me, I wasn't worried about Ladell Betts beating us. Apparently, the Broncos felt the same way...) Kyle Orton injured his ankle at the end of the first half, and Chris Simms was unable to make accurate throws or move the offense. In a stunning example of being out-coached, the Broncos' special teams allowed a fake-FG touchdown on 4th and 20, despite having seen the look prior to a Washington timeout. Personally, I was shocked to see Simms try to go deep on play action and throw a killer 4th-quarter interception. With Albert Haynesworth having just left with a leg injury and Simms already looking like a guy who hadn't gotten reps in a long time, I figured the Broncos would just run the ball for the rest of the game and go ball-control for the win. Yes, it sounds great to be aggressive and try to catch the defense playing the run, but with a backup QB who is already struggling? To me, that was where the Broncos lost the game. Knowshon had been running well, the score was tied, and Denver had great field position (just past midfield). Ugh. Well, Sunday brings the streaking Chargers in a showdown for the AFC West lead. Heal up, Kyle - although many didn't realize it before yesterday, we need you...

NFL - Redskins 27, Broncos 17 - Highlights with radio calls

DB - Redskins Postgame: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Redskins Postgame: Report - Broncos TV

DPP - Broncos dealt 3rd straight loss - Mike Klis

DPP - Broncos lose at point of attack - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Simms doomed by lack of practice reps - Mike Klis

DPP - Krieger: "D" leads downfall

DB - Stepping In Under Center - Gray Caldwell

DB - Fourth Quarter Spoils Fast Start - Chris Gentilviso

DB - Redskins Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

DB - Redskins Postgame: Simms - Broncos TV

NFL GameDay - Broncos vs. Redskins highlights - Video

DPP - Kiszla: A whiff of panic

DPP - Armstrong: Gut check time for Broncos

DPP - Going deep stuns Redskins - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Bye week break means bye-bye to early success
"In addition to Kyle Orton (ankle), defensive end Kenny Peterson (leg) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) briefly left the game, but returned. Both will be evaluated today."

CSG - Broncos lose third straight game - Frank Schwab

CSG - Tired defense fails once again to stop the run - Frank Schwab

CSG - Sunday's Broncos breakdown - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos notes: No passing the buck - Frank Schwab

KDVR - Tanaka's take: Losing month for Broncos

DB - Tough going in D.C. - Mark Cooper

ESPN - Denver Broncos drop third straight as offensive woes continue - Len Pasquarelli

ESPN - Falling Broncos, rising Chargers to collide - Bill Williamson

Redskins News

WP - Redskins buck up - Jason Reid

WP - Redskins' Ladell Betts fills in for Clinton Portis, has big day against Broncos - Rick Maese

WP - Planets align for Redskins on fake - Barry Svrluga

WP - Thomas Boswell: Sunday's performance was better, by a mile

WP - Mike Wise - A sign of positive change

NFL Results

NFL - Philadelphia Eagles 23 at San Diego Chargers 31

NFL - Kansas City Chiefs 16 at Oakland Raiders 10

NFL - Atlanta Falcons 19 at Carolina Panthers 28

NFL - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 at Miami Dolphins 25

NFL - Detroit Lions 10 at Minnesota Vikings 27

NFL - Jacksonville Jaguars 24 at New York Jets 22

NFL - Cincinnati Bengals 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers 12

NFL - New Orleans Saints 28 at St. Louis Rams 23

NFL - Buffalo Bills 17 at Tennessee Titans 41

NFL - Seattle Seahawks 20 at Arizona Cardinals 31

NFL - Dallas Cowboys 7 at Green Bay Packers 17

NFL - New England Patriots 34 at Indianapolis Colts 35

AFC West News

SDUT - Tomlinson delivers - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Defense bends, but doesn't break - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Rivers' barks cause Eagles to bite - Kevin Acee

FH - Unexpected Gift Rejuvenates Tomlinson - Nancy Gay

CBS - Extra motivation helps Tomlinson turn back clock - Tom Krasovic

FOX - Eagles' red zone issues give Chargers boost - Terry Bradshaw

KCS - Charles leads Chiefs to 16-10 win over Raiders - Adam Teicher

KCS - Raiders do major favor for Haley - Jason Whitlock

KCS - Brown and defensive reserves make big plays for Chiefs - Adam Teicher

KCS - Bowe, Chambers give Chiefs some stability at receiver - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs benefit from struggles of Raiders’ QBs - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs blitz: Succop again proves he’s a weapon - Kent Babb

SFC - Raiders hit bottom with loss to lowly Chiefs - David White

SFC - Ostler: Russell shows no improvement

SFC - Punt returns leave something to be desired - David White

OT - NFL unlikely to discipline Raiders coach Tom Cable over alleged physical abuse of women - Steve Corkran

OT - Cam Inman: When it comes to the Raiders' 'Chosen Ones,' it's better to laugh

OT - Monte Poole: Web of Raiders' despair on full display in loss to Chiefs

OT - McDonald: Tom Cable is losing faith in Raiders' JaMarcus Russell, but what about Al Davis?

NFL News

FH - Titans Owner Shoots Double Birds at Bills - Clay Travis

NFL - Speculation surrounds Westbrook’s latest concussion - Steve Wyche

NFL - Seattle RB Jones hospitalized as precaution after breaking rib

NFL - Steelers' Polamalu undergoes tests after re-injuring knee vs. Bengals

NFL - Bengals RB Benson sidelined vs. Steelers with hip injury

NFL - Colombo breaks leg, but not ruled out for season by Cowboys

NFL - Saints lose another cornerback when Porter leaves with knee injury

NFL - Panthers LT Gross breaks right ankle vs. Falcons

NFL - Falcons RB Turner will undergo tests on injured right ankle

NFL - Dolphins' Brown unsure about status after ankle injury against Bucs

NFL Opinion

NFP - Sunday rewind: Week 10 - Matt Bowen

SI - Bill Belichick made wrong call in Patriots-Colts game - Peter King

SI - The Jets are all talk; the Bengals are A-OK in the North - Don Banks

Y! - 'Salute' by Adams deserves a reprimand - Charles Robinson

CBS - Week 10 Judgements: Take it easy on the Eagles, OK? - Clark Judge

ESPN - Last Call: Wrapping up Week 10 - John Clayton

NFL - Bengals lead tandem of teams with statement games in Week 10 - Bucky Brooks

NFL - Chargers and Bengals emerging as legit threats in AFC - Steve Wyche

NYT - Maurice Jones-Drew’s Very Smart Play - Toni Monkovic

SI - Belichick's errant gamble may haunt Pats for entire year - Don Banks

CBS - Colts make Pats pay for Bill's unusually dumb decision - Pete Prisco

FH - Spygate to Stupidgate: Belichick Blunders - Jay Mariotti

NYT - Defending Belichick’s Fourth-Down Decision - Brian Burke

FH - Bengals Are Dysfunctional No Longer - Dave Goldberg

FOX - Bengals didn't follow Steelers' script this time - Alex Marvez

SN - Bengals sweep away Steelers, skepticism - Clifton Brown

Y! - Small things lead Bengals to big win over Steelers - Jason Cole

CBS - Bengals home free only if Ochocinco keeps it buttoned up - Gregg Doyel

FH - Cowboys Lay an Egg at Lambeau - Dan Graziano