Good morning Broncos Country!
We’re that much closer.
After today’s game against the Washington Redskins, the Denver Broncos only have one left in the regular season (thank goodness). Since the Broncos finally named Brock Osweiler the starter, all of the excitement has been taken out.
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Before the Broncos (5-9) and Redskins (6-8) kickoff today let’s look at the history of the series. Notes are courtesy of Denver’s weekly release.
- Today’s game between the Broncos and Redskins is the 13th regular-season game between the two teams. Denver is 7-5 in those games, 5-2 at home; 2-3 in D.C. The first game was played Nov. 1, 1970, in Denver with Washington winning 19-3.
- The most recent game between the Broncos and Redskins was Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver with the Broncos winning 45-21. The longest winning streak for Denver is 3 games, from Oct. 13, 1980-Nov. 20, 1989. The longest for Washington is 2 games, from Nov. 1, 1970-Sept. 30, 1974.
- The last home win for the Broncos over the Redskins was that 45-21 game in 2013. Peyton Manning and Denver's offense scored 31 points in the fourth quarter. Manning threw for 354 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. The last home loss for the Broncos came on Nov. 18, 2001, 17-10.
- The last road win for the Broncos over the Redskins was Sept. 27, 1998, when Denver won 38-16. Bubby Brister started that game for the Broncos, throwing for 180 yards and 2 TDs. Terrell Davis had 21 carries for 119 yards and one touchdown. Darrien Gordon also had a 55-yard pick-six.
- The last road loss for the Broncos against the Redskins was Nov. 15, 2009, 27-19.
- There have been no shutouts in this series. The most points for Denver came from that game in 2013. The most for Washington came on Oct. 12, 1992, when it won 34-3 in D.C.
- It's no coincidence that largest margin of victory for both the Broncos and Redskins came from those two games. Remember this is regular-season games between the two teams.
- The Broncos and Redskins have met one time in the NFL playoffs, that of course was Super Bowl XXII in San Diego. We won't say anything more about that game.
- Interesting note on the series between the Broncos and Redskins: Rod Smith caught his first career touchdown against Washington on Sept. 17, 1995, at Mile High in Denver's 38-31 win. On top of that, it was the final play of the game. Quite the harbinger for Smith.
- Of course the other connection between the Broncos and Redskins is Champ Bailey. On March 2, 2004, the cornerback came over in a trade for Clinton Portis. As Portis said a few years ago, “I can’t name a better trade that happened in the #NFL since then.”
- Broncos owner Pat Bowlen can pass former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis for the first most regular-season wins and all-time victories by an NFL owner. Mr. B currently sits at 327 regular-season wins & 348 overall victories. He needs to be in Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Broncos running back C.J. Anderson needs 142 yards rushing to record his first 1,000-yard season. He would be the first Denver running back since Knowshon Moreno in 2013 (1,038) to rush for 1,000 yards.
- Broncos linebacker Todd Davis needs two tackles to reach 200 for his career.
- Brandon Marshall needs eight tackles to reach 100 for the third time in his career. He would also be the first Denver player since Wesley Woodyard in 2012 to record 100 tackles in a season.
- Broncos linebacker Von Miller needs 2.5 sacks to move into the NFL's top 50 in career sacks (he currently sits at 83.5).
- Bradley Roby, with one pass defended, will become the first Broncos player since Chris Harris Jr. in 2014 with 17 passes defended in a season.
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