Redskins Corral Broncos for 27-17 Win
Gary €Digital€ Williams | 11/16/2009, 1:19 p.m.
No one can be sure whether the Washington Redskins 27-17 victory over the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field on Sun., Nov. 15 is a sure sign of a turnaround in the team€s fortunes, but at long last, the team seems to have something to build on.
Despite the Broncos scoring two first-quarter touchdowns on long pass plays, the Redskins maintained their focus by scoring points on long drives, playing physical football, and using a little bit of trickery to win their third game of the year.Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn said the victory was a team effort, but gave a lot of credit to the offensive line who allowed running backs Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright to gain yardage on the ground and quarterback Jason Campbell enough time to run the offense. Betts rushed for 114 yards on 26 carries, making his first start since 2006 replacing the injured Clinton Portis.
€We had three changes in the offensive line,€ Zorn said. €I felt going into the game that we would do well on the run, but I was thinking we need to be more cohesive in pass protection. The line did both well today.€
€We have more of an attitude,€ said offensive lineman Stephon Heyer. €It€s about everyone being on the same page and making sure we stay there.€
Todd Yoder and friends celebrate on their way to a much needed victory Photo by John E De Freitas
The special teams unit provided the trickery as punter Hunter Smith connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Mike Sellers on fourth down and 20 with Smith in punt formation. The team stuck with using the play even though they had to take a time out because only 10 men were on the field.
€It was either going to be a touchdown or nothing,€ Smith said. €There was no question we were going to use the play.€
Even though the Redskins are now 3-6 and have a little momentum after a solid win. Zorn said the team still has work to do especially with road games against divisional rivals Dallas and Philadelphia in the next two weeks.
€We still have to learn how to win on the road,€ Zorn said. €We still have to win against division rivals. Dallas will be tough next week, but we have to learn how to win there.€