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Week 16 Game Recap: Denver Broncos 11, Washington Redskins 27


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Denver Broncos

Emmanuel Sanders(ankle) and Cody Latimer(thigh) were inactive. Jamaal Charles was a healthy scratch so that the Broncos could give rookie RB DeAngelo Henderson a look. Will Parks intercepted Kirk Cousins in the end zone early in the 3rd quarter. Von Miller recovered a Samaje Perine fumble late in the 4th quarter. After Osweiler's struggles, the Broncos have announced that Paxton Lynch will start at QB in week 17.

Washington Redskins

Washington has been swarmed with a plethora of injuries and they have ultimately taken it's toll. Kirk hasn't been able to operate efficiently due to all the fallen pieces around him as well. This season has been up and down but it is clear when everyone is healthy Washington can compete with anyone.

Denver Broncos

QB Brock Osweiler, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 38 - 193 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 27 - 0
Osweiler had a nice rhythm going with Demaryius Thomas on the opening drive, hitting him down the seam for a big gain on the first offensive snap, then an out route for a nice catch-and-run. The Denver passing game quickly devolved into a complete mess as Osweiler was constantly harried by pressure from the Washington front 7. Sanders and Latimer were out, and Osweiler couldn't get anything going downfield. Osweiler targeted his backs 20 times (Anderson-9, Booker-8, Janovich-2, Henderson-1) on passes that were mostly checkdowns or screens. Osweiler fumbled and lost the ball while attempting to escape a Ryan Kerrigan sack late in the 2nd quarter. The Broncos got the ball back before the half, but Osweiler unfortunately tossed an interception after the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Osweiler was sacked four times and was mostly ineffective with his scrambling, typically sliding down a yard or two past the line of scrimmage. He did break one long run of 18 late in the 4th quarter after Washington had moved to a soft prevent defense with a 24 point lead. Osweiler and the offense led a scoring drive late in the 4th, with CJ Anderson punching in a five yard touchdown and catching a short two-point conversion. Denver has announced that Paxton Lynch will start in week 17.

RB C.J. Anderson, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 88 - 1, Rec: 7 - 45 - 0 (9 targets)
Anderson came out of the gate strong, constantly moving the chains with runs of five or more yards. He hauled in his first target, a short checkdown pass on the Broncos' second offensive drive. Anderson took a carry off right tackle and bounced it outside for an 18 yard pickup early in the 2nd quarter, then ripped his longest run of the day(21 yards) right up the middle on the next drive. Osweiler peppered Anderson and Booker with checkdowns, screens, and swing routes from the backfield as the Denver passing game struggled downfield. Anderson ran a halfback screen out of bounds at the end of the first half for a short gain. Osweiler found Anderson on a swing route for a minimal gain early in the 4th, then a shallow crossing route for a similar gain. Anderson's prettiest reception was a straight shot down the seam late in the 4th where Osweiler hit him in stride for a 14 yard gain. Anderson scored a few plays later on a 5 yard run right up the middle, then scored the two-point conversion on a short out route.

RB Devontae Booker, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 47 - 0, Rec: 5 - 24 - 0 (8 targets)
Booker entered the game on Denver's second offensive drive, converting a 3rd down with a short carry. Booker picked up a couple more first down carries on the drive and hauled in a short out route on his first target of the day. Osweiler would continue to pepper him with targets as Denver's passing game struggled downfield. Booker caught a halfback screen at the end of the first half and weaved his way through tacklers for a 19 yard gain. Osweiler hit him with a swing pass in the 4th that picked up a couple of yards on the left side of the formation. Booker caught a screen that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage on the next play. Booker caught a short checkdown pass late in the 4th and had the ball knocked loose. Booker got most of the work in relief of Anderson as rookie Henderson only recorded one carry and one target.

RB DeAngelo Henderson, 5 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -3 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Henderson saw limited offensive snaps. He caught a checkdown pass for a gain of 7 late in the 3rd quarter, and carried the ball just once for a loss of 3.

RB Andy Janovich, 13 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (2 targets)
Fullback Janovich caught a short out route and turned it up the right sideline for a 16 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Janovich hauled in the same route on the next drive, but was tackled before turning up the sideline.

WR Demaryius Thomas, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 52 - 0 (6 targets)
Even with Sanders and Latimer out, DT couldn't get much going after the first drive. Osweiler hit Thomas with a play action pass for a 24 yard gain down the seam on the first play of the game. The two connected again two plays later on an out route that Thomas turned up the right sideline after the catch. DT then disappeared until the 4th quarter, drawing a holding penalty to extend a drive early in the final quarter. Osweiler found him on a crossing route on the next drive, but DT couldn't get anything going after the catch. He hauled in one last comeback route on the sideline, finishing the day behind Anderson and Booker in targets.

WR Isaiah McKenzie, 15 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)
McKenzie caught a short curl route near the sideline with a few seconds left in the first half, but instead of running out of bounds, he turned back to the middle of the field. The Broncos, out of timeouts, were unable to scramble the field goal unit onto the field in time for an attempt on 4th down. Osweiler and head coach Joseph were visibly upset with McKenzie.

WR Jordan Taylor, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (2 targets)
Taylor lined up in a tight bunch formation hauled in a deep post route at the end of the first half for a gain of 22. He also returned two punts, with Bennie Fowler resting him for one return.

WR Bennie Fowler, 56 offensive snaps (3 targets)
Fowler was targeted on a deep crossing route late in the 2nd quarter, but couldn't secure the diving catch. He got open down the left sideline with seconds left in the first half, but Osweiler overthrew him badly. Fowler was targeted on a slant route late in the 4th quarter but let the pass careen off his hands. Fowler also returned one punt for a short gain.

TE Austin Traylor, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)
Osweiler missed Traylor on a curl route late in the 2nd quarter. Traylor finally secured his only catch of the game late in the 4th quarter, setting up CJ Anderson's touchdown run with a 14 yard gain on an out route.

TE Jeff Heuerman, 37 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Heuerman saw his share of offensive snaps, but watched his only two passing targets hit the dirt well short of their target.


Washington Redskins

QB Kirk Cousins, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 37 - 299 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 8 - 0
Kirk Cousins had an up and down afternoon versus the Denver Broncos. He struggled with accuracy but made enough plays to help secure the victory. Kirk threw three touchdowns in this game and each one came in impressive fashion. He only completed nineteen out of thirty-seven passes which illustrates his inaccuracies on the day. Kirk's most impressive pass on the day was a touchdown he threw to Vernon Davis off his back foot avoiding a blitz. It was a dime towards the corner of the end zone from thirty yards out. There were still struggles in the red zone that showed Kirk's season long inconsistencies. Kirk also did a better job of making plays under pressure in this game which resulted in getting points on the board. Kirk accounted for one interception as he has been keeping his turnovers to a minimum lately. The passing game was aggressive today and Kirk did a decent job getting the ball down field versus the Broncos pass rush.

RB Samaje Perine, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 53 - 0, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (3 targets)
Samaje Perine had steady usage in this game but he wasn't able to make much impact. Perine had seventeen carries but he wasn't finding much room to run behind a injury depleted offensive line. His longest carry went for eleven yards and he was also battling an injury. Samaje had a couple of carries go for over ten yards but were called back due to penalties.

RB Kapri Bibbs, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 26 - 0, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (4 targets)
Kapri Bibbs filled in as the passing down back. He had nine total touches but wasn't able to make a ton of impact in his role. Kapri's biggest play came on a twenty-yard reception out of the backfield. Kapri's role as a backup didn't allow much statistical success aside from making splash plays.

WR Ryan Grant, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 85 - 0 (6 targets)
Ryan Grant had his most receptions yards of the year in this game. He also had the most receptions with four. Kirk was able to find Ryan on a thirty-six yard gain and a few big first downs. Ryan didn't record any of the three touchdowns but he led all receivers in yardage and receptions.

WR Jamison Crowder, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 47 - 1 (4 targets)
Jamison Crowder came into this game less than full health but was still able to make an impact. He tallied four receptions for forty-seven yards but was also able to score a touchdown. His touchdown came on a fifteen yard catch across the middle as he beat man coverage off the line of scrimmage. He was tied for the game high in receptions but came off the field a little more than usual because of the injury.

WR Josh Doctson, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 61 - 1 (13 targets)
Josh Doctson only had two receptions but his forty-eight yard touchdown reception was the longest of the day. Kirk misfired on deep passes to Josh Doctson several times throughout the day. Kirk found Josh on a wide open touchdown reception when he beat the blitz. He hit Josh in stride on a blown assignment down the sideline. Kirk has struggled connecting with Josh on deep passes and this game was't any different.

TE Vernon Davis, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 42 - 1 (3 targets)
Vernon Davis only had two receptions but had one of the three touchdowns on the day. Vernon out ran the linebacker up the seam to score a touchdown on a blitz. He should have had two touchdowns on the day but Kirk overthrew him in the end zone. Vernon has been a big play guy all year and his touchdown shows that Kirk looks for him in big play moments. Kirk does a better job finding guys on intermediate routes over the middle which is where Vernon does most of his damage.