2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Redskins can't comprehend 45-21 blowout by Broncos

By ARNIE STAPLETON - AP Pro Football Writer
    2013-10-27 21:31

DENVER (AP) - Mike Shanahan was all smiles when DeAngelo Hall's pick-6 put the Washington Redskins up 21-7 over the bumbling Denver Broncos early in the third quarter Sunday.

He slapped hands with those around him, congratulated his players and enjoyed the sound of silence - 76,939 fans who had stood before kickoff to salute the man who brought the city two Super Bowl wins in 14 seasons as the head coach now looked on in stunned disbelief, save for the few `Skins fans here and there.

Shanahan's homecoming was going to be a happy one.

Then, everything went haywire on the Redskins.

The Broncos (6-1) scored the next 38 points, led by Peyton Manning's trio of touchdown throws, to ruin Shanahan's first game in Denver since his firing five years ago.

Robert Griffin III was on the sideline with Shanahan by the game's merciful end, having scraped himself off the grass after being pile-driven into the ground by 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.

''It's like a blur,'' Hall said. ''Someone asked me what went wrong, what happened. To be brutally honest, I don't remember. I looked up at one point, 21-7. Felt good. Everybody's smiling. Turned around and it felt like it was 38-21. Don't really know what happened, what went wrong.''

So much went wrong for the Redskins (2-5) that it was hard to keep up.

Three touchdown throws from Manning, including one on fourth-and-goal. A sack-strip by Von Miller. Montee Ball's first career touchdown run. A shanked punt that went 15 yards and led to a field goal. An interception at the Washington 25. Another by Rahim Moore at midfield. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie pick-6.

So certain backup quarterback Kirk Cousins couldn't catch him, Rodgers-Cromartie started high-stepping at midfield on his way down Denver's delirious sideline for a 75-yard TD to cap the Broncos seventh win in eight games.

Cousins was in because RG3 was out, having been squished by Knighton and grabbing his left knee - not the one with the brace that was surgically repaired in the offseason, but the other.

''Those two or three seconds when you have a 300-plus-pound guy laying on your legs, it's going to scare you a little bit,'' said Griffin, who was cleared by the team's doctors to return to the game before Shanahan nixed that notion.

''I feel fine right now,'' Griffin said afterward, noting he didn't need any further medical tests. With the game out of hand, he agreed, ''there was no point in risking anything at that point.''

Griffin took a beating even before Knighton knocked him from the game. He completed just half of his 30 throws for 132 yards. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. He was sacked three times and knocked down 15 more times.

His receivers had trouble getting open and the Redskins' vaunted ground game was bottled up by the league's best run defense. Although Alfred Morris ran for 93 yards, Roy Helu Jr. gained 11 and RG3 just 7.

The Redskins allowed Manning (30 for 44 for 354 yards) to overcome three interceptions with four TD throws, including three during a 31-0 fourth quarter that had Shanahan staring blankly by game's end.

The Redskins had trouble comprehending how they could have been blown out by 24 points after taking a 21-14 lead into the fourth quarter, but they insisted they didn't let their guard down when they went ahead by two touchdowns.

''It was still early, their offense is potent and scores a lot of points,'' nose tackle Barry Cofield said. ''No way we felt the game was over at that point. You also don't expect to lose lopsided the other way after being up so late in the game.''

Shanahan left town on a bad note once again.

''I was just disappointed. We were up 21-7. All we had to do was get a couple drives offensively going, keep Denver off the field and we could have dictated the outcome of the game.''

He did appreciate the hospitality of his hosts, the pregame video tribute and the standing ovation.

''I thought it was great,'' Shanahan said. ''Denver is just a classy place. It was nice of them to take that time to put something together. Great memories. Hopefully we can bring some of those memories back to the fans in Washington like we did in Denver.''

Notes: The Redskins' five defensive touchdowns this season mark the most since 1994. ... The Broncos had never scored more than 28 points in a quarter.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Dane FletcherMay 27 02:33a

Free-agent LB Dane Fletcher (Buccaneers) has returned to the New England Patriots on a one-year contract.

Devonta FreemanMay 26 09:53p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.

Charles SimsMay 26 05:33p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims has a solid chance of beating out RB Doug Martin for Tampa Bay's starting running back gig, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.

A.J. JenkinsMay 26 01:02p

Free-agent WR A.J. Jenkins (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, May 26, according to a source. Jenkins was the 30th overall pick by the San [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMay 26 08:43a

Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning [ More ]

A.J. McCarronMay 25 10:37p

Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron (shoulder) is healthy and hoping to push QB Andy Dalton in 2015. 'We wanted him in our building so bad and it happened and [ More ]

Ray McDonaldMay 25 04:42p

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears DE Ray McDonald has been released Monday, May 25, just hours after being arrested for alleged domestic violence and child endangerment.

Adrian PetersonMay 25 02:42p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.

Adrian PetersonMay 24 09:22p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Tom BradyMay 22 04:32p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard by commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL rejected a motion by the NFL Players [ More ]

Tom BradyMay 22 03:32p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension has not been scheduled at this time.

Ray RiceMay 22 11:42a

Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) could be a consideration for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency, speculates The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota. He cites Cowboys owner and general [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMay 22 09:52a

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. [ More ]

William BeattyMay 21 12:02p

Updating previous reports, New York Giants OT William Beatty (chest) underwent successful surgery Thursday, May 21, to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Beatty will need approximately five to six months of recovery time.

Derek CarrMay 20 10:23p

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.

Joseph RandleMay 20 09:23p

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle is the most likely option to lead the team's running back by committee approach in 2015. Randle has the most experience in the system, [ More ]

William BeattyMay 20 03:53p

Updating previous reports, New York Giants OT William Beatty's (pectoral) torn pectoral will require surgery and Beatty's recovery time is expected to be around five months. Beatty suffered the [ More ]

William BeattyMay 20 03:33p

Updating a previous report, New York Giants OT William Beatty (shoulder) tore his pectoral while lifting weights Wednesday, May 20, according to a source, and will undergo surgery. One [ More ]

Josh HillMay 20 03:23p

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is slated as the starting tight end this season with TE Jimmy Graham now in Seattle. TE Benjamin Watson could give Hill a run for his money, however.

William BeattyMay 20 03:13p

New York Giants OT William Beatty (shoulder) suffered a potentially serious shoulder injury while lifting weights Wednesday, May 20, according to a source. Surgery is a possibility.

Geno SmithMay 20 03:03p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is the starting quarterback and will not see competition in training camp, according to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

Tom BradyMay 20 03:03p

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal will not be affected by the team's decision to accept their sanctions. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wants to [ More ]

Matt JonesMay 20 02:15p

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones said that he loves the offense and has a chip on his shoulder after not being used properly while in college. 'My college career [ More ]

Derek CarrMay 20 08:53a

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) is experiencing numbness in his right ring finger. He hopes to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, and no [ More ]

Derek CarrMay 19 06:13p

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.

L. WashingtonMay 19 05:23p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR L'Damian Washington (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 19.

Shayne GrahamMay 19 03:03p

New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham was released Tuesday, May 19. Subsequently, free-agent WR Lance Lewis (49ers) was signed.

Joseph BarksdaleMay 19 02:23p

Free-agent OT Joseph Barksdale (Rams) will sign a one-year deal worth $350,000 with the San Diego Chargers, according to a source. The deal also comes with more than $1 million in incentives available.

Tom BradyMay 19 01:43p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will continue to appeal his four-game suspension, despite owner Robert Kraft saying the team will not appeal the discipline levied against them.

Jed CollinsMay 18 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys FB Jed Collins was released Monday, May 18, and FB Tyler Clutts was re-signed to an undisclosed contract.

Tyler CluttsMay 18 03:32p

Dallas Cowboys FB Jed Collins was released Monday, May 18, and FB Tyler Clutts was re-signed to an undisclosed contract.

Lache SeastrunkMay 18 02:42p

Tennessee Titans RB Lache Seastrunk was released Monday, May 18.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group