NFL Game Summary - Denver at Washington
(Sunday, November 15th)
Final Score: Washington 27, Denver 17
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Ladell Betts proved to be a serviceable
replacement for injured running back Clinton Portis, scoring the go-ahead
touchdown with 2:44 remaining in the fourth quarter, as the Washington
Redskins defeated the suddenly reeling Denver Broncos, 27-17, at FedEx Field.
With Portis sidelined with a concussion, Betts got the start and totaled 114
yards on 26 carries. Jason Campbell completed 17-of-26 passes for 193 yards
and one touchdown for the Redskins (3-6), who put the brakes on a four-game
"It's all about the win," Betts said. "We got the win today and they've been
hard to come by for us all year. I'm glad to get it in front of our fans and
I'm glad that I was able to provide a spark as well."
Not only did the Broncos (6-3) drop their third straight game, the club
lost the services of starting quarterback Kyle Orton to a left ankle injury.
They also fell into a tie with San Diego for first place in the AFC West,
after the Chargers held off Philadelphia, 31-23. The Broncos host the Chargers
Orton was injured after being tackled on a third-down scramble by Redskins
linebacker Brian Orakpo late in the second quarter. He completed 11-of-18
throws for 193 yards, including a pair of lengthy touchdown passes to Brandon
Chris Simms replaced Orton in the second half and struggled mightily,
connecting on just 3-of-13 attempts for 13 yards. His lone interception
preceded the go-ahead score.
"This certainly wasn't about Chris Simms," said Denver head coach Josh
McDaniels. "There were a lot things we failed to do effectively enough to win
the game in the second half."
The Redskins tied the game at 17-17 on a 30-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham
with 10:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. The boot capped a 13-play, 79-yard
march that ate up seven-plus minutes of the clock.
Simms was then picked off in the end zone by cornerback DeAngelo Hall on the
ensuing drive. Hall opted to come out of the end zone and lateralled to safety
LaRon Landry, who was taken down at his own 40-yard line.
Facing a 3rd-and-3 from the Denver 32, Campbell hit Devin Thomas on a screen
pass that turned into a 27-yard gain. Three plays later, Betts powered his way
into the end zone from a yard out.
Simms threw four straight incompletions before Suisham's 35-yard field goal
squashed any hopes of a comeback.
"It was a hard-fought game," said Redskins head coach Jim Zorn. "The Denver
Broncos are a very good team. Our guys made some big plays today and it was
the difference. We gave up a couple (big plays), but we didn't give up and
For the first time this season, Denver scored on its opening drive. Knowshon
Moreno rumbled 28 yards into Washington territory on first down. Three plays
later, Orton flung a ball to Marshall streaking down the left sideline for a
The Redskins quickly countered with an impressive 12-play, 78-drive that
culminated in a two-yard TD pass from Campbell to Todd Yoder.
Denver turned the ball over on its next series, as running back Correll
Buckhalter lost the handle when drilled from behind.
After Washington went three-and-out, the Broncos needed just one play to
assume a 14-7 lead. Orton dropped back in the pocket and heaved a throw to a
wide open Marshall -- there was not a defender in sight -- for a 75-yard TD
with 3:35 remaining in the first quarter.
Washington reached into its bag of tricks, tying the game on a 35-yard pass
from Hunter Smith to Mike Sellers off a fake punt with 6:30 left in the first
half. The team had originally lined up to attempt a field goal before
Matt Prater drilled a 24-yard field goal in the waning moments to give Denver
a 17-14 lead at the break.
Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth hobbled off the field twice in
the fourth quarter with an apparent left leg/ankle injury...Moreno ran for 97
yards on 18 carries...Marshall caught five passes for 134 yards...The Redskins
set a season-high for points in a game.
11/15 19:42:56 ET
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