Reporting Chuck Carroll
DENVER (CBSDC) — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos made it look easy on their first drive. Against a depleted Washington Redskins secondary, Manning found a wide open Wes Welker from 6 yards out, to cap a 9-play, 77-yard scoring march to take the early lead.
The underdog Washington defense would not be intimidated at Mile High and would not surrender further points to the Broncos in the first half.
The 7 points were a first half season low for Denver who scored a then low 10 points against the New York Giants in Week 2.
If only Robert Griffin III and the NFL’s 4th best offense would have been able to match the defensive effort.
After a slow start, Griffin orchestrated a late drive that stalled inside the 10-yard line, forcing Washington to kick a would-be field goal. However, Denver was penalized for having 12 players in the huddle, giving Washington a new set of downs.
On the next play, Griffin found Leonard Hankerson for a 7-yard touchdown pass to tie the game before halftime.
Washington head coach Mike Shanahan was honored with a pre-game video tribute and received a standing ovation from Broncos fans.
Injury Notes: Tight end Jordan Reed briefly exited the game in the second quarter. He sustained a hip injury in last week’s win over the Chicago Bears. He was able to return.