Welcome back to "The Redskinny," a weekly preview of the local professional football team's upcoming game and opponent. Every Thursday, you can find any and all information* about the Redskins' next opponent in this space.
(*Sometimes, it may be some or most information.)
Here comes Week 8.
Week 8 opponent: Denver Broncos (6-1)
Game information: Sunday, Oct. 27 -- Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- 4:25 p.m. -- FOX
Last week: The Redskins scored more points than the Bears in a 45-41 shootout victory, while in his triumphant return to Indianapolis, Peyton Manning was not triumphant as the Broncos suffered their first loss, a 39-33 defeat against the Colts.
What's the skinny?: After losing an emotionally-charged game last week, Manning is probably pretty angry. The Redskins will not like him when he is angry. They will like him when he is funny, though. At least I assume they will because I do.
When he is not doing charitable work, watching football on his phone or selling Papa John's, Manning is a pretty good quarterback, leading the NFL in passing touchdowns (25), yards (2,565) and QB rating (123.3). Denver's offense as a whole -- which features weapons like Wes Welker (league-high eight touchdown catches), Knowshon Moreno (league-high eight rushing touchdowns), Julius Thomas (also a league-high eight touchdown catches) Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker -- has scored 298 points through seven weeks, an NFL record.
Washington's defense will have its shorthanded hands full; Brandon Meriweather may have had his suspension reduced from two games to one, but he will still miss Sunday's game.
What does work in the Redskins' favor, however, is that the Colts may have provided a blueprint for how to beat the Broncos: pressure Manning, run the ball and force turnovers. Last week, the Redskins ran for 209 yards, knocked Jay Cutler out with a sack and returned an interception for a touchdown. A repeat performance would certainly help.
Statistic Of The Week: Despite their league-best offense, the Broncos also employ the league's worst pass defense, allowing 339.1 yards per game, and has been particularly bad against tight ends. Denver has allowed six or more catches and 74-plus yards to the position three times this season. Paging Jordan Reed.
(Via STATS LLC)
What The 'Skins Are Saying:
"You're there for 21 years, got a lot of great friends, great memories, where we raised our family, yeah, I’m looking forward to it. It will be enjoyable."
- Mike Shanahan, who will be returning to Denver Sunday.
What The Broncos Are Saying:
"Get your head out of your @$$. You suck."
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