The Norman Transcript

National Sports

October 28, 2013

Broncos blast Redskins

DENVER — In all those years roaming the sidelines in Denver, Mike Shanahan never saw one get so ugly, so fast.

Not surprisingly, Peyton Manning had a hand in turning Shanahan’s homecoming sour.

After being showered with applause, then staked to a two-touchdown lead, the Broncos’ old coach watched Manning and the Broncos score the last 38 points Sunday in a come-from-behind 45-21 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Manning overcame four turnovers and threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns, as the Broncos came back from a 21-7 deficit early in the third quarter. Manning hit the halfway point of the season with 2,919 yards — most through eight games in NFL history.

Ahead by those two touchdowns after Manning threw a pick-6 to DeAngelo Hall when receiver Demaryius Thomas fell on an out route, Shanahan squinted into the sunlight, rolled-up game plan in hand, and looked at a familiar sight on the scoreboard in Denver — his team comfortably ahead as the sun began to set over the Rockies.

Things changed quickly, though.

Manning led the Broncos (7-1) on a 75-yard scoring drive to make it 21-14, the key play coming when Knowshon Moreno ran for 5 yards on fourth-and-2 from the Washington 22.

Then, after the defense forced a punt, it was Manning picking and poking again, moving Denver 83 yards in 16 plays for the tying score, a 1-yard pass to Joel Dreessen on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Robert Griffin III threw three straight incompletions and Sav Rocca followed by shanking a punt 15 yards. On the next play, Manning gave Denver a 28-21 lead with a screen pass Moreno took in for a 35-yard touchdown.

Von Miller ended the next drive with a sack and forced fumble to give Denver a field goal and a 10-point lead, and Washington (2-5) never got closer.

The rest had all the makings of a routine runaway for the Broncos, who knocked Griffin out of the game late with an injured left knee, then got their final touchdown when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off backup Kirk Cousins and returned it 75 yards.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
National Sports
  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014

  • Cowboys sign tackle Smith to 8-year extension

    OXNARD, Calif. — Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo....

    July 31, 2014

  • Quarterback questions abound with big stars gone from SEC offenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Big names, not so much....

    July 31, 2014

  • Jones says Brent out of rehab, NFL question next

    OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks....

    July 31, 2014

  • Ives to crew chief for Dale Jr. in 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was no shortage of candidates to replace Steve Letarte as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief The list of applicants was long, but Hendrick Motorsports has always liked to groom its own talent. So the organization ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Gustafson wants Gordon’s team focused on Chase

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run, but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level. It was ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Mercury not thinking streak

    Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury are closing in on one of the greatest records in WNBA history, the Los Angeles Sparks’ 18-game winning streak. To equal that mark, the Mercury need to win two more games, starting with defending ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Hamlin crew chief out 6 races

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin’s crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Darian Grubb and ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Bell focuses on every facet of his game

    LATROBE, Pa. — Le’Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw....

    July 30, 2014

  • Sam factor may ready Rams for sensitivity class

    ST. LOUIS — To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp....

    July 30, 2014