Broncos: It has been 20 years since Washington won in Denver
In a game of two teams desperate for a win, the Denver Broncos (3-4) face the Washington Football Team (2-5) this Sunday.
The Broncos have lost four games in a row but will have had 10 days to prepare following a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Browns when Washington rolls into town. History shows that the Broncos have fared well against this team at home.
Though the all-time series is tied 7-7, the Broncos hold a decisive edge in games played between the teams in Denver at 5-2 and have not lost to Washington in Denver since November 2001.
In that game, Kent Graham threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to beat Brian Griese and the Broncos 17-10. The Broncos have won games against Washington at home since that game, though this will be the first meeting between the teams in Denver in eight years.
Of course, the most famous game between these teams came back in January 1988 for Super Bowl XXII. Washington quarterback Doug Williams put his name in the NFL history books forever on that day, throwing five touchdown passes in the second quarter en route to a 42-10 Washington victory, still one of the most disappointing losses in Denver history.
In this game, both teams will come in playing for their seasons in all likelihood.
Can the Broncos get right against Washington?
The Broncos are in a complete freefall after starting the season 3-0. It seems like ages ago since they were undefeated and since then, much of the talk has started to center around the team’s coaching staff and how soon the team could move on from them.
Teddy Bridgewater has struggled since those first three games and appeared in no shape to continue playing last Thursday night against Cleveland, but the Broncos apparently never considered turning to Drew Lock.
Though the Broncos have not looked like a competent team at all during the past four games, Washington is struggling as well and could be just what the Broncos need to get back on the right track.
The Broncos have had 10 days to prepare for this one and if they allow Washington to come into Empower Field and hang a fifth straight loss on them, changes absolutely need to be made.