Washington Travels to Mile High and Falls to Denver 17-10

Washington Travels to Mile High and Falls to Denver 17-10

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Washington Travels to Mile High and Falls to Denver 17-10

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Emilee Fails/Washington Football Team

Washington and its yearly trend of starting games slowly continued this week. Luckily the Broncos were not much better. The first quarter was sloppy and defensive minded for both teams. Coming into the year many people thought this could have been a battle of two top five defenses and while that is not the case it sure felt like it today. Both offenses struggled to get anything going early on resulting in a scoreless first quarter. 

The second quarter started the same way. Both teams exchanged punts early on before Denver would strike first as Brandon McManus drilled a 45 yard field goal. Washington would soon answer with a 52 yard field goal by Chris Blewitt to tie up the game. On the previous drive, Blewitt attempted a field goal and it was ‘blocked’ because he kicked it off of his own teammate’s helmet. One Washington’s biggest issues has been letting the opposing team drive down the field and score just before halftime, and this week it was Denver’s turn. Melvin Gordon would run for a seven yard touchdown a minute before half. 

Halftime Score WAS 3 – DEN 10 

Like the first half, scoring was tough to come by. The third quarter started off just like the first and second, sloppy and defensive oriented. Washington started to look a little more fluid on offense but they could not turn it into points. That was until Taylor Heinicke found DeAndre Carter for a beautiful 20-yard touchdown pass to tie the game as the third quarter expired. 

The first ten minutes of this quarter were like most of the game, a boring, slow paced, grind it out kinda game, however, it did not end that way. Denver would go on to score after riding the back of Melvin Gordan again as he would score his second touchdown of the game with just under five minutes left.

Washington would put together a great drive of their own leading them to the redzone with a few minutes left. The Broncos sacked Heinicke on 3rd and goal, which made it fourth and 20 with just under two minutes to play. As expected, Washington would fail to convert and would hand the ball back to Denver essentially sealing their fate.

As Denver fans began to celebrate the victory as they handed the ball off to Melvin Gordan with just a minute left, things got crazy. Gordon would be stripped by Chase Young giving Washington hope with a minute left. Sadly this was the last thing Washington had to celebrate as they could not capitalize on a great defensive play and would lose the game. 

Washington’s injury riddled season continued as starting Center Chase Roullier suffered a gruesome leg injury, and trainers would have to put on an air cast and cart him off the field in the second quarter. Washington now heads into their much needed bye week where they have a lot to figure out, but most importantly it gives them time to get rested and healthy as they look to have a better second half of the season.

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