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Tired defense fails once again to stop the run

By: FRANK SCHWAB
November 15, 2009
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photo - Ladell Betts and the Redskins found the going on the ground much easier than expected against D.J. Williams and the Broncos on Sunday.  Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
Ladell Betts and the Redskins found the going on the ground much easier than expected against D.J. Williams and the Broncos on Sunday. Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE 

LANDOVER, Md. • When the Broncos offense mustered only three first downs in the second half – and only one in the final 24:03 — the defense obviously was going to be on the field too long.

Denver’s defense didn’t do itself any favors, either. Washington converted on 8-of-16 third downs and rushed for 174 yards. Denver didn’t allow any of its first six opponents to rush for more than 100 yards, and started 6-0.

The last three opponents have gained 125, 173 and 174 yards and the Broncos are stuck in a three-game losing streak.

“I’m always concerned if we’re having trouble stopping the run,” coach Josh McDaniels said. “Right now, we are.”
McDaniels said the team needs to play with better fundamentals, and not jump around blocks rather than taking them on. The Redskins ranked 24th in yards per game, 29th in points per game, 23rd in rushing yards per game and 20th in passing yards per game before Sunday. The Broncos weren’t able to stop them.

“We’re doing it in spurts, but consistency is what you need,” safety Brian Dawkins said.

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