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(Colo)-Broncos Lose Again, Fall 27-11 At Washington

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/24/2017 03:24 PM
 By STEPHEN WHYNO
 AP Sports Writer
     LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns in what could be his final home game for the Washington Redskins as they beat the Denver Broncos and their top-ranked defense 27-11 Sunday.

       The Broncos led 3-0, but back-to-back turnovers in the second quarter by quarterback Brock Osweiler,  a sack/fumble and an interception, allowed Washington to take a 10-3 halftime lead and Denver never threatened in the second half.

       Second-year safety Will Parks stopped a Washington drive with an interception in the end zone early in the third quarter, but the Broncos came out passing instead of running the ball and gave up a sack. That led to another 3-and-out by Denver, which led to another Washington scoring drive that ended with a 29-yard field goal.

       In the fourth quarter, Cousins fired off a 48-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Josh Doctson to make it 20-3, then after another Denver turnover, a fumble by Devontae Booker, capitalized with a 31-yard touchdown pass to former Bronco tight end Vernon Davis.

     The Redskins (7-8) came 78 seconds from not allowing a touchdown for a second consecutive game for the first time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, but C-J Anderson scored on a 5-yard run and Osweiler hit him for the 2-point conversion. Washington had allowed a combined 68 points in its 2 games before clamping down against Arizona and Denver.

   Cousins was 19 of 37 with the 3 TD passes and an interception as he became the first quarterback in Washington history with 3 seasons of 25 or more TD passes. He needs 65 yards for his third season in a row with 4,000-plus yards.
 
     Washington's 386 offensive yards are third most by a Denver opponent this season, behind only Philadelphia and New England. The Broncos came in giving up an average of 276.8 yards a game.
 
     After a week of uncertainty,  Osweiler started at QB over Paxton Lynch for the Broncos (5-10) and was 22 of 38 for 193 yards with the fumble and an interception . Anderson was the game's leading rusher with 16 yards on 88 carries.
 
     KERRIGAN'S MILESTONE
 
     Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan sacked Osweiler twice and has 11 this season, becoming the first Redskins player with 10 or more in consecutive seasons since Dexter Manley and Charles Mann in 1985 and 1986. His 69 1-2 sacks are tied for fourth since entering the NFL in 2011, behind only Denver's Von Miller, J.J. Watt and Cameron Wake.
 
     WHAT'S HE THINKING?
 
     Rookie receiver Isaiah McKenzie made a memorable blunder late in the first half that likely cost Denver 3 points. With the Broncos out of timeouts, McKenzie caught the ball near the sideline inside the Washington 30-yard line and kicker Brandon McManus' field goal range, but didn't go out of bounds and ran to the middle of the field and time ran out before Denver could get off another snap.
 
     After the play, Coach Vance Joseph called over McKenzie, who earlier in the season lost his job as the team's punt returner after 6 fumbles,  and gave him an earful while putting his arm around the 22-year-old.
 
     UP NEXT
 
     Redskins: Finish at New York Giants next Sunday.
 
     Broncos: Host Kansas City next Sunday. The Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins 29-13 to clinch back-to-back AFC West titles for the first time in franchise history.


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