Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles to avoid the tackle by Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin (99) during the second half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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UP NEXT: Week 8
The Denver Broncos play Sunday at home against Washington (2:25 p.m. kickoff). This will be Washington coach Mike Shanahan's first game in Denver since he was fired after the 2008 season.
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A look at how the Redskins are faring this season:
Last game: 45-41 win vs. Chicago. Roy Helu's 3-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds remaining gave the Redskins the victory. Both of Washington's wins have come against backup QBs: Matt Flynn - who has since been released by the Oakland Raiders - and Josh McCown, who took over for Jay Cutler (groin injury in the first half). The Redskins rushed for 209 yards, spreading the ball among Griffin (season-high 84), bruiser Alfred Morris (95) and the change-of-pace moves of Helu (41, three touchdowns). Griffin said the offense played most of the game in sync for the first time this season, in part because he's cleared a psychological hurdle in his return from offseason knee surgery.
Postgame chatter: "I think the mental part of it that I did get over was not thinking out on the field, just reacting. And I don't think that was anything to do with my knee, the knee brace or anything else. I just think that was for me mentally playing the game, irrelevant of my injury." -- Griffin
Big star: Washington rookie TE Jordan Reed had a breakout performance with 134 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins passing attack is still feeling its way, but one thing has become clear: Third-round draft pick Reed is a keeper. He caught all nine passes thrown his way. Reed has made such an impact that Fred Davis, who was expected to be the starter after he was re-signed in the offseason, was inactive Sunday.
Big letdown: Redskins's special teams remains an issue. Chicago's Denvin Hester returned a punt 81 yards. He did it against a Redskins team that allowed a special teams touchdown for the third consecutive game. Chicago also recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter, but the play was negated by an offsides call that was very close.
Last time vs. Denver: The Redskins won 27-17 in the 2009 season Week 10. The loss dropped Denver and new coach Josh McDaniels to 6-3 after the 6-0 start. Quarterback Kyle Orton was injured in the first half and replaced by Chris Simms, who finished 3-of-13 passes for 13 yards. Denver had just 36 yards of total offense in the second half.
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