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Cover 4: Broncos' win streak ends with 27-11 loss to Washington

LANDOVER, Md. — The Broncos racked up a big yardage advantage early in Sunday's game, but they failed to turn chances into scores in a 27-11 loss to Washington.

Game-changing moment

Early in Sunday's game, the Broncos were dominant. Through three drives, Washington had mustered just 14 yards and wasn't able to create any movement on offense. The Broncos, meanwhile, racked up 130 yards through their first drive of the second quarter and seemed on their way to a convincing win. But Denver couldn't quite turn those yards into points, and they let Washington hang around too long. When Washington finally put a drive together to tie the game at 3-3, Denver immediately gave up a sack fumble. Washington took over at the Denver 38-yard line and drove for their first touchdown of the game. Kirk Cousins found Jamison Crowder for a 15-yard score, and the Redskins would not trail again. Though the Broncos had other chances to narrow the gap, there was no stretch as pivotal as the one that came midway through the second quarter.

Memorable highlight

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**Safety Will Parks came up with his second career interception in the third quarter of Sunday's game to halt a promising Redskins drive. Cousins had plenty of time in the pocket, but when he didn't find an open receiver, he tried to force the ball into double coverage in the back of the end zone. That's where Parks stepped in and nabbed the ball to keep the Washington lead at 10-3.

Defining statistic

41. After a competitive first half, Denver failed to sustain drives or make many big plays after the break. Though Denver added a few yards in the late stages of the game, the Broncos mustered just 41 yards through their first five drives of the half. Three of those drives ended in punts, one on downs and one on a Devontae Booker fumble. Washington didn't light up the scoreboard early in the second half, either, but it did enough to put the game out of reach.

Top performers

C.J. Anderson picked up 88 more yards on the ground to move within 54 yards of a 1,000-yard season. He put together a pair of 21-yard runs, scored a late touchdown and led all Broncos skill players in all-purpose yards. Will Parks gets a nod for his second career interception, and undrafted rookie Marcus Rios had a nice pass breakup on a deep shot from Cousins to Josh Doctson. Von Miller forced a fumble and recovered it in the fourth quarter to record the Broncos' second takeaway of the game.


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