The Broncos will take on the Washington Football Team at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2:25 p.m. MT.
To end their four-game skid, the Broncos must take care of business at home against the 2-5 Washington Football Team. Denver's offense, led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, must be more productive than they have been in recent weeks. The return of wide receiver Jerry Jeudy adds another dangerous option for Bridgewater that could give the offense a different element that it hasn't had since Week 1. Denver will have to be similarly resolute along the line as it was on Thursday night (two sacks, five quarterback hits allowed) against defensive linemen Montez Sweat and 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young, but Washington's last-ranked passing defense could give the Broncos some chances over the course of the day.
Defensively, the Broncos will have to lick their wounds after failing to contain the Browns' rushing attack. Led by running back Antonio Gibson, Washington's run game is the ninth-most effective (4.55 yards per carry) in the league, so Denver's front will have to stand more stout even without starting inside linebackers Alexander Johnson and Josey Jewell, as well as starting nose tackle Mike Purcell. Denver's defense only allowed one explosive pass play against Cleveland, and Washington hasn't been very fruitful in that area so far this year, either. The Football Team's offense has produced the sixth-fewest pass plays of at least 20 yards, but wide receiver Terry McLaurin is on pace for his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season, so Denver's secondary will still be tested.
Only nose tackle Mike Purcell (thumb) is listed as out for the game, as outside linebacker Von Miller (ankle) and safety Jamar Johnson (quad) are listed as questionable. Miller was sidelined during Denver's Week 7 game against Cleveland and did not return in the second half. While he downplayed the seriousness of the injury after the game, Miller has not practiced all week — though that doesn't necessarily indicate he won't be available on Sunday. "If I'm not able to practice this week and I'm feeling really good on game day or even Saturday, I feel like I could still be able to do it," Miller said Thursday.
Washington will be without three players, including listed starting receiver Curtis Samuel (groin) and right tackle Sam Cosmi (ankle). Rookie receiver Dyami Brown (knee) will also be out Sunday. Four players are listed as questionable: cornerback William Jackson III (knee), guard Brandon Scherff (knee), wide receiver Cam Sims (hamstring) and tackle Cornelius Lucas (illness). Jackson and Scherff are listed as starters for Washington, and Scherff is among the best at his position in the entire league. The four-time Pro Bowl guard is coming off a first-team All-Pro season.
The full week's injury report can be viewed here.
WATCH ON TV: FOX
Play-by-Play: Brandon Gaudin
Analyst: Mark Schlereth
Sideline: Shannon Spake
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Analyst: Rick Lewis
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