Washington Redskins @ Denver Broncos: High-scoring game on the cards

Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins

Neil Harvey previews Sunday night's second live NFL game and he believes we're in for a high-scoring thriller when the Denver Broncos host Washington Redskins...

"The most points scored in a game this season was 99, when Denver edged out Dallas 51-48. It’s physically almost impossible to score more than that. But if any two teams can do it, then these could be the guys."

Back Total Points over 64 @ 13/8

Washington Redskins @ Denver Broncos
Start Time: Sunday, 21:25
TV: Live on Sky Sports 2

I fancy we could be in for perhaps the highest scoring game of the season so far, when two teams who are made up of just total offense slug it out in Denver.

The Broncos (6-1) suffered their first loss of the season last week, when they were overcome by the much under-rated Indianapolis Colts. But this was a result that was a long time coming. Everybody had got caught up in Manning-mania, raving about Denver's quarterback and his team's unstoppable offense. Yet people seemed to be conveniently forgetting that Denver had also shown themselves to have the worst pass defense in the entire league.

The qualities required to defeat the Broncos seem clear to me - a good pass defense to stop Peyton and co, plus a good pass offence to exploit Denver's hopeless secondary. Indy had both. Unfortunately for Washington, they don't.

The Redskins defense is terrible. But I'll get to that in a moment.

First lets talk about what they can do. Well they can score points, that's for sure. Robert Griffin III is looking back to his best under centre. He's dropping deep into the pocket and looking to deliver those big bombs of his downfield, just like the one he connected with last week for 45 yards to Aldrick Robinson.

That throw was all arm by the way, a heave that was caught in the endzone with no extra yards needed on the end of it. Few quarterbacks can throw the ball as far as RGIII, making him a constant deep-threat. But when the deep shot isn't there, he wheels off to the side makes those loping runs of his, that seem effortless, but simply eat up yardage. His ACL injury is now looking a thing of the past. Last week, Griffin's movement seemed back to its fluent best as he scrambled for a season high 84 yards, helping the Redskins to their second win of the season.

Denver's secondary will be in for a very tough afternoon as they look to keep tabs on Aldrick Robinson, Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed, who last week burst into everyone's consciousness with a stunning 134 yard, one touchdown, breakout performance. Expect Reed to get plenty of targets again while he's hot and put up some more big yards this week.

Elsewhere, the Broncos have been excellent at stopping the run. Best in the NFL in fact, so it might be a quite day for Washington running back Alfred Morris. But stopping runs at the line of scrimmage isn't the same as coping with the threat from broken play that is posed by RGIII's runs from deep. This is something nobody has been able to stop so far, and it could ask the Broncos defense some challenging new questions.

On the other side of the ball though, there are no questions whatsoever, only answers. Denver will have no trouble moving the ball against the Redskins, be it through the air or on the ground.

Last week, Chicago's back-up quarterback Josh McCown came in mid-game and was made to look like Dan Marino as he scythed his way through Washington's pass defense, to almost pull off an incredible Bears victory. It's not often a team scores 41 points and still loses, but Chicago managed it. Just imagine the sort of damage Peyton Manning and his embarrassing wealth of talented receivers are capable of doing to the Redskins' chocolate fireguard of a defense.

Denver's 16th ranked running game will no doubt also be too good for Washington's 32nd ranked run defense. Most likely though, Denver won't need to run the ball very often. And they probably won't need many plays to get from one end of the field to the other each time, once Peyton gets the smell of league records in his nostrils.

The most points scored in a game this season was 99, when Denver edged out Dallas 51-48. It's physically almost impossible to score more than that. But if any two teams can do it, then these could be the guys.

Recommended Bets

Total points over 64 @ 13/8*
Washington Redskins points over 27.5 @ 7/4*
Denver Broncos points over 35.5 @ 10/11*
Peyton Manning passing yards over 340.5 @ 1.910/11 or better once market gains liquidity
Robert Griffin III passing yards over 293.5 @ 1.910/11 or better once market gains liquidity

Jordan Reed anytime touchdown scorer @ 7/5*
Aldrick Robinson anytime touchdown scorer @ 5/1*

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