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Key Decision #1: (DEN ball 0-0 / 3rd & 4 WAS 15/ 2:54 Q1)
- Denver’s inability to convert this play for a first down or a TD would foreshadow the rest of their day offensively. While Denver eventually kicked a FG for a 3-0 lead, their lack of success in converting key redzone plays has been a problem all year for the Broncos.
Key Decision #2: (DEN trailing 10-3 / 1st & 10 WAS 42 / 1:36 Q2)
- Washington just scored to go ahead 10-3, but Denver had a nice drive going, assisted by a Washington penalty. The Broncos were in good position to at least secure a FG and close the score, but on this play, Denver QB Brock Osweiler threw an interception, nullifying the excellent field position and opportunity to push for points just before the half.
Key Decision #3: (DEN trailing 10-3 / 3rd & 10 WAS 31 / :16 Q2)
- Denver had one more opportunity for points just before half; particularly important since Washington would receive the 2nd half kickoff.
- On this play, the Broncos had exhausted all of their time outs, so if they could complete a short pass to the sideline and get out of bounds, they would have the opportunity to attempt a makeable FG and perhaps close to 10-6.
- QB Brock Osweiler did complete a pass to WR Isaiah McKenzie, and McKenzie had a clear path to the sideline, but he inexplicably turned the play back to the middle of the field. He was tackled, the clock kept running, and the half ended with Denver trailing 10-3.
- We are sure that Denver Head Coach Vance Joseph’s staff instructed McKenzie to get out of bounds, but this lack of execution has been plaguing the Broncos all season.