Ups and Downs from the Redskins' easy home finale vs. Denver
Down: Redskins' hopes of securing early lead
The Broncos started with good field position after a punt. From the Redskins’ 46, they converted back-to-back third down and shorts on running plays and moved into the red zone.
On third and four, the only Osweiler completion of the drive gained just two yards and Brandon McManus came in to boot a 34-yard field goal.
Up: The Redskins' offensive rhythm
The Redskins finally got some offense going. Samaje Perine caught a pass for nine yards and then ran for 10. Then it was Cousins to Ryan Grant on back-to-back plays for 13 and 32 yards.
On third and three, Cousins threw to Vernon Davis for 11 yards to set up a first and goal at the 10. On second down Josh Doctson had a pass in his chest that got knocked out (he should have had it).
That killed the drive and the Redskins had to settle for three.
Up: Jamison Crowder
After the field goal, the Redskins had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Preston Smith got a sack and strip of Osweiler and Zach Vigil recovered the fumble at the Denver 38.
Kapri Bibbs ran for 13 yards and Cousins scrambled three yards for another first down. Two plays later, Cousins went to Jamison Crowder over the middle and he scooted the final 10 yards for the first touchdown of the game.
After a few dud series, the Washington offense is showing some life.
Down: Kirk Cousins' ball security
A 36-yard off-schedule Cousins pass to Ryan Grant got the Redskins into scoring position.
But on second and goal, Cousins tried to force the ball to Josh Doctson in a crowd in the end zone and safety Will Parks had a fairly easy interception.
Up: Washington's breathing room
The Redskins continued to move the ball on offense. After a Broncos punt, Cousins passed to Bibbs for 21 yards and to Doctson for 13 to get into the red zone.
But the drive stalled and Dustin Hopkins booted a field goal to put the Redskins up 13-3.
Up: Josh Doctson
The Redskins expanded their lead early in the fourth quarter. It was a five-play drive capped by Cousins throwing to a wide open—as in nobody else in the same ZIP code—Josh Doctson for 48 yards and the score.
Up: The Burgundy and Gold's second half defense
From halftime until there was 4:21 left in the game, the Redskins defense held Denver to 36 yards of offense and got a takeaway. The turnover came on a fumble that originally was called an incomplete pass but Jay Gruden successfully challenged it.
A few plays later, Cousins went to Vernon Davis for 31 yards and a touchdown. Chalk that score up to the defense.