Denver Broncos (0-2) vs Washington Redskins (1-1)Date : 08/24/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : FedEx Field, Washington, D.C
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Denver Broncos vs Washington Redskins
The Denver Broncos will visit the Washington Redskins in NFL preseason week 3 action on Thursday night at 7:30 pm EST at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. The Broncos come into this game after dropping a heartbreaker at home to the Chicago Bears by a 24-23 score on 8-18-2018 to go 0-2 for the preseason as the Bears would cash in on the spread as underdogs (+3) while the over was the play with the total being set at 43.5 for the game. The Redskins, on the other hand, were 15-13 home winners over the NY Jets on 8-16-2018 to where the under was the play with the total being set at 41 for the game while the spread was a push with the Jets being favored by 2 points. The Broncos have not played well on either side of the ball thus far as they are only averaging 298 yards per game in 2 preseason matchups (1901 passing/95 rushing) for 21st in the league while their defense has allowed 367 yards per game to their opponents (266 passing/101 rushing), good for 29th in the league, overall. With that being said, they hope to somehow neutralize an offense in the Skins that have put up 338 yards per game in their 2 preseason matchups (230 passing/108 rushing) while attempting to find some holes against a defense that is ranked 6th in the league in total yards allowed on defense thus far with 268 yards per game (166 passing/102 rushing. This will be yet another interesting preseason contest as both will be looking to further gel on both sides of the ball in preparation for a grueling season.
Denver Broncos's Latest Performance :
A 12-yard pass from Chase Daniel to Ben Braunecker would seal the victory for the Bears on the road versus the Broncos on 8-18-2018 as they would pick up the 24-23 victory in week 2 of the preseason. Overall, the defensive unit for the Broncos would give up 273 passing yards for the night while also allowing a total of 55 rush yards along with 24 first downs to the visiting from the Windy City. The defense would, however, have 2 sacks in the game thanks to DeMarcus Walker and Clinton Odonnel having a sack each. Isaac Yiardom would have 4 tackles for the unit while Zaire Anderson and Todd Dais would each have 3 tackles each in the loss. Justin Simmons would also have an interception in this matchup for Denver. Furthermore, the D allowed the Bears 75% red zone efficiency (3 of 4) for the game.
As for the offense, they would pick up 104 yards on the ground led by Phillip Lindsay (6 rushes for 32 yards) and Royce Freeman (6 rushes for 20 yards, TD) while Tim Patrick (1 reception for 32 yards) and Emmanuel Sanders (3 rec for 27 yards) would pace the passing attack. Courtland Sutton would have a reception for 16 yards and a TD for Denver in the loss. Case Keenam would take most of the snaps as he would end with 78 yards passing while going 8-13 while Chad Kelly would go 7-9 for 90 yards and a touchdown pass to Sutton that put the Broncos up 20-7 late in the 2nd period. Paxton Lynch would also get some time under center as he would go 5-11 for only 39 yards in defeat. The offense had 21 first downs for the game while going 2-4 in the red zone for the game while giving up 4 sacks to the Bear defense.
Washington Redskins's Latest Performance :
Washington would need a Dustin Hopkins 40-yard field goal to get the home win over the NY Jets on 8-16-2018. This would come after the Jets would score 10 points in the final period to take a 13-12 lead after a Taylor Bertolet 21-yard field goal. Nonetheless, the Redskins were able to get some late first downs in which to put themselves in a position to win late in the game, a credit to their offense which picked up 20 first downs for the game (compared to 14 for the Jets) while compiling 97 rush yards along with 245 passing yards. Alex Smith would have limited playing time for the Redskins as he would go 4-6 for 48 yards while Kevin Hogan would end 7 of 11 with 58 yards, overall. Colt McCoy would lead the quarterback stat sheet in this contest as he would end the game with 140 yards passing on 12 of 16 with an INT. Martez Carter would pace the rushing attack with 7 rushes for 45 yards while Samaje Perrine would get 1 rush for 30 yards in the game. Cam Sims would lead the receiving corps with 3 receptions for 57 yards while Kapri Bibbs and Trey Quinn would be targeted a combined 12 times for 10 catches worth 83 yards total. The offense would go 0-4 in the red zone during the game while holding the ball for a total of 31:43 seconds.
The defensive unit would allow the Jets 170 passing yards for the game while giving up 64 yards on the ground in this matchup. Troy Apke and Prince Iworah would both have an INT in the game while Jerod Fernandez (2 sacks) would pace the defensive front along with DeRon Payne and Preston Smith also have a sack each. Fernandez would also have 3 tackles in the win for Washington. The allowed on 33% conversion rate within the red zone (1-3) while allowing the Jets to maintain possession for a total of 28:17 for the contest.
How Denver Broncos & Washington Redskins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
In this week 3 preseason matchup, one can expect the Broncos to come out very focused to improve upon their lackluster play on both sides of the ball while Washington looks to continue the success that they have been having on offense as well as on defense lately. The home team will certainly look to take advantage of the problems within the defensive secondary that the Broncos have displayed thus far, while the defense will look to apply pressure to the Broncos’ offense in which get to the shaky quarterback prospects to make bad decisions, thus leading to turnovers. In all, this will certainly be a matchup to where both teams will fight that much harder to put out a great performance both from an individual and team standpoint as there will not only be numerous players looking to prove that they indeed belong on the squad, but, both teams will be looking to gain confidence moving forward.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Washington Redskins -3
My reason for the pick :
The Redskins did not impress on offense in their last outing versus the Jets, however, their defense certainly stepped up and were impressive in limiting the Jets O to only 14 first downs for the game. With that being said, due to the Redskins offense really moving due to its balance distribution of the ball to both their backs and receivers along with a stingy defense that has held it down as it relates to the run/pass lately, I will back the Redskins at home over this reeling Broncos team that has scored some points thus far in the preseason, yet, has not been able to stop anyone from scoring.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 42.5
My reason for the prediction :
I expect the Redskins to really pressure this Broncos squad in this matchup. Lynch and company have all struggled under center and the Bronco faithful will begin to show its displeasure as a result really soon. Nonetheless, I have no doubt that Denver will be competitive in this matchup, however, they will be facing a team in Washington that has shown that it is very much locked in on defense. It is for this reason that I see the Broncos not scoring many points in this matchup. On the other hand, the Redskins will indeed score some points, yet, just enough to claim another hard-fought, slim victory.
Betting trends for Denver Broncos:
- The Broncos are 1-9 ATS in last 10 road games
- The Broncos are 2-10 in last 12 games
- The broncos are 5-15-1 ATS in last 21 games on grass
Betting trends for Washington Redskins:
- The Redskins are 4-1 ATS in last 5 games versus Broncos
- Thee Under is 7-3 in Redskins last 10 home games
- The Over is 20-8 in Redskins last 28 games on grass
- The Under is 4-0 in Redskins last 4 games overall