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Need to Know: High-scoring performances tough for Redskins to repeat

Oct 27, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 27, the day the Washington Redskins play the Broncos in Denver.

Don’t look for momentum to help Redskins

The Redskins scored 45 points against the Bears last Sunday, their highest point total since Robert Griffin III came to town at the start of last season. Their previous high was 40 on the 2012 season opener against the Saints.

It seems likely that the Redskins are going to need to have another high-scoring game today if they are going to hang with the Broncos. Denver is averaging 42 points per game this season and a shootout is likely to be the order of the day.

But the relatively brief history of Griffin in Washington suggests that putting up another big score will be difficult to accomplish.

Last year the Redskins followed up that 40-point effort by posting 28 points in St. Louis. That was a respectable point total but it wasn’t enough to be the Rams that day and it almost certainly won’t be enough to compete with the Broncos today.

The Redskins scored over 35 points three other times last year and each time they weren’t quite as sharp the next time out. In Week 6 they scored 38 to beat the Vikings but only put up 23 in a loss to the Giants their next time out. They beat the Cowboys 38-31 on Thanksgiving but scored only 17 their next game (it was enough to beat the Giants 17-16). And Kirk Cousins led to the way to 38 points vs. the Browns and a still-hobbling Griffin returned the next week and Washington won 27-20 in Philadelphia.

This brief history doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for the Redskins to put up enough points to stay competitive today. The point is that the NFL is a week-to-week proposition and the notion that the Redskins will have any amount of offensive “momentum” to sustain them at all this week is probably more wishful thinking than serious analysis.

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