Welcome back to Hail Mail, where Redskins.com's Brian Tinsman answers your questions ahead of the team's Week 8 brawl with the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Need an answer? Tweet @Redskins, #HailMail.
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The Denver Broncos are averaging 43 points per game this year, so the short answer is that you're not going to keep Peyton Manning to a low scoring game. The real question becomes, what are the other ways to beat him?
The two hallmarks of this defense are the ability to get sacks in bunches and force turnovers. This unit already has 18 sacks this season and four defensive touchdowns, the same as they had all of last year.
The Broncos will also be sporting two backups at offensive tackle, which should leave Peyton Manning pointing at Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo a lot in his pre-snap, finger-pointing performance.
One hindrance to the pass rush will be the knee injury to Stephen Bowen, who has played through a torn posterior collateral ligament before. There are no guarantees he will suit up this Sunday, but if he does, that will help an already thin unit on the defensive line. If he can occupy blockers, he frees up Kerrigan to make plays on Peyton.
The Redskins have played very good defense the last two weeks while still giving up 72 points in the process. The final score comes down to a lot of things--particularly special teams--and the defense will need another stellar 60 minutes. .
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