Redskins-broncos Today

September 17, 1995|By Vito Stellino

Site: Mile High Stadium, Denver

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 45, 5/WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Broncos by 9 1/2

Last week: The Redskins lost to the Oakland Raiders, 20-8, and the Broncos lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-21.

The series: The teams are 3-3 in regular-season action, and the Redskins beat the Broncos, 42-10, in Super Bowl XXII. The Redskins haven't won at Mile High Stadium since their first game there in 1970, although they have played only two other games there.

On the sidelines: Norv Turner of the Redskins is 4-14 (3-5 on the road) in his second season; Mike Shanahan is 9-13 overall, including an 8-12 stint with the Raiders.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Get a running game going so they can control the game on the ground, take the pressure off Gus Frerotte and keep the ball out of John Elway's hands.

What the Broncos have to do to win: Be patient. Jeff Hostetler gave a seminar on how to beat the Redskins last week by running the ball and throwing short. Elway, who likes to go long, has to be just as patient as Hostetler was.

Outlook: There are very few good times to play against Elway, but this is one of the worst for the Redskins since they likely will be missing two of their top three cornerbacks and are expected to start a rookie, Scott Turner, at that position. The Broncos should win this one easily.

Stellino's pick: Broncos 28, Redskins 10 -- Baltimore fans like pro football so much that they'll even watch the Redskins, who last week got a 14.0 rating (percentage of TV sets tuned in). How good was that? In Carolina, the expansion Panthers got only a 14.5 rating.

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