Broncos come out firing in strong first half

Aug 24, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum (4) passes the ball against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos came out firing in the all important third preseason game in Washington, jumping out to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter against the Washington Redskins.

With 122 yards, good for a 7.6 yards per play average in the first quarter. The Broncos nabbed seven first downs with big plays coming from rookies Courtland Sutton and Royce Freeman.

Sutton impressed early with connections from Keenum, who also looked comfortable and calm in the pocket early, finding Emmanuel Sanders early and often.

Freeman busted open for big runs with much credit to a strong performance on the offensive line. A unit that has been much improved in 2018 so far, once again came out with a strong performance.

After rumbling for a 24 yard touchdown, Freeman may have won the lead back role for Week one.

On defense, Denver got a lift from second-year undrafted free agent Dymonte Thomas. Thomas made play after play, in pursuit on a fourth down stop, to special teams tackles. Thomas has been impressive in training camp and showed it in the third preseason game.

The Broncos caught offensive fire with a six play, 75 yard drive that ended in a touchdown when Emmanuel Sanders took the end-around to the house.

Overall the Broncos offense was strong, leading to a 17-3 lead at halftime.

Denver out paced Washington in first downs (11 to 7,) yards (207 to 110,) and went 3-6 on third down, while Washington finished the first half 0-7.

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