Sometimes you know the final score before the game even starts.
Honestly? You didn't have to be a Jedi Master to know what kind of ending the Raider Nation would witness Sunday.
"Matt Flynn??" I questioned to a fan on the train..
"I thought Terrelle Pryor was in?"
"They gave us an update this morning"
"I might as well head back home.."
Eh, who am I kidding?..of course I went! I thought if Darren Mcfadden could play lights out and if the line could hold their ground; we 'might' have a chance. Down went Darren.. The Nation says "typical". I still wonder if we had a good chance without Darren's injury. We are currently not a good running team, in general. Could #20 and the line get it together before half of the season is over? Let's hope so. To be honest? I still believed in the team despite the injuries. I guess that's my job to do so. I thought "If Matt Flynn gets steady blocking and plays lights out..." PICK 6!?!?! 7 Sacks?!?!? and...we're done. I mean I knew our backup was bad..but not THAT bad! He overthrew, held the ball too long and didn't see many open. Needless to say, his QB Vision needs some help. It didn't help much that the line had another awful game. Specifically, Tony Pashos got blown up time and time again. Other times, we missed our blocking assignments like Rookies in their first year. 3rd down conversions? Hell, why even ask? (ok..5 out of 17: 29%). I swear if I was the Offense, I'd personally apologize to the Defense AND Special Teams unit for not playing the best of their ability.
The D rocked it for the most part. 3rd down after 3rd down, they kept that Redskin Offense in check. (This battle made our team #14 in passing Defense) Nick Roach was swarming the field and gathered 6 tackles with one assist. The Defensive backs were doing a great job at covering and keeping RG3 from moving the ball on a consistent basis. Charles Woodson's sack reminded me of the glory years. Kevin Burnett was making plays time and time again. Sure, we all needed to see more sacks, but the Defense held their own for the most part. If your Offense is getting 3 and outs constantly while giving up pick 6's? There's really nothing you can honestly do. The Washington scoring near the end of the game was simply a result of the Defense being on the field too damn long.
Rashad Jennings had a beautiful blocked punt in the Dark Side End Zone (recovered by Jeremy Stewart for the TD). I think the Offense should apologize to these men too. (Er, even if both are on Offense as well)
Let's just all hope and pray TP2's Bobble head is in check by next Sunday. Otherwise? It's back to sack city again.. and I sure as Hell don't want to visit. Summary: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Washington's beleaguered defense finally found an opponent it could bully around after its historically bad start to the season.
"We needed that so bad," defensive end Ryan Kerrigan said. "It really feels good. Seven was kind of the magic number today - we give up only seven points, we have seven sacks, scored seven points on defense. Great feeling right now."David Amerson returned an interception for a touchdown, the defense harassed Oakland backup quarterback Matt Flynn into seven sacks and the Redskins overcome an early 14-point deficit to beat theOakland Raiders 24-14 Sunday for their first win of the season. The Redskins (1-3) looked ready to extend the worst start for the franchise since 2001 when they fell behind 14-0 after the first quarter to the Raiders (1-3) on a blocked punt touchdown and a scoring pass from Flynn. But the defense took over after that against a team missing starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor and without starting running backs Darren McFadden andMarcel Reece for much of the game. Robert Griffin III threw a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the third quarter and Roy HeluJr. iced the game with a 14-yard TD run in the fourth as theRedskins rallied from 14 points down after the first quarter to win on the road for just the second time since at least 1991. "What we did when we were down 14-0, and that's what we've got to do the rest of the season," Griffin said. After Griffin used the no-huddle offense to get Washington a field goal, Amerson got the Redskins back in the game when he stepped in front of Flynn's pass to Denarius Moore and ran it back 45 yards to cut Oakland's lead to 14-10.
The Oakland offense struggled to generate much of anything without its entire starting backfield and theRaiders lost a game they led by at least 14 points after the first quarter for the first time since 1998 against Kansas City."It almost seemed like one of those typical games, where you know, we're down 14 and 'Here we go,'" linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "Same thing, same story. Nobody could really get going but that pick-six was huge. Turnovers really play key in the outcome of the game." "That one hurt, that one stung," coach Dennis Allen said. "I felt the way we were able to start out the game . get to 14-0 . then we let them back in the game. Give them credit, they continued to fight. But we didn't do enough to win the football game. Flynn was sacked seven times, losing a fumble that set up Helu's TD that gave Washington a 24-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter. It was a rare good day for a Washington defense that allowed 1,464 yards of offense through three games - the most through a team's first three games since the 1951 New York Yanks gave up 1,494, according to STATS LLC. The Yanks folded after that season.Kerrigan forced the fumble on his second sack and Orakpo and Barry Cofieldalso brought down Flynn twice. Even the usually reliable Sebastian Janikowski was off his game for the Raiders, missing a 52-yard field goal attempt wide left midway through the third quarter after Logan Paulsen lost a fumble. Alfred Morris, bottled up most of the game, had three carries for 29 yards on the ensuing drive before leaving with bruised ribs. Griffin capped it with a 5-yard slant to Pierre Garcon that gave the Redskinstheir first second-half lead of the season. The Raiders didn't settle on a starting quarterback until Saturday night when it was determined Pryor could not go after sustaining a concussion last Monday in Denver. Flynn got off to an early lead in his third career start with help from Oakland's special teams when Jeremy Stewart recovered Rashad Jennings' blocked punt of Sav Rocca in the end zone. Flynn got into the act as well with an impressive 81-yard drive that featured a 34-yard pass to Denarius Moore and was capped by the 18-yard TD to rookieMychal Rivera. Washington's defense took over after that, harassing Flynn all afternoon. "They definitely handle themselves back there differently," Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski said. "So we have to try to block differently. It's tough to change at the drop of a hat, though. We found out last night we have a different quarterback so we have to adjust to that." NOTES: Redskins LB London Fletcher played in his 244th consecutive regular-season game, passing Bill Romanowski for most by a defensive player since the 1970 merger. ... Flynn's seven sacks were the most for a Raiders QB since Andrew Walter was brought down nine times in 2006 at Seattle.
Ok, Nation..we finally have a Sunday night game upon us thanks to the mighty Oakland Athletics! (Congratulations btw!) Let's get ready for the San Diego Chargers! If we have our healthy ballers available? Sky is the damn limit!!! Let's get it done, Nation! See you on the Dark Side, Darth Raider