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Redskins @ Raiders – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 13, 2009 – 7:35 pm

This is going to be much stats-ier than I usually get, and there are a few reasons for that:

1) Because, as always on the road, I’m hurrying to make sure I don’t miss the bus. (Especially because this isn’t like being in Philly where I could just drive or take the train if worst comes to worse. Not an option here.)

2) Because I have more or less no idea how to think about an actual, honest-to-god dominating performance anymore.

3) Because, frankly, there really are a lot of cool stats that come out of this one.

Most of them are defensive, though, so let me take a second to highlight a few of the standout offensive performers.
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Redskins @ Raiders – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 13, 2009 – 6:44 pm

During that third quarter, there was some debate as to if the Redskins had become a passing team or if they were still a rushing team. Up until this quarter, the pendulum had swung pretty firmly toward passing team, but Quinton Ganther started to come to life in the third, and watching him run reminds me of the old Redskins way.

Ganther went into the half with five carries for 16 yards, an average of 3.2 yards per carry. In the third quarter, he got five more carries, this time for 28 yards, an average 0f 5.6 ypc. Plus, of course, the long pass reception. So that’s nice to see.

Nicer to see is that the Redskins are still a sacking team. Brian Orakpo has three sacks on the day, Andre Carter has one, which means that they’re both tied at 10 — the first time the team has had two players with double-digit sacks since 2000.

Now if they can finish this drive and then hold the lead — no sure thing — the plane ride home will be much more pleasant. Read more »

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Redskins @ Raiders – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 13, 2009 – 5:54 pm

I’ve been critical of the AP photographers at a couple of games this season — not enough pictures, or only cheerleader pictures, or only pictures of Drew Brees, for example. That’s not the case this game. They’ve been terrific, and I’d initially planned to use one of the pictures of Jason Campbell that they’ve got — him running, or “sliding,” or throwing his second touchdown to Fred Davis.

But, for me, the picture above tells a much truer version of the story of this game: LaRon Landry getting manhandled. He’s spent time at free safety and strong safety, but it hasn’t mattered: the Raiders gameplan seems to involve finding where he is on the field and throwing the ball to the guy he’s covering. For the most part, it’s worked. I’m halfway convinced that on the long pass that was overturned, Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski saw Justin Tryon in coverage and threw the ball because he mistook number 20 for number 30.

Landry’s also having problems with tackling, which is sort of frustrating for a safety. The good news, if you can call it that, is that’s Landry’s struggles have been the main negative for the Redskins on the day, and the team goes into the half leading by a touchdown.

Some more good things:

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Redskins @ Raiders – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 13, 2009 – 4:50 pm

This has been a seriously long first quarter — and mostly dull, too. The Redskins seemed to be sleepwalking through most of it, which I can sort of understand. Playing a game on the west coast is disorienting in the extreme; your body clock is off, the game feels like it’s starting at 4:00 even though it’s not, you wake up at 4:00 in your hotel room and can’t get back to sleep, so on and so forth.

The weather’s not helping either — it’s ranging from very rainy to slightly rainy, and cooler than you might expect. The stadium is forty years old, which is just adding to the dreariness.

Anyhow, here’s what looked good for the Redskins in the first quarter: Read more »

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Sunday, December 13: Follow Redskins @ Raiders On Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on December 13, 2009 – 1:53 pm

Well, it’s a cold and rainy day here at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which suits the mood of this circa-1966 building. I’m going to go brave the parking lots in a Redskins polo shirt and Redskins jacket, so if you don’t hear from me soon assume that I’ve been stabbed and left for dead by the legendarily frisky Raiders fans.

You know the drill by now: follow on Twitter — or on the Twackle module below — for updates from me (@redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald (@redskinsdotcom), and Larry Weisman (@LarryWeisman).

Offer your thoughts either with the gold colored respond button on the module, or in the comments section right here.

And back yet again is Redskins Gametime — virtually ALL the Redskins-related gameday content (including my stuff) in one handy interface. Redskins Powerboard is still going strong as well.

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