For the fourth straight week, the Washington Redskins enter the locker room at halftime down, this time trailing 14-10 to the Oakland Raiders. At times the Redskins have looked like they’ve solved their early season struggle and then others–it’s the same problems that have them in an 0-3 hole.
The offense stalled on the first three drives of the game, but after offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan elected to go no-huddle heavy, the Redskins gains yardage in large chunks, getting down to within the Raiders 10-yard line. Unfortunately, all they could settle for is a field goal after an intentional grounding call moved the team back to the 18-yard line.
The defense has had it’s best collective performance to date, limiting the damage after an early touchdown. David Amerson telegraphed Matt Flynn locking in on one of his wide receivers and recorded his first interception and pick-six of the campaign. Ryan Kerrigan also added to his torrent start with his fourth sack in as many games.
If any unit symbolizes the Redskins’ up-and-down day, it’s the special teams unit. Sav Rocca had one of his three punts blocked, but John Potter is two-for-two on extra point attempts, nailed a chip shot field goal and each of his kickoffs have landed in or past the end zone.
Anyway, here’s how the third quarter went:
John Potter’s kickoff goes out of the end zone. Touchback to start the quarter.
Raiders 7th Drive:
1st and 10 <20: Matt Flynn with the play action fake…tries to elude collapsing pocket but can only muster a pass that soars well out of bounds.
2nd and 10 <20: Rashad Jennings gains four after meeting London Fletcher and having no choice but the succumb.
3rd and 6 <24: Flynn’s pass goes about two feet too wide of Brice Butler. Fourth down.
4th and 6 <24: Chris Thompson taken down at the 20 for no gain.
Redskins 7th Drive:
1st and 10 <30: Robert Griffin III with the keeper, gains a first down. Holding call however, negates gain.
1st and 13 <27: Griffin III rolls out to avoid Raider and passes it out of bounds for an imcompletion.
2nd and 13 <27: Griffin III hits Joshua Morgan on quick screen for a five-yard gain.
3rd and 8 <32: Griffin III avoids the chase and has to scramble out. No connection, fourth down.
4th and 8 <32: Raiders returner Jacoby Ford taken down by Darryl Tapp.
Raiders 8th Drive:
1st and 10 <37: Jennings bottled up by the defensive line.
2nd and 8 <39: Jennings gobbled up by Stephen Bowen for no gain.
3rd and 8 <39: Flynn flushed out of the pocket…hits Jeremy Stewart but short of yellow line. Fourth down.
4th and 2 <45: Punt rolls all the way down to the 11.
Redskins 8th Drive:
1st and 10 <11: Griffin III under center…Morris takes the hand off but can’t sift his way through Raiders D.
2nd and 12 <9: Griffin III slides after a gain of three. Not the greatest slide, but it served a purpose.
3rd and 9 <12: Griffin III hits Logan Paulsen for the longest gain of the day…but the Raiders force a fumble and recover it.
Raiders 9th Drive:
1st and 10 <42: Denarius Moore picks up seven on quick screen.
2nd and 3 <35: Jennings picks up two.
3rd and 1 <33: Redskins stuff fullback handoff in the backfield.
4th and 2 <34: Sebastian Janikowski’s 53-yard field goal attempt is NO GOOD! Known for his powerful leg, not so much his accuracy on that one though.
Redskins 9th Drive:
1st and 10 <42: Griffin III connects with Niles Paul in the flat.
2nd and 6 <46: Neutral zone infraction on Raiders.
2nd and 1 >49: Morris with his longest run of the game. First down!
1st and 10 >36: Morris makes a sharp cut to his right and gains seven.
2nd and 3 >29: Griffin III rolls out and tries to hit Fred Davis (first time I’ve used his name today) but it soars out of bounds. Debate on whether or not it was pass interference by zebras say no.
3rd and 3 >29: Leonard Hankerson with his biggest play of the day–a first down!
1st and 10 >12: Morris does not care how many Raiders are in front of him. He pushs his way through for a nine-yard gain.
2nd and 1 >3: Roy Helu Jr. stuffed in backfield.
3rd and 3 >5: Redskins 4-for-11 on third downs…make that 5-for-12. TOUCHDOWN Pierre Garcon! Quick slant befuddled rookie corner. Extra point is GOOD! Redskins have now scored 17 unanswered and lead by three.
Potter’s kick goes out of the back of the end zone. Touchback.
Raiders 10th Drive:
1st and 10 <20: Flynn’s play action creates space for Jamize Olawale and he gains enough for a first down.
1st and 10 <31: Jennings picks up seven. BUT holding was the reason behind his gaping hole.
1st and 20 <21: Shotgun…Jennings with a quick screen reception.
2nd and 12 <29: Flynn is sacked by Barry Cofield!
3rd and 18 <23: Make that six sacks in Oakland…Orakpo slams Flynn down.
4th and 23 <18: Ball downed at the 36.
Redskins 10th Drive:
1st and 10 <36: Helu Jr. gains a few. End of quarter.
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