Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) is tackled by Oakland Raiders defensive end Jack Crawford (91) and teammates during the third quarter at Coliseum. The Redskins defeated the Raiders 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders-Washington Redskins: Game Recap: Defense Is The Boss

There is no excuse for sitting in the pocket and not delivering the ball.  If you stand in one spot, eventually somebody will get to you.  Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn proved time and time again that he could get sacked.  Great stats Matt Flynn, great stats.  Wow, and to think that I supported this guy before I saw Terrelle Pryor in full action.  So much for the thought that a successful game by Flynn would have created a quarterback controversy.  No controversy at all, Pryor is the guy, and we, Raider Nation, saw just how much the Raiders need his skill set.

Even with the loss of Darren McFadden (Glass?) and Marcel Reece, Rashad Jennings stepped up and played well.  The Raiders lost Terrelle Pryor, and you’d think that Matt Flynn would want to step up, but I guess he’s reserved to his back-up role.  I’m over it, just had to vent a bit.

Offensively, the game was terrible.  Except for a few good plays made by TE-Mychal Rivera, WR-Denarius Moore, and early runs by Darren McFadden, the offense ran by Matt Flynn fizzled away and dried up in the dirt of Coliseum.  Please come back TP2.

Defensively, the Raiders played a very strong game.  They held RGIII and Alfred Morris to minimal yards.  When they got backed up against their own end zone, the Raiders “D” stood their ground and only gave up minimal points.  Once again, the defense only allowed one touchdown.  The other touchdown came from Matt Flynn throwing a pick-six.  Not the defenses fault.  Two turnovers were forced, but the Zebra’s ensured that the Raiders only got to count one of them.  The other was called back due to a bogus “Neutral Zone” infraction on Lamarr Houston.  Oh well, I guess the NFL always has to have some type of impact on the game.

Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10, right) is sacked by Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) during the second quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The defense swarms to the ball carrier and attacks the football.  I love watching this take place.  It’s especially cool when the Raiders are wearing their black jersey’s.  Kevin Burnett, Sio Moore, Charles Woodson, Mike Jenkins, Nick Roach, and Brandian Ross all had really good performances within this game.  They were forcing fumbles and making key tackles.  Several tackles for loss were made and it was intense.  As this team progresses and grows even more, they will come together and be a dominant force.  The best play on defense came when Charles Woodson sacked RGIII for a big loss on 4th down and short.  Kudos to Woodson, C-Wood!

Now, the Raiders need to find that offense that works consistently.  What formula works best?  I don’t know, but I feel like there is talent wasting away on the sidelines and within the huddle.  I’ll go back and watch the game again, but the immediate problem that I could see was the lack of Flynn trusting his receivers to make the tough catches.  He should have thrown it.  I would rather he throw two-three interceptions if he is throwing the ball to a receiver wearing Silver and Black.  Unfortunately, he threw the one pick to a player wearing a Redskins uniform.  Oops, guess that pass got away from him.

Injuries killed the Raiders today.  Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece went out within the first quarter of play.  McFadden injured his hamstring and Reece is now dealing with a knee injury.  Not a good sign for our offense.  Let’s hope both of these players can get back onto the field for the game against the San Diego Chargers this week.  At least my week will be filled with hater Bolts fans trying to profess how good the Chargers are this week.  It should make for some fun interactions.

Keep your head up Raider Nation, I’m trying to.  We’ve still got a lot of season left, and the Raiders can get this thing turned around.  The good news is that Menelik Watson should be returning to the offensive line this week.  A few more weeks, and the line will have Jared Veldheer back.  If the Raiders can get something rolling by then, the season will only get better.  Tough loss to watch today, but I keep the faith going.  I really love the way our defense plays.  Go Raiders!

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Tags: Brandian Ross Charles Woodson Kevin Burnett Lamarr Houston Matt Flynn Mike Jenkins Nick Roach Oakland Raiders Terrelle Pryor Washington Redskins

  • phil s

    Were is. Our #1 draft pick? Our d played good I agree but #25 is not making the impact a #1 pick should

  • Fernando Maestas

    Check out the stat line… The leading receiver for the Skins was Garçon with 59 yards… Hayden wasn’t a casualty that’s for sure. He was covering like a blanket.. Not much was thrown his way… That’s the kind of DBs we want here… Especially considering how often our defense was on the field.

  • Fernando Maestas

    This defense is beast! We won the time of possession battle, however, a pick 6 washes any TD drive away so you can almost take up to 8 minutes from Flynns offensive effort because you end up getting the ball again, adding more time of possession minutes. So… There for, our defense was used more then meets the eye. Gotta be proud of these guys,… The D played like they have been together for at least 2 years. The run D is hot! Great upgrade for years to come. We had lots of questions answered this game! We know we don’t need as much help on defense, we know our WRs can make tough plays, even if the throws are crap, and we now know our OL isn’t so bad after all; regardless of Flynn spending most of his beautiful California day on the ground. These next division games are going to be key for us to catch up. I’m looking forward on seeing Pryor under center again! PS: Pryor! Dude, don’t ever say you don’t remember the game you just played in on social media if you really want to play…. Way too much money was shelled out recently to players that suffered concussions. For now on, the NFL has their hand in cookie jar on decisions having to do with concussions. If you can’t remember, consult with your physician …not Twitter. We missed you today brother

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I don’t know what you want from a rookie. He’s going to have some struggles. Change of speed from college, and he’s coming back from an injury in which he didn’t get to be there for the entire camp. Remember, his first game was against the Chicago Bears in week three of the pre-season. You’ll see him start to figure things out as the season progresses. However, he blanketed the receivers. Demaryius Thomas last week, Pierre Garcon this week, that’s pretty darn good if you ask me. Great job DJ!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    True that, Raider Fern, true that!

  • phil s

    Guess we are e watching to different games when the ball does come his way they are big plays for the other team TD’s, pi. If they go our way we are still in the games. I guess we as fans can wait for our #1′s big pay check to clear 1st before they step up for Oakland seems to be a trend for our team.