By Shawn Lealos
The Oakland Raiders opened the 2017 NFL season with two big wins and looked to be on their way to replicating their big 2016 season, where they finished with a 12-4 record. However, after their 2-0 start, it seems the Raiders might have overlooked the 1-1 Washington Redskins in Week 3 of the season. In what might be a minor shock to Raiders Nation, the Redskins welcomed the Raiders into their house and then proceeded to dominate Oakland, winning the game 27-10.
Here is a look at the Raiders team grades for their first loss of the 2017 NFL season.
Derek Carr was a finalist for the NFL MVP last season despite his season coming to an early end due to injury. However he came back down to earth in the loss to the Redskins. Carr had his first multi-interception game since 2015, tossing two interceptions and only throwing for 118 yards and one touchdown in the game. The Redskins sacked him four times, and Seth Roberts was the only wide receiver to have more than one reception in the game. Carr’s quarterback rating was an abysmal 3.5.
In all, when the 22 lost yards on sacks were added into the stat line, the Raiders ended up with only 128 yards of total offense in the game. Marshawn Lynch had six carries for 18 yards to lead the rushing attack. Tight end Jared Cook had a high in receiving yards with four receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown, while running back DeAndre Washington had five receptions for 24 yards and Seth Roberts had four for 20 yards. One week after exploding for three touchdown receptions, Michael Crabtree had one catch for seven yards.
If the Raiders offense looked bad, then their defense was horrible. Kirk Cousins shredded the defense for 365 yards passing and three touchdowns while completing 25 of 30 passes. The top receiver was running back Chris Thompson. After rushing for two touchdowns last week, he caught a touchdown pass this week, and now has four of the seven Redskins scores this season. In last night’s contest, he caught six passes for 150 yards and ran the ball eight times for 49 yards.
With Rob Kelley out of the lineup, Samaje Perine ran the ball 19 times for 49 yards. Vernon Davis and Josh Doctson chipped in touchdown receptions as well. Overall, the Oakland Raiders defense gave up 365 yards to the Redskins and put their offense in a 21-0 hole, taking away their chances to win the game. The only bright spot for the defense was linebacker James Cowser, who recovered two fumbles in the game. Those fumbles were caused by Khalil Mack and Cory James, who also led the team with 12 tackles.
Special Teams: B+
Giorgio Tavecchio remained perfect on the season as a replacement for Sebastian Janikowski. He hit his only field goal attempt from 22 yards out and one extra point. He is now a perfect 5-for-5 in field goals and eight-for-eight on point after attempts. Marquette King was also solid in the punting game. With Oakland unable to move the ball, King punted it away seven times and put four of them inside the 20.
The Raiders were thrown off their game plan due to early mistakes and a very powerful Redskins offense. Derek Carr threw an interception on the second offensive play of the game, and things went downhill from there. Because the Raiders fell behind early, Carr was asked to throw the ball 31 times compared to handing it off only 11 times in the game. This helped the Redskins defense focus on stopping Carr, which they did successfully. The Raiders had little chance to win the game and couldn’t recover from their early mistakes.
Up Next: Next week, Oakland will try to rebound with a divisional game against the Denver Broncos. With the Raiders now sitting at 2-1, they fall into a tie with Denver for second place in the AFC West behind the still unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Denver is also coming off a tough loss after starting the season with two straight wins, and the two teams will be fighting to keep pace behind the Chiefs while hoping for a Kansas City slip up.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Convinced no one outside their locker room gave them a chance to beat the Oakland Raiders, the Washington Redskins put together the kind of complete performance that made them worthy of the prime-time spotlight.
Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns, Chris Thompson had 188 all-purpose yards and a score and the Redskins sacked Derek Carr four times, forced three turnovers and held the Raiders to 128 yards in a dominating 27-10 victory on Sunday night.
“We wanted to show everybody what the Washington Redskins really could do because everybody didn’t give us a heck of a chance,” cornerback Josh Norman said. “Our boys showed up and they played some heck of a ball tonight and I can’t be more proud of them.”
Cousins was a spectacular 25 of 30, including TD passes to Thompson, Vernon Davis and a 52-yarder to Josh Doctson. Thompson had 150 yards receiving and 38 yards rushing, joining Jamaal Charles as the only running backs to put up 150 yards receiving against the Raiders (2-1) since they moved to Oakland in 1995.
“It’s just on us as running backs and receivers, offensive line, just basically beating our matchups and winning our matchups and Kirk, he’s going to get us the ball,” Thompson said. “I knew it was about time for him to have a big game, and he did a great job.”
Thompson was again a difference maker and has four of Washington’s seven offensive touchdowns this season. The Redskins (2-1), who piled up 472 yards, improved to 4-6 in prime-time games under coach Jay Gruden and tied the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East.
Under pressure all night, Carr was 19 of 31 for 118 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Carr had thrown 112 consecutive passes before being picked off by Montae Nicholson on the second play of the game.
“I’ve got to take care of the ball better and I will,” Carr said. “This isn’t alarming, but we did get punched in the mouth and it’s all about how we respond.”
Oakland’s rushing offense, which came in ranked fifth in the NFL, managed just 32 yards.
“Days like this can happen,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “You just don’t want it to happen very often.”
The Raiders went 0 of 11 on third down as part of their anemic offensive effort. Their 47 first-half yards were their fewest since Week 14 against Denver in 2015, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Oakland’s only touchdown, a 21-yard pass from Carr to Jared Cook, came after the Redskins’ Jamison Crowder muffed the punt return and the Raiders recovered at the Washington 18. The Raiders had scoring drives of 18 and 8 yards.
REDSKINS SACK MASTERS
The Redskins’ defensive front dominated the Raiders’ offensive line for much of the games. Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan each had a solo sack and rookie Jonathan Allen was in on two – with Junior Galette and Matt Ioannidis.
“We pride ourselves on being a physical group on offense and defense,” Allen said. “To go out there and have a team performance like we did is something special.”
It was the most sacks of Carr since the 2015 finale against Kansas City (six).
Washington’s Dan Snyder followed the lead of a handful of other owners by linking arms with his players on the sideline during the national anthem. Seven Redskins players kneeled: tight ends Jordan Reed and Niles Paul, receivers Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Brian Quick and linebackers Chris Carter and Ryan Anderson.
“One brother, you mess with one, you mess with us all,” Norman said. “Nobody is divided in this. We were in unity, and we wanted to stand for something.”
A vast majority of Raiders players sat on the bench arm in arm. Carr was among those standing, along with Del Rio.
Raiders: WR Michael Crabtree left with a chest injury. … CB Sean Smith returned from a neck injury and was beaten down the field by Davis and others.
Redskins: Reed (chest/rib), RB Rob Kelley (rib), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder) were all inactive . … RB Samaje Perine injured his hand on the play he fumbled in the fourth quarter. … OT Ty Nsekhe suffered a groin injury.
Raiders: Visit the Denver Broncos in an AFC West matchup Sunday.
Redskins: Visit the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, Oct. 2.
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By Shawn Lealos
The Oakland Raiders head into their Week 3 game against the Washington Redskins and seem to be healing up quite nicely from their early-season injuries.
Sebastian Janikowski was placed on the injured reserve list right before Oakland’s Week 1 game, but since that point, it seems all the Raiders’ injured players have healed up, and they head into the Washington game with only one player remaining on the list.
The Recovered Raiders
The Oakland Raiders opened the week with seven players listed on the injured reserve list. Out of those players, six of them were not listed when the Raiders released their final injury report on Friday. On the defensive side of the ball, Gareon Conley (CB) practiced fully on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday, and Keith McGill II (DB) practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday, but was not listed as practicing on Friday. Both players were removed completely from the injured list on Friday.
On the offensive side of the ball, tight end Jared Cook (shoulder) practiced in limited fashion on Wednesday and Thursday and in full on Friday. Wide receiver Amari Cooper (knee) and running back DeAndre Washington (hamstring) also worked limited for the two earlier days and worked in full on Friday. Fullback-running back Jamize Olawale practiced in full all week.
Cooper hasn’t missed a game this season, despite being listed on the injured report, and has caught nine passes for 95 yards and one touchdown in the two games so far. Jared Cook has also played both games this season, with nine receptions for 81 yards. Both are expected back on the field as starters as well.
The only player left on the Raiders injury report is cornerback Sean Smith. Despite his questionable designation, he practiced in full on Wednesday and Friday and was limited on Thursday. Smith is a starting cornerback and played well against the Tennessee Titans in the season opener. Smith has a neck injury and missed the team’s Week 2 game. The good news for Raiders fans is that head coach Jack Del Rio said that if “probable” was still an option for the injury report, that is how Smith would be listed.
Washington Redskins injuries
The Washington Redskins had 11 players on their injury list when the week started and still had five listed as questionable on Friday. Two of those injuries are to key stars. The biggest superstar is Josh Norman (shoulder). He was limited in practice all week with an AC joins sprain he suffered in the win over the Los Angeles Rams. Norman said that he plans to play in this game regardless, pointing out that he wants on the field for primetime games.
The second biggest question mark is for tight end Jordan Reed. He has been one of the top tight ends in the NFL for the past few years and had a rib and sternum injury. He suffered the injuries against the Rams, but he said that he has every intention of playing. However, it will end up as a game-time decision.
Finally, Rob Kelley is questionable with a rib injury. If he is unable to play this weekend, rookie Samaje Perine will likely get the start. Other Redskins injuries include linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) and safety Montae Nicholson (shoulder).
Oakland Raiders Injury Report
- Sean Smith, CB – Neck/Shoulder – Full Practice