Redskins vs. Raiders: Live Grades and Analysis for Oakland
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vs Washington Redskins Week 4
Game Analysis for the Oakland Raiders
Pass Offense: Flynn’s performance was atrocious. He finished 21-of-32 for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception. However, the interception went for a pick-six. Flynn was also sacked seven times.
Rod Streater, who is arguably Oakland’s best receiver, finished with two grabs for 18 yards.
It is painfully obvious to Raiders fans that the players believe in Pryor. The same cannot be said for Flynn.
Run Offense: Neither McFadden nor Reece were available in the second half for the Raiders. Backup running back Rashad Jennings managed to finish with 45 yards on the ground.
Flynn also failed to convert on 4th-and-inches in the red zone, basically sealing the game for the Redskins.
Pass Defense: RG3 finished with 227 yards in the air and a touchdown. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon caught six balls for 59 yards and a score. After four games, Oakland still does not have an interception.
Run Defense: The Oakland defensive line maintained the line of scrimmage, but the linebackers failed to pursue the ball-carrier. The Redskins finished the game with 122 yards on the ground. It is likely that the total would have been higher but for Morris leaving the game early with a rib ailment.
Special Teams: Janikowski missed a 52-yard field goal from the dirt patch. King continues to showcase a strong leg (44.9 average) but needs to improve on directional kicking. King also needs to continue working on his holding for Janikowski.
Coaching: With Pryor out and McFadden and Reece both leaving the game with injuries, the Raiders had little to work with on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, the Raiders relented only 17 points, an admirable effort given the circumstances.
First-Half Analysis for the Oakland Raiders
Pass Offense: Quarterback Matt Flynn passed to rookie tight end Mychal Rivera for an 18-yard touchdown grab. However, the only thing Raiders fans will remember is Flynn’s dreadful 45-yard pick-six. Flynn was also dropped three times for a loss of 12 yards.
Run Offense: Running back Darren McFadden initially looked explosive, but left the game with hamstring tightness. McFadden is questionable to return. He finished the half with five carries and 29 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Fullback Marcel Reece is also out for the game with a knee injury.
Pass Defense: The Oakland secondary held Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to 117 yards and no scores. Former Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson also sacked RG3 on a corner blitz.
Run Defense: Oakland held Washington running back Alfred Morris to only 43 yards on 12 carries. The defensive line needs to do a better job at winning the battle at the line of scrimmage, though.
Special Teams: Punter Marquette King boomed a 51-yard punt, which was downed by the coverage team at the Washington 10-yard line. After being backed up, Washington went three-and-out and Oakland blocked a punt attempt by Sav Rocca. Jeremy Stewart recovered the punt block for a touchdown. Later in the half, Oakland befuddled the Redskins and converted on a fake punt to Jacoby Ford.
Coaching: Dennis Allen deserves credit for judiciously holding Pryor out of today’s game. Allen also made a bold call with a fake punt on Oakland’s side of the 50-yard line. Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver needs to use halftime to address Washington’s hurry-up offense. Oakland struggled to adapt when Washington upped the tempo.
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