What an awful performance.
The Oakland Raiders came into Sunday Night Football riding high off of two impressive performances against the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets. Then they fell back to Earth.
The Washington Redskins trounced the Raiders 27-10 in primetime. Trounce doesn’t begin to describe the domination that they put forth. Credit has to go to the coaching trio of Jay Gruden, Matt Cavanaugh and Greg Manusky for putting together a pitch-perfect gameplan to take down the Silver and Black.
It was a shocking end to an all-around unreal day in the NFL, which had numerous other upsets to go along with league-wide demonstrations against comments made by President Donald Trump last Friday. Both the Raiders and Redskins participated last night, with half of the former sitting together on the bench, and all of the latter linking arms (including team owner and Trump donor Daniel Snyder).
Regardless of real-world implications, the actual football game was painful to watch (unless you’re a Washington fan/Oakland hater). The Raiders offense could not get anything going. The pass rushing foursome of Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis were active all night. Linebackers Zach Brown and Martrell Spaight were tackling machines. Josh Norman allowed just one catch for 7 yards at cornerback.
Put all of that together, and Derek Carr had no chance of success, though he hurt himself with two bad interceptions, the first coming on his opening throw; rookie Montae Nicholson made a terrific play in double coverage. The second was a poor decision that resulted in a Kendall Fuller INT. Fuller also forced a fumble later in the evening. Both turnovers resulted in Redskins scores.
Carr went 19 for 31 and just 119 yards. He was 5 for 10 and 32 yards in the first half alone. Carr did covert a touchdown to Jared Cook after a Jamison Crowder muffed punt gave the Raiders easy field position. Their lone field goal also came from a fumble as well.
Cook was the high man receiving wise, catching 4 passes for 43 yards and the TD. Seth Roberts and DeAndre Washington managed 20 and 24 yards respectively, though the former got stripped by Fuller. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree were limited to a catch each, falling victim to Norman. Crabtree had to leave the game with a chest injury.
The Redskins also clamped down in the run game. Marshawn Lynch ran the ball just 6 times for 18 yards.
Defensively, the Raiders pass coverage reverted back to their usual habit of “leave the tight end and running back wide open.” Kirk Cousins thrived in response, going 25 for 30, 365 yards and 3 TDs. Chris Thompson did the most damage out of the backfield. He caught 6 passes for a whopping 150 yards and a TD. That includes a 74 catch-and-run on a third-and-long.
Vernon Davis and Josh Doctson had the other TDs. The former had 5 catches for 58 yards, while the latter snagged a 52-yard bomb from Cousins, his lone catch. David Amerson was beaten once again on the play. Crowder chipped in with 6 catches for 52 yards.
The Raiders were able to shut down the Redskins rushing attack, mainly due to Khalil Mack and Cory James. Rookie Samaje Perine struggled, carrying the ball 19 times for 49 yards. Thompson and Mack Brown did a bit better, getting 8 and 6 rushes for 38 and 27 yards, respectively.
James forced a fumble on Perine, which was recovered by James Cowser. Cowser also recovered Crowder’s muffed punt. Marquette King did his best to try and help his underperforming defense, punting 7 times and getting 4 inside the 20-yard line.
The Raiders did not convert a third down all night; they went 0-for-11. They also average just 2.9 yards per play.
Now 2-1, the Raiders will head to Colorado to take on the Denver Broncos next week. The Broncos were also upset yesterday by the Buffalo Bills. The Redskins, also 2-1, will play the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.