The Oakland Raiders got off to a good start against the visiting Washington Redskins as they jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, but they surrendered 24 unanswered points over the next 3 quarters and they ultimately lost, 24-14 Sunday.
“We needed that so bad,” defensive end Ryan Kerrigan told ESPN. Kerrigan had 4 tackles and 2 sacks.”It really feels good. Seven was kind of the magic number today–we give up only seven points, we have seven sacks, scored seven points on defense. Great feeling right now.”
And as happy as the Redskins with the come from behind victory it hurt just as bad for the losing team.
“That one hurt, that one stung,” Oakland head coach Dennis Allen told ESPN. “I felt the way we were able to start out the game, get to 14-0, then we let them back in the game. Give them credit, they continued to fight. But we didn’t do enough to win the football game.”
Matt Flynn completed 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards, 1 TD and an interception, but he was sacked 7 times (the most a Raider QB has taken since they lost to Seattle in 2006) for a loss of 33 yards that prevented them from getting any momentum on offense. Terrelle Pryor’s speed and ability to make plays with his feet was definitely missed.
“They definitely handle themselves back there differently,” Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski told ESPN. “So we have to try to block differently. It’s tough to change at the drop of a hat, though. We found out last night we have a different quarterback so we have to adjust to that.”
Darren McFadden (5 carries for 29 yards) left the game early in the 2nd quarter with a hamstring injury and never returned. Rashad Jennings led the Raiders with 45 yards on 15 carries and he caught 8 passes for an additional 71 yards.
The much maligned Washington defense held Oakland to just 298 yards and more importantly, just 7 points. The Raiders first score of the game was on a block punt that Jeremy Stewart recovered in the end for a TD with 10:40 left in the opening quarter. Flynn threw an 18 yard pass to Rivera that made the score 14-0 with 3:06 left in the first to complete all the scoring they would get for the day.
Robert Griffin III completed 18 of 31 passes for 227 yards, including a 5 yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon in the 3rd quarter that gave the Redskins the deciding score and a 17-14 lead. He ran just 3 times for 10 more yards. Roy Helu added a 14 yard TD to cement the win with 6:59 left in the 4th quarter.
Alfred Morris had a game high 71 rushing yards on 16 carries and Helu added 41 yards on 13 carries.
-Fullback Marcel Reece left the game with a knee injury and didn’t return.
-Washington LB London Fletcher played in his 244th consecutive game, passing former Raiders LB Bill Romanowski.
-What seemed to indicate it was one of those days, the always steady and consistent Sebastian Janikowski missed a 52 yard field goal halfway through the 3rd quarter.
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