Washington overcomes rough start, knocks off Oakland for first win


The Redskins will not end September without a win.

Nor will they enter October without a good deal of hope when it comes to defending their NFC East title.

The Redskins’ 24-14 victory at Oakland on Sunday leaves them just one game out of the division lead after Dallas fell at San Diego. The Eagles — winless since beating Washington in Week One — are also 1-3 after a lopsided loss at Denver. The Giants are alone in last at 0-4 after a 24-point defeat at Kansas City.

Washington’s defense, panned for its play in the first three games, helped key the victory at Oakland. Outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan each had two sacks, as did defensive lineman Barry Cofield.

The Raiders scored the game’s first 14 points, but they struggled thereafter. Quarterback Matt Flynn threw an 18-yard first-quarter TD pass to tight end Mychal Rivera, but he also had an interception returned for a score by Redskins cornerback David Amerson.

Washington took the lead for good on a five-yard TD pass from Robert Griffin III to Pierre Garcon late in the third quarter. Griffin III had a solid game, completing 18-of-31 passes for 227 yards and the touchdown. Once again, he was not much of a rushing threat, gaining 10 yards on three carries.

Both teams lost running backs to injury. Raiders tailback Darren McFadden departed with a hamstring injury, while Washington’s Alfred Morris left with a rib ailment. The Raiders also lost their fullback, Marcel Reece, to a knee injury.

Roy Helu Jr., who replaced the injured Morris late in the third quarter, had a 14-yard fourth-quarter TD run to give Washington its final points with 6:59 left. Helu’s touchdown came two plays after Flynn was sacked by Kerrigan, who caused a fumble recovered by Cofield.

The Raiders put together one nice drive after falling behind by 10, but they were stopped on a 4th-and-1 play at the Washington 17 when Flynn fumbled with less than four minutes left. The Raiders had two timeouts left.

Oakland (1-3) faces San Diego on Sunday, Oct. 6. Washington has its bye in Week Five.

57 responses to “Washington overcomes rough start, knocks off Oakland for first win

  1. Look at it! Look at the Washington Redskins and how they dominate on an even playing field! This is what Greatness looks like! I told you all that God’s Team was going to rise like a Phoenix from the ashes. Where are the critics huh!? This is what happens when we TRY to win! This was the plan Shanahan and RGIII talked about in preseason all along. Try things out for three weeks and then BAM…take the league by storm. September 29, 2013…the day Superbowl XLVIII Champion Washington Redskins lead by Robert Griffin the 3rd stopped letting up and began dominating the league. Move over Cowboys…here comes Papa Washington to take over the NFC East for Good in 2 weeks! #BurgundyandGoldStandard

  2. Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  3. Offensively still not where it needs to be. But hey, at least no picks. That’s a lot more than Flacco can say. Defense actually carried us this game. Lets rest up and get after these Cowboys after they lose to Denver.

  4. Haha, the same team that some homers were saying was gonna upset the broncos. Before you get all excited after one win Oakland, you need to remember: IT. WAS. JACKSONVILLE.

  5. Eh……spotting the other team fourteen points means a team not making the playoffs.

    At least,RG3 doesn’t have to hear all the nonsense when it’s the defense AND the offense that needs work.

    But a win is a win is a win.

    One game at time -Washington.

  6. Still aren’t where they need to be, but Washington can build on this win, regroup, and get ready for you-know-who…. Plus Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson come back, key reserves, two weeks to prepare…. Hail!!

  7. How did Matt Flynn get 2 chances to be a starting QB????? I mean he is soooo awful. I mean I don’t get it. They would have won if TP played. Flynn can’t read a defense and has no mobility or an arm. Did he even throw the ball past 30 Yards? I don’t think he’s gonna get another start again. He probably will be out the league next year. He sucks……

  8. Oh logicalvoice.

    I’m a Skins fan and they still looked TERRIBLE. This game was painful to watch.

    30% on third downs, more missed tackles, a blocked punt returned for a TD, no touchdowns in the first half, and an opposing QB who didn’t even take the majority of first team snaps during practice this week…and STILL completed over 60% of his passes off the bench.

    Still a lot of work to do.

  9. norcal031 says:
    Sep 29, 2013 8:35 PM
    Man you Redskin fans sound as delusional as Laker fans out here………

    What are you talking about? Other than Logical, who’s trolling, what comments are you talking about? Every fan has said it’s not where it needs to be or basically said “we suck”. So what exactly are you talking about?

  10. But back to the game.

    Jeez Flynn is terrible. He took about 5 sacks that he didn’t have to plus the INTs and fumbles. I was hoping McGloin would get a chance when it was 17-14 and the O not doing anything. Our D can only hold for so long. Congrats to the Skins tho, you should a lot of heart out there.

    PS: Pryor cant get back soon enough!

  11. What in the world did the Raiders ever see in Matt Flynn? This was the perfect game for him. Leagues worst defense statistically, and very inconsistent. O.k., you lose McFadden(what else is new?), you lose Reese, who doesn’t get many plays called for him anyway. It appears that you can’t throw the ball more than 25 yards. I mean really. You “check down” ad nauseam which wastes plays.

    I mean Flynn looks nothing like a “Pro” quarterback at all. He’s a guy that needs all day to throw, can’t improvise at all and his arm strength is non existent.

    Really scratching my head on his acquisition. Also, the coaching staff isn’t looking to bright either. You go up by 14 right off the bat and the entire team takes the rest of the afternoon off!!!!!!! It should have been obvious to the defense that they were going to have to win the game and they couldn’t adjust.

    Reggie McKenzie??? You really need to take a closer look at what’s really going on with this squad.

  12. Hey, where is realalitycheckbaby? Oh yeah, logicalvoices’s team won, he doesn’t need to slip over to his other log-in.

  13. P.S. And people were saying before the season that Pryor isn’t an NFL QB?? If he’s not, what in the world is Flynn?

    Their is no way I would have let Flynn finish that game. No way. This team needs to bring up the QB from the practice squad and cut bait with Flynn. He’s just a body on the foster!

  14. logicalvoicesays, Good God, it was the Raiders. about the equivalent of playing for home field advantage against Philadelphia Passion (no disrespect to the lingerie league intended)

  15. Redskins barely beat the lowly Raiders, and RG3 turns in a very average performance against a crappy D. Merry Christmas Redskins fans…this is as good as it gets.

  16. I knew as soon as they said that Pryor was inactive that the Raiders would lose this game.

    Flynn is who we thought he was.

  17. raiderapologist says: Sep 29, 2013 8:41 PM

    The Raiders should have started McGloin. Flynn looked like a guy that wants to get paid, but doesn’t want to play.
    Exactly, it was obvious that he didn’t even care.

    He wasn’t just bad, he wasn’t even just really bad, he was Blaine Gabbert bad.

  18. @ logical.
    Dude, they beat the Raiders lets not go talking about them takin the NFL by storm let alone winning the Super Bowl. It’s time to lay off the drugs hoss you’re taking it way to far. Plus the Redskins ain’t going to the Super Bowl, that spots already reserved for the Saints.

  19. My first post disappeared.
    Considering the “experts” had Oakland being the “worst team ever this year” I’m happy and proud of the effort so far. And logical, your team had to come back to beat the Raiders, who were penciled in to win Zero games this year, without their starting quarterback and after losing their starting running back and fullback. Congratulations on your first and only win of the year. I wouldn’t make Superbowl reservations just yet.

  20. Am I the only one that things this logical voice guy is a troll who is not nor ever has been a redskins fan? 1-3 and barely beating Oakland is nothing to celebrate(not that I should be talking right now).

    I mean no one can honestly believe the things that spew from his mouth, right?

  21. And that’s why Pryor got the start, that Oline is AWFUL. I didn’t think anything could be worst than the Caridinals line with Levi Brown but Oakland proved it. By the time the snap is handled and Flynn is in his first step the pocket has already collapsed.

    The only people that are saying Flynn is bad are raiders fans. Anybody else that watches the game knows that, that line is bad. Horrendous, awful, shouldn’t be in the NFL. And the longer the season plays, the more Pryor, Flynn and the back up that will never be a starter that they’re calling for will get hurt behind it.

  22. There’s no way logical voices is a real redskins fan.. What better way to get other people to hate a team than acting like a stupid , obnoxious fan??? Think about it, don’t fall victim to a troll

  23. Toronto, face it….no QB, No WR’s, No Def & no ORGANIZATION!!!! McFadden wallows in crap and wastes away while your crappy team keeps making bad decisions over & over.
    Come on over to Cincy, where a real team w/ a real QB resides. Plenty of room on the bandwagon but seats are running short.

    And logical…..really????? It’s the Raiduhs! Yes, you won…. But……it was the Raiduhs!

  24. Raider to-do list:
    * Find new homes for: 1) The Team, 2) Flynn, 3) Potentially McFadden.
    * Open Free Agency Wallet and beef up OL to protect one of the team’s brightest spots – Pyror
    * Deepen receiving corp

    Can’t win with Flynn. Probably a very nice guy but plays not to lose and Pryor plays to win.

    Too bad Latavius Murray is hurt. Would like to see what that guy could do.

  25. I was happy when the Hawks signed Flynn last year. Then watching him in preseason was not do happy. When it looked like Wilson would Erin the starting job guys elbow hurt, and he could not play. Seemed like an excuse to not Eton the job. He seems like clipboard Jesus (Charlie Whitehurst) a guy who did not want to start just collect a paycheck to be a back up.

    Someone needs to give it up logical you really can’t be a Skin’s fan, you have little to be happy about at this time.

  26. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 20, 2013 11:39 AM

    logicalvoicesays says: Sep 20, 2013 11:14 AM

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Anybody ever notice how logic guy is always within the first four posts of any given story, and all within four minutes of the articles release? The Redskins are already a polarizing team, and his comments provoke outrage, inflammatory debate, and unpleasantness on both sides, increasing traffic to these articles: traffic which, of course, translates directly into dollars for the writers.

    I’m not saying, I’m just saying. And moreover he doesn’t even have the lyrics right.

  27. This should never even need to be posted…but seriously…everyone on here realizes that logical is a troll right?

    I mean it’s painfully obvious to anyone who has ever logged on to the internet before, but the amount of people who take his posts seriously on here and call him out when the skins lose is frightening.

  28. joetoronto says:
    Sep 29, 2013 4:42 PM
    Andy Dalton is a noodle armed ginger and the Bungals suck.

    Go Brownies!

    209 28
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    And you’re a self professed Raiders fan? Yet you are rooting for another team? Fraud. You’ve been EXPOSED. The Nation doesn’t need fakes like you. Go root for the Broncos next week you bandwagon fraud.

  29. Fear not Raiders fan. Only 5 more losses and the remarkable run of 10 consecutive seasons w.o a winning record, including 7 straight seasons w.o a winning record (an NFL record), will stretch to 11 consecutive seasons w.o a winning record.

    Just lose, baby!

  30. Wow, the Raiders fan hate for Matt Flynn is funny, as if he’s seriously the biggest reason why they’re 1-3. Dennis Allen is a terrible coach. You can see in the same division what a coaching change can do. Kansas City, 2-14 to 4-0 this year. The Raiders are going to suck whether Matt Flynn or Terrelle Pryor is at quarterback until they get competent coaching.

  31. As a Redskins fan all of my future posts will begin with……Logicalvoicesays is a fool and does not in anyway represent Redskins Nation.

    Now to the game. Good to get a win, RG3 looks slow and is making bad reads, Defense still can’t tackle in open field, and the offense is fooling no one. Bye week could not have come at a better time for this team.

  32. jhorton83 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 1:44 AM
    Wow, the Raiders fan hate for Matt Flynn is funny, as if he’s seriously the biggest reason why they’re 1-3. Dennis Allen is a terrible coach.
    It is pretty strange. The guy is terrible, but I’ve never seen a fan base so upset at their own backup before he even stepped onto the field.

  33. RG3 isn’t the real deal… doesn’t matter how stellar a scrambler you are in the NFL….

    in the NFL, you scramble like that, then you take contact, and it’s not college contact, its azz busting career ending contact… RG3 couldn’t get his head around that and proved his ego and immaturity… as a result, he took two big hits and has been injured for over a year.

    RG3 will be retired injured in the next 2 years

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