Redskins Roundup: Finally, a happy Monday

Updated: September 30, 2013
RG3 to Helu


The Washington Redskins got their first win of the 2013 season yesterday, going on the road to defeat the Oakland Raiders 24-14. Read The 5th Quarter for the good, the bad, the ugly and what it all means.

Who got it done and who did not for the Redskins yesterday?

Find out by reading Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down. Video highlights of the game.

PLAY OF THE GAME : David Amerson‘s 45-yard interception and return for a touchdown.

Mike Shanahan‘s postgame presser highlights.

John Keim has the Redskins locker room buzz after the win.

John Keim’s rapid reaction right after the win.

OLB Brian Orakpo, who had two sacks of Washington’s seven yesterday, talks about the success of the pass rush against the Raiders.

More on that pass rush from John Keim.

Tarik El-Bashir calls it a season-saving win.

RG3 said the team just needed a win:

“We had to do whatever it takes to come out of this 1-3 going into the bye week,” said quarterback Robert Griffin III.

A grizzled veteran who had a bad drop yesterday, puts it in perspective:

“It’s just one win,” wide receiver Santana Moss said. “You can’t sit here and say we’re world-beaters.”

Times columnist Nathan Fenno isn’t buying the Redskins yet:

Other than the scoreboard, though, the Redskins didn’t provide reason for optimism about this team in 60 mistaken-ridden minutes.

The story of self-inflicted problems is familiar — the story, really, of this unraveled season that this game did nothing to end.

Nothing that unfolded on the dirt infield between the desperate pounding of “Back in Black” showed the unprepared, unfocused group is ready to become the playoff contender so many predicted.

Brian McNally writes up the game report in the Washington Times.

Yesterday was the first time all season RG3 didn’t throw for at least 300 yards. It was also Washington’s first win. By throwing less, not turning the ball over and by being more efficient [eventually], Washington’s offense finally got going and got the win.

The Redskins made good use of the no-huddle offense yesterday, starting in the first quarter, as an antidote to what ails them when moving the ball. They didn’t stick with it, though, and they probably won’t.

5 things learned in the Redskins win over the Raiders.

Rich Tandler gives us 5 things we learned about the Redskins defense.

RG3 and Roy Helu sparked the second half comeback.

RB Alfred Morris ran for 71 hard yards yesterday, but left early after a rib contusion suffered on his final play of the game — a 9-yard ramble that set up Washington’s go-ahead touchdown.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game Morris does not have broken ribs and he will now have the bye week to get ready for the Cowboys in two weeks.

It wasn’t all good news for the Redskins — they gave up a blocked punt returned for a touchdown and allowed the Raiders to convert a fake punt. Special teams problem were, uh, a problem.