Redskins Thumbs up and Thumbs down, Week 4

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Updated: September 29, 2013
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The Redskins taste victory for the first time this season with a 24-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. Here are your thumbs Up and Thumbs down.

THUMBS UP

RB Roy Helu: Helu scored the icing TD that out the Raiders away. He had a helluva run with a nice hurdle, something we expect from him. He had a helluva preseason and with Alfred Morris leaving with injury, he picked right back up. Helu gained 84 combined yards, 41 rushing and 43 receiving. He was Washington’s second half offensive attack.

The Pass RusH: Kind of an obvious choice, wouldn’t you say? The Redskins pass rush had pressure on Matt Flynn for a big chunk of the game that resulted in a whopping 7 sacks. Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, and Barry Vofield each had two sacks. Daryl Tapp added another. The defense also racked up 7 tackles for loss and forced a huge fumble late in the fourth on a Raiders attempt at a fourth down conversion. I will say it here loudly and with confidence, Ryan Kerrigan is ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS in the NFL.

THUMBS DOWN

Special Teams: They are far, far from special. The return game, like normal, was nonexistent. They allowed a blocked punt for a TD and a fake punt conversion. Chris Thompson averaged a mere 5.5 yards per punt return. Simply awful. Are we sure Danny Smith isn’t still here?

Tackling: Just like all season, this team tackles like a high school football team. Basic fundamental tackling is lost on this defense. Today was no different.