Week 4: Redskins @ Raiders

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Updated: September 27, 2013
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Time: 4pm EST
TV: Fox (Dick Stockton and Ronde Barber)
Radio: ESPN Sportstalk 980
Odds: Redskins -2.5 (43.5 over/under)

FOX has the doubleheader this week, with FOX5 carrying the Giants at Chiefs in the early game. Our early CBS game features the Ravens at Bills. Most of the country is getting the Eagles at Broncos on the FOX late game, with only the Mid-Atlantic and Northern California getting our game.

With their bye week looming in week five, the Redskins are desperately seeking their first victory of the 2013 regular season. Washington is in Oakland for a 425 p.m. EST kickoff at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. The game marks the return of head coach Mike Shanahan to the AFC West, the division he held coaching jobs with the Denver Broncos and Raiders.

The Redskins will again look to Robert Griffin III to key the offense, the reigning offensive rookie of the year has passed for more than 300 yards each game this season, all losses. While many are hoping RG3 will begin contributing on the ground, Alfred Morris has been doing his part with more than 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns. While the offense needs to show improvement, it is the defense that has been having record setting problems. The Skins D is ranked dead last, 32nd in the NFL in team total defense. Washington has allowed nearly 1500 yards in the first three games, the most in NFL history. The game is a homecoming of sorts for cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who played with the Raiders before arriving in Washington.

Analysis: Where do we begin? RG3 has reportedly been practicing the read option this week. It is no coincidence that Alfred Morris is finding less running room without the perimeter threat Griffin provided last season. Washington’s young receivers haven’t stepped up consistently to help Pierre Garcon, with veteran Santana Moss the only other reliable target. It appears Fred Davis is being phased out with rookie Jordan Reed being eased into the position. The offensive line has held up physically so far, but without the dynamic attack of last season, weaknesses, not limited to right tackle have been exposed. Defensively, the front seven hasn’t been as bad as the numbers indicate. Depth is a problem as the group battles without the likes of Adam Carriker, Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson. Jenkins and Jackson return after the bye, Carriker’s return is a question mark. The outside linebackers have been carrying the load, while Perry Riley is taking over as the leader in the middle. The secondary is quite possibly a bigger problem than it was a year ago. One rookie safety is out for the year, the other benched, leaving career reserve Reed Doughty and the unpredictable Brandon Meriweather without much behind them. Rookie David Amerson is a good one and the team has gone with three corners and a safety in an effort to get the best talent on the field. Sav Rocca continues to excel at age 40, but without Kai Forbath, the other half of the kicking game is unreliable.

The Raiders are coming off a 37-21 loss to the Broncos in Denver on Monday Night Football. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has shown his enormous potential since being named the Oakland starter, but is questionable for Sunday as he recovers from a concussion. If Pryor is unable to play, backup Matt Flynn is expected to be under center for the Raiders. While Pryor leads the team in rushing, the running game is centered around Darren McFadden. Wide receiver Denarius Moore had a breakout game in Denver and will start opposite Rod Streater. Linebacker Kevin Burnett leads the silver and black with 19 tackles, while future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson captains the secondary.

Dennis Allen became the 18th head coach in Raiders history in January of last year. The 41 year old Allen has a 5-14 record since taking over for former ‘Skins assistant coach Hue Jackson after the 2011 season.

INJURIES
WAS
Brandon Meriweather S – Full Participation in Practice
Jordan Reed TE – Did Not Participate In Practice
Kai Forbath K – Did Not Participate In Practice
Leonard Hankerson WR – Full Participation in Practice
Jerome Murphy CB – Did Not Participate In Practice
Ryan Kerrigan LB – Full Participation in Practice
Brandon Jenkins LB – Did Not Participate In Practice
Fred Davis TE – Limited Participation in Practice
OAK
Sio Moore LB – Limited Participation in Practice
Lucas Nix G – Limited Participation in Practice
Tracy Porter CB – Limited Participation in Practice
Jamize Olawale RB – Full Participation in Practice
Jason Hunter DE – Did Not Participate In Practice
Terrelle Pryor QB – Limited Participation in Practice
Menelik Watson T – Did Not Participate In Practice
Tyvon Branch S – Did Not Participate In Practice

STATS
Washington Leaders
Passing: Griffin III – 88-139, 975 yds, 5 tds
Rushing: Morris – 40 car, 225 yds, 2 tds
Receiving: Garcon – 23 rec, 280 yds, 1 td

Oakland Leaders
Passing: Pryor – 53-81, 624 yds, 2 tds
Rushing: Pryor – 26 car, 198 yds, 0 tds
Receiving: Moore – 11 rec, 167 yds, 2 tds

GAME NOTES
REDSKINS: Since 2012, QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III is only NFL player with 4,000+ pass yards (4,175) & 850+ rush yards (877). In 3 games vs. AFC, has 0 INTs (94 att.)…RB ALFRED MORRIS has rushed for 70+ yards in 17 of 20 career games (incl. playoffs) with 8 100-yard games. Since Week 12, has rushed for 969 yards (107.7 per game) & 10 TDs. His 10 TDs are most in NFL & his 969 yards rank 2nd. In 4 games vs. AFC, has rushed for 353 yards (88.3 per game) & 4 TDs…WR PIERRE GARÇON is 1 of 2 players in NFC (JULIO JONES) with 7+ catches in all 3 games to start 2013. Had TD catch in only game vs. Oak. (12/26/10 with Ind.). TE FRED DAVIS had career-high 2 TDs in last meeting. WR SANTANA MOSS needs 113 yards to reach 10,000 career rec. yards. In past 3 vs. Oak., has 14 catches for 257 yards (85.7 per game) & TD…LB BRIAN ORAKPO had career-high 4 sacks in last meeting, 1 of 6 career games with 2+ sacks. LB LONDON FLETCHER has played 243 consecutive games. Had sack last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB RYAN KERRIGAN is only player in NFL with 10+ sacks (19) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 5. CB DE ANGELO HALL had 3 INTs in 8 games for Oak. in 2008. Had 17-yard INT-TD last week…RAIDERS: Rank 1st in AFC & 3rd in NFL in rush yards (446)…QB TERRELLE PRYOR had career-highs in passing yards (281), comp. pct. (67.9) & rating (112.4) vs. Broncos, incl. 73-yard TD. Leads NFL QBs with 198 rush yards in 2013…In past 6 vs. NFC, RB DARREN MC FADDEN is averaging 95.5 scrimmage yards per game (573 total). Has rushed for 100+ yards or scored rush TD in 3 consecutive games. Threw 16-yard TD pass to FB MARCEL REECE, McFadden’s 1st career completion. Reece aims for 3rd game in row with TD. In last home game vs. NFC (NO on 11/18/12), Reece had career-high 103 rushing yards…WR DENARIUS MOORE has TD reception in 3 of past 4, incl. 73-yarder vs. Broncos…DE LAMARR HOUSTON has sack in 3 of past 4, incl. sack-fumble vs. Broncos. S CHARLES WOODSON ranks 2nd among active players with 55 INTs (ED REED, 61). Leads team with 19 tackles. Has INT & 2 FRs in 3 career games vs. Redskins.

ESPN’s NFL Live crew with a quick take on Sunday’s matchup.

The Redskins trail in all-time matchups with the Raiders with four wins in twelve meetings. Washington won the last time the two teams met, 34-13 in December, 2009.

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