SNF: WASHINGTON REDSKINS vs OAKLAND RAIDERS
WASHINGTON REDSKINS vs OAKLAND RAIDERS
By: Robert L. Porter Jr.
This weeks installment of Sunday Night Football brings us a matchup that we do not see that often in primetime, the NFC East’s Washington Redskins host the AFC West’s Oakland Raiders. This will be a showdown of 2 of last years top gunslingers.
The Raiders received the opening kick and after a 1st down run by Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr attempted a deep pass to Amari Cooper that was intercepted by Montae Nicholson. Washington takes over and moves down the field with a balanced attack. A Kirk Cousins 22 yard pass to Chris Thompson gives the Skins a 7-0 lead. On the Raiders 2nd drive a pair of Preston Smith sacks forced a punt. Washington’s 2nd drive also was a 3 & out. The Cousins TD is the lone points scored in the first period as we head to the 2nd with Carr and the Raiders with possession.
The quarter starts with a 3rd & 9 and a drop by Cooper that brings Marquette King in to punt again. Another Carr INT, this time by Kendall Fuller ends a good looking Raiders drive. Samaje Perine gave Washington a solid spark in his first start, his tough running slowed the Raiders pass rush and helped sustain a very good drive that ended with a Vernon Davis TD from 18 yards out making it 14-0 Skins.
Jalen Richard was the running back of choice on the next drive for Oakland but the result was the same, another King punt. 2 big plays by Thompson set the Skins up for possible points before halftime but a solid third down stop brings the drive to an end and basically the half as well. 14-0 Washington leads and will receive the 2nd half kick off.
A Josh Doctson 52 yard TD catch from Cousins makes it 21-0 and leaves the Raiders reeling. After more sacks of Derek Carr and a very good punt return by Jamison Crowder the Skins ended up in field goal range but Dustin Hopkins missed a 52 yarder keeping the score 21-0. The Raiders have another unproductive drive but a muffed Crowder punt sets Oakland up at the 18 yard line. The Raiders finally get off the snide with a TD Pass by Carr to Jared Cook making it 21-7. On the Redskins next drive Cousins found Thompson on a 3rd & 19 for 74 yards to set up a goal to go situation, the Raiders were able to keep them out of the end zone but they are set to kick a field goal when the 4th quarter starts.
Hopkins bangs the 23 yard kick to make it 24-7. Redskins hold a 17 point lead. A Perine fumble at the 11 yard line gives Oakland the ball on the doorstep looking for 7 early in the 4th quarter. However, Some stout Redskins defense forced a Tavecchio field goal making it 24-10. Washington used their next drive to chew some time off the clock, another Dustin Hopkins kick from 28 yards out makes it a 17 point deficit again with 6:02 remaining. The game was already over by this point. The Redskins defense looked fast and physical all evening as they beat the Raiders up and sent them back to the west coast with their first loss of the season.
STARS OF THE GAME
Kirk Cousins – 23/28 365 yards 3 TDs
Chris Thompson – 188 total yards 1 TD
Washington Defense – 4 Sacks and 3 Turnovers
Vernon Davis – 5 rec 58 yards 1 TD
REDSKINS 27 – RAIDERS 10