The Washington Redskins came away from Oakland with a victory, a victory that puts them at 1-3 going into a bye week that falls awfully early this year. The game “wasn’t a must-win, but you didn’t want to lose it,” is how Robert Griffin III described their plight.
From here, there’s a clear path ahead, given that the best team in the NFC East Division is 2-2 and the Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are 1-3. (To boot, Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson should return from four-game suspensions.)
“It’s a good situation for us right now, seeing the way our division’s played out,” Griffin said. “If we come back after the bye and get a win, we’re right back in first place, second place in the division and that’s a great scenario. All you have to do is win your division and you get in the playoffs. That’ll be our focus moving ahead.”
Enjoy the bye week. We’ll see you back here on the live blog for Cowboys-Redskins. Thanks for joining us.
From Robert Griffin III’s press conference:
“You’ve got to believe. We came in here knowing that we had to come out of here 1-3 and we had to make the best of our situation. We’re going into this bye week, guys will be able to enjoy their bye week a little big more after this win. Then we come back and we’ve got to get on a winning streak to get back to where we want to be.”
“I don’t think anybody was down. The leaders on the team, I think it was our job to make sure the guys know we’ve got to fight. We can’t turn over [and quit].”
Griffin talked about a locker-room “metaphor” he wouldn’t share, saying: “We’ve got a lot of brothers on this team and everybody sticks together and that’s what we did when we were down 14-0 and that’s what we’ve got to do the rest of the season.”
David Amerson’s pick-6 kept the defense on the field longer, but provided a needed lift.
“As an offense it helps you by putting points on the board, but it keeps you on the sideline a little bit longer. I think it was real rejuvenating for our team to see Amerson get that and to run it back was a positive thing for the team, a positive for the game and a positive thing for Amerson for his confidence.”
“Nobody wants to be at 1-3 four weeks into the season, don’t get me wrong. But we have to make the most of our situation and it’s a good situation for us right now, seeing the way our division’s played out. If we come back after the bye and get a win, we’re right back in first place, second place in the division and that’s a great scenario. All you have to do is win your division and you get in the playoffs. That’ll be our focus moving ahead.”
Mike Shanahan said it was his understanding that running back Alfred Morris does not have broken ribs. They’e “just sore.”
“[Roy Helu Jr.] did a good job, he did a good job. Alfred’s ribs are a little bit sore right now. I don’t know how serious it is, but we’ll wait and see on that. You want guys who will come in and do a good job when asked. … Roy was very prepared both in the running game and the passing game. He caught the ball very well and was able to grind out some tough yards at the end.”
Mike Shanahan press-conference highlights…
On rallying from a 14-0 deficit on the road:
“It’s tough. That’s why I was really pleased with our guys. You fall behind by 14 points, it’s very easy to look at the game going the other way, but our guys wouldn’t let it happen.”
On going into the bye with a win, especially in the dreadful NFC East:
“You’ve got to find a way to win. When you’re 0-3, a three-game losing streak’s not a lot of fun for anybody. To come here and get a win before the bye week, get a little bit health, it’ll be a big plus for us. Especially with everybody losing in the division, you feel like you might have gained a little bit of momentum. But we can’t worry about them; we have to worry about ourselves and start playing some really good football.”
With six likes, courtesy of RedskinsHottie:
“A win, is a win, is a win…”
It’s amazing what a win will do for morale, especially when the Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants all lose.
The Redskins' season: It's alive! It's alive! (Only 1 game out of first place.)
— Bob Cusack (@BobCusack) September 29, 2013
— Mark Phillips (@RedskinsReview) September 29, 2013
— Chad Savage (@ChadSavageMusic) September 29, 2013
The Redskins are baaaaack. We're so back. Next game against the Cowboys will be for 1st place. #HTTR
— Mack Williams (@IAmMackWilliams) September 29, 2013
Confidence is high:
There is 100% chance the Redskins won't lose next week
— Brian Mahan (@BrianMahan1) September 29, 2013
The Washington Redskins sacked QB Matt Flynn seven times and got 227 passing yards and one touchdown from Robert Griffin III to rally past the Oakland Raiders, 24-14. RB Alfred Morris left in the second half with a thigh bruise, but Roy Helu Jr. filled in admirably 41 rushing yards and a touchdown and two catches for 43 yards.
The Redskins have a 24-14 lead at the two-minute warning in the second half. With the Cowboys on the way to a loss, Washington, assuming it holds on to win, would be one game behind in the division heading into its bye week.
QB Matt Flynn attempts a sneak on fourth and one, but the Redskins stop him short of the first down. Washington takes over at its 16 with 3:23 to play.
Excellent planning to bring Redskins’ apparel to the hospital — and to get that whole birthing the baby thing done in time to watch the fourth quarter.
Roy Helu Jr., in the game for injured starting RB Alfred Morris, scores on a 14-yard touchdown run with 7:05 left in regulation for a 24-10 lead.
Ryan Kerrigan strips the ball from QB Matt Flynn, and Barry Cofield recovers at the Raiders 49.
is a Redskins win and an awful day for the rest of the NFC East — and the latter is materializing. Peyton’s Broncos are carving up the Eagles 49-13, Dallas is down two scores to the Chargers with just under seven minutes to play, and the hapless Giants fell 31-7 to the Chiefs.
This time Barry Cofield gets to Matt Flynn on third down, forcing Raiders to punt with 11:25 left in regulation. The Redskins have six sacks.
But Washington is without starting RB Alfred Morris, who left to the locker room with a thigh contusion. Roy Helu Jr. takes his place.
Brian Orakpo drops Matt Flynn on third down. Redskins take over at their 35 with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.
People noticed it.
That is a grown man spike pic.twitter.com/XaER2c8TdH
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) September 29, 2013
That Pierre Garcon spike bounced about 19 feet into the afternoon sky. Might be a new record. Go back and watch it. Unreal height.
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 29, 2013
That spike by Garçon had a little something extra on it.
— John Taylor (@johnmtaylor) September 29, 2013
The Redskins apparently will be without Alfred Morris after the starting running back headed to the locker room with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter. Morris has a rib contusion.
On the Fox broadcast, Dick Stockton continues to mispronounce Brian Orakpo’s name, which really isn’t that difficult to pronounce. He keeps saying “O-rap-ko.”
Of course, he’s also struggling with Helu and Garcon, but at least he isn’t calling the Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin Jr. this week.
With the Raiders blitzing up the middle, Robert Griffin III stood tall in the pocket before getting hit to deliver a strike to Pierre Garcon over the middle. It’s the first offensive touchdown of the game for Washington.
Pierre Garcon catches a five-yard touchdown from Robert Griffin III to give the Redskins a 17-14 lead with 2:58 to play in the third quarter.
Leonard Hankerson has a 17-yard reception as Redskins seek to take the lead.
The first turnover of the game doesn’t hurt the Redskins, who watch Sebastian Janikowski miss a 52-yard field goal try with 7:33 left in the third quarter.
The Raiders take over at the Redskins 42 following a 33-yard gain by tight end Logan Paulsen, who has the ball stripped.
The Redskins are back in the no-huddle that worked well in the first half. Raiders aren’t able to substitute defensively.
The defense holds again, but Washington will start at its 11-yard line for its second possession of the third quarter.
“Glee” star Naya Rivera was a little excited when her brother, Raiders’ tight end Mychal, caught a touchdown pass to put Oakland up 14-0.
We can only surmise the aggressive finger wag move will feature prominently in an upcoming dance sequence on the show, as she seems to have mastered it pretty well.
Redskins force three plays and punt on the first series of the second half. Washington has first and 10 at its 30.
Oakland is at its 20-yard line after 168 total yards in the first half.
Good shot of Rocca’s doomed first quarter punt that put the Raiders on the board and left Redskins fans stunned.
There are 500 women in florescent T-shirts doing some kind of Zumba dance on field. Cant they just go to the health club across the street?
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) September 29, 2013
This halftime show has matched first half for quality, precision and entertainment value . . . and it39;s civilians doing an exercise workout.
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) September 29, 2013
The Redskins ran the ball 14 times in the first half, with 12 carries going to Alfred Morris. Their best chance in the second half is to continue giving him the ball and mixing in play-action passes to Pierre Garcon. Even though the Raiders have been bringing a safety to the line of scrimmage regularly, Morris has been able to find running room.
unelaborated1: Someone needs to tell the Dedskins the shutdown isn’t until Tuesday. (5 likes)
Slick Rick: We’re going to win this game! (4 likes)
NosferatusCoffin: Broncos 14, Iggles 3. Bolts 7, Pokes 0. (3 likes)
In spite of a lackluster showing in the first half, the Redskins are very much in this game thanks to rookie CB David Amerson’s interception return for a touchdown. Robert Griffin III is 10 of 18 for 117 yards, and RB Alfred Morris has 12 carries for 43 yards. WR Pierre Garcon has five receptions for 54 yards.
Trainers are attending to the Redskins starting cornerback with 50 seconds to go in the first half.
Raiders will get the ball with two timeouts remaining.
The Raiders will have third down and eight at the Washington 47 when play resumes following the two-minute warning.
Robert Griffin III is sacked by Charles Woodson a fourth-down pass attempt. Raiders take over at their 49.
But Coach Mike Shanahan calls timeout with 3:04 to play until halftime. Looks like they’re rethinking whether to go for it from the Raiders 39-yard line.
Robert Griffin III completes a short pass to Roy Helu Jr., who scampers for the first down on a 15-yard gain. Redskins 2 for 6 on third down in the first half.
(Insert caption about Redskins’ offensive struggles here)
The Raiders lined up to punt, but Taiwan Jones instead got the ball and gained 19 yards to pick up a first down.
Apparently the Raiders top RB has a hamstring injury. Doesn’t look like he’s coming back into the game.
Redskins trainers are tending to Joshua Morgan after the wide receiver absorbed a hard blow on a kickoff return.
Rookie CB Dave Amerson returns interception 46 yards for a touchdown with 11:09 left in second quarter. Redskins trail 14-10.
After moving to the Raiders 4, the Redskins come away with just three points on John Potter’s 25-yard field goal with 14:46 left in 2Q.
And you thought the field was the worst thing about O.co Coliseum…
In-stadium announcer keeps referring to the #Redskins quarterback as Robert Griffin Jr. That would explain the problems on offense.
— Homer McFanboy (@HomerMcFanboy) September 29, 2013
At least Dick Stockton hasn’t messed it up yet.
Under heavy pressure, Robert Griffin III loses 10 yards after being called for grounding. Third down and goal from the Raiders 18. Redskins call timeout.
The Redskins are at the Raiders 4-yard line as the first quarter comes to an end. Washington trails 14-0 after giving up a blocked punt for a touchdown and Michael Rivera’s touchdown reception.
Washington is going no-huddle and leaning on Alfred Morris and Leonard Hankerson, whose 16-yard catch has Redskins at the Raiders 38.
Safety Jordan Pugh is late arriving in coverage on rookie WR Michael Rivera, who lined up in the slot. After he got past the second level, Pugh was slow to react, and Rivera found himself wide open in the middle of the end zone on third down and seven.
And does so vehemently. What follows are the handful of Twitter-borne thoughts that were family-friendly enough for the blog:
#Redskins surrender stupid early touchdown. Robert Griffin looks unsteady. This is a recording…recording…recording…recording…
— Patrick (@PatrickIn323) September 29, 2013
Miscommunication. Bad fundamentals. Yep, this is confirming everything we thought. #Redskins
— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 29, 2013
Well at least it took three plays for the #Redskins defense to give up the first down. That's progress right?
— Hustler of Culture (@HofC) September 29, 2013
wouldn't make to the end of the 1st qtr RT @CindyBoren A drinking game based on "broken tackles" would be a bad idea during a Redskins game.
— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 29, 2013
Fire Haslett, BTW.
— NattyBo (@NattyBo) September 29, 2013
Is it possible that the preseason Worst Team In Football (OAK) can beat the Worst Team In Football (JAX, WAS) twice in three weeks?
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) September 29, 2013
Rookie Michael Rivera scores on an 18-yard touchdown catch courtesy of Matt Flynn for 14-0 Raiders lead with 3:06 left in the first quarter.
Raiders QB Matt Flynn picking on rookie CB Dave Amerson, completes pass to WR Denarius Moore for 34 yards.
Raiders convert on third and eight with 11-yard catch by Rashard Jennings. Three Redskins missed tackles on the play.
Redskins cornerbacks are playing well of the Raiders wide receivers. Clearly they’re trying to prevent the big play, but that allows for plenty of running room for Darren McFadden.
Darren McFadden runs off right tackle for three yards.
Robert Griffin III not looking sharp at all. Balls have been sailing on him.
It looks like the Raiders are daring RGIII to throw. They’ve been moving a safety into the box.
Redskins have no first downs on two possessions. They begin on their 20 trailing the Raiders, 7-0, after special teams breakdown.
Rashad Jennings blocks Sav Rocca’s punt in the end zone, Jeremy Stewart recovers to give Raiders 7-0 lead with 10:40 left in 1Q.
Raiders keep Robert Griffin III bottled in first look at read option. Redskins facing third and nine.
Redskins get ball back for second possession at their 11-yard line.
Darren McFadden gains 14 yards on carry up the middle.
Santana Moss drops pass for what would have been a first down. Sav Rocca punting.
First play: Alfred Morris carries for two yards in first down.
Always a crowd-pleaser, Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder signed some autographs for Redskins fans before kickoff.
From Mark Maske:
The Oakland Raiders are going with backup quarterback Matt Flynn as their starter Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
Starter Terrelle Pryor was on the Raiders’ inactive list after suffering a concussion during Monday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
Redskins defensive players said during the week that they were preparing to face Pryor and expected to see Pryor play. Flynn, a former backup for the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, is a more traditional drop-back passer who does not possess the running ability of Pryor.
The Raiders’ quarterback will not play today after suffering a recurrence of concussion symptoms Saturday night.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated got more info from Pryor, who suffered the concussion Monday night.
spoke to pryor this a.m. said there was concern about him taking another hit. also ?s if he’d be able to make decisions as quickly as usual.
— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) September 29, 2013
The Redskins’ inactive list this afternoon is highlighted by rookie tight end Jordan Reed and kicker Kai Forbath. The marquee inactive for the Raiders is quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was cleared to play after suffering a concussion last week, but is being held out for precaution’s sake. For more on the inactives, check out Mike Jones’s take. For the full lists, see below:
K Kai Forbath
QB Rex Grossman
DB Jose Gumbs
LB Brandon Jenkins
G Josh LeRibeus
DE Phillip Merling
TE Jordan Reed
SS Tyvon Branch
WR Juron Criner
DE Jason Hunter
G Antoine McClain
G Lucas Nix
QB Terrelle Pryor
OT Menelik Watson
…or perhaps, more accurately, Fred Davis is not inactive today against the Raiders. With an ankle injury persisting and having played a limited role so far this season, we’ll have to wait and see how “active” the Washington tight end is this afternoon.
FedEx Field has nice, lush turf replacing the mess that got so much attention last year, but what about the O.co Coliseum turf?
Evidently this one slipped past the league’s new turf inspectors. (On the upside, perhaps the basepaths will remind RGIII to slide properly.)
— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) September 29, 2013
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) September 29, 2013
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett reported for work early today at O.co Coliseum.
Washington pro football team defensive coordinator Jim Haslett getting an early start on today's game vs. Raiders. pic.twitter.com/AHkCKicWFI
— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) September 29, 2013
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor suffered a recurrence of concussion symptoms Saturday night, so the Raiders will start Matt Flynn today against the Redskins, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports, on the hellish O.co Coliseum field.
Pryor suffered the concussion in Oakland’s Monday night loss to Denver.
Welcome to our Washington Redskins live blog where we break down this afternoon’s game against the Oakland Raiders. The Redskins are seeking their first win of the season before their bye next week. Washington is 0-3 for the first time since 2001.
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