Redskins head into bye week at 1-3

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.

RGIII: Taking stock of 1-3

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.”

Alfred Morris: Ribs are sore, not broken

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.”

Shanahan: On being 1-3, the bye and NFC East

Robert Griffin III runs from Jack Crawford (Ben Margot / AP)

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.”

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“A win, is a win, is a win…”

Redskins’ nation revived

It’s amazing what a win will do for morale, especially when the Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants all lose.

Confidence is high:

Redskins beat Raiders for first win, 24-14

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.

Two minutes left in regulation

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.

Redskins hold on fourth down

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.

The newest member of Redskins’ nation

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.

Redskins extend lead to 24-14 in 4Q

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.

Redskins get ball on turnover in 4Q

Ryan Kerrigan strips the ball from QB Matt Flynn, and Barry Cofield recovers at the Raiders 49.

The only thing better than a Redskins win…

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.

About that Garcon spike…

Visual evidence of what all the buzz was about:

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon, right, spikes the ball after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown reception. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Another sack for Redskins

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.

Unfamiliar territory: Late lead

Redskins lead 17-14 after three quarters

But Washington is without starting RB Alfred Morris, who left to the locker room with a thigh contusion. Roy Helu Jr. takes his place.

Roy Helu (29) stiff-arms Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the second quarter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Redskins get fifth sack of game

Brian Orakpo drops Matt Flynn on third down. Redskins take over at their 35 with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) pursues Matt Flynn in the second quarter. Washington has five sacks so far. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

On Pierre Garcon’s spike

People noticed it.

Alfred Morris headed to locker room

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.

Say it: o-RAK-po

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.

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo sacks Matt Flynn during the first half. (Associated Press)

Robert Griffin III poised on touchdown throw

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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.

Redskins take 17-14 lead in 3Q

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.

Redskins move to Raiders 11-yard line

Leonard Hankerson has a 17-yard reception as Redskins seek to take the lead.

Neild out for Redskins, McFadden for Raiders

Raiders miss field goal in 3Q

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.

Logan Paulsen fumbles after long gain

The Raiders take over at the Redskins 42 following a 33-yard gain by tight end Logan Paulsen, who has the ball stripped.

Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Kevin Burnett (94) recovers a fumble during the third quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Roy Helu Jr.’s epic stiff-arm

Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) stiff-arms Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


More no-huddle for Redskins

The Redskins are back in the no-huddle that worked well in the first half. Raiders aren’t able to substitute defensively.

Robert Griffin III  signals during the first half. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Redskins force punt

The defense holds again, but Washington will start at its 11-yard line for its second possession of the third quarter.

DeAngelo Hall returns

“Glee’s” Naya Rivera goes crazy after brother’s TD

“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.

Good start for Redskins defense

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo sacks Matt Flynn during the first half. (Associated Press)

Redskins force three plays and punt on the first series of the second half. Washington has first and 10 at its 30.

Raiders start with the ball in the second half

Oakland is at its 20-yard line after 168 total yards in the first half.

First-half scoring, put in perspective

The blocked punt that started it all

Good shot of Rocca’s doomed first quarter punt that put the Raiders on the board and left Redskins fans stunned.

Rashad Jennings blocks a punt by Sav Rocca. The Raiders recovered for a touchdown. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Halftime workout shows are the best halftime shows

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More Alfred Morris in second half

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.

Alfred Morris  carries the ball. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Redskins trail Raiders at halftime, 14-10

Robert Griffin III is 10 for 18 with 117 yards in the first half. (Associated Press)

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.

DeAngelo Hall down on the field

Trainers are attending to the Redskins starting cornerback with 50 seconds to go in the first half.

Redskins punting with 1:11 left in first half

Raiders will get the ball with two timeouts remaining.

Two minutes left in first half

The Raiders will have third down and eight at the Washington 47 when play resumes following the two-minute warning.

Fourth-down try fails for Redskins

Robert Griffin III is sacked by Charles Woodson a fourth-down pass attempt. Raiders take over at their 49.

Redskins line up to go on fourth and three

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.

Redskins extend drive with 15-yard gain

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.

Alfred Morris looking for answers

(Insert caption about Redskins’ offensive struggles here)

Alfred Morris  reads from a binder while sitting on the bench during the first quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Raiders fool Redskins on fourth down

The Raiders lined up to punt, but Taiwan Jones instead got the ball and gained 19 yards to pick up a first down.

Raiders without Darren McFadden

Apparently the Raiders top RB has a hamstring injury. Doesn’t look like he’s coming back into the game.

Joshua Morgan hurt on kickoff return

Redskins trainers are tending to Joshua Morgan after the wide receiver absorbed a hard blow on a kickoff return.

Redskins cut margin to 14-10 in 2Q

Rookie CB Dave Amerson returns interception 46 yards for a touchdown with 11:09 left in second quarter. Redskins trail 14-10.

Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson celebrates with Brandon Meriweather after returning an interception from Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn for a 45-yard touchdown. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Redskins draw to 14-3 in 2Q

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.

Robert Griffin Jr. at QB

And you thought the field was the worst thing about O.co Coliseum…

At least Dick Stockton hasn’t messed it up yet.

RGIII called for grounding

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.

Redskins trail 14-0 at end of 1Q but in red zone

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.

Promising drive for Redskins

Washington is going no-huddle and leaning on Alfred Morris and Leonard Hankerson, whose 16-yard catch has Redskins at the Raiders 38.

Naya Rivera’s brother gets a TD

Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Redskins. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

As if any Redskins fan wants to hear about glee right now…

Yes, the sister of Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera is “Glee” star Naya Rivera.


Coverage breakdowns continue for Redskins

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.

Redskins Nation reacts

And does so vehemently. What follows are the handful of Twitter-borne thoughts that were family-friendly enough for the blog:

Raiders take 14-0 lead in 1Q

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.

Long gain for Raiders WR Denarius Moore

Raiders QB Matt Flynn picking on rookie CB Dave Amerson, completes pass to WR Denarius Moore for 34 yards.

More poor tackling by Redskins

Raiders convert on third and eight with 11-yard catch by Rashard Jennings. Three Redskins missed tackles on the play.

Washington Redskins linebacker Bryan Kehl (53), strong safety strong safety Reed Doughty (37), and defensive back Jerome Murphy (45) converge during the first quarter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Redskins playing well off in coverage

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.

Raiders first down from their 19

Darren McFadden runs off right tackle for three yards.

Another punt for Redskins

Robert Griffin III not looking sharp at all. Balls have been sailing on him.

Raiders bring safety up regularly

It looks like the Raiders are daring RGIII to throw. They’ve been moving a safety into the box.

So much for fast start

Redskins have no first downs on two possessions. They begin on their 20 trailing the Raiders, 7-0, after special teams breakdown.

Raiders score on blocked punt

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.

Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca, center, has his punt blocked by Oakland Raiders’ Rashad Jennings. Stewart scored a touchdown. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Read option goes nowhere

Raiders keep Robert Griffin III bottled in first look at read option. Redskins facing third and nine.

Brian Orakpo drops Matt Flynn

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) during the first quarter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Redskins get ball back for second possession at their 11-yard line.

Raiders move to midfield on first play

Darren McFadden gains 14 yards on carry up the middle.

Three and out for Redskins

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) passes as Oakland Raiders defensive end Ryan Robinson (58) rushes on Washington’s opening drive. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Santana Moss drops pass for what would have been a first down. Sav Rocca punting.

Redskins begin with the ball at their 20

First play: Alfred Morris carries for two yards in first down.

Dan Snyder: Man of the people

Always a crowd-pleaser, Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder signed some autographs for Redskins fans before kickoff.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder signs autographs for fans before the game. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Mr. Vader throws a nice party

The sobering, inflatable specter of Darth Vader aside, a couple of Redskins fans appear to be enjoying an O.co Coliseum tailgate.

(Unless they’re being held prisoner…)


Matt Flynn to start for Raiders

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.

More on Terrelle 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.


RGIII’s (pre)gameface

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris head to the field. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)


Full inactive lists

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

Fred Davis active for today’s game

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) catches balls during warm-ups at O.co Coliseum. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

…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.


When in Rome…

This Redskins fan is giving Raider Nation a run for its highly costumed, somewhat terrifying money:

Chris Cooley makes a friend

Perhaps Chris Cooley could throw a black-and-silver pot for his new buddy.

RGIII warming up

Now at shortstop for your Washington Redskins…

Where’s the grass?

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 Haslett gets to work early

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett reported for work early today at O.co Coliseum.

Flynn, not Pryor, to face Redskins

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.

Redskins at Raiders: Join the discussion

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins seek their first win of the season. (Associated Press)

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.

For your reading pleasure:

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