Final: Redskins 24, Raiders 14


With Terrelle Pryor on the sidelines dealing with the after-effects of a concussion and running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece out by halftime because of injuries, the punchless Raiders fell 24-14 to the Washington Redskins Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

The Raiders finish the first quarter of the season with a 1-3 record after finding themselves unable to build on a 14-0 first-quarter lead because of an inability to move the ball consistently.

Washington, which came in giving up an NFL high 488 yards per game in an 0-3 start, got a lot better against an Oakland offense directed by Matt Flynn.

The Raiders were reportedly leaning toward starting Pryor after he was cleared to play Friday, but according to Fox Sports, the quarterback began having concussion symptoms Saturday evening.

With the Raiders leading 14-3, Flynn threw an interception directly to David Amerson that was run back 45 yards for a touchdown and was too often unable to find receivers or deliver first downs to keep drives alive.

The Redskins took the lead for good with 2:58 left in the third quarter when Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III hit Pierre Garcon on a 5-yard slant against rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden.

Washington put the game away when San Ramon Valley High product Roy Helu Jr. ran 14 yards through the heart of the Oakland defense for a touchdown with 6:59 left. The score was set up when Ryan Kerrigan stripped Flynn on a dropback, with Barry Cofield recovering at the Oakland 28-yard line.

The Raiders struck first when Rashad Jennings blocked a Sav Rocca punt, with James Stewart recovering in the end zone. Flynn made it 14-0 with an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Mychal Rivera.

Flynn, booed heavily following the last turnover, completed 20 of 31 passes for 210 yards with the touchdown pass and interception which was returned for a touchdown. He was sacked seven times by a defense that wasn’t shackled by the threat of Pryor’s breakaway runs as the previous three opponents were.

McFadden, who had some strong runs early in the game, left in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and was in street clothes during the second half. He had five carries for 29 yards. Reece departed with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return.

Griffin, although not nearly the runner he was as a rookie as he recovers from reconstructed knee surgery, completed 18 of 31 passes for 227 yards and the touchdown to Garcon.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderDirt

    I agree REGGIE is doing a good job, Remind you the Raiders HC job wasn’t an attractive position two yrs ago Reggie had to take what he could, Scrub DA.. Which i believe is a coordinator note a HC…

  • alex7

    The D looks pretty-well rebuilt.

    Just no real talent at RB, 2/3rds of our best linemen are hurt, our QBs give us no rhythm. Just need one more successful off-season, but this time on the O side of the ball.

  • Rico Stifler

    DA is a lame duck HC that never should have been hired in the first place. Last year’s debacle is reason enough to fire DA. I want a REAL HC cuz DA is not one.

  • DJ Johnny

    I am surprised that we aren’t even close to decent.

    I “hoped” for good.

  • 24

    Yes…we’re a reflection of a poor salary cap. No question about it.

  • Reggie Fangaz

    Maybe…. but losing winnable games is unacceptable. Rebuilding or not. In my mind I’ve had a wait and see attitude for this season. I’ve waited and don’t like what I have seen. Things need to turn around or somebody has got to go. DA can be first because to me, his leadership skills are suspect.

  • OldCharon

    Its actually a good thing this happened. Now there will be absolutely no question on the starting QB and Reggie can suck his Flynns salary down when hes released at the end of the season. We weren’t going to the superbowl this year anyways and when TP comes back next week he can use the rest of the year as 2014 training. Maybe well get back to 8 and 8 in 2014!

  • Smitttstyles

    Was travelling home from Florida during the game so unable to see or check scores until just now – it’s unfortunate things shook down the way they seemed to have today. It would appear by the numbers and recap that Flynn played poorly and we lost Reece early which doesn’t help. I hope he’s going to be okay – Jennings filled in well for D-Mac it would appear (always liked him since he gashed us when with Jags).

    I’m a pro-Pryor guy but I’m pro-Raiders first and foremost and I’m really disappointed that Flynn couldn’t take advantage of a terrible D, especially when he helped gain an early lead.

    If it’s here we go again, at least we have Pryor to potentially give us hope for the future. It’s clear that Flynn will never be a top-line starter in the NFL after missing out on a few chances now, this one being golden.

  • Smitttstyles

    Paging Dr. Robert….Dr. Robert…..

  • Smitttstyles

    But it works much better in regards to the quality of said posts

  • nikemike7

    the real answer is an O-line that can at least give the QB a few secs. We don’t need a vulnerable running QB. They never last more than a few games.

  • DJ Johnny

    I wanna see some positive change.
    DA should be on the hot seat.
    He is 5-15 and fresh off one of the worst losses we’ve seen in a while.
    I don’t believe for a second this was about TP’s health. It was about t!ts and wanting to see Flynn in there and thinking it was a great excuse to do so. That’s all this was.
    This team is getting WORSE…not better.
    Instead of progress which is critical to a rebuild we now see horrific regression in an embarrassing critical game if there were to be any hope for this season.

  • DJ Johnny

    Reggie owns this Flynn debacle for bringing him in and t!ts owns this for making him the starter in a critical game.
    I have no faith in Reggie or DA anymore. You guys can drink the koolaid on them but I’m done.
    We have as much chance beating SD next week as Fresno St. has of beating Oregon.
    The next time DA fields a team that beats one with a non losing record will be his first.
    Think about that.

  • DJ Johnny

    20 games in and Dennis Allen has not beaten a single team with a winning record.

  • OldCharon

    I agree with you that they wanted to see Flynn in there. However, I don’t think it was DA, I think it was Reggie pushing for him since he is the one that signed him. All speculation of course.

  • Reggie Fangaz

    Atl kicked the field goal down by 10 with 3 mins to go. Now they are in the red zone down 7 with 1 minute to go. We could have been in that same position, with a chance to win. No longer confident in DA.


    I’ll say this. They’re paying him the money, so why not play him??? Plus, if TP2 isn’t right, why throw him out there, get him hurt further and be stuck with Flynn and McGloin for the rest of the season

  • UCLA Raider

    Flynn lost this game plain and simple. Low confidence led to him holding the ball too long which led to 7 sacks and a costly fumble. They scored 7 after fumble. So Flynn is responsible for 14 of 24 points by himself. What this opportunity lost Flynn sealed his backup status for the rest of his career. He better thanks RM for giving him all that cash for nothin.

  • LondonAl

    Putting it that way it does look bad for DA. If we had most of our starters playing would we still be a 1-3 team? Mark Davis has to work that one out. I am feeling that DA may not be the answer.




    We would have won the game with Pryor. He would have added 75 rushing yard to the stats. and surely would have got the 4th and inches that Flynn fumbled. Flynn looked like a deer in headlights the whole game and just made me sick watching him play. TP for the rest of the year lets se what he got. at the less we have some excitment with him in the game. DMAC time is running out he better play next week or he is gone too.

  • krawfdadd

    Whut the hell is a Purvis

  • HGDaddy

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur1m
    Terrelle Pryor did ask 4 tinted visor for his helmet Sunday. Sounded off alarm in Allen’s mind as sensitivity 2 light is concussion symptom