Washington Redskins prepare for prime time

Marco Green
September 25, 2017

This weeks matchup against the 2-0 Oakland Raiders is no less as hard to predict.

Perhaps fittingly for a franchise headed for a new home, the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr have been an outstanding road team recently.

Washington head coach Jay Gruden believes the Raiders have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. "They can throw it, they can run it, so there you have it", Gruden said.

If the Raiders have the type of balance they had in their 45-20 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, they will be unstoppable.

The Raiders have big receivers; it helps that the Redskins have cornerbacks who have good size and can play physical. "Hopefully the rush gets there in time, and you get clear levels on the receivers and the angles, and we can break on them and make a play". "And Derek [Carr] does an unbelievable job at giving them opportunity balls and they come down with the majority of them, so our defensive backs will be challenged". Washington has averaged 4.9 net yards per passing attempt while Oakland has averaged 7.7, but the Redskins have the personnel to do better. For Washington to keep up with the Raiders attack, Cousins will need to look more like he did last season when he was both an efficient passer and an aggressive one when going downfield.

Washington finds themselves in a three-way tie in the NFC East as no one has truly established themselves in the early going as a complete team. "It'll be all out, everything they've got".

After their win over the Los Angeles Rams last week, the Washington Redskins are getting ready for another California team, this time at home and under the lights. Redskins RB Chris Thompson had 106 scrimmage yards and two TDs in Week 2 and has scored five times (three rushing, two receiving) in his past four games. That was a rare play for the Raiders, who hadn't had a sack from a defensive back since D.J. Hayden had one on November 1, 2015.

Can the Redskins keep their run game going against Oakland?

It's just through two games, but Oakland is averaging an NFL-high 35.5 points per game entering Sunday's contest.

"It's the O-line, the wide outs, the running backs picking up blitzes", Carr said. The Raiders are one of the top scoring teams in the league through the first two games, with 71 points. He's not just OK at some things. A fifth-round pick in 2013 who had a broken back and a torn ACL at Florida State end two different college seasons has surpassed expectations after a rookie year cut short by injury (torn labrum, left shoulder) and a 2014 season spent mostly on the practice squad.

Amerson, who struggled mightily with the Redskins, was an instant standout with the Raiders and received a four-year contract extension worth as much as $38 million and almost $18 million in guarantees.

MIX-AND-MATCH: Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky rotates through 17 regulars on defense, particularly along the line.

Sunday's tilt is flawless timing for the Raiders to show how badly they want another Vince Lombardi Trophy.

It's not just making big plays, however.

"I think it's about normal this time of year", Gruden added. That was a rare play for the Raiders, who hadn't had a sack from a defensive back since D.J. Hayden got one on November 1, 2015. There is an epidemic of poor offensive line play throughout the league. We're able to push the ball deep.

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