09.30.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins
Stephen Czarda, Redskins Staff Blogger
On Sunday, the Washington Redskins recorded their first victory of the season on their longest road trip of the season. Down 14-0 early against the Oakland Raiders, the Redskins remained resilient scoring 24 unanswered points in a 24-14 victory. It was the team’s most complete performance of the season.
The much-maligned defense had its best performance to date, sacking Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn seven times, holding their offense to under 300 total yards and David Amerson recorded the unit’s third touchdown of the season with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The secondary held Flynn in check, forcing him to release the ball well before he wanted to and rushed his decision making.
[Secondary: Players on the defense that play in the backfield and cover receivers and backs going out on pass patterns]
Linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo and nose tackle Barry Cofield each recorded two sacks. Kerrigan’s second sack late in the fourth quarter jarred the ball out of Flynn’s possession and was pounced on by Cofield.
Two plays later, Roy Helu Jr. scored his first touchdown in two years on a beautiful 14-yard touchdown scamper. That play was only possible after Robert Griffin III eluded multiple sack attempts, escaped the pocket and hit a wide-open Helu Jr. for a huge gain.
[Pocket: A horseshoe shaped area formed by the offensive linemen that drop back and protect the quarterback during a pass play]
Griffin III was efficient all day, throwing for 227 yards and a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon.
The sixth-year wide receiver is off to his best start with 339 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Alfred Morris had a steady performance as well, carrying the ball 16 times for 71 yards.
After the game, head coach Mike Shanahan said he was pleased with his team’s fight after falling behind early.
“I was pleased we kept fighting through it.”
The Redskins will be off this weekend as Week 5 is their Bye Week. They’ll return to action on Sunday, October 13th at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
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