Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins vs. Raiders - preview and pick

Washington Redskins  - 0-3

Oakland Raiders  - 1-2

Redskins vs. Raiders.  At this point of the season I doubt anyone would have guessed the Oakland Raiders would have a better record than the Washington Redskins, but that in fact is the reality.  The Raiders 1-2 record is about what they may have expected, but the Redskins 0-3 record has this Sunday’s matchup with the Raiders considered a must win.

After struggling to gain some consistency on offense the first few weeks, the Redskins finally showed some signs of life against the Lions.  Despite two turnovers, quarterback Robert Griffin III had his most consistent game of the season, and the offense began to look more like it did last season.

Although Griffin still appeared to be reluctant to run as much as he did last season, running back Alfred Morris picked up the slack with 73 yards rushing and a touchdown on 15 carries.  The Raiders have been equally adept against run as well as the pass.  So the Redskins will need to keep them off-balance with a good mixture of both.

Redskins vs. Raiders

Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been solid so far this season, and unlike RGIII he hasn’t hesitated to use his ability as a runner to attack defenses.  However, the Raiders offense is not an up-tempo passing attack like what the Redskins have seen through the first three games.

The Raiders offense will look more like the Redskins, in that they will try to establish the running game first with Darren McFadden.  They will mix in some designed runs for Pryor and some play-action to attack intermediate and deep a Redskins secondary that has been shaky to say the least.

Turnovers will be a determining factor too as they were costly in the Redskins tough lost to the Lions.  I think they will apply the turnover lesson learned from last week, this week.  Also, the Redskins will make it a priority to get off to a good start so they can get Alfred Morris going, and not have to abandon the run to come from behind passing.

Pryor may not play against the Redskins due to a consussion, so Matt Flynn may have to step in.  Either way it won’t be as easy as some think it will, but the Redskins will win what should be a tough, close contest to notch their first win of the season heading into a bye week.

Score prediction:       24-20 Redskins    

Points spread:      Redskins - 3.5

Over/under:   43.5 – Over

Next Redskins Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep12:00at Houston TexansBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Oakland Raiders Redskins Redskins Vs. Raiders Pick Redskins Vs. Raiders Preview Washington Redskins

  • Chris Schroeder

    Tough road game across country. Raiders will start Pryor, Denis Allen is holding that card like he did against the Colts. He’s a firm believer that because of the two totally different styles that will give the Raiders the competitive advantage having the Redskins prepare for both styles. The Redskins defense is the worst in the league across-the-board. The Raiders defense was ranked number
    forth in the league before the bronco game, but that is Manning doing what Manning does. You can expect the Raiders to pound the rock with great success using both McFadden and Pryor. expect the Raiders to also get Marcel Reece going as well as mix in Brice Butler and Denarious Moore. they each should have a touchdown piece, McFadden should have two touchdowns as well. I expect the Raiders to stop Alfred Morris and also be able to affect RG 3′s running and passing game. Expect this to be a lopsided Raiders victory. I appreciate the read and your article but that’s just not reality

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I don’t know about a lopsided Raiders victory, but they definitely have a good chance of winning. The Redskins defense is bad, but I’m not sure the Raiders are good enough offensively to score a ton of points against it, but we’ll see.

      • Chris Schroeder

        Yeah, I hear ya. We both know this game could go either way. I’m seeing progression from the Raiders since last year and regression from the Redskins since last year. RG3′s injury is still a factor, but when you look at his stats this year. Mostly come from behind garbage stats. Can RG3 be successful against a fast and physical Raider defense who already has 10 sacks on the year, 9 in 2 games. I just don’t see it. The Raiders defense plays really well at home. Pryor is getting a lot better, and I just see this as his opportunity to really showcase his talents and have a breakout game against a very substandard defense, but like you said. We’ll see. That’s why they say “any given Sunday”.

        • Maurice Barksdale

          Pryor is playing a lot better, and he gives the Raiders a much better chance to win than Matt Flynn. The thing with RGIII is that I’m not sure he’s completely recovered from the torn ACL not only physically but mentally as well. He clearly been rusty, but we know how good he can be, the question is how long until he gets back to that level?

  • Silvia Arredondo

    This is a must win for the Raiders that will officially leave the Redskins pale skined

    • Maurice Barksdale

      LOL, You’re right, the Redskins just might end up pale skinned if they end up at 0-4.

  • Pingback: Playing with Fire - NFL Picks - Week 4 - 2013

  • Pingback: Game Day Central - Redskins vs. Raiders