Redskins vs. Raiders – These are five things that if the Redskins can accomplish, they will stand a better chance of getting the win against the Raiders.
1. Get off to a fast start – In the first three games of the season the Redskins offense has had trouble scoring in the first half. Whether it’s three and outs or turnovers, they are starting too slowly and getting behind their opponents early. This also creates a situation where the offense has go into catch up mode and all but eliminates the next key to the game.
2. Sustain the Running attack – By getting behind early in games, the Redskins have to pass more and automatically eliminate one of the things they do best, and that’s run the football. Alfred Morris needs more carries, and he is at his best at the end of games, when the running game can wear down the opposing defense.
3. Better Tackling – OLB Ryan Kerrigan is having a good season so far, and now his counterpart on the other side Brian Orakpo needs to start having more of an impact on games. As a whole the Redskins need to make sure they wrap up the ball carriers and make sure tackles. Too many time this season have ball carriers broken or run through tackles. That needs to stop.
4. Limit Turnovers – Last Week against the Lions, turnovers more than likely cost the Redskins a win. This week Robert Griffin III has to take care of the football. When he’s approaching the sidelines, throw the ball away, and when he’s running the football he has to make an effort to slide feet first to prevent fumbles.
5. Contain Pryor – Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor can hurt a defense with his legs as well as his arm. Even if he doesn’t have a great day passing the football, he can keep the chains moving by running it. The Redskins defense needs to remain aware of this throughout the game, especially on third downs when a play is breaking down and Pryor scrambles.