Redskins vs. Raiders – 1st Half analysis.
- I indicated the Redskins needed to get off to a fast start on offense as one of my keys to the game. But so far the Redskins have started slowly, with RGIII starting out 1-5, and the Skins had a Sav Rocca punt blocked for a Raiders touchdown. 7-0 Raiders, and the Redskins started from behind for the fourth straight game.
- More atrocious tackling by the Redskins defense, as the Raiders convert a third down, for no other reason than Redskins missed tackles. The Raiders score on an 18 yard TD pass from Matt Flynn to Michael Rivera.
- There appears to be a lot of apathy on the field for the Redskins defense. Looks like they’re already beaten. 14-0 Raiders.
- The Redskins go to an up-tempo offense, and they are moving the ball well. Alfred Morris is having success inside the tackles and getting chunks of yards. At the end of the first Quarter Washington trails the Raiders 14-0, but the skins are driving.
- The Redskins started slow, but have picked up the pace. Maybe they should use the up-tempo more often. But an Intentional Grounding penalty against RGIII slows things down again. Griffin still seems a little skittish in the pocket.
- The Intentional Grounding penalty was costly, as the Redskins drive stalled at the 3 yard line. But John Potter then kicked through a 25 yard field goal to make it 14-3 Raiders.
- Put the secondary’s struggles on hold! as rookie CB David Amerson gets the 45 yard pick six on Matt Flynn. It’s about time defense! Big play by the Rookie. The defense needs more people stepping up making plays. The Redskins get back the points they gave up on the blocked punt. Raiders still lead 14-10.
- The Redskins using more up-tempo offense in the second half. The Redskins go for it on 4th down, and RGIII gets sacked. Why not just punt it and in the Raiders deep. It appeared as though Santana Moss zigged when he should have zagged, and broke his route off inside instead of outside. The middle was wide open on that 4th down.
The defense is playing it’s best this season so far, as Ryan Kerrigan gets his 4th sack of the season.
- Another three and out for the Redskins offense. RGIII seems more and more reluctant to try to run, and just sit in the pocket.
- DeAngelo Hall has sustained an injury making a tackle. His absence weakens an already shaky secondary.
- The Best half of defense the Redskins have played this season “only” giving up 151 yards.
- The offense is still playing inconsistent. The running game is working, but the Offense is still not converting third downs going 2-8. This will need to change in the second half.