Defensive grade analysis for the Redskins vs. Raiders
Defensive Line: NT Barry Cofield had a great game especially as a pass rusher with two sacks on the day. The line was stout and plugged up holes, but I think they were helped by the fact that QB Terrelle Pryor did not play, and running back Darren McFadden left the game early due to injury. But otherwise, this was a good game for the defensive line. D-Line Grade – B+
Linebackers: Outside Linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo may have had their best game as a tandem, totaling 5 sacks between them. Kerrigan with three sacks and Orakpo with two. They wreaked havoc and made some timely plays on third downs as well. The ILB’s didn’t match their performance though, as London Fletcher and Perry Riley both missed some key tackles and seemed struggle out in space. This brought the linebackers grade down some. Linebackers grade: A
Defensive backs: Still too many missed tackles for the DB’s, but the Raiders didn’t break any long runs either, so that was a good thing. There were times early in the first half when the Raiders receivers were getting open, but that slowed down as the game progressed, and the secondary was helped by a good pass rush.
A big play was made in the second quarter by rookie QB David Amerson as he got a pick six on Raiders QB Matt Flynn. The momentum shifted to the Redskins after that, as the Raiders didn’t score again. Also, DeAngelo Hall shook off an injury and returned to the lineup to continue his good play. Defensive backs grade – B+
Total Defense Grade: A It wasn’t a totally dominant effort on defense, but it was by far the best performance this group has had all season, and it should serve as good motivation for continued improvement for the next few games.