Sunday Night Football was not a smooth road for the Oakland Raiders in Week 3. On Sept. 24, the Raiders traveled to Washington D.C. to face the Washington Redskins. Altogether, the Raiders struggled to get into an offensive rhythm and the defense wasn’t able to stop Kirk Cousins and the Redskins’ offense. The Raiders lost 27-10 and dropped to 2-1 on the season.
Offensively, Sunday night was a nightmare for the Raiders. They were 0-11 on third down conversions. Through the first half, the Raiders put up a big zero in the scoring column. QB Derek Carr had a rough evening. He was sacked four different times by the Redskins defense. That was the most he has been sacked in a game since 2015, against conference rivals Kansas City Chiefs (6).
Overall, the passing game for Carr and the receiving corps seemed to be out of tune. Carr did end up throwing a touchdown pass to Jared Cook for 21 yards, but that was his only highlight of the day. At the end of the game, Carr received a QBR (QB rating) of 3.5. The opposing quarterback for the Redskins, Kirk Cousins, showed off phenomenal skills Sunday night and his QBR was 88.5 on the night. Carr threw two interceptions on the evening and one came on the first drive of the game. Carr only had 118 passing yards while Cousins had 365 passing yards to go along with three touchdowns.
Michael Crabtree could not get going Sunday night either. Unfortunately, he suffered a chest injury in the fourth quarter of the game and wasn’t able to return. This could be something to look out for in Week 4. Another mistake came from WR Seth Roberts on a play where he fumbled the ball. That was the only fumble on the night for the Raiders.
The running game was nowhere to be seen for Raiders on Sunday night. Oakland’s running backs combined for 32 yards on 13 carries. Marshawn Lynch had a difficult evening. He was only able to accrue 18 rushing yards on six attempts. He averaged a very low three yards per rush on the night.
Unfortunately, the Raiders’ defense was another tragic story. As a team, the Raiders gave away 479 total yards to the Redskins. The Raiders offense could only rack up 128 total yards. The front defensive line for the Raiders was not able to put much pressure on the Redskins either. On the evening, there was only one sack produced by Khalil Mack. One positive thing that came from this game was the amount of fumbles that the Raiders forced. The Raiders were able to cause three fumbles, but only recovered two of them. Unfortunately, the Raiders offense was not able to capitalize on the fumbles.
To conclude, Sunday night was an off night for the Raiders. Even after a dominating victory in Week 2, the Raiders looked out of sync. It is not good news for the Raiders that Crabtree suffered an injury late in the game. If he can’t play in Week 4, that would be a big loss for the team. The matchup seemed to favor the Raiders before the game, but after an early interception, they seemed to lose their composure. It will be important for the Raiders to score early next week when they face the stingy Denver Broncos defense.
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