Monday, September 30, 2013

Season saving win for the Skins

(AP Image)
AP Image
A loss to the lowly Oakland Raiders would have been devastating for the Redskins.  Things weren't looking great early as the Skins went down 14-0 in the first half and the offense was looking very sluggish as they have the first few weeks of the season.
Kyle Shanahan decided to plug in a no huddle offense and that got the offense going as the Skins got on the board with a Field Goal.  The game turning play was an interception by rookie cornerback David Ammerson who returned the pick for a score.  That seemed to rejuvenate the team as they pulled within 4 points at the half.  

The heroes of the game were really the defense.  The Capital Sack Exchange of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan combined for 4 sacks, a forced fumble and several pass defenses.  They also only allowed one offensive touchdown on Sunday. 

  Terrelle Pryor was slated to start Sunday's game but at the last minute Matt Flynn was inserted into the starting QB role.  Matt Flynn was Aaron Rodgers' back up in Green Bay and had one great start which propelled him to a big contract in Seattle, he was beat out for the starting role there by Russell Wilson and he signed with Oakland where he was expected to start there, and then Terelle Pryor beat him out in the preseason there.   So this was his first regular season action in a long time.
Pryor not being on the field and the Raiders bell cow running back Darren McFadden injuring himself early in the game also helped the Redskins.

The Raiders weren't the only ones hit by the injury bug, as Jordan Reed, and Kai Forbath didn't play for the Skins.  Josh Morgan left the field hurt, as well as Alfred Morris, and DeAngelo Hall.

Roy Helu stepped up with several big plays in the short passing game in Alf's absence.  They will need Helu if Morris's injury has him sidelined for the Dallas game in two weeks. Luckily for the Skins after a long coast to coast flight and having several players banged up they have a bye week coming up. 
This will give time for Robert Griffin III to keep working himself back to 2012 form, and time for all of the Redskins walking wounded time to heal.  Even though they started 1-3, they are now out of the basement of the division and could be playing for first or second place when they come out of their bye in two weeks in Dallas. 

The Skins will also be getting back Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins back from 4 game suspensions, so that will help their defense depth wise.

So buck up Redskins there's still hope for the 2013 season yet.

Rob Anthony 

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