The Washington Redskins are 0-3 for the first time since 2001 and will be hoping to buck their recent run of defeats tonight against the Oakland Raiders today.
Oakland is 2-1 in the AFC West at this point, having been beaten by the Denver Broncos last week.
Tyrelle Pryor is starting to show promise at the QB position for Oakland but he is likely to be sidelined by injury for today’s game at the O.co Coliseum, meaning a start for free agent signing Matt Flynn.
Both teams will need to stop the opposition running game in this one, with Darren McFadden and Darius Heyward Bey providing a significant threat on the ground, even without Prior under centre.
Denarius Moore will be hoping to give Brandon Meriweather and the rest of the Washington secondary as much trouble as Calvin Johnson did last week, but ‘Megatron’ is a class above. Moore can still be a thorn in the side of Jim Haslett’s defense though.
For Washington Robert Griffin III is slowly starting to look like the player he was last season, with a 21 yard run against Detroit. Although he has to start sliding feet first, as the very same run led to him sliding head first and fumbling the ball for the Lions to gratefully receive.
Ball control, once again has to be key for Coach Mike Shanahan’s team. As well as Griffin’s fumble Aldrick Robinson also lost control of the ball on a 57 yard pass from Griffin that would have been a touchdown.
Alfred Morris would appear to be Washington’s biggest threat tonight, in a game that could go wither way. If Flynn struggles to get going for Oakland they will most certainly rely on the kicking of Sebastian Janiskowski.
Redskins’ tight ends Fred Davis and rookie Jordan Reed could both miss playing time today due to injuries. After tonight’s game Washington goes into a bye week, which might not come soon enough.
Washington is picking up yards in the air – they are fifth in the league with an average of 307 ypg, but the wide receivers don’t look too convincing thus far. This yardage is an almost direct result of Griffin’s decline in running production.
If Griffin can get running again, and it is a big if, Washington could cause the Oakland defense all kinds of problems.
OTP prediction: Washington 21 – 17 Oakland