Tarik goes "3 and Out" before Redskins-Raiders
1st down – Although the Redskins are 0-3, the players aren’t ready to hit the panic button – yet.
One reason all hope has not faded at Redskins Park is the sorry state of the NFC East. Only Dallas has a winning record at 2-1, while the Giants are also 0-3 after suffering a humiliating 38-0 loss to Carolina last Sunday. The Redskins also have five games remaining against division foes.
The website www.PredictionMachine.com plays each NFL game 50,000 times using a computer system to produce a winner. And after three weeks of simulated games, the website predicts the NFC East winner will clinch with fewer than nine victories. Right now, they’ve got the Cowboys getting it done.
“The good thing about, for us, is our division has been kind of crazy this year,” linebacker London Fletcher said. “Even having lost the first three games, we’re only two games out. But we need to win this week … so we can feel better about ourselves going into the bye and get that confidence going.”
2nd down – The Redskins’ defense has been historically bad through the season’s first three games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in fact, the 1,464 yards allowed by Washington are the most allowed through three games by any team in the Super Bowl era.
For comparison’s sake, the Seahawks have yielded 725 yards, which is less than half the Redskins’ total. Seattle’s 27 points allowed, by the way, are less than a third of the Redskins’ 98.
3rd down – The Redskins’ struggling defense needs all the help it can get. And they might get some Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor sustained a concussion in Monday night’s loss to the Broncos. Pryor’s status for this week’s game is not known, but he did not practice on Wednesday.
Pryor leads all quarterbacks with 198 yards rushing, including four carries that went for 20 or more yards.
Coach Mike Shanahan said the Redskins are prepping for both Pryor and his backup, Matt Flynn, who finished Sunday’s game.
“You have to account for both of them because you don’t know for sure,” Shanahan said. “So two different types of games plans. When you take a look at Pryor, we know what a threat he is in the running game and you have to be ready for that.”
The Redskins have won their last two games at the Raiders. If Pryor is sidelined, I like their chances of extending the streak to three in a row.
Extra point - After Chris Thompson was held in check on kick returns early in the Redskins’ loss to the Lions, Mike Shanahan attempted to shake things up by inserting wide receiver Josh Morgan into the role.
“I wanted to give him and a chance and see,” Shanahan said. “He’s a bigger body. Give him a chance, see what he can do.”
Morgan averaged 21.5 yards on his two returns; Thompson averaged 22.5 on a pair of returns.