Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) throws the ball while being pursued by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) in the second quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Flynn, Raiders Struggle in 24-14 Loss to Redskins

The Oakland Raiders started off on a high note against the Washington Redskins, but injuries and a stagnant offense resulted in a 24-14 loss for the Silver and Black on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum.

The Raiders jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead over the Redskins on a blocked punt and recovery and a Matt Flynn-to-Mychal Rivera 18-yard touchdown pass.  Rashad Jennings blocked a Redskins punt by Sav Rocca, which Jeremy Stewart recovered in the end zone for the Raiders’ first touchdown.

The Redskins mounted a first-half comeback on a  25-yard field goal by John Potter, followed by a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by rookie cornerback David Amerson.

Players on both rosters were falling by the wayside due to injuries, including Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece of the Raiders, along with Joshua Morgan and Chris Neild of the Redskins.  Redskin running back Alfred Morris would later leave the game due to a rib contusion.

With quarterback Terrelle Pryor out with a concussion, Matt Flynn started for the Raiders.  After an impressive drive punctuated by a touchdown pass to Rivera, Flynn threw an ill-advised pass into the flat which Amerson easily intercepted and returned for a pick-six.

The second half started with a series of punts by both teams, until Redskins’ tight end Logan Paulsen was stripped by Nick Roach after a long reception.  The Raiders’ Kevin Burnett recovered the fumble, but the Redskins defense held, forcing Sebastian Janikowski to miss a 52-yard field goal.

On the ensuing drive, Robert Griffin III connected on a 5-yard pass to Pierre Garcon over the middle for the Redskins’ first offensive touchdown of the game and a 17-14 lead.

Redskins defensive end Ryan Kerrigan sacked Flynn for a third time, forcing the Raiders quarterback to cough up a fumble which Barry Cofield recovered.  Griffin then scrambled right to hit Roy Helu, Jr. on a long pass completion, and Helu immediately converted with a 14-yard run up the middle for another Redskins touchdown.

The Redskins clinched the game when their defense held the Raiders on downs deep in Redskins territory with a stop on fourth-and-one with three minutes left in the game.  The Redskins defensive front won the game with seven sacks of Flynn.

The Redskins’ Griffin completed 18-of-31 passes, for one touchdown and zero interceptions.  Morris rushed 16 times for 71 yards in limited action, while Garcon led the Redskins in receiving with six catches for 71 yards and one touchdown.

Flynn completed 21-of-32 passes, for one touchdown and one interception.  Jennings rushed for 15 carries and 45 yards, and Jennings also led the Raiders in receiving with 8 catches for 71 yards.

The Raiders host the San Diego Chargers on October 6 at 1:25 Pacific time.


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  • Tim Martindale

    Allen should b fired Flynn needs to b cut period

  • mccall316

    Fans like Tim are why the Raiders have been in the crap situation for the last damn decade. Yes lets fire a head coach midseason because he lost another game. This team needs stability not knee jerk reactions by idiot fans. Here’s the deal, this year was going to be a struggle. The lack of depth was going to lead to bad games. Flynn can’t stay up right with this crap o-line. That’s why Pryor will be back in the starting line-up against the chargers. With Veldeer and Watson out, what are they suppose to do? Now McFadden and Reece may sit a few games. Lower your damn expectations with this team. If they are competitive (aside from Denver they have) then that is all I want to see. Play tough for 4 quarters and give yourself a chance to win some games. Now next year with a full roster and a bunch of crap money to add depth, then have higher expectations and expect to win. If not, then fire Allen but not McKenzie. You still need to keep the process going for 5 full seasons with the GM. What super bowl type teams in the past 15 years have made knee jerk reactions? None. Patience by fans is absolutely gone and it pisses me off.

    • Tony Bk

      Yes, Flynn sucks SHIT!!! The play calling was SHIT!!! They should have started McGloin in the second Half. He played better than Flynn in preaseon, this was the game to play him to get the WIN!!!!

    • Lorenzo Siemann

      I agree, you can’t find continuity when you change coaches each game