Instead, after a dismal performance by the Silver and Black at home, both the Raiders and Redskins are 1-3. Head coach Dennis Allen is searching for answers, clearly unhappy with being on the short end of a 24-14 game.
“I told the players in the locker room, that hurt,” Allen told the media. “That one stung.”
It hurts and stings in more than one ways, literally and figuratively. Two of their top offensive weapons, running back Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reece, left the game with injuries. McFadden suffered a hamstring strain and Reece had a knee injury. Allen said their current statuses are unknown.
The Raiders also now know that they need Terrelle Pryor to be healthy as soon as possible. Matt Flynn struggled mightily filling in for the concussed Pryor; the backup threw for 227 yards and completed 21 of 32 pass attempts, but was intercepted for a touchdown, fumbled the ball once, and was sacked seven times. The poor offensive line was partly to blame, but Flynn’s inability to create plays is mostly at fault.
“Obviously I don’t think he saw the field very good today,” said Allen on Flynn. “I think he was obviously part of some of the sacks… It was a tough situation for him to go into, obviously with the loss of McFadden and Reece….Matt Flynn was our best option and we didn’t play well.”
For the most part, Flynn agreed with Allen’s assessment.
“I had a hard time making sure there was guys open, so I didn’t want to force it and make any blind throws,” Flynn told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. ”I just didn’t make the plays.”