The Washington Redskins (2-1) defense showed up and smashed the Oakland Raiders in the mouth and shut down their “Beast Mode” in Marshawn Lynch and stopped QB Derek Carr from having a big game by breaking through the Raiders offensive line for 4.5 sacks on the night.
Carr wasn’t sacked more than one time in a game last year, but when he was pressured he made mistakes. The first ball that Carr put up in the air was picked off by the rookie out of Michigan State, Montae Nicholson. Second-year man out of Virginia Tech, Kendall Fuller also had an interception late in the game for the Redskins defense.
Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper stated that the Raiders offense would have 200+ total yards of offense against the Redskins secondary. Those comments touched a nerve with Redskins defensive back Josh Norman and he went on an uncut rant after the game.
“What was personal, other than them getting their butts whupped?” Norman said after the game, according to ESPN.com. “I mean, first and foremost, you don’t come up in here and say that you’re going to put up on somebody. Two hundred yards? He [Crabtree] didn’t even catch two balls. He only caught one. So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you’re a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I am telling you, we are here and we are waiting.”
Norman saw himself lining up against Cooper 11 times and 5 times against Crabtree who had just 1 catch for 7 yards. Cooper finished the game with just 1 reception for a lousy 6 yards. Easy to say the Raiders didn’t get to the 200-yard mark.
It seems as if Marshawn Lynch forgot to eat his Skittles prior to the game or his head banging last week could’ve played a factor into his lackluster performance, because he was shut down as well. Lynch carried the ball 6 times for a dismal 18 yards, that averages out to be 3 yards per carry.
Beast mode came out in Redskins’ running back Chris Thompson who had 8 carries for 38 yards and also had 6 receptions for 150 yards with a touchdown to show for it as well. Rookie running back Samaje Perine tallied 49 yards on 19 carries. Mack Brown, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, ran for 27 yards on 6 carries.
It just wasn’t the Redskins backfield making plays on offense as Kirk Cousins nearly went perfect in the game, completing 25 of his 30 attempts for 365 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Cousins entered the game with just 2 touchdowns and 1 interception while Raiders’ Carr entered with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions thrown. Simply put, at the end of the day, Cousins finished with a total of 5 thrown touchdowns this season with just 1 interception while Carr now has 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
The Washington Redskins will now prepare for another AFC West foe in the Kansas City Chiefs who are 3-0 on the year. The good news is the Redskins have a week to prepare for the game. The bad news is that they travel to a place where it is hard to play on the road.
Last time the Redskins and Chiefs met was in 2013. Kansas City won that game, 45-10. The Chiefs lead the series, 8-1 all-time.
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