Preview: Raiders Head to Washington to Grapple With Redskins

Kirk Kern

The 2-0 Raiders head out on the road for an NFC matchup against Washington. Will the Redskins give the Raiders any challenges?

The Raiders will rack up some more frequent flier miles this week when they go back to the east coast to play the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football. It should also be a chance for quarterback Derek Carr and his talented corp of receievers to get their own frequent flier miles against a Redskins defense that ranks 26th in the league in passing yards allowed per game.

The Redskins are 1-1 on the season and has allowed 27 points per game, 27th in the league. That should bode well for the high-powered Raider attack that is first in points scored with 35.5 per game.

Look for Derek Carr to look early and often for Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, who caught three touchdown passes last week. Heck, there should even be some catches available for Seth Roberts and Corderelle Patterson.

“The O-line, and the wide outs, running backs picking up blitzes,” Carr said on about his team’s performance last week against the Jets. “With the way we’re able to pick up blitzes, we’re able to hit go-routes for touchdowns, we’re able to push the ball on deep. Crabtree going across the middle on a deep route a couple times.

“You know, without them doing their job, I can’t do it by myself. Everyone gives the quarterback credit and all those things because you always touch the ball, but I give all those guys the credit.”

Yards on the ground may be a little bit harder to come by for Marshawn Lynch and company against a stout Redskin defensive front led by nose tackle Ziggy Hood and active linebackers Zach Brown and Ryan Kerrigan.

The Raiders defense will be challenged by quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has decent targets in former Raiders quarterback-turned-wideout Terrell Pryor, Jamison Crowder and tight end Jordan Reed. Reed, however, did not participate in Wednesday’s practice with injured ribs.

The Raiders opened as a 3.5 point favorite on the road and that number has since been bet down to 3 points. Game time is 5:30 p.m. on the west coast.