Sunday, October 1, 2017

Redskins hit on all cylinders in Raiders victory

Josh Norman, Kirk Cousins and Chris Thompson players of the game with Michelle Tofoya       Moe Murphy/CCS
LANDOVER, Md.- The Washington Redskins played one of their most complete games in decades and they totally dominated the undefeated Oakland Raiders 27-10 on Sunday Night Football at FedEx Field.

"That's big you know, really just getting one at home. I didn't care if it was prime time or 1 o'clock or midnight, we just had to get one at home," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "We had lost the last two or three at hom which was disappointing so to get one at home, have it on prime time against a big time team like the Raiders, that was satisfying. But now we just have to celebrate it for a little bit and then get ready for a tough one on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium."

Montae Nicholson interception  Moe Murphy/CCS
The Redskins defense set the tone when Montae Nicholson intercepted Derek Carr on the second play of the game. The Redskins dominated the line and kept Carr off balance all night.

“Well you know, watching film – D.J. [Swearinger] and DBs as a whole have been telling me to read his eyes when I am back there in half and that is what I was doing," Nicholson said " I can’t believe he actually threw it, but when he threw it, it was just a ball in the air, it has got to be ours, that’s what we preach and I just kind of went up there and grabbed it.”

Nicholson was moved into a starting position after Su'a Cravens was placed on the left the team list.

The Redskins defense posted 4 sacks and hurried Carr on many other plays and held the Raiders to 128 net yards, the lowest since October 12, 1992. 

The Redskins offense was equally impressive with Kirk Cousins playing one of his better games in memory , going 25 of 30 for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns. Cousins ended with a quarterback rating of 150.7 and garnered NFC Offensive Player of the Week Honors for his performance in Prime Time.

Running back Chris Thompson had a huge game for Washington gaining 150 yards receiving including a 74 yard rumble and a 22 yard touchdown to open the Redskins scoring. Thompson also rushed for 38 yards on 8 carries. 

Rookie Samaje Perine added 49 yards on 19 carries and Mack Brown contributed 27 yards on 6 carries.

Vernon Davis and Josh Doctson each caught a touchdown pass from Cousins. Dustin Hopkins had field goals of 28 and 23 yards to round out the Redskins scoring.

Kirk Cousins 25 of 30 for 365 yards and 3 TD's, NFC Offensive Player of the Week       Moe Murphy / CCS
The night started on a historical note as both teams showed various forms of protest regarding prior remarks made earlier in the week by President Donald Trump concerning NFL Players not standing for the National Anthem. Members of the Redskins locked arms with front office personnel including team owner Dan Snyder.

The Redskins lock arms in unity on a historical day in the NFL               Moe Murphy / CCS
The Redskins travel to Kansas City to face the undefeated Chiefs on Monday Night Football and will look for their second consecutive win in Prime time.

More Game photos can be seen at the Clarke County Sports Facebook Page. Redskins vs Raiders Photo Gallery

Post Game interviews can be viewed below

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