3 and out: Redskins maul the Raiders

The Redskins win again! Our burgundy and gold fan Christian Burt goes Skin Deep and 3 & out on this impressive home soil 27-10 victory vs the Oakland Raiders…

Dominant Defense

Last week in L.A it was an identity being created, and after this smack down win at the FedEx, are we now witnessing a team with bonafide play off intent?  This win was one of total domination against a team, in the Oakland Raiders, that harbours legitimate Superbowl hopes.  It should have been a lot more than even the 27-10 which actually flattered the Raiders.

In the off-season the Redskins went for continuity in the coaching departments; HC Jay Gruden calls the offensive plays following the departure of Sean McVay, while Greg Manusky was promoted to defensive co-ordinator. You get the impression that under Greg (and D-Line coach Jim Tomsula), life as a defensive Redskin football player is a lot of fun and is underlined with the mantra first stated in the off season of “we’ll sure beat the crap out of a lot of people!”

I’m also giving Greg extra props as he looks like the kind of dude who would go night boat fishing with Jack Nicholson and a 48 crate of cold lager beer. And in this scenario, drink up my wild man looking buddy – you limited the Raiders to a meagre 128 yards all game.

Washington sacked Derek Carr four times, intercepted the highly paid Raiders QB two times and generally dominated the Oakland offense all night. In 2016 the Redskins were the 28th placed team on the defensive side of the ball; I’d expect by the end of this season a much better placing will show in the record books.

Offense gets going too!

Back to Week 1 and the Redskins D had laid the foundations for Kirk Cousins & company to get the win vs the Eagles. That never materialised and Cousins had looked decidedly average on his two outings before Sunday night. But boy did the USA get to see Prime Time KC!

Cousins threw for a massive 365 yards and three TDs – and this was all lovingly balanced with the run game out the backfield of rookie Samaje Perine and the damn special #25 Chris Thompson.

Said it last week and I’ll state it again: Chris Thompson is the best at what he does in the NFL. Nothing finer than a 5ft8 twinkled toed RB making the bigger guys miss and he took his tally to four TDs in three games. Thompson had a total of 188 yards – heroic and without the usual go-to guy of Jordan Reed for Cousins to target.

A confession here: when that 52 yard bomb landed into the hands of a burgundy & gold WR, I was thinking “that’s got to be Pryor Sr.”. I’d almost forgotten about our 2016 First Rounder Josh Doctson – but here it was, a great grab by #18 and then impressive body strength over ex Redskin Amerson.  Resurrect the catchphrase Kirk – we liked that.

How far can this team go?

At the risk of repetition this Washington roster has a nice balance right now. Zach Brown was again fantastic at ILB, registering his third double digit number of tackles in a row.

DJ Swearinger is bringing some lionheartedness to the backfield and rookie Montae Nicholson, who was labelled a reach in the 2017 Draft fourth round….well, the only reach associated with this young man is when he’s reaching over your sorry ass Raider frame and recording an INT.

Of course, getting carried away on a warpath of optimism is a recipe for being let down and the bookies of Las Vegas will probably rightly have the Kansas City Chiefs as favourites for Monday Night Football. The Chiefs record against Washington stands at 8-1, and they took New England apart on Week 1.

It’ll be tough and its on the road too; but this is a Redskins team with talent & heart. I mean, imagine heading into the Bye week (5), with a 3-1 record including scalping Oakland and Kansas City?

A Game Ball for…

There was so much goodness out on the FedEx field that I almost want to hand the entire damn team the Game Ball. It seems absurd to hand that accolade to a non-defense player, but Mr Chris Thompson you have once again thrilled this boy in London.

Take this Game Ball #25 – take it to the house yet again!

Christian Burt

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Christian Burt
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