TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: O.Co Coliseum
Weather: Low 52, High 77
Line: Washington (-3)
Robert Griffin III has been the subject of much criticism through three weeks — and for good reason. The Washington Redskins are 0-3 and it looks like this team is headed in a steady downward spiral. However, with the unlimited talent that RG3 has, it will be unlikely to see this team start the year 0-4. Griffin has spent the second half of two of the first three games trying to play catch-up from poor first-half play. He has 975 yards and five touchdowns to go along with four interceptions. This isn’t the same guy we saw a season ago — having since had ACL surgery, the second-year quarterback has been non-existent in the run game. Alfred Morris, on the other hand, has been solid in the run game so far this season, racking up 225 yards on 40 carries for two touchdowns.
Coming into the season looking like one of the league’s worst teams, the Oakland Raiders have opened some eyes and surprised people. Although they have just a 1-2 record, the Raiders have to be up there with teams that can shock people and make a serious bid to win every game. Having put up a solid fight against the best offense in the league on Monday night in the Denver Broncos, the Raiders look like a team that’s not ready to roll over and give up. Terrelle Pryor, although concussed and questionable for Sunday’s game, has exceeded expectations this season with 624 yards through the air and leading the team in rushing yards with 198. Denarius Moore had a great game against the Broncos in week three and will look to help out the quarterback that ends up starting.
Defensively, the Raiders rank in the middle of the NFL in most categories such as passing yards allowed, rushing yards allowed and points allowed per game. There’s nothing too special about this defense, but they have shown to be an average or above average squad. RG3 might struggle a bit once again on the road. On the other hand, the Redskins are owners of the worst defense in the NFL. In fact, they are on pace to set a record for most yards allowed in a single season. The Raiders and Pryor could take full advantage of this.
PREDICTION: Redskins 31, Raiders 27