Week 4: Raiders-Redskins matchup analysis

Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
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Washington Redskins (0-3) at Oakland Raiders (1-2)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, at o.Co Coliseum, Oakland, Calf. - TV: FOX
*TV announcers: Dick Stockton, Rondé Barber, Kris Budden
*Keys to the game: The Redskins are being outscored 67-14 on offense in the first half of games this season, and QB Robert Griffin III is averaging 46.3 passes per game as Washington has continually tried to dig out of massive holes. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan needs to get back to a more balanced attack, and the key for the Redskins will be production against a Raiders defense allowing 4.1 yards per carry. Washington's defense is on a record pass for futility as it allows an average of 488.0 yards per game. The Raiders don't pose the same offensive threat as the Redskins' first three opponents - the Eagles, Packers and Lions - but Washington has had to prepare for the mobile Terrelle Pryor, who is recovering from a concussion but practiced Thursday, along with more traditional drop-back backup QB Matt Flynn. Whoever starts, expect RB Darren McFadden to take his swings at a run defense allowing 4.8 yards per carry. The sledding has been tough for McFadden (3.9 yards per carry), but the Raiders also want to set up occasional shots against the Redskins' porous secondary.
*Matchup to watch - Redskins CB De'Angelo Hall vs. Raiders WR Denarius Moore: Hall has a pair of interceptions, but he also gambles frequently and is a major contributor to Washington's 31st-ranked pass defense. Moore caught six passes for 124 yards in Denver last week.
*Player spotlight - Redskins FS Bacarri Rambo: The rookie went from starting the first two games to seeing action only on special teams last week. Part of that was due to Oakland going with three cornerbacks for much of the game in Denver, but coach Mike Shanahan also said, "we're not here to keep his spirits up." Translation: Rambo needs to start making plays for the league's worst defense.
*Fast facts: Redskins ILB London Fletcher will play in his 244th consecutive game, passing retired linebacker Bill Romanowski for the most by a defensive player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. ... Opposing quarterbacks are completing 76.5 percent of their passes against Oakland.
The Redskins won't fall into another massive first-half hole, allowing RB Alfred Morris to be a consistent factor as QB Robert Griffin continues to regain his form bit by bit each week. Redskins still give up far too many yards, but they score a critical road win.
*Our pick: Redskins 24-23

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