Monday, December 14, 2009
Wrap-up: Redskins 34, Raiders 13
By Dan Graziano
We'll take a closer look at this one Monday, but I was very impressed with the Redskins' pass-rush in the second half. Once they made the Raiders one-dimensional, linebacker Brian Orakpo was able to tee off on JaMarcus Russell. The Redskins knocked Bruce Gradkowski out of the game late in the first half and the Raiders basically had no chance with Russell running the show.
It's also important to note that Jason Campbell and second-year tight end Fred Davis have found something pretty special. Since Chris Cooley suffered what turned out to be a season-ending injury, Davis has become a big part of this offense. He scored two more touchdowns Sunday.
It's also encouraging to see running backs Quinton Ganther and Marcus Mason racking up some yards. The Redskins are getting a look at a lot of their young players right now. It's impressive that they've continued to compete. I think the next head coach can build around this defense. Even when Albert Haynesworth hasn't been available, Orakpo and Andre Carter have played excellent football. They combined for six of the Skins' eight sacks Sunday. It was a very impressive performance.
And let me say this for the 10th time in the past two weeks. Try to get London Fletcher in the Pro Bowl. He turned in another impressive performance Sunday.