Oakland, CA – A controversial summer led to the Raiders awarding Terrelle Pryor with the starting job. But after a concussion last week, Matt Flynn was given the nod after Pryor’s symptoms returned despite clearing all tests medically from the National Football League and Oakland’s own medical staff.
Flynn’s first start of the season turned out disastrous leading to a 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. Matt struggled in converting on third downs and suffered a bigger blow losing both Darren McFadden (tight hamstring) and Marcel Reece (knee injury) who watched the game on the sideline in plain clothes.
“Obviously, I don’t think he saw the field very good today,” said head coach Dennis Allen. “I think he was obviously part of some of those sacks that we gave up in the game. It was a tough situation for him to go into and obviously, with the loss of McFadden and Reece that didn’t help him out any. Offensively, we didn’t get it done and that’s really the bottom line.”
The Raiders took an early 14-0 lead using the rushing game to move the ball down field quick. Then Rashad Jennings provided the defensive play of the game blocking a punt that resulted in Oakland’s first touchdown in the first quarter. But after scoring their second touchdown the Raider’s offense failed to score again.
“Yeah it was… It was a tough one, hard one to swallow,” Flynn said. “We started out pretty well. It was a good drive. We were executing, doing things we needed to do. They made some adjustments on defense, after we just weren’t converting third downs and that was obviously the big issue.”
Matt threw an interception into the hands of rookie CB David Amerson who rushed it back for the 45-yard touchdown. McFadden and Reece left the game shorty after play in the second quarter. The Redskins kicked a field goal to cut the lead down to four and dominated in the second half scoring two touchdowns.
“No question, those two guys are the heart and soul of the offense, that’s two great players,” Flynn explained. “I still feel like we ran the ball well after that but that was definitely a big blow for us.”
Unfortunately, the ball wasn’t run well, Oakland struggled on third downs again for a second week. Washington’s defense shut them down, sacking Matt Flynn seven times. Robert Griffin III threw a touchdown pass late in the third quarter and Roy Helu Jr ran for a 14-yard touchdown to secure the Redskins victory.
“We needed that so bad,” said DE Ryan Kerrigan. “It really feels good. Seven was kind of the magic number today. We give up only seven points, we have seven sacks, scored seven points on defense. Great feeling right now.”
Off to the worst start in franchise history, the Redskins came into the game on Sunday with an 0-3 record. They rallied back for the win, leaving the Raiders frustrated and anxious to bounce back next week when they face the San Diego Chargers.
Flynn threw an interception into the hands of rookie CB David Amerson who rushed it back for the 45-yard touchdown. McFadden and Reece left the game shorty after play in the second quarter. The Redskins kicked a field goal to cut the lead down to four and dominated in the second half scoring two touchdowns.