The Oakland Raiders will return home for their second home game of the 2013 season, as they take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Sept. 29. Sunday’s contest between the two iconic franchises will be their first meeting since 2009. The game will mark the first game of the season for the Raiders vs. an NFC oppponent, and the Redskins’ first match up of the season vs. an AFC foe. Oakland is coming off a loss at the hands of the Broncos last week, and Washington fell in close game at home against the Lions.
The Raiders fell on Monday night at the division rival Broncos by a score of 37-21. RB
Washington makes the cross-country trip following a loss to Detroit on Sunday. QB Robert Griffin III posted his third-straight 300-yard passing game and added another 37 on the ground, and RB Alfred Morris paced the rushing attack with 73 yards and a TD. Former Raider CB DeAngelo Hall returned an interception for a touchdown and also added two passes defensed. Following Sunday’s contest, the Raiders will take on the Chargers at home in an AFC West contest, and the Redskins will have their bye week, followed by an NFC East showdown in Dallas against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
“There are a lot of things that we’ve got to get cleaned up and get corrected to get ready for this week against Washington. It’s one game. We can’t dwell on it. We’ve got to move on and get ready for [the Redskins]. We have another opportunity to come back in a short week against Washington. We’ll be ready to play.” -- Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen
• Raiders assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano was the tight ends coach in Washington in 2001. During his one season coaching for the Redskins, the team went 8-8.
• Raiders senior offensive assistant Al Saunders served as associate head coach/offense coach from 2006-07. During his tenure, he helped the Redskins produce one of the top rushing attacks in the league and Washington earned a playoff berth in 2007.
• Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen was Senior Executive with the Raiders from 1996-2003 and won Executive of the Year with Oakland in 2002.
• Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan spent two seasons as Head Coach of the Los Angeles Raiders from 1988-89. Shanahan had an overall record of 8-12 with the Silver and Black.
• Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett began his NFL coaching career as the linebackers coach of the Los Angeles Raiders from 1993-94.
• Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall played eight games in the Silver and Black in 2008. In his half a season, he recorded 48 tackles and three interceptions.
• Redskins director of football operations Paul Kelly spent six years with the Raiders from 1998-2003, the first four of which were spent as a coaching assistant.
• Redskins assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan spent two years in the same role for the Raiders from 2009-10. In 2010, Oakland ranked 10th in the NFL in yards per game.
• Redskins LS Nick Sundberg attended the University of California from 2005-08.
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• Raiders DE Lamarr Houston and Redskins LB Brian Orakpo were teammates at the University of Texas from 2006-08. In 2008, the Longhorns went 12-1 and finished the season ranked No. 4 in the AP poll.
Redskins From Northern California
• There is one Redskin from Northern California: RB Roy Helu, Jr. (Danville).
Raiders From the Washington, D.C. Area
Overview: After winning the NFC East last season, the Washington Redskins currently sit third place in the division with a record of 0-3. QB Robert Griffin III, one of the most exciting and dangerous quarterbacks in the league, is coming off of offseason knee surgery and his team has yet to build upon the success of their previous season. The Redskins are led by two-time Super Bowl winning coach, Mike Shanahan who, along with son Kyle at offensive coordinator and team owner Daniel Snyder, have turned the Redskins into a perennial threat in the NFC East.
Offense: The Redskins offense is led by QB Robert Griffin III, winner of the Offensive Rookie of the Year last season. Coming off of knee surgery following the 2012 season, Griffin III currently has 975 yards passing and five TDs against four interceptions. Second-year RB Alfred Morris, a surprise weapon last year, has already run for over 200 yards and scored two TDs thus far.
Defense: Currently, the Redskins are ranked 32nd in total team defense. The 2013 Redskins defense is led by veterans LB London Fletcher and CB DeAngelo Hall. Hall is currently the team leader in interceptions with one and returned a fumble for a touchdown in Week1. Pacing the team up front is LB Ryan Kerrigan, who leads the team with three sacks, and fellow LB Perry Riley, who leads the team in tackles with 29.
On Monday night, the Raiders forced their first two turnovers of the young season. DE Lamarr Houston created the first turnover with a sack-fumble on Broncos QB Peyton Manning in the third quarter, and DE