Three Matchups We Watched In The Oakland Raiders Clash With The Washington Redskins

Well, the Oakland Raiders got punched in the mouth Sunday night at FedExField, falling to the Washington Redskins 27-10.

With the loss, the Silver and Black fall to 2-1, and will now have to quickly put Sunday night's game in the rearview mirror as they prepare to head to Denver to open division play against the Broncos in Week 4 action.

However, before we officially turn the page to the Broncos, let's review the three matchups we watched Sunday against the Redskins.

Running Backs Marshawn Lynch, Jalen Richard, and DeAndré Washington vs. Running Backs Robert Kelley, Samaje Perine, and Chris Thompson

Headed into Sunday night's clash at FedExField we knew that both the Raiders and the Redskins liked to run the football, and were pretty effective at doing so too.

Both squads also fancied using a trio of effective ball carriers to spark the ground game, but unfortunately for the Raiders, just one team was able to move the ball Sunday night.

When all was said and done, the Redskins trio of backs had carried the ball 33 times for 114 yards, while Lynch, Richard and Washington ran the ball just nine times for 22 yards.

Now, as Head Coach Jack Del Rio said during his Monday press conference, going 0 for 11 on third downs doesn't provide the running game a plethora of opportunities to get rolling, but nevertheless, 22 yards from your trio of running backs won't get the job done most days.

Ironically, the Washington running back who hurt the Raiders the most was Chris Thompson, who in addition to his 38 rushing yards, hauled in six catches for 150 yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Derek Carr vs. Quarterback Kirk Cousins

Once again, advantage Washington.

Derek Carr is one of the best, young, ascending quarterbacks in the NFL, but Sunday night he was outdueled by Kirk Cousins.

"We just got our butt kicked," said Carr postgame. "Hats off to Washington. They came out great. They played well and they got after us. There's no going around it. They played better than us and they won because of it."

While Cousins was no doubt impressive Sunday night – he finished Week 3 with 365 passing yards and three touchdowns – the real story of the evening was how Carr and the offense just couldn't seem to get rolling.

After enjoying a strong start to 2017, Carr just didn't have the mojo working in the nation's capital, finishing his outing just 19 of 31 for 118 yards and a pair of interceptions.

Now, Carr didn't have all day to work from the pocket – he was sacked four times – but a quarterback rating of 52.9 is something that is very out of character for No. 4.

Cornerback David Amerson vs. Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr.

This matchup featured a battle of players squaring off for the first time against their former teams.

Amerson spent the first two seasons of his career in Washington D.C., while believe it or not, Pryor Sr. began his career in Oakland as a quarterback.

Now, both have new football homes, and while Amerson did finish his return to D.C. with six tackles and three passes defensed, I'm sure there's a play or two that he'd like to have back.

On the other side of things, Pryor Sr. wasn't a huge thorn in the side of Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton, Jr.'s group totaling just two catches for 19 yards.

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