Sunday, September 29, 2013

Injuries May Play A Role In Redskins/Raiders


Cover Photo: USA Today

Game time can't get here soon enough as the Redskins hope to win their first game of the season against a woeful but dangerous Oakland Raiders team.

The biggest question looming is who will be the starting quarterback for the Raiders: Terrelle Pryor or Matt Flynn?
The most recent update from NFL.com is that Flynn will be the starter because Pryor's concussion symptoms have returned.

If this is the case this will be a huge boon for the Redskins as they have had struggles against mobile quarterbacks like Mike Vick and Aaron Rodgers but seemed to fair better against a less mobile but strong armed Matt Stafford. Matt Flynn has had success in the NFL as a backup for the Packers but has lost starting opportunities to mobile quarterbacks like Russell Wilson (Seattle) and Pryor. Flynn has neither a big arm or lightning fast mobility, but he has shown to do well with short/intermediate passes and timing routes.

If Flynn plays, the key for the Redskins will be to generate pressure and be ready to knock down quick passes. The secondary also must make their tackles if the team is to succeed against the pass. Also, with Pryor out, expect the Raiders to run the ball much more as the Redskins have struggled equally against both the run and the pass.

In other injury news the Redskins may have opportunities to stop the run and the pass with shake ups on the Raiders offensive line. Andre Gurode is likely to start for an injured Lucas Nix and we know all about Tony Pashos.

The Redskins offense may have some opportunities as well with injuries in their secondary as Tyvon Branch is out and CB Tracy Porter is questionable with a concussion.

We'll know more when the inactive list is officially released in a few hours.

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