Griffin needs to ignite a spark for the Redskins (USA TODAY IMAGES)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Redskins defeated the Raiders 24-14 for their first victory of the year.
Believe it or not, if the Giants beat the Eagles next week, and the Broncos beat the Cowboys, Washington will have a chance to play for first place in the NFC East after their bye week.
Things are already off to a miserable start for the Redskins. On Washington's second possession Sav Rocca had his punt blocked. The ball bounced around in the end zone until Jeremy Stewart recovered it for a touchdown. The Raiders lead 7-0 midway though the quarter. Also, Griffin III has yet to get the football past midfield. The Raiders added another touchdown to tight end Mychal Rivera. Matt Flynn has been having his way with the Redskins secondary. Oakland leads 14-0.
The Redskins went to a hurry-up offense and started moving the ball. After getting near the Raiders goal line, the drive stalled and Washington's John Potter kicked a field goal. Oakland still has all the momentum.
That is until Matt Flynn showed he is, after all, a backup quarterback. Redskins rookie cornerback picked off a Flynn pass and returned it to the house for a 45-yard touchdown. The Redskins now only trail 14-10. But remember, Washington does have defensive touchdowns against the Eagles and Lions -- both losses. Both teams would sputter offensively before the half.
Matt Flynn and the Raiders look like a very beatable team. Oakland went three-and-out to start the third quarter. The Redskins were making magic at the nine minute mark in the third until a 25-yard Logan Paulsen catch turned into a fumble and the Raiders football. Luckily for Washington the Raiders turned that into a missed field goal.
The Redskins have the momentum and defensively are showing much improvement. Ryan Kerrigan has been a beast and forced a fumble of Matt Flynn. The score is still Washington 17, Oakland 10.
Roy Helu took advantage of Alfred Morris's rib injury -- and then some. The running back scored on a beautiful 14-yard touchdown run to seal the Redskins 24-14 victory.
Our sports writer Kevin Jones will have more analysis on the victory Monday morning.