What happened: Campbell and Ganther heated up, and the latter ran in for his second touchdown. On the Raiders’ first play, Landry dived to snag an interception, giving Washington the ball in Oakland territory. Four plays later, Ganther had his second career touchdown on another 1-yard run on first and goal. The Redskins nearly scored a defensive touchdown on a Russell fumble, but Andre Carter couldn’t grab the ball. Then Antwaan Randle El muffed a punt, and Oakland recovered at the 50. But the Redskins sacked him two more times, including on fourth down, ending any hope of a Raiders comeback. Washington’s next drive was a flurry of handoffs before Gano’s second field goal of the game. Oakland’s drive fizzled, and Campbell kneeled twice to end it.
Analysis: Washington’s decision to play Orakpo more at defensive end paid off in a huge way against the Raiders. The rookie was a disruptive force throughout the game and picked up his fourth sack in the fourth quarter. Andre Carter added another as well and finished with two; the team had eight total, a number even more impressive considering that Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall didn’t play. And credit Washington with building on a lead rather than surrendering it in the fourth quarter; the Redskins added 17 points and, with help from the hapless Russell, kept the Raiders off the scoreboard.
BY THE NUMBERS
4 Sacks for rookie Brian Orakpo, equaling a team record shared by Ken Harvey, Phillip Daniels, Diron Talbert and Dexter Manley.