The Raiders came into Sunday night flying high. After two weeks, the Raiders looked like one of the most impressive teams in the NFL. Then they played Washington.
And nothing was impressive.
Derek Carr had an awful night. He threw two horrendous interceptions - the first Raider turnovers of the season. But worst of all he got Michael Crabtree hurt by forcing him to jump with his arms extended for a pass. That left his chest exposed for a big hit, which knocked Crabtree out of the game.
Carr finished 14 of 26 for 85 yards.
Crabtree and the rest of the receivers did their quarterback no favors by dropping passes. Crabtree dropped a slightly off target pass on a slant route and number one receiver Amari Cooper dropped his sixth pass of the season.
The usually dominant offensive line had its worst performance of the season, as Carr was sacked four times. Plus the Raiders never established a run game, as Washington lived in the backfield.
The Raiders had 32 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Defensively, the Raiders were overmatched. They never seemed to realize running back Chris Thompson was eligible to catch passes.
Thompson had 150 receiving yards.
Sean Smith could not cover back up tight end Vernon Davis, who had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had one of his easiest nights of his career hitting on 25 of 30 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns.
The Raiders did not convert a third down. The Raiders were outgained 472 to 128. The Raiders were awful.
The only reason the Raiders were able to get on the scoreboard was a couple of Washington fumbles. Two giveaways set up the Raiders in the redzone, which led to 10 points.
But even then, the Raiders blew it.
On first and goal from the four yard line, Carr threw three incompletions, two of which hit defensive backs hands, not his receivers' hands.
The Raiders did not give Marshawn Lynch a carry from inside the five. Not that Lynch was having a good game either.
Lynch finished with six carries for 18 yards.
Somehow the Raiders loss was only by 17 points, but it was utter domination by the Redskins.
Before the game, multiple Raiders sat with arms linked during the national anthem. The protest comes in response to Donald Trump calling for NFL owners to fire players that sit for the national anthem.
At a rally in Alabama on Friday, Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio stood for the anthem, as did Derek Carr, who appeared to be praying to himself during the anthem.
Raiders owner Mark Davis stood with his hand over his heart in a suite; Redskins owner Daniel Snyder stood with his players on the sideline with linked arms.