Oakland Raiders

Raiders game plan vs. Washington Redskins

The Associated Press

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs for a first down during the game against the New York Jets on Sept. 17, 2017 at the Coliseum.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs for a first down during the game against the New York Jets on Sept. 17, 2017 at the Coliseum. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Sunday’s Raiders game

Opponent: at Washington Redskins

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Line: Raiders by 3

Records: Raiders 2-0, Redskins 1-1

TV/radio: Ch. 3 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya), 1140

Three things to watch

HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE

The Raiders’ offense, led by quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch, is ranked fourth in the league. In two games, Carr has thrown for 492 yards and five touchdowns – three to Crabtree – and Lynch has rushed for 121 yards and a score. And the Raiders are converting more than 54 percent of their third downs. “There’s nothing they’re not doing well,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said. “They can throw it, they can run it. They have a big, powerful offensive line. They have a couple tight ends that can come in and maul you. They have great play actions and their receivers can get down the field. And Derek does an unbelievable job at giving them opportunity balls and they come down with the majority of them.”

REUNION GAME

Raiders cornerback David Amerson returns to Washington for the first time since being waived by the Redskins early in 2015. Amerson was a second-round pick by Washington in 2013 and had a rough second season, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 73.6 percent of passes at him with 10 touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus. He was cut early the next season and revived his career with the Raiders, earning a $38 million, four-year contract extension in 2016.

BLITZING SAFETY

Raiders safety Karl Joseph spent plenty of time in the offensive backfield last week. He blitzed six times against the Jets, forcing Josh McCown into one sack and getting one of his own when he also forced a turnover. That was a rare play for the Raiders, who hadn’t had a sack from a defensive back since D.J. Hayden had one on Nov. 1, 2015.

The Associated Press

Injury report

RAIDERS

Questionable: CB Sean Smith (neck/shoulder)

REDSKINS

Questionable: LB Mason Foster (shoulder), RB Robert Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Joshua Norman (shoulder), TE Jordan Reed (rib)

Schedule

Date

Opponent

Outcome

Sept. 10

at Tennessee

W, 26-16

Sept. 17

vs. N.Y. Jets

W, 45-20

Date

Opponent

Time

Sunday

at Washington

5:30 p.m.

Oct. 1

at Denver

1:25 p.m.

Oct. 8

vs. Baltimore

1:05 p.m.

Oct. 15

vs. L.A. Chargers

1:25 p.m.

Oct. 19

vs. Kansas City

5:25 p.m.

Oct. 29

at Buffalo

10 a.m.

Nov. 5

at Miami

5:30 p.m.

Nov. 19

vs. New England

1:25 p.m.

Nov. 26

vs. Denver

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 3

vs. N.Y. Giants

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 10

at Kansas City

10 a.m.

Dec. 17

vs. Dallas

5:30 p.m.

Dec. 25

at Philadelphia

5:30 p.m.

Dec. 31

at L.A. Chargers

1:25 p.m.

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