How the Redskins shut down Derek Carr and Raiders’ offense

Last Sunday night, the Washington Redskins dominated the Oakland Raiders on prime time. The final score, 27-10, doesn’t show how Washington had three times the number of offensive yards, sacked Derek Carr four times, and stopped Oakland from converting all 11 of their third down attempts. During this game, the Redskins’ defense was gap sound, played fast to the ball, and limited yards after the catch.

In this game, the Redskins primarily played zone coverage. Cover 2, or two deep safeties and five underneath zones, was their most used coverage and helped stop the Raiders offense. In the first half alone, they only used man coverage on one passing snap and it resulted in the interception to Kendall Fuller.

Samuel Gold

Sam founded NFL Breakdowns after working his way through the journalist farm system and is enjoying life in the big league. Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., Sam didn’t choose the Redskins, the Redskins chose him. Out of a love for the game and an insatiable curiosity to determine why his beloved team was underperforming, Sam turned to studying film in NFL Breakdowns.