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Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football Live Updates: Week 3 score, stats, highlights, analysis

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Redskins vs. Raiders Sunday Night Football Live Updates: Week 3 score, stats, highlights, analysis

Sunday Night Football on NBC is in Washington, D.C. for Week 3 of the NFL Season as the Redskins (1-1) host the Raiders (2-0) in the most intriguing game of the early season.

The Redskins defense has two weeks of solid play under its belt but will need 60 minutes of elite defensive football in order to slow down Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. The Redskins dealt with a lot of nagging injuries following their win over the Rams in Week 2. Rob Kelley and Jordan Reed are officially out for Week 3, which will make things very interesting.

That's important, because the Redskins will need to get the offense going in a hurry. Kirk Cousins, Terrelle Pryor and the rest of the crew will be asked to keep up with the Raiders' high-octane offense. A task easier said than done. 

The Week 3 Sunday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Raiders takes place at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Redskins Kickoff with Chick Hernandez, Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich airs live at 7:30 p.m. The trio returns at 11:30 p.m. ET for Redskins Extra.

Be sure to join us in the live blog below and leave a game comment in the comment section at the bottom.

REDSKINS VS. RAIDERS WEEK 3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE BLOG:

FOURTH QUARTER:

10:58 p.m.: Bad news: Perine is hurt and the Raiders got the ball in the red zone. Good news: The Raiders settled for a field goal. Redskins 24, Raiders 10.

10:55 p.m: Perine is headed to the locker room. Looks like a hand injury.

10:51 p.m.: Semaje Perine fumbles the ball inside the Redskins 20-yard line. Pass interference on the very next play. This is the Redskins team I am familiar with

THIRD QUARTER:

10:45 p.m.: The Redskins come up short in the red zone. They settle for a field goal. Listen, red zone struggles will be addressed, but not right now. They're playing well. Let it ride for now.

10:37 p.m.: Chris Thompson for president. The third-down back took another pass in the flats and hit the afterburners. He's tackled out of bounds in the red zone, but not before a pickup of over 70 yards. He has over 100 receiving yards tonight.

10:31 p.m.: Jared Cook scampers into the end zone and the Raiders are finally on the board. 21-7. This is bout to get interesting.

10:25 p.m.: Jamison Crowder muffed a punt, again. That's the first badf play of the night. So at least there's that.

10:19 p.m.: Holy crap D.J. Swearinger just lit into Marshawn Lynch with a BOOOOOMING HIT.

10:13 p.m.: JOSH DOCTSON LIVES AND SCORES A TOUCHDOWN.

9:50 p.m.: So yeah, the Redskins lead 14-0 at halftime. I did not see that coming. I don't think anyone did. That Redskins +3 line in Vegas is looking MIGHTY NICE right about now. 

SECOND QUARTER:

9:22 p.m.: ANOTHER INTERCEPTION. This time it's Kendall Fuller.

9:16 p.m.: Khalil Mack just ate Morgan Moses' lunch and crunched Kirk Cousins. Raiders' first sack of the game.

9:14 p.m.: Raiders forced to punt. They've had four possessions. Three punts, one INT.

9:12 p.m.: Amari Cooper had a pass dead-to-rights and he dropped it. That is his seventh drop of the season.

FIRST QUARTER:

9:10 p.m.: The Redskins defense made the Raiders offense look rudimentary at best in the first quarter. Raise your hand if you expected that. Put your hand down.

9:02 p.m.: Sorry about that. I had to go grab some pizza before the rest of the office gets to it.

8:48 p.m.: Preston Smith isn't a rookie, but he joins the sack party. That was impressive defense.

8:47 p.m: Jonathan Allen takes down Derek Carr with a sack. Rookie INT and rookie sack. That's big.

8:44 p.m.: The Redskins have five offensive TDs this season. Chris Thompson is responsible for four of them.

8:42 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS! Chris Thompson gets the ball in the flat and takes off. 22-yard touchdown. Redskins 7, Raiders 0.

8:40 p.m.: A balanced diet of heavy Semaje Perine runs and quick passes to the outside. Vernon Davis picks up a first-down with a nice catch and run.

8:35 p.m.: After a review, it is determined that Nicholson made the interception, but did not run it back. Nonetheless, that's a turnover for the good guys.

8:33 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Rookie Montae Nicholson swoops in to pick off Derek Carr early in the game. Did the referee even ring the bell yet? 

8:31 p.m.: OK, finally, it's time for football.

PREGAME:

8:30 p.m.: Several Redskins, like Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson, took a knee during the national anthem

8:29 p.m.: So, there it is. 

8:25 p.m.: We're just minutes away from kickoff and as expected, a lot of Raiders fans are in the house.

8:05 p.m.: Will Josh Doctson be a factor tonight? That's what we are hoping for.

7:55 p.m.: Former Redskins FB Mike Sellers is still a very large human being. He's still a funny person too, as evident by his zinger at Chick Hernandez.

7:30 p.m.: I know you probably don't want this reminder, but ... yeah the Redskins have not been good in primetime.

7:20 p.m.: With President Donald Trump's Saturday comments — imploring owners to fire players who don't stand for the anthem — Chris Collinsworth had a poignant response on the pregame show on NBC.

7:10 p.m.: The Redskins are expected to issue a statement regarding anthme protests prior to kickoff. It's also being reported that owner Dan Snyder will be on the sidelines with the players during the anthem.

7:04 p.m.: Here is the full list of inactives. Tonight could get interesting.

6:58 p.m.: No Rob Kelley or Jordan Reed for the Redskins tonight vs. the Raiders. Dang.

6:40 p.m.: The inactive list should be coming out shortly. Will Jordan Reed be dressed? Rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle was dressed and on the field for warmups if that is any indication. 

6:35 p.m.: MARSHAWN LYNCH IS HERE AND OH MY GOD HE LOOKS LIKE A SUPERVILLIAN.

6 30 p.m.: Welcome to our Week 2 live blog of the Redskin vs. Rams game. It's me, Troy Machir again. You can follow JP Finlay and Rich Tandler too if you'd like. They're at FedEx Field for the game. That's cool and all, but since I'm here, I suggest you stick around. 

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The Redskins drafted for need, and this time, that is just fine

The Redskins drafted for need, and this time, that is just fine

ASHBURN, Va. -- After months, and maybe years, of the Redskins front office explaining that the NFL Draft came down to taking the best player available, the organization might have veered from that strategy Thursday night.

The Redskins selected Alabama defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne with the No. 13 overall pick. It's a fine selection, but the team made it not necessarily because Payne was the best player available, but because he was the best player available at a position of desperate need. 

"There were quite a few guys that were worthy of that pick, quite frankly, but for what we were looking for and the fit, I think Da’Ron is perfect for us and what we were looking for," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said after the first round ended.

Payne should help right away on the Redskins defensive line, but plenty of fans want to know why the team didn't select Derwin James and Tremaine Edmunds at No. 13. Both freak athletes, James could have helped the Redskins' secondary while Edmunds could help at the linebacker spot and rushing the passer.

Asked specifically if Payne was on top of the board at No. 13 with Edmunds and James present, the coach wasn't quite crystal clear.

"Yeah, he was up there. There’s a lot of scenarios we tried to play through and guys were getting picked and we’re happy as heck to get Da’Ron. He’s one of our top guys."

For Gruden and the Redskins, this pick was about competing in the NFC East.

"You see what’s going on in our division with Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott and Philadelphia, the way they run the ball," the coach said. "Our [2017] ranking on defense wasn’t quite up to speed at 32nd."

The coach is right. 

The Redskins struggled mightily last season against the run, coming in dead last in rush defense. In turn, they struggled in the division, going 1-5. Dallas and Philadelphia already run the ball very well, and now by drafting Barkley second overall, the Giants could be a strong run team too. 

There is no question Payne will step in and help against the run, and that should happen immediately. Gruden even said the Redskins will use Payne at the nose tackle position, likely with Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis lined up next to him. 

The question on Payne is pass rushing ability, and he's eager to prove it's no question at all. 

"I’m going to get after the pass rush and just dominate the run every chance I get," the new Redskins said in a conference call with media. 

In thre years at Alabama, Payne logged three sacks. Read that again. It's not a misprint. 

For interior defensive line players, sacks aren't always a great measure of effectiveness. Getting good push up the middle disrupts the quarterbacks time in the pocket, and that often results in sacks off the edge. Payne should be able to help in that capacity.

"I think he's got great power, and a lot of times the sacks that don't show up on the stat board, he enabled other guys to get them because of the push of the pocket that forces the quarterback outside. I think Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Ryan Anderson will be very happy to have Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne in the middle pushing that pocket," Gruden said. "Stats don't always tell a story about pass rushers."

The Redskins made a smart, safe pick with Payne. He will help the team from Day One. 

The Redskins eschewed the chance for a riskier, but maybe more rewarding pick in Derwin James or Tremaine Edmunds. And that's ok.

If Payne boosts the run defense, like he should, he will be proven worth the No. 13 pick.

If Payne boosts the run defense, and proves capable as a pass rusher, then Redskins fans will forget all about James and Edmunds. 

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Da'Ron Payne's first reaction after being drafted No. 13 by the Redskins

Da'Ron Payne's first reaction after being drafted No. 13 by the Redskins

Many top draft choices chose to head to the NFL Draft, hear their name called and get the pomp and circumstance that comes with all that is the NFL Draft. 

The Washington Reskins' No. 13 pick Da'Ron Payne was not one of those prospects. 

Instead, Payne watched the draft surronded by close friends and family.

The reaction was memorable: 

Some draft picks choose not to come for fear of slidding down draft boards, or worse: not being picked in the first round at all. 

So he doesn't get to meet Roger Goodell. He doesn't get a Redskins' jersey on draft night.

But this video wouldn't exist if the defensive tackle from Alabama chose to go to Dallas, Texas on draft night. 

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