The win marked Washington’s third consecutive victory against Oakland and snapped a three-game home losing streak against the Raiders dating back to the 1986 campaign.
“That’s big you know, really just getting one at home,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “I didn’t care if it was prime time or 1 o’clock or midnight, we just had to get one at home. We had lost the last two or three at home which was disappointing so to get one at home, have it on prime time against a big time team like the Raiders, that was satisfying.”
Cousins connected with Chris Thompson and Vernon Davis on a pair of touchdowns in the first half that helped the Redskins take command early.
Thompson caught a 22-yard pass from Cousins and Davis reeled in an 18-yard reception that helped the Redskins jump out to a 14-0 lead at the intermission.
Thompson, a fourth-year running back from Florida State, proved to be a dual threat against the Raiders. He finished with a game-high six receptions for 150 yards and rushed for 38 yards on eight carries.
In the third quarter, Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson scored his first career touchdown on a 52-yard reception from Cousins to put Washington ahead 21-0, with 10:37 remaining.
The Redskins defense was spectacular, applying pressure on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throughout the game.
“We just got our butt kicked,” said Carr. “Hats off to Washington. They came out great. They played well and they got after us. There’s no going around it. They played better than us and they won because of it.”
The Redskins defense registered four quarterback sacks against Carr including one each from rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and veteran linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
Allen, a first round draft selection from Alabama, recorded his first career sack.
The defensive secondary was also stout as second-year cornerback Kendall Fuller and rookie safety Montae Nicholson each snagged their first career interceptions.
“We prepared a lot the whole week,” said Fuller, a former All-Sentinel Player of the Year from Good Counsel. “Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, you know guys like J-No [Josh Norman], D.J. [Swearinger] pushing us to be great. That is what we have got to do, week in and week out.”