by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Things are looking up for the Washington Redskins who got the proverbial monkey off their backs by picking up their first win of the season on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

The Robert Griffin III led offense showed more balance while Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan helped guide the defense to its best showing of the year in Washington’s 24-14 victory on the baseball field at o.Co Coliseum.

Outspoken former Redskin Fred Smoot agrees.

“The offense came out and did the same thing they did last year to win ball games — ball control, RGIII passed for under 300 yards, they ran the ball well,” Smoot told Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier Monday on 106.7 The Fan. “On defense, they came to play. Seven sacks, the touchdown interception by (David) Amerson. They did their job.”

Special teams, however, continues to be a major area of concern for Washington in Keith Burns’ first season in charge of the unit. The squad continued struggled in the win, surrounding a touchdown on a punt that was blocked in the end zone and failing to manufacture any significant production on returns.

“Special teams has yet to show up into a ball game right now,” Smoot said. “So, I’m worried about that going into Dallas week. I’m really trying to see what Shanahan and the rest of the coaches are going to do to fix that because (Chris) Thompson has yet to make a play.”

The rookie Thompson is averaging a modes 5.1 yards per punt return this season and was not used for kick returns this week.


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