Nobody expected the Oakland Raiders led by backup quarterback Matt Flynn to be much of a challenge for the Washington Redskins, but a win is a win and Washington desperately needed their first win of the season no matter who the opponent was.
It certainly didn't hurt the Skins that Oakland running back Darren McFadden was knocked out of the game in the first half of what turned out to be a 24-14 win for Washington in Oakland.
Accustomed to having a unit other than it's offense scoring the first points of the game, Washington was given a taste of their own medicine to start this one off.
After going three-and-out on their first two drives of the game, Washington was forced to punt from out of their own end zone only to have it blocked by Rashad Jennings and recovered by Jeremy Stewart who walked in to put the Raiders up 7-0.
On the next Raiders possession, Matt Flynn would complete passes of 12, 34 and 18 yards among others with the 18-yard play being a touchdown to tight end Mychal Rivera to cap off the 10-play, 81-yard drive.
Down 14-0, Washington would not surrender another point.
Following a Washington field goal, rookie David Amerson would intercept Flynn on Oakland's next possession and bring it all the way back for six points to make it a 14-10 game at halftime.
In the second half, Robert Griffin III gave Washington it's first lead of the game on a five-yard slant pass to Pierre Garcon for the touchdown towards the end of the third quarter.
Alfred Morris had his day ended with a rib bruise just two plays prior to the touchdown on a nice nine-yard run putting Washington in position to score those points.
Morris finished with 71 yards on 16 carries.
It wasn't until midway through the fourth quarter when his replacement, Roy Helu Jr. essentially put the icing on the cake with a 14-yard touchdown run up the middle of Oakland's defense.
Washington was afforded great field position prior to the score thanks to a Ryan Kerrigan sack that forced a fumble recovered by Barry Coefield on Oakland's 42-yard line.
It was the seventh sack of the game for Washington - two of which came from Coefield - and the second for Kerrigan.
Brian Orakpo also had two sacks and Darryl Tapp added another.
RGIII finished the day completing 18 of 31 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown.
Washington advances to 1-3 on the season going into the bye week.