Rich Pedroncelli/APAfter a rough 2013 with the Houston Texans

Rich Pedroncelli/APAfter a rough 2013 with the Houston Texans

Raiders, Redskins in desperate need of a win

OAKLAND — The opening month of the season hasn't quite gone as planned for Robert Griffin III and Matt Flynn.

One year after leading Washington to the NFC East title, Griffin is still seeking his first win of the season as the Redskins (0-3) are off to their worst start in more than a decade.

One year after losing the starting job in Seattle in a training camp battle with Russell Wilson, Flynn was beaten out again in Oakland by Terrelle Pryor. He's still looking for a chance to start in the NFL.

Flynn could get his opportunity today when the Raiders (1-2) host the Redskins; Pryor missed much of the practice week recovering from a concussion suffered Monday night.

“I can promise you it hasn't shaken my confidence,” Flynn said of losing a job for a second straight year.

Here are three things to watch when the Redskins visit the Raiders:

Darren derailed: The switch from a zone running scheme in Oakland to a power system was supposed to revive Darren McFadden's career after he averaged a career-low 3.3 yards per carry last season. McFadden did break through for four long runs as part of a 129-yard day two weeks ago against Jacksonville. But he had no room to run against Denver last week, gaining just 9 yards on 12 carrie.

Raw rookie: Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden struggled last week against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, allowing completions on all five throws in his coverage area and missing six tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.

Extra prep: The uncertainty at quarterback in Oakland creates extra work for the Redskins' defense. They need to prepare for the mobile Pryor and the read-option game as well as a pocket passer in Flynn.

NEXT GAME

Raiders vs. Redskins

WHEN: Sunday, 1:25 p.m.

WHERE: O.co Coliseum, Oakland

TV: Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

RADIO: KFOX (102.1 FM)

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