The standings say the Raiders are a pretty good team outside the
vicious infighting of the AFC West. Oakland is 0-4 within the division
and 4-2 outside after a 16-13 road win against the Washington Redskins
at FedEx Field.
When last seen in Oakland, the Raiders were booed off the field
following a 31-17 loss to Denver, with quarterback Collins getting the
brunt of the fan abuse.
"Most people checked us off after the Denver game, and we said, 'We
ain't dead by a long shot,'" defensive tackle Warren Sapp said.
Collins had a horrible first half at Washington: 4-for-15, 53 yards
and an interception returned for a touchdown. But he recovered to finish
19 of 36 for 289 yards and a touchdown, giving him a much-needed boost
of confidence heading into Oakland's game against Miami.
"I've been around this thing long enough to know if I keep the right
approach and the right frame of mind, I'll play through it," Collins
said. "It's hard. It's not easy. I care about what goes on. I care about
how I play. I care about the things I do when I hurt the game.
"At the same time, I know that guys are counting on me, and I want to
come back and do things to help us win ballgames. I was able to do that
today through a lot of support from my teammates."
The Raiders seem to be behind Collins. Sapp said there was no need to
give him a pep talk after the interception against Washington.
"He understands sometimes stuff like that happens," Sapp said. "It
was nothing he did on purpose."
Running back LaMont Jordan said it was Collins' job to put the Denver
"Not every quarterback is going to play a spectacular game," Jordan
said. "Sometimes a quarterback is going to come out and play one of the
worst games they ever had. It's how you bounce back from it. The way
Kerry Collins bounced back from it is, he led his team to victory."
The Raiders' 16-13 win over the Redskins at FedEx Field was their
best overall defensive performance since a 24-0 shutout over Kansas City
to close out the 2002 season.
With Washington scoring the game's first touchdown on a 17-yard
interception return by Lemar Marshall, Oakland's defense limited the
Redskins to 24- and 45-yard field goals by John Hall the rest of the
way. The Redskins had just 246 yards of total offense and averaged 4.0
yards per play.
The Raiders, trailing 13-3 at halftime, got their offense started
when Kerry Collins hit Jerry Porter for a 49-yard touchdown pass on
Oakland's first possession in the second half. Sebastian Janikowski had
field goals of 30, 25 and 19 yards after missing his first attempt from
--DE Bobby Hamilton played against Washington after being inactive
the two previous weeks with an ankle injury. He had three tackles and
recovered a fumble.
--P Shane Lechler had a 50-yard punt to extend his streak of games
with a punt of 50 or more yards to 31 games. Lechler pinned the Redskins
inside the 20-yard line three times.
--WR Jerry Porter, who had the second-best yardage game of his career
with 142 yards against Washington, now has 663 yards receiving -- just 6
shy of Randy Moss' team-leading total.
--DE Derrick Burgess had two sacks, including one on the last play of
the game to force a Mark Brunell fumble. Burgess has nine sacks on the
--SS Reggie Tongue had three tackles against Washington in his most
extensive playing time since joining the Raiders Nov. 2.