Redskins lead by 7 at the half
Appearing as though they might be headed to halftime tied with the Oakland Raiders, the Redskins were aided by two Raiders penalties late in the half and went into the locker room with a 17-10 lead compliments of yet another standout performance from one of last season's second-round draft picks.
The Raiders started the second quarter with great field position after Fred Davis' penalty forced the Redskins to kickoff from the 15-yard line. The kick with a good return gave Oakland the ball at the 50 and a 26-yard completion to McFadden right before the end of the first quarter meant the Raiders had first down at the Redskins 24-yard line to open the second quarter.
On third and 10, Gradkowski then found Chaz Schilens for 15 yards to give the Raiders first and goal at the Redskins nine-yard line, and on third down from the 11Gradkowski hit Zach Miller, who was stopped with a great tackle on the one yard line by Kareem Moore.
Facing fourth and goal from the one, the Raiders opted to go for it and Justin Fargas dove into the end zone to give Oakland a 10-7 lead.
The Redskins again answered right back.
This time, Washington picked its way down field with the help of three offside penalties on the Raiders defense and a nicely-placed 27-yard pass from Campbell to Fred Davis.
The play gave the Redskins the ball at the Oakland 37-yard line, but Washington would manage just three more yards and Graham Gano, the Redskins newly-signed kicker, trotted out and connected on a 46-yard field goal to tie the game at 10. The field goal was the first of Gano's NFL career.
Oakland's next drive was ended when a fourth and 2 catch was reversed by replay, and the Redskins were helped by two consecutive 15-yard penalties - interfering with the punt return catch and unsportsmanlike conduct on the Raiders' bench - to start their drive on their own 40-yard line.
Campbell then quickly moved the Redskins down the field, finding Santana Moss for 14 yards, Devin Thomas for 29 yards and then Fred Davis on a 17-yard touchdown in the back corner of the end zone that gave Washington a 17-10 lead.
The Raiders moved the ball into Redskins territory and Janikowski tried for a 66-yard field goal, but it fell well short and Fred Smoot was tackled on the return.
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