Washington borrows from Chiefs’ success over Oakland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Washington knocked the Oakland Raiders from the ranks of the unbeaten last week with a decisive 27-10 win in Sunday’s game, and head coach Jay Gruden says defensive coordinator Greg Manusky gained insight from Kansas City’s recent success against the Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr scans for a receiver during the Kansas City Chiefs’ 26-10 win over the Raiders Oct. 16, 2016. (Photo courtesy Chiefs PR, Chiefs.com).

“Absolutely we watched as much film as you can,” Gruden said, “especially the teams that have success against them and you try to implement some of the things that worked and then did some of the things that you did that you think could work. I coached Manusky did a good job.”

The Chiefs own a five-game winning streak against the Raiders and head coach Andy Reid and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton stand 7-1 against Oakland since their arrival in Kansas City in 2013. The only loss to the Raiders came  in a 24-20 loss on a rainy Thursday night in Oakland in week 12 of 2014. Safety Eric Berry left that game with an injury that led his diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma.

Sutton’s defense has dominated Carr in his short career. The prolific passer averages just 202.5 yards passing per game against the Chiefs. That’s more than 30 yards below his career average. He has just six touchdowns in six career games against Kansas City with five interceptions.

Gruden said Washington borrowed from the Sutton’s game plan while leaning on their own strengths against the Raiders. Manusky’s defensive held Carr to 19-of-31 passing for 118 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.

“I think defensively we’re kind of working on our identity but I know the Chiefs had a lot of success against them,” Gruden said. I think they have five wins in a row against the Raiders, something like that.”

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Matt Derrick is the lead beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @MattDerrick.

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