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Raiders squander lead in 24-14 loss to Redskins

  • Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs against Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) during the second quarter in Oakland, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (BEN MARGOT / Associated Press)

OAKLAND — Losing up-and-coming quarterback Terelle Pryor was a bad omen. Losing running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece during the game was a further blow to the Raiders' prospects. And losing that 14-point lead? It was the final indignity.

The Raiders went up 14-0 in the first quarter against a previously winless Washington team, then more or less clocked out en route to a humbling 24-14 loss at O.co Coliseum on Sunday.

“I told the players in the locker room, that one hurt. That one stung,” coach Dennis Allen said. “I thought the way we were able to start out the game, block a punt, get to 14-0 when we had all the momentum, and then we let them back in the game.”

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To be sure, Allen's team had some excuses. Pryor, who had given the Raiders a spark of hope with his play over the first three weeks, was declared inactive for the game after suffering a concussion last Monday night in Denver. Allen said he and his staff were prepared to start Pryor until Saturday night, when the quarterback visited with team doctors one more time and didn't show enough clarity.

“We just didn't feel good about letting him play,” Allen said. “It just wasn't the right thing to do, and we wanted to make sure we did right by him.”

So Matt Flynn made his first start for the Raiders, and just the third of his six-year career. He wouldn't be the only understudy filling in. Oakland lost the rest of its starting backfield, halfback Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reece, in the first half. McFadden hurt his hamstring, Reece his knee, and Allen said he didn't know the extent of either injury.

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