Green Bay Packers Must Pressure Robert Griffin III to be Victorious in Week 2
The Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins both gave valiant efforts in their Week 1 losses. For that reason, the Week 2 matchup between the two teams should not disappoint. After watching Robert Griffin III play during the first Monday Night Football game of the season, it was clear that the Packers must pressure the quarterback throughout Sunday’s contest if they want to be victorious.
It took Griffin several series against the Philadelphia Eagles before he was finally able to knock the rust off from not playing in the preseason. Griffin pulled it together in the second half and gave the Redskins a decent chance to win the ball game. Hopefully, Green Bay was watching the game so that they know how to stop Griffin from going on a similar tear.
It was obvious that the 23-year-old was favoring his surgically-repaired knee. He was not stepping into his throws, which allowed the Eagles to make plays on the ball because there was nothing on it. Griffin also was reluctant to move out of the pocket much, even though he did manage to rush for 24 yards on five carries.
The Packers were not really able to put much pressure on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as they only recorded two sacks on him. The good news is that it did not appear they really wanted to apply an all-out pass rush. They appeared more content containing him in the pocket and forcing him to beat them through the air, which is exactly what he did.
Green Bay will have a similar approach for when they face Griffin. The last thing they want is for the speedster to get outside of the pocket and pick up up large chunks of yardage on the ground. Even if Griffin did not flash much mobility as far as pulling the ball down and taking off, there is a good chance the Redskins will try to implement that more into their game plan in the second week of the season. If anything else, the fact is Griffin is capable of destroying teams with his feet.
Expect to see the Packers dial up the pressure when facing Griffin. Outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry will apply a heavier pass rush opposed to playing just contain. This should give the fans a better idea of what Green Bay’s pass rush can look like when defensive coordinator Dom Capers lets his players loose.
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