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Washington Redskins: Five Players Who Will Shine in Week 2

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NFL Week 2: Five Washington Redskins Who Will Shine vs. Green Bay

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Most of the headlines for the Washington Redskins through the preseason and heading into Week 1 surrounded how quarterback Robert Griffin III would look in his first game action after the significant knee injury he suffered in the team’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January.

The Redskins got off to a slow start last Monday night, as multiple miscues early allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to run 53 offensive plays in the first half and jump out to a 26-7 halftime lead. If not for a touchdown return by cornerback DeAngelo Hall on what was ruled a backward pass by Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick, Washington would not have scored in the first 30 minutes of the game.

Philadelphia scored early in the third quarter to make the score 33-7, but after that the Redskins scored 20 unanswered points and largely kept the fast-paced Eagles’ offense off the field. But Washington’s comeback fell short, and they ultimately lost 33-27.

The Redskins will now head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Packers are coming off a close loss of their own in Week 1, to the San Francisco 49ers by six points (34-28). Both teams won their division in 2012, and starting this year with two losses out of the gate would obviously be detrimental to any chance of a repeat.

As the team looks to get back on track, and pull an upset of the Packers, here are five Redskins I think will shine in Week 2.

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5. RB Alfred Morris

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Morris’ 2013 season got off to a miserable start, with a fumble and a dropped pitch that led to him being tackled for a safety. He did score a touchdown in the third quarter against the Eagles, but never really got on track in the game with just 45 yards on 12 carries. As long as Sunday’s game is more competitive early, look for Morris to get 20 or more carries and approach 100 yards on the ground.

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4. ILB Perry Riley

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Riley had a team-leading 15 tackles (eight solo) against Philadelphia, along with a sack and two hits on quarterback Michael Vick. His performance against the run and as an effective blitzer in passing situations will be vital to throwing the Packers’ offense off-rhythm.

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3. OLB Ryan Kerrigan

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Kerrigan had eight tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss against Philadelphia, before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with what was thought to be a possible concussion. He has since been cleared medically, and should be ready to go for what looks like a mismatch against whoever lines up across from him for Green Bay.

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2. WR Pierre Garcon

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Garcon had seven receptions for 64 yards in Week 1, but more importantly he emerged from the game healthy after being bothered by a foot injury for most of last season. A better performance from Griffin should boost Garcon’s production against the Packers, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get open for a deep ball or two.

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1. QB Robert Griffin III

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The 2012 version of Griffin was not present in Week 1, even though he threw for 329 yards, but with a game under his belt now I expect him to play better from start to finish on Sunday and take advantage of a lackluster Packers’ defense.