The Washington Redskins will have one of the more difficult tasks of any team in Week 2 when they take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Like the Redskins, the Packers began the season with a loss. However, Green Bay does not expect to lose their home opener and fall to 0-2 on the season. If Washington wants to change all of that, they will need running back Alfred Morris to bounce back from his disappointing performance in Week 1 and excel on Sunday.
Morris rushed for just 45 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. The bigger storyline is that he had a hard time holding on to the football as he lost a fumble in the contest. If the Redskins think for even a second that the Packers’ defenders will not be all over Morris when he touches the ball, they better re-strategize their game plan.
The fact is Green Bay proved to be stifling on run defense against the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, they held Frank Gore to 44 yards on 21 carries (2.1 yards per touch), which certainly is no easy task. Green Bay will pride themselves on stopping the run, especially when it is obvious they cannot stop an air attack.
Washington will have to establish a ground game because if they do not then Clay Matthews and the other pass rushers will be all over Robert Griffin III. Matthews is determined to get after Griffin early and often. Even if Morris is not running the football, he will have to do a better job in pass blocking. He will be required to chip block and even take some one-on-one duties, something he did not handle very well in Week 1.
The Redskins have to hope that Morris’ poor performance against the Eagles was necessary to get out of his system. He clearly is a very talented running back who has the ability to have another great season. Even if he does not get it going against Green Bay, which would be understandable, Washington should not worry.