The Washington Redskins‘ opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles is now a distant memory. They are moving on to the next challenge at hand: beating the Green Bay Packers at legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. If Washington is to win on the road this week, they will have to beat a very aggressive Packers defense.
After a game one where Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III looked rusty and out of sync, he knows that things need to be much better this week. Griffin understands that beating the Packers requires keeping all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers off the field and as far away from the Washington defense as possible.
Last week against the Eagles, Washington had the ball for only nine minutes and 40 seconds in the first half. They were able to recover in the second half to control the ball for 18 minutes and five seconds, and make the game close in the process.
Look for Griffin to run the read-option, and for running backs Alfred Morris and RoyHelu, Jr to get the ball early and often as Washington will establish a strong ball control offense. Look for Packers linebacker Clay Mathews to play aggressive in an attempt to rattle Griffin.
He is not known for being a dirty player, but my guess is that he is good for at least one, if not two roughing the passer penalties. Remember, it is the Packers’ offense that is to be feared, not their defense. If the Washington offensive line can do their job, then Griffin will be able to control the clock with the running game and use smart passing to get into the end zone at least four times on Sunday.
In their loss on the road to the San Francisco 49ers, Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, while Jordy Nelson (130 yards) and Randall Cobb (108) each snagged seven passes and a TD. So it is easy to see why it is important to keep Mr. Rodgers off the field as much as possible.
Winning is never easy at Lambeau Field where the Packers are 20 out of their last 21 home games, but Griffin and his Washington teammates know winning is far from impossible.