The Redskins look to rebound from a 33-27 Week 1 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington’s defense was befuddled by the frenetic spread offense that was newly installed by first-year Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly. Philadelphia used Kelly’s efficient system, as well as three uncharacteristic Redskins’ turnovers (including two interceptions by Robert Griffin III) to build a 33-7 lead that they would never relinquish.
The Packers couldn’t care less about the Redskins’ Week 1 issues. They are also looking to rebound after a 34-28 Week 1 road loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay’s defense was shredded by 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the tune of 412 passing yards. Newly-acquired 49ers’ wide receiver Anquan Boldin made his presence felt with his new team, amassing 208 receiving yards and one touchdown. The aforementioned statistics are proof that the Packers, like the Redskins, have some work to do on the defensive end.
For Washington to emerge victorious against the Packers, Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris must overcome their putrid Philadelphia performances. Griffin III was expected to be a little rusty, considering that he missed the entire 2013 preseason. However, Morris’ performance was the most disappointing for the Redskins. He gained only 45 rushing yards while fumbling twice, which led to 16 Eagles’ points. If Griffin III and Morris continue to exhibit poor ball control, Washington will have no chance at victory.
Green Bay has the incomparable Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. He will look for wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to take advantage of a Washington secondary that features two rookies in free safety Bacarri Rambo and nickel cornerback David Amerson. The Packers also hope rookie running back Eddie Lacy can take advantage of a Redskins’ defense that surrendered 263 rushing yards to the Eagles. Lacy is a 230-pound bruiser who has the ability to earn tough yards and first downs in an effort to maintain possession for Green Bay. After gaining only 41 yards against the 49ers, the Packers hope Lacy will find running lanes more plentiful against the Redskins.
Prediction: An 0-2 start, while not a deathblow for these Super Bowl hopefuls, would be troublesome for the loser of this game. A slow start could damage the confidence of the loser, as well as raise some questions regarding the team’s direction. Rodgers has great will and determination, as well as the Lambeau faithful, behind him for this game. While Griffin III and Morris should rebound from their Week 1 struggles, their efforts to revive the Redskins’ once dominant running attack could be derailed by Packers’ defensive lineman B.J. Raji and linebacker Clay Matthews. While this game will be a shootout, look for Green Bay to emerge victorious in the end.
Final score: Packers 34, Redskins 27.