The Green Bay Packers will open up at home against the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. Eastern, FOX). The Pack attack was beaten for the third straight time by the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco last week. This loss highlighted a lot of the same old issues that have hampered this squad the past few seasons, namely defensive lapses and opposing offenses being able to take advantage of it. Washington can certainly take advantage of that porous defense, as they have the offensive firepower. Robert Griffin III looked better and better in their home loss against the Philadelphia Eagles; his legs and arm can make Packers’ defenders and fans very nervous.
Aaron Rodgers, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb and company can certainly put up the points through the air. The question on offense will be the ground game; it was a modest, but improved rushing performance for the Packers in last week’s loss. Edie Lacy looks to be a very solid back who can help take the pressure off Rodgers, something he will need to because the Washington defense will key on him and the passing game. Additionally, a solid rushing performance will be needed to off-set that attention on the aerial attack. The Packers cannot afford to mess around, they need to win this Sunday in order to keep up in the NFC North. While it is early, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are both 1-0, with the Bears playing the Minnesota Vikings, who seem to be a candidate for regression in 2o13. The Lions will face the Arizona Cardinals, who are still getting adjusted to their new offense with Carson Palmer. Both those teams could be 2-0 after Sunday.
The Packers have enough firepower to win this game, and being at home helps. The Redskins have issues and they will have a lot on their hands when it comes to defending the Packers’ passing attack.
The Packers should be able to win this game, but it will be closer than expected, as the Redkins should be able to cover the spread as seven point underdogs. Look for the running game to get going and how effective the defensive can be, as they will be crucials element in this game.
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