Week 2: Redskins @ Packers

Updated: September 12, 2013

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Chris Cooley (analysis)
Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)

Washington Redskins will make their 2013 road debut on Sunday afternoon as the team travels to Wisconsin to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 2. Kickoff at Lambeau Field is set for 1 p.m. ET.

Will the ‘Skins be able to rebound after Monday night’s disappointing home loss to the Eagles? The Redskins played much better in the second half, specifically the fourth quarter, but the hill was too high to climb. RGIII seemed to find himself after intermission, but what happened to the read option? If RGIII is not going to run the ball on the edge like he did last season, we got a good look at what Alfred Morris is going to face in the box in ’13. Leonard Hankerson looked good in the ‘Skins hurry up offense, will he be able to provide an additional target as tight end Fred Davis works his way back from injury?

Defensively, the Redskins safeties may be in worst shape that last season, if that is at all possible. Safety Brandon Meriweather has been a full participant in practice and he is expected to return, but relying on his health is risky. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan getting cleared of concussion concerns was great news, as he is the best player on that side of the ball. Defensive line depth remains a huge issue, as the loss of Adam Carriker and Jarvis Jenkins is really testing the endurance of the backups.

Hopefully the missed field goal by Kai Forbath was just part of the disaster that was Monday night, as the team cannot win without his consistency. Rookie kick returner Chris Thompson catching punts (fair catch or not) inside the five yard line is a recipe for disaster. This area needs some real work, could the team be missing coach Danny Smith? Many, many questions, hopefully coach Mike Shanahan has some answers.

The Green Bay Packers enter Week 2 following a 34-28 road loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. In 2012, the Packers won the NFC North with an 11-5 record and advanced to the NFC Divisional Round. How are the Packers preparing for Robert Griffin III? Head Coach Mike McCarthy

He’s a mobile quarterback that has the ability to stress the defense. He has the ability to make plays in space and he can make all the throws. In any Mike Shanahan offense, it starts with running the football, and we will be playing a different style of run team this week than we did this past week.

In their opener, the Green Bay defense was geared up to slow Colin Kaepernick and the read option, after getting toasted by the Niners QB on the ground in the playoffs. It seems that San Francisco may be also moving away from a full blown read-option attack. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a pair of new weapons in receiver Randall Cobb and rookie running back Eddie Lacy, but veteran Jordy Nelson came up large against the Niners. The Packers defense is built around linebacker Clay Matthews and he must be accounted for on every play.

David Amerson CB — Limited Participation in Practice —
Chris Thompson RB — Full Participation in Practice —
Barry Cofield DT — Full Participation in Practice —
Chris Baker DT — Limited Participation in Practice —
Brandon Meriweather S — Full Participation in Practice —
Josh Sitton G — Did Not Participate In Practice —
Jermichael Finley TE — Did Not Participate In Practice —
Morgan Burnett S — Limited Participation in Practice —
Nick Perry LB — Full Participation in Practice —
Casey Hayward CB — Out (Definitely Will Not Play) —

Former Redskins on Packers:
Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac (Defensive Line Coach, 2000-01)

Former Packers on Redskins:
Linebackers Coach Bob Slowik (Defensive Backs Coach, 2000-03; Defensive Coordinator, 2004)
LB Nick Barnett (2003-10)
DE Phillip Merling (2012)

Washington Leaders

Passing: RGIII – 30-49, 329 yds, 2 tds

Rushing: A Morris – 12 car, 45 yds, 1 td

Receiving: L Hankerson – 5 rec, 80 yds, 2 tds

Green Bay Leaders

Passing: A Rodgers – 21-37, 333 yds, 3 tds

Rushing: E Lacy – 14 car, 41 yds, 1 td

Receiving: J Nelson – 7 rec, 130 yds, 1 td

Game Notes:
REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III passed for career-high 329 yards last week. Is 1 of 2 players (CAM NEWTON) in NFL history with 300+ pass yards in Week 1 of rookie & 2nd season. Has 95+ rating in 9 games & Redskins are 8-1. Since 2012, is only NFL player with 3,000+ pass yards (3,529) & 800+ rush yards (839)…RB ALFRED MORRIS has rushed for 75+ yards in 15 of 18 career games (incl. playoffs) with 7 100-yard games. Since Week 12, has rushed for 789 yards (112.7 per game) & 9 TDs. His 9 TDs are most in NFL & his 789 yards rank 2nd…WR LEONARD HANKERSON tied career high with 2 TDs last week. Was. is 4-0 when WR PIERRE GARÇON has TD catch…LB LONDON FLETCHER has played 241 consecutive games. In 4 games vs. GB, has 37 tackles, INT-TD, FF, 5 PD & 0.5 sack. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB RYAN KERRIGAN is only player in NFL with 10+ sacks (17) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). LB BRIAN ORAKPO had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 6 career games with 2+ sacks…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS has won 19 of past 20 starts at home. In those 20, has completed 458 of 667 (68.7 pct.) for 5,710 yards with 54 TDs vs. 12 INTs for 114.5 rating. Incl. playoffs, GB is 29-2 (.935) when Rodgers starts & has 115+ rating. Had 333 yards & 3 TDs last week. Since becoming starter in 2008, has 18 games with 300+ yards & 3+ TDs, 2nd most in NFL during that span…Rookie RB EDDIE LACY scored 1st career TD last week…WR JAMES JONES has 5 rec. TDs in past 6 at home. Since 2012, leads NFL with 14 rec. TDs. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), WR JORDY NELSON is tied for 1st among NFL WRs with 23 rec. TDs. Has 14 rec. TDs in past 13 at home. Had 7 catches for 130 yards & TD last week. WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB had 7 catches for 108 yards & TD last week. Has 100+ rec. yards and/or rec.TD in 10 of past 12. TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY had TD last week…LB CLAY MATTHEWS had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 8 sacks in past 6 at home. CB TRAMON WILLIAMS had 64-yard INT in last game vs. Was. Since 2010, has 15 INTs, tied for 2nd most in NFL (incl. playoffs).

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