|Last 3 Games||0-1||-1.7||0-1||1-0||27.0||7.0||382.0||(5.7)||3.0||33.0||26.0||443.0||(6)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||27.0||7.0||25.0||27:21||18-74||(4.1)||30-49||61.2%||308||(6.3)||67-382||(5.7)||(14.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||27||7||25||27:21||18-74||(4.1)||30-49||61.2%||308||(6.3)||67-382||(5.7)||(14.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||33.0||26.0||26.0||32:39||49-263||(5.4)||15-25||60.0%||180||(7.2)||74-443||(6)||(13.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||33||26||26||33:39||49-263||(5.4)||15-25||60.0%||180||(7.2)||74-443||(6)||(13.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||2.0||1.0||3.0||-1.0||10-2||20.0%||2-1||50.0%||3-56||(18.7)||2-14||(7)||10-75|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||2||1||3||1||10-2||20.0%||2-1||50.0%||3-56||(18.7)||14-2||(7)||10-75|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.0||2.0||2.0|| ||15-7||46.7%||1-1||100.0%||2-37||(18.5)||0-0||(0)||8-65|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0||2||2|| ||15-7||46.7%||1-1||100.0%||2-37||(18.5)||0-0||(0)||8-65|
|Last 3 Games||0-1||-1||0-1||1-0||28.0||14.0||385.0||(6.9)||2.0||34.0||14.0||494.0||(6.8)||0.0|
|Offense (All Games)||28.0||14.0||23.0||21:25||19-63||(3.3)||21-37||56.8%||322||(8.7)||56-385||(6.9)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||28||14||23||21:25||19-63||(3.3)||21-37||56.8%||322||(8.7)||56-385||(6.9)||(13.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||34.0||14.0||23.0||38:35||34-90||(2.6)||27-39||69.2%||404||(10.4)||73-494||(6.8)||(14.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||34||14||23||39:35||34-90||(2.6)||27-39||69.2%||404||(10.4)||73-494||(6.8)||(14.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0||-2.0||10-4||40.0%||0-0||0.0%||3-40||(13.3)||2-25||(12.5)||5-44|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||1||2||2||10-4||40.0%||0-0||0.0%||3-40||(13.3)||25-2||(12.5)||5-44|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.0||0.0||0.0|| ||18-9||50.0%||1-1||100.0%||2-60||(30)||2-8||(4)||11-85|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0||0||0|| ||18-9||50.0%||1-1||100.0%||2-60||(30)||8-2||(4)||11-85|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 14, GREEN BAY 29|
|9/15/2013||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/22/2013||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/29/2013||@ OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/13/2013||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/8/2013||@ SAN FRANCISCO||28-34||L||5.5||L||46.5||O||19-63||21-37-322||2||34-90||27-39-404||0|
|9/15/2013||WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/22/2013||@ CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/6/2013||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/13/2013||@ BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|WASHINGTON: Only Seattle was more run-heavy than the Redskins last season, and even when he didn't keep it, everything they did was based on Robert Griffin III. It's head coach Mike Shanahan's classic zone blocking up front in the running game, but with the added threat of Griffin keeping and rolling out each time. It adds another dimension to an already excellent running scheme. Alfred Morris is a three-down workhorse and will take the overwhelming majority of the reps again. Evan Royster and Roy Helu will battle for the scraps, with Royster's versatility giving him an edge.
The passing game works off the running game, using a lot of play-action and rollouts for Griffin. Pierre Garcon is the closest thing to a No. 1 receiver, getting a lot of catch-and-run and crossing opportunities, and getting a fair share of bubble screens as well. They use three receivers often, with Josh Morgan staying in the lineup because he blocks so well. He'll get only a handful of catches as a possession receiver. Leonard Hankerson will push Santana Moss for third receiver reps. While H-back Fred Davis is close to a No. 2 receiver, the backs are rarely used to catch passes. The Redskins remain run-heavy in the red zone, with RGIII running outside the pocket or Morris pounding between the tackles.
Because the Redskins stuffed the run so effectively (96 YPG allowed, 5th in NFL), opponents chose to throw on them more than any NFL team (39.7 attempts per game) and piled up serious yardage. Rookie CB David Amerson and former Bucs CB E.J. Biggers should help the overworked secondary. Six different defenders scored touchdowns last year, but DE/OLB Ryan Kerrigan (8 sacks) was the only player with at least five sacks. Ageless ILB London Fletcher, 38, is still productive, and OLB Brian Orakpo is now healthy.|
|GREEN BAY: The Packers are still trying to figure out the running game, a one-cut system that plays off the passing game. They run out of all their looks, whether it's with a fullback, two tight ends or a three- or four-receiver look. Rookie Eddie Lacy enters this year as the favorite for early-down carries, though they'll rotate three backs most weeks and simply ride the hot hand. Lacy and fullback John Kuhn will work in short yardage situations, and they'll even have WR Randall Cobb take some hand-offs out of a shotgun formation.
Aaron Rodgers is as good as anyone in the NFL throwing on the run, and they'll keep moving the pocket behind a shaky offensive line that allowed Rodgers to be sacked 51 times last year, well up from 36 sacks in 2011. Cobb should emerge as the most consistently targeted player because he works underneath so often. Healthy again, Jordy Nelson should be the big-play receiver again, with James Jones getting more consistent playing time with Greg Jennings gone. And flex TE Jermichael Finley is up for a bigger role as Cobb gets more attention from defenses. The backs are not used often as receivers. The Packers are a pass-heavy team in the red zone. Rodgers led the team in rushes inside the 10. Lacy and Kuhn figure to battle for the goal line role.
The Packers defense has certainly improved, especially at home where they allowed just 17.5 PPG last year. The D-Line doesn't possess great pass rushers, but OLB Clay Matthews (13 sacks) takes care of that. Even without Charles Woodson, this secondary still shines brightly with SS Morgan Burnett (123 tackles) and CBs Tramon Williams (16 PD) and Casey Hayward (6 INT). LB Brad Jones is coming off a career year (77 tackles) and will take over for Desmond Bishop, who was released after not taking a pay cut. |
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*Redskins-Packers Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
A quarterback known mostly for his mobility sat back and picked apart the Green Bay Packers' defense through the air last week, leaving half of the team's defensive game plan in ruins.
Not much went according to plan for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins in their opener either, mainly due to their once-dynamic running game being held in check.
Green Bay faces a similar test Sunday, as Griffin looks to help Washington turn in a more complete effort on offense in his first visit to Lambeau Field.
While the Packers focused on keeping Colin Kaepernick in the pocket after he torched them for an NFL quarterback-record 181 rushing yards in January's NFC divisional playoff loss, Kaepernick was busy throwing for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns - while totaling just 22 yards on the ground - to help San Francisco beat Green Bay 34-28 last Sunday.
"When you're playing a quarterback that has those kinds of talents and can move around and has a strong arm, you've got to be able to (stop) both (aspects of his game)," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. "We played one phase well, we didn't play the other phase well enough."
Griffin is considered one of those quarterbacks despite having offseason knee surgery after leading all NFL signal-callers with 815 rushing yards as a rookie in 2012.
But after taking zero preseason snaps, Griffin appeared rusty in Monday night's 33-27 loss to Philadelphia. A fumble, an interception and a botched pitch that led to a safety on the first three possessions forced Griffin to throw a career-most 49 passes while rushing for only 24 yards. He set career highs of 30 completions and 329 yards passing while tossing two touchdowns, but he also threw a pair of interceptions for the first time as a pro.
"I'm responsible for the way I play," Griffin said. "You move on from it. I'm not going to sit here and say I was rusty. I've got to be accountable."
Coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't bite on questions about Griffin's play.
"I don't critique players though the media," Shanahan said. "We didn't do the things offensively that we needed to do as a group."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy was more open about the challenges he faces attempting to stop Griffin.
"He's a mobile quarterback that has the ability to stretch the defense," McCarthy told the team's official website. "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."
The Redskins, though, didn't do that very well Monday either, much to the disappointment of Shanahan. Their 74 rushing yards were far below last season's average of 169.3 that led the NFL.
Alfred Morris carried 12 times for 45 yards and a touchdown, fumbling on the first offensive play and combining with Griffin on the botched pitch in the end zone that led to a safety on the team's third possession.
When asked about the performance of the running game, Shanahan sarcastically asked, "What running game?"
Washington also had issues trying to slow Philadelphia's no-huddle, up-tempo offense, something it also should get a glimpse of from Green Bay.
McCarthy described his team's no-huddle offense as "up and down" in last week's loss. Four touchdown drives combined for 287 yards in 8 minutes, 21 seconds, but their remaining eight drives included going three-and-out five times.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, while Jordy Nelson (130 yards) and Randall Cobb (108) each caught seven passes and a TD.
Eddie Lacy ran 14 times for only 41 yards, though, as the Packers totaled 63 on the ground.
"It's one game, we lost, now we go back home," Rodgers said. "You want to look at the big picture but also address the things you did wrong. We're going to do that and be back next week."
Green Bay has won 20 of its last 21 regular-season games at Lambeau Field, with the only loss coming to San Francisco in last season's home opener. Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon, who caught seven passes for 64 yards Monday, knows his team is in for a tough environment.
"You never want to start 0-2," Garcon said. "I know it's going to be loud, it's their home opener and we're looking forward to a good game."
Packers safety Morgan Burnett didn't play last week due to a hamstring injury, and his status for Sunday is uncertain.
Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan passed concussion tests and has been cleared to play after taking a shot to the head near the end of Monday's game.
|Last Updated: 1/21/2018 2:49:40 PM EST|