The Washington Redskins visit the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in Green Bay. In anticipated fashion, the Washington Redskins started slowly. The main reason for their lethargic start was the reintroduction of Robert Griffin III into the lineup. With every play, you could see RGIII shaking off the rust. On Thursday September 12, the Redskins came in as a 7.5 underdog. After Monday’s game, Robert Griffin made no excuses for his play.
The Green Bay Packers lost a hard fought game to the Super Bowl favorites on the road. Although Green Bay wanted to establish the running game, they were as reliant as ever on Aaron Rodgers’ arm. As long as he is around, the passing game shall be in good hands.
Both teams are coming off of a loss, and earning their first win will be crucial to curtailing a regular season NFL slide. While there’s plenty of time in the season, bad starts can kill your team as you’re trying to play catch up. Now let’s take a look at the quarterback breakdown.
If it was only a tale of a half, you’d either praise RGIII, or never want him on your fantasy team again. In the first half, the second year quarterback couldn’t do anything right. Whether it was an errant pitch or off target throws, he and the Redskins were in disarray from the start. Griffin barely surpassed 50 yards passing. However, in the second half, Robert Griffin III was a different player. If this is the worst we’ll see of the Redskins’ quarterback, then the league is in trouble.
Griffin completed 61 percent of his passes on a bad night. He threw for 329 yards on a night when he didn’t have it. On a night that Robert Griffin III wasn’t comfortable, he almost produced a spectacular game and comeback. In fact, his only true setbacks were the two interceptions before he gained confidence in his leg.
It’s true that Robert Griffin threw 49 times and did not using his running ability on Monday. Still there’s no reason to believe that he won’t be effective against Green Bay. Last week, the Green Bay Packers gave up 412 passing yards to Colin Kaepernick. There’s no reason to think that the Packers’ defense won’t get torched again.
Aaron Rodgers was phenomenal during his week one game against San Francisco. He completed 56 percent of his passes and accounted for three touchdowns in the loss. The passing game produced 333 yards and one interception.
Aaron Rodgers should find open receivers down field against the Washington secondary. Although they kept Michael Vick in check during the second half comeback, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will not take the foot off the pedal. He also has a variety of receivers that are versatile enough to run multiple routes.
The best chance Washington has to slow down Aaron Rodgers is by using creative stunts and blitzes to get pressure. If not, he may put up five touchdowns in the home opener. This game should be exciting with lots of fireworks for four quarterbacks.