The Washington Redskins struggled on both sides of the ball as the Green Bay Packers did whatever they wanted in a 38-20 win that seemed worst than the final score suggests.
The Redskins went into Lambeau Field hoping that some of the offensive momentum they gained in the second half of Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles would carry over into Sunday's contest.
Minus the turnovers, Washington looked more like the team that took the field in the first half of their week one loss.
Once again, the offense was stagnant, failing to convert on a single third-down situation with five attempts in the first two quarters.
With Robert Griffin III and his offense struggling to find a rhythm, the defense couldn't and didn't get them the ball back quick enough.
Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards, and three of his four touchdown passes came in the first half, helping give the Packers a 24-0 lead at halftime.
After his fourth touchdown gave the Packers a 31-0 lead in the third quarter, Washington was forced to abandon a running game which had been the only effective part of their game.
Alfred Morris rushed for 107 yards on 13 carries.
At that point, Green Bay played clock control with backup running back James Starks who rushed for 132 yards - the team's first one-hundred yard performance in 45 games. (Brandon Meriweather knocked Green Bay's starting running back, Eddie Lacy, out of the game with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter, then minutes later knocked himself out of the game with a similar hit on Starks.)
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged that in order to beat the Packers, his team needed to play the opposite of how they did.
“We knew in order to win here in this venue, we had to play one of our better games,” said Shanahan. “And obviously we didn’t do that today. I thought we almost had to play error-free football, play one of our better games, and we probably did just the opposite in the first half.”
RGIII had a misleading stat-line as he was able to pad his stats in the second-half, just like he did in Washington's first game.
Griffin finished 26-for-40, with 320 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Pierre Garcon caught eight of those passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.
The Redskins are now 0-2 on the season.