NFC Game Of The Week
Green Bay Packers (4-5) at Washington Redskins (5-3-1)
Packers: They’ve been the talk of the league and not for good reasons. They’ve now lost three games in a row and now are in third place looking up to both Detroit and Minnesota in their division and if the playoffs were to start today, they would be with me watching it from home. I stated what’s been going on with them. The offensive line has struggled up front, the receivers seem to be having a hard time getting open off the line of scrimmage, they have no type of running game and their secondary has looked terrible. Look at what the Falcons, Colts, and Titans all did to them and last week, the Packers simply gave up. There’s also been one other problem and that’s Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been a leader at all. He’s a guy that leads by example, but sometimes you need to change that. Brady will let you know when things aren’t right and Peyton Manning would do the same. For the first time since January, they will face the Redskins on Sunday night.
Redskins: I think a lot of people expected them to go back and be the regular Redskins we’ve come to know over the years, but this year so far, they’ve held their own and are in a three-team battle in that NFC with the Giants who they defeated in week three and the Cowboys who are steamrolling at the top of the division and the NFC right now. The one thing I’ve taken away from this team this year is how their offense and defense can both go cold at times during games. Their offense will score and take the lead then lose it and struggle to get it back. If they find that consistency, they will be just fine. Their red-zone offense is also another concern of mine for them. They can drive the ball down the field, but one they’re at the 20 and shorter is when they struggle immensely. Just ten months ago, the Redskins were fresh off the NFC East division title and their Wild Card game was against these Packers and Green Bay came in there and handled business. Sunday, they’ll get a chance at revenge against a Packers team who will play with an edge.
Packers Player To Watch: Christine Michael– The running situation for the Packers has been abysmal to say the least. Seattle released Michael and maybe a change of scenery is what was needed and he can come in and have some type of impact just so everything isn’t pinned on Aaron Rodgers.
Redskins Player To Watch: Jamison Crowder– He’s been a big-time threat for Kirk Cousins this year. He can be used in a variety of ways but does his best work in the slot and the Packers have had trouble with slot receivers all season long. I look for him to be targeted quite a bit with DeSean Jackson questionable for the game.
Prediction: When they met in January, the Packers were struggling and they were the fifth seed in the NFC after losing their finale to Minnesota the week prior. I’d be studying that game film heavily. Cobb was involved a lot in that one and so was the running game. I’m not sure if Washington has enough to stay with the Packers. I like Green Bay to snap their losing streak. Packers 31 Redskins 21