Game day in the NFL. After a hard-fought game in San Francisco the Packers return home to face the Washington Redskins. It is going to be a cool and possibly wet day at Lambeau Field in what is essentially a must-win game for both teams. Numbers say 0-2 is pretty much a death knell.
The Packers’ offense looked excellent against the 49ers, scoring 28 points in only 21 minutes of possession. The return to health of wide receiver Jordy Nelson was on full display. If Nelson has put his injury woes behind him he will have a huge year. Rookie Eddie Lacy picked it up in the second half after being benched in the first half following a fumble and should be able to keep progressing today against the Redskins.
On defense I think the Packers will follow Philadelphia’s lead and blitz Robert Griffin III early and often to try and get him to throw off his back foot and create some opportunities for interceptions. In Alfred Morris, the Redskins have a much younger and more explosive runner than the Packers faced last week with the aging Frank Gore so the Packers’ new and improved run defense will be tested today.
Overall I think the Packers will find a way to win in front of the largest crowd ever in Lambeau. I think James Jones gets involved and that probably means catching touchdowns. With Lacy running hard the Packers will control the clock a little better and win 31-20.