The Green Bay Packers are 3-1 and in first place but they disappointed in the season’s first quarter. Two of Green Bay’s wins came by a combined 9 points. The club’s only emphatic win came against the Buffalo Bills, and that barely counts.
When the Redskins analyze the Packers’ Week-4 win over Detroit, they’ll see a good team that gave an inferior opponent a chance to hang around. A similar performance this week, on the road in Washington, could help the Redskins pull off a second straight upset.
Here are a few things Washington should try to capitalize on:
— Room for Tight Ends to Rumble —
Detroit tight ends Brandon Pettigrew (8 catches) and Tony Scheffler (6) combined for 14 receptions for 154 yards against the Pack. That’s good news for Chris Cooley. He should be able to find holes in Green Bay’s’ defense. The success of Scheffler as a second option in two tight end sets is also a good sign for Fred Davis, who the Redskins have to start utilizing better.
— Struggles in the Secondary —
The Lions attempted 54 passes and threw for 311 yards in a multi-touchdown passing effort. Perhaps most importantly, despite incessant deep 5 and 7 step drops, the Lions were able to limit the Packers to three sacks. The unit’s 16 through four games are an NFL-best.
Safety Morgan Burnett suffered a season-ending injury when he tore his ACL this past weekend. The rookie was filling in for Atari Bigby — who is still on the P.U.P list — meaning that Green Bay will be using a third-string option at safety against Washington.
— Problems on Ground —
When the Packers lost Ryan Grant in their season opener, they thought Brandon Jackson would serve as a competent replacement. That hasn’t proven accurate. Not yet, anyway.
Jackson’s made three starts since Grant went down, and in those games he’s rushed for 29, 12 and 33 yards. That lack of production is a major reason why Jackson split carries with a fullback this past week.
….. Additional Game Notes …..
– A win would give the Redskins consecutive victories for the first time since weeks 7 and 8 in 2008.
– Washington hasn’t beaten Green Bay since 1988. (The teams have played just four times since).