Don’t overlook:

— Washington’s defense holding the Packers’ offense to just 2-for-13 on third down attempts. That’s just a 15% conversion rate on third down.

— The Packers throwing the ball on 50 of their 67 offensive plays, despite their 9.7 yard-per-carry average in the game.

— The Redskins getting two red zone stops against a Green Bay offense that had been one of the NFL’s best inside the 20 yard-line.

— Second-half adjustments: Defensively the Redskins started blitzing rather than just rushing three and four at a time. Offensively they went away from the run to get Donovan McNabb into a rhythm in the passing game. Also had him get the ball out quicker to beat the pass rush.

Game Balls:

LaRon Landry: Team-high 13 tackles, forced a fumble, intercepted pass to set up a game-winning field goal. Landry’s 53 tackles through five games are one behind the NFL leader.

Brian Orakpo: Had his first multi-sack game of the season. His second sack of the second half gave Aaron Rodgers a concussion and hindered him in overtime.

Brandon Banks: Despite his exciting 62-yard kickoff return being negated by a penalty, the little guy still managed to average 15.7 yards-a-pop on punt returns. He’s electric with the football and he seems to provide a spark with every special teams touch.

Anthony Armstrong: Made a great leaping catch, coming back toward a defender, for a 48 yard touchdown on an underthrown pass. His three receptions and 84 yards were both career highs. It won’t be long before he supplants Joey Galloway as the No. 2 receiver.

Chris Cooley: You can’t say enough about the most consistent player on Washington’s offense. He made a couple of terrific diving catches and broke several tackles on a big 30-yard, catch-and-run. Cooley caught 7 balls for 69 yards.  

Hunter Smith: Averaged 45 yards a punt and pinned the Packers insider their 20 five times. He was an unsung hero in the game, his first with the Redskins last season. (Smith was signed on Friday).

Back to the drawing board:

Kory Lichtensteiger: The left guard won’t enjoy this week’s film review. He got beat in pass protection several times, and was knocked into the backfield on multiple runs that ended up going for a loss. Lichtensteiger was making his third straight start.

Roydell Williams: The only time his name was called was when he committed a penalty on special teams to negate a long return. The swing of over 20 yards on the penalty hurt the Redskins’ field position battle in the final quarter.

Jammal Brown: Had a rough time with Clay Matthews in the first half before getting injured in the third quarter. Brown should be fine, which is good news for the Redskins. He also shouldn’t have to worry about Matthews again. Also good news for the Redskins.

  1. MFoxM says:

    Great job today Grant. Great up to date tweets and reports from the game. Excellent blog above too.

  2. u2tigger says:

    Agree all the way around. Banks, Armstrong, Smith were the surprise standouts.

    Landry, Orakpo and Cooley are the backbone of this team. Not saying they weren’t special, just not the surprise.

    Oh! I think it was Jarmon who caused the concussion to Rodgers on the intercept. He completely disrupted the play.

    Kudos to Haslett for playing more 4-3 and allowing Carter and Jarmon to put their hands in the dirt…

  3. Jimmy Milstead (MilyVanilly) says:

    Grant, good stuff! Im impressed with the effort of this team and even though 46 did not have impressive stats I think the guy is a stud. My game ball for sure goes to Landry for this one! He could be the most intimidating guy in the league! This game had it been played last season would have definitely gone the other way! Looking forward to seeing how they match up next week with Peyton and the Colts!

    Jimmy (displaced D.C. fan living in Washington State)

  4. Janelle says:

    Thanks GP, always enjoy your input… Looks like its time to invest in an Armstrong Jersey!

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