The Washington Redskins have had a multitude of disappointing seasons in the last decade. After a lot of changes this past offseason, they are looking to take the league by surprise.
The Redskins’ quest for relevancy got off to a good start against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. The Redskins’ defense was very aggressive and feisty, limiting David Johnson to pedestrian numbers on the ground. They were also able to apply some pressure on Sam Bradford and cause some havoc.
The Redskins failed to continue their momentum when they lost in humiliating fashion against the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck was able to to whatever he wanted and the Redskins’ defense couldn’t contain anyone.
They will look to push the reset button against the Green Bay Packers, which will be a difficult task. Aaron Rodgers is a magician in the pocket and always seems to have his best games against the Redskins.
An important key on offense will be to establish the running game early on. A successful running game will allow Alex Smith to have open throwing lanes and keep the opposing defense on their heels.
On defense, the Redskins will have to remain discipline and not fall for Rodgers’ antics and tricks at the line of scrimmage. When he is able to draw the defense offsides, it becomes a bit demoralizing for the defense and the Packers usually feed off of that energy.
This will not be an easy game, but if the Redskins want to prove that they are for real, they will have to take on the challenge and come out victorious. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds on Sunday.
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