The Green Bay Packers had their share of mistakes Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Multiple passes were dropped on third and fourth down. On one Redskin
touchdown drive, the Packers committed three pass interference penalties. Even Aaron Rodgers didn’t have his pin point accuracy. It was an emotionless performance from the Packers, who fell to 1-1-1 with a 31-17 loss.
With those self-inflicted mistakes, the Packers could not generate enough momentum to challenge Washington. The Redskins jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead before Rodgers connected with Geronimo Allison for an easy 64 yard touchdown. The Redskins added two more touchdowns, compared to a Mason Crosby field goal, to lead at the half 28-10.
In an attempt for another second half comeback, Rodgers and company drove down the field to open the second half. The drive ended with a Davante Adams touchdown, giving the Packers a sliver of hope. If the defense could make a stop, Rodgers would get the ball back with a chance to do more damage.
This Redskins drive once again feature a controversial hit by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. On second down, Matthews burst through the Redskins offensive line and delivered what looked like a perfect sack on quarterback Alex Smith. For the second week in a row, a clean hit by Matthews resulted in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty. Matthews got called for the same penalty last week against the Minnesota Vikings, which gave the Vikings new life after what looked like a game-sealing interception by Jaire Alexander. Instead of facing a third and long, the flag gave the Redskins a first down. The Packers lost all of their momentum and couldn’t find a spark the rest of the game.
Rodgers had an average day at the office. He finished 27 of 44 for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Still limited by his sprained left knee, Rodgers showed some mobility, which included an at the time big 10 yard scramble. But Rodgers still faced pressure from the Redskins, as he was sacked four times and hit several more.
So what’s next for the Packers? After this lackluster performance, the Packers head home to face a Buffalo Bills team that shocked the Vikings 27-6 in Minnesota. Obviously, the Packers receivers will need to work on their drop issues before next Sunday. With all the mistakes the Packers had, this loss could be another game that forces the team to refocus, reset, and do some damage the next three games before their bye week.
It’s been these types of games in the past that have actually benefited the Packers. After an interesting first three games, hitting the reset button could be exactly what the Packers need.