Prepare for a nailbiter, as the Green Bay Packers opened as slight 3.0-point favorites over the Washington Redskins in their Week 3 matchup at FedEx Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm EST on September 23rd.
The Packers are scoring an admirable 26.5 points per game (10th). And it’s crazy to think they could be even better if Aaron Rodgers wasn’t playing injured. The QB suffered a sprained knee in the first half of Green Bay’s Week 1 meeting with the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers has performed very well in spite of being hobbled, posting a 111.3 passer rating this season. But concerns are mounting over whether his injury could get worse. After signing a four-year $134 million contract extension this offseason, the last thing the Packers would want is permanent damage done to their star QB’s knee.
However, they are also very aware that their Super Bowl 53 hopes would go down the drain without Rodgers under center. It’s quite a dilemma.
Saying Green Bay’s defense is built to stop the run is a bit of an overstatement. They are better against the run than pass, but they’re not really good at stopping either. The Packers are giving up 103.5 rushing yards per game (18th), and 283.5 through the air (26th).
Unsurprisingly, the result is teams scoring 26 points per game against them, which is 23rd in the NFL.
Fortunately, Green Bay’s defense avoids any sort of offensive juggernaut this week, when they meet the Redskins. Washington is scoring just 16.5 points per game (27th).
As always, Alex Smith is masterfully protecting the football. Washington has only committed two turnovers this season. But the offense had a lot of trouble finding the endzone in Week 2 against the Colts, only managing nine points.
They have moved the ball pretty well, recording 381.5 yards per game (12th), but have too had to settle for field goals.
Flipping to the other side of the ball, Washington’s defense has been phenomenal. They’re permitting just 13.5 points per game, the second-fewest in the league. This is the result of their defense being strong in all aspects.
The Redskins only allow 161.0 passing yards per game (1st) and 86.0 rushing (10th). This will have to remain true for Washington to overcome Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 3.