March 28, 2017

Washington Redskins: What did Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy think about the Skins post game?

Following the Washington Redskins playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, players from the visiting team started to mock the Burgundy and Gold. On his way to the locker room, wide receiver Randall Cobb mocked the catchphrase of quarterback Kirk Cousins by shouting “You Like That!?” on his way to the locker room. Rookie defensive back Damarious Randall followed suit on Twitter after the conclusion of the game.

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Washington Redskins fall apart after good first quarter once Aaron Rodgers and Packers return to form

REDSKINS TAKE SECOND-HALF LEAD, BUT PACKERS PROVE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE

(Photo by: @NFL)

(Photo by: @NFL)

The Washington Redskins were looking for their first playoff victory in a decade when Sean Taylor helped Joe Gibbs and company knock of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, their demise was foreshadowed by points left on the field in the first quarter as the Redskins were up only 11-0 instead of 16-0.

From that point on, Aaron Rodgers returned to his reigning MVP form and shredded the Redskins defense with an assist from his run game. Green Bay finished the game outscoring the Redskins 35-7. Washington dropped their fourth straight playoff game, 35-18, and will head into the offseason. Though disappointing now, the franchise is in good hands with General Manager Scot McCloughan.

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Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers: 5 Takeaways

Before we get into the nitty gritty and try to breakdown what all went wrong in the Washington Redskins Wild Card Round loss to the Green Bay Packers, it’s important to take a minute to recognize what was accomplished by the Burgundy and Gold this season.

After entering the bye week at 3-4 and with plenty of questions surrounding the future at quarterback and head coach, Jay Gruden’s team responded after a historic come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins finished the season 7-3 to win the NFC East Division and earn a home playoff game.

At the beginning the season, the Redskins were a consensus pick to finish in last in the division. So to go from worst to first, even in a division as poor as the NFC East, is certainly quite an accomplishment.

But in football, there are no morale victories. The Washington Redskins storybook season came to an end on Sunday night at FedExField, a place where they lost just two games all season long. It’s on to the offseason for Scot McCloughan, who will have to negotiate a new contract with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

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Washington Redskins Wild Card Playoff Preview: vs. Green Bay Packers

The fourth-seeded Washington Redskins play host to the fifth-seeded Green Bay Packers in a Wild Card playoff match-up that few would have expected just a month ago. Washington, the NFC East champion, has now won four straight games on their way to a 9-7 record. Green Bay, on the other hand, stumbles in having lost their last two contests, resulting in a 10-6 record.

These two teams have taken very different trajectories this season. Washington has been playing their best ball as of late. After starting out the season at 2-4, fans could see the same old mediocre Redskins team starting to materialize. However, Washington has now gone 7-3 in their final 10 games, with 2 of those losses coming to teams that currently have first-round byes in the playoffs. The Redskins ended up clinching the East in Week 16 and having the luxury of resting key starters last week’s win vs. Dallas. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins to face Green Bay Packers in Wildcard matchup

The Washington Redskins have known for two weeks they would host an NFC Wildcard game. Now we know who they will face.

By virtue of the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, the Vikings won the NFC Central North [eds. Old habits die hard.], earning the right to host the Seattle Seahawks in the other wildcard game.

That means the Packers, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will travel to FedEx Field next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. to face the NFC East Champion Redskins. The game will be broadcast on Fox.

The Packers started the season 6-0, but struggled down the stretch, losing back-to-back games to Arizona and Minnesota with the division on the line. Rodgers was 28 of 44 for 291 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings, but also threw a pick.

Against Arizona the week prior, the Cardinals pasted the Pack, 38-8. Arizona sacked Rodgers eight times and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns. He was 15 of 28 for just 151 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Running back Eddie Lacy has rushed for 94 yards in the past two weeks combined.

All of this is taken with a grain of salt. The week prior to getting pounded by Arizona, the Packers clinched a playoff spot with a win over Oakland, which was their third in row following wins over Detroit and Dallas, two other non-playoff teams. In fact, the last time Green Bay beat a “good” team was Nov. 11 when they beat the Vikings.

Of course, that win was sandwiched by losses to the Bears and Lions. Oh my.

The Redskins, winners of their last four games and 6-2 at home, have to like the matchup with the slumping Packers, despite the reputation that Rodgers will bring to the game.

The Skins will be hampered by injury in the defensive backfield, as both Dashaun Phillips (cervical stinger) and Kyshoen Jarrett (concussion) left the win over Dallas and did not return.

But Kirk Cousins is peaking at the right time. The signal-caller passed Jay Schroeder to become the franchise all-time single season passing yardage leader on Sunday and completed what has to be argued as one of the finest passing seasons in the franchise’s history –which includes some pretty good quarterbacks through the years.

The Redskins were an afterthought by many in the preseason, and when the organization decided to bench Robert Griffin III during preseason and go with Cousins, once again they were derided as dysfunctional.

Through the first few weeks of the season, Cousins played poorly and the Skins took their lumps. But since the comeback win over Tampa Bay, things have continued to look up for Washington football, and it wouldn’t be a shock if the Redskins could knock off the Packers in the Wildcard round.

Regardless, Redskins fans should savor the division title and home playoff game next week.

This franchise has made itself hard to love over the past decade and a half, but GM Scot McCloughan has started to increase the level of overall talent on the squad and seems to have returned a semblance of competency to the front office, which was once occupied by lackies and yes-men.

Worry about next year later. Enjoy things now. You never know when the next chance for postseason happiness might come.

Washington Redskins: Who will the Skins host in the playoffs?

The hard part for the Washington Redskins is over. They have successfully clinched a playoff berth as the NFC East champions. Locked into the fourth seed in the playoffs, the Skins know they will return to FedEx Field one more time this season but have no clue on who they will be facing.

Following Week 16 action, Washington can expect to host the likes of the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, or Minnesota Vikings. Green Bay and Seattle were embarrassed by the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams, respectively, while the Vikings eliminated the Atlanta Falcons by beating the New York Giants. So going into Week 17 here is where we stand:

Packers (10-5) Vikings (10-5) Seahawks (9-6)
vs. Vikings at Packers at Cardinals

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Redskins Wrap Postgame Show Week 2: Skins in trouble after 0-2 start

Dave Nichols and Andy Holmes of District Sports Page discuss the Washington Redskins 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers. It was the same story as Week 1 against the Eagles: the Skins got down quickly and big, and put up some yards and points in second half garbage time.

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Washington Redskins Week 2 Recap: Deja Vu? Skins blown out early in loss to Packers

RODGERS SETS CAREER HIGH IN PASSING YARDAGE AGAINST SKINS POROUS SECONDARY

For the second week in a row, the Washington Redskins failed to generate any offense or stop the opposing team in the first half. For the second week in a row, the opposition built an insurmountable lead and the Skins put up a bunch of yards and points in garbage time. The results this week? A 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers, a game not anywhere near as close as the score might indicate.

If the Redskins were overwhelmed by the newness of the Eagles’ no-huddle zone read offense last week, they had no such excuses for the Packers more traditional schemes this week. The Packers built up a 24-0 halftime lead, and all that was left for both teams was to play their base offense and defense in the second half, much like a preseason exhibition.

The Packers marched down the field on their opening drive much like the Eagles did, but the drive stalled at the 28-yard li ne after back-to-back sacks by Ryan Kerrigan. A Mason Crosby field goal made it 3-0, but the 14-play, 70-yard drive was just a harbinger of things to come.

A three-and-out by the Skins offense and a shanked punt from Sav Rocca gave the Pack a short field, and they made the most of it, going 42 yards in four plays, the bulk of which came on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb.

The second quarter offered no respite from the Packers onslaught. Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson with a 14-yard touchdown pass and followed with a 3-yard strike to Jermichael Finley for the 24-point halftime lead.

Green Bay went right back to work in the third quarter. After John Potter missed on a 50-yard field goal attempt, the Pack went right down the field again, with Rodgers hitting Nelson for his second TD of the game, a 15-yard pass to the receiver’s outside shoulder that DeAngelo Hall had absolutely no play on.

At that point, the Packers went into a very conservative, base defense, much like the Eagles did in Week 1, and Griffin and the offense started to make a few plays. Utilizing Alfred Morris and the short passing game, Griffin moved the Skins on an 8-play, 85-yard drive that culminated in a 6-yard touchdown from Griffin to Pierre Garcon.

But the euphoria didn’t last long, as the Packers took the ensuing kickoff and needed just four plays to go 80 yards, the last 32 of which came on James Starks’ 32-yard touchdown run. Starks busted up the middle and went untouched for the score.

The Redskins added some “dignity” points in the fourth quarter, as Griffin threw TD passes to Jordan Reed (3 yards, first NFL TD) and Santana Moss, a 9-yard strike that originally was ruled no good but overturned on replay.

SKINS STATS: Griffin ended the day 26 of 40 for 320 yards and three touchdowns, but most of that was window dressing after the Packers retreated into their base defense in the second half. Garcon was the biggest beneficiary, making eight catches for 143 yards and a touchdown. Morris rushed for 107 yards on 13 carries.

NOTES: Brandon Meriweather left that game with a concussion after hitting a Packers wide receiver with his helmet. Earlier in the game, he knocked Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy out of the game with a similar helmet-to-helmet hit. You hope Meriweather is okay and gets better quickly, but that type of play is obviously very dangerous and Meriweather can expect to get a big fine from the league for his reckless play.

Washington Redskins Week 2 Preview: Green Bay Packers

The Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers, two teams thought to be top tier among their ranks in the NFC, both lost in Week 1. They enter Sunday’s showdown in Green Bay looking to avoid an almost calamitous 0-2 start. The game will be Washington’s first road test of the season and it will be far from a cakewalk.

The Washington Redskins (0-1) enter play Sunday at Lambeau Field coming off a rather embarrassing 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. The Skins made the score close in the end with a strong second half performance, but they were overwhelmed right out of the gate by Chip Kelly’s zone-read no-huddle offense, and the Skins offense was moribund in the first half, turning the ball over three times.

Robert Griffin III made his 2013 debut after an offseason filled with knee surgery, rehab and doubt. While he didn’t carry the ball as often as he did in 2012, nor did he really show the burst that makes him such a special weapon, he did show everyone he could be a pocket passer, completing 30 of his 49 passes for 329 yards with two touchdowns once he got his legs underneath him in the second half. It was, however, too little to late to salvage the win.

This week against a rock solid Green Bay defense, look for Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to go back to basics. The Redskins offense is most effective when the run game is established early. This opens up the zone-read, as well as the play action pass. If Griffin is feeling more confident and is mobile, it will help open up the Skins offense.

The defense will have another tough test this week, facing the Packers (0-1), led by former NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is a textbook pocket passing quarterback (21 of 37 for 333 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the 49ers) and Green Bay has plenty of offensive weapons for him. In the run game, rookie Eddie Lacy, a 5’11”, 230 rookie out of Alabama, will be leaned upon heavily to wear down the Redskins defenders.

The targets in the passing game for Aaron Rodgers are plentiful and very talented. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and James Jones are big wide outs with great hands that have big play capability. Rodgers will also be targeting tight end Jermichael Findley, a prime third down target for Rodgers. Look for the Pack to run the ball first to set up the play action.

The Redskins secondary will be tested heavily again this week. Redskins rookies Baccari Rambo, David Amerson and E.J. Biggers will be called upon to show improvement from their performances against the Eagles and come up with some big plays on Sunday to slow down the high powered Green Bay offense. The Skins hope veteran safety Brandon Meriweather will be available for the game after missing the Monday night game with a groin strain.

This will be the home opener for the Packers as they lost their road opener to San Francisco 34-28. Expect the “Cheeseheads” to be a factor in historic Lambeau Field.

Keys to the Game

For the Redskins:

  • Don’t turn the football over. In order to beat a high caliber offense like Green Bay, you must keep them off the field. Robert Griffin III has to make smart decisions when passing and Alfred Morris has got to hold on to football.
  • Don’t take stupid penalties: Penalties absolutely killed the Redskins momentum Monday night against the Eagles. In order to be successful and have a legitimate shot to beat the Pack they will need to play smart.
  • Put pressure on Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers was sacked twice on Sunday by San Francisco and ended up throwing for over 300 yards. If Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan can bring some pressure, it might be a different game for the Packers offensively.

For the Packers:

  • Stop the run: If the Packers can shut down Alfred Morris early, they will force RGIII to be a pocket passer. The Redskins offense is kick started by the run game. If the Packers can limit Morris and Griffin running, it’s not the same explosive offense.
  • Put pressure on RGIII: The NFL saw Monday night RGIII didn’t seem as mobile as last season, and he certainly didn’t try to run on any designed plays. Some of that was getting down early, but he didn’t look comfortable in the pocket until well into the game. If the Packers put pressure on him early it might limit Griffin’s playmaking ability and reduce the Redskins offense to just the options they have in their playbook.
  • Expose Skins Secondary: Aaron Rodgers will be playing against three rookies in the secondary on Sunday, so look for him to exploit every mistake they make. Rodgers is an elite QB and if he finds the openings, he will make them a positive for the Packers.

 

(District Sports Page staff intern Brandon Enroth contributed to this report.)

Washington Redskins Practice Audio & Quotes

Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein

Mike Shanahan

On Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers sitting his first several years in the league and if there was a generational shift at quarterback leading up to Robert Griffin III starting as a rookie:

“I spent a little time with Aaron when I was in Tahoe. Played a little golf with him, got a chance to know him a little bit and it was really a unique experience for him being behind somebody like [former Packers quarterback] Brett [Favre], waiting his turn. I thought he handled himself the way you would like your quarterback to handle themselves. He had a lot of class sitting back there, learning, getting a lot of mental reps, getting to feel very comfortable under the system, and when he did get a chance to play he took advantage of it.”

Robert Griffin

On what he learned about himself in the game against Philadelphia:

“I think we learned a lot about our team again. Every year is a new year. You’ve got to find out the identity of your team. I don’t think we found that identity in that first game, but we did find out about the character of this team. It’s similar to the one from last year. We’re going to fight, never going to give up, and that’s something you can be proud about. As far as execution-wise, we weren’t very solid in execution all the first half, and then into the second half we started getting better. So hopefully we can ride that execution into this next game. I think it started in practice today. Guys came ready with the right mindset. It’s not that we didn’t have that last week. You just have a wakeup call sometimes and you’ve got to push even harder, and that’s what we did.”

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy

On if he gets a sense of what Lambeau Field means to opposing players and coaches:

“Well, I don’t do a whole lot of chatting before the game, but it’s definitely evident when players do come out of the locker room, just the respect that they have for our history and our tradition, and one thing about Lambeau Field, and I can’t give enough credit to our organization, is the way they go about always trying to upgrade our facilities. This year we have our new south end zone that definitely should make a difference for us as far as the game day and obviously is a beautiful addition for our fans.”

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

On finding balance between using his legs to help his passing game rather than run:

“It’s got to be a feel thing. [Redskins quarterback] Robert [Griffin III] is definitely blessed with a considerable amount of athletic ability, more than I am, but it’s about using your abilities when you extend plays to run when you have to and know when to throw the ball away and also give yourself and your guys enough time to get open. That’s a fine line that we talk about a lot in our room about extending plays or throwing it away, or trying to avoid the unnecessary sacks, so that’s kind of the way we do things.”

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