September 21, 2019

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.

Fantasy Football: Week 2 Survivor Pool

Survivor

Hopefully you survived Week 1. It wasn’t quite as simple as I’d hoped it would be. My suggestion of Pittsburgh torpedoed a couple of entries for me and there’s nothing worse than losing an entry in the first week. However, I’m here to redeem myself.

Bye week: None

Survivor Pool – Week 2 selections

Here is what we have for a top 10 from Office Football Pool and Yahoo! as of late Saturday night:

Office Football Pool

Yahoo! Survival Football

Rank

Team

Percent

Rank

Team

Percent

1

New England Patriots (W)

20.60%

1

Baltimore Ravens

23.67%

2

Houston Texans

19.40%

2

New England Patriots (W)

21.09%

3

Baltimore Ravens

15.10%

3

Oakland Raiders

11.92%

4

Philadelphia Eagles

9.80%

4

Houston Texans

11.30%

5

Oakland Raiders

9.60%

5

Atlanta Falcons

10.75%

6

Atlanta Falcons

8.50%

6

Philadelphia Eagles

5.42%

7

Green Bay Packers

6.60%

7

Green Bay Packers

3.40%

8

Cincinnati Bengals

3.30%

8

New Orleans Saints

3.23%

9

Chicago Bears

2.20%

9

Cincinnati Bengals

2.99%

10

New Orleans Saints

1.80%

10

Chicago Bears

1.56%

The Patriots have advanced teams through to Week 2. Truth be told, the Pats would have been far down my list for many of the reasons that played out on Thursday night. They don’t have a lot of offensive weapons and the Jets’ defense is solidly above average. Keep that in mind as we meander through the season.

If you still have to make a call this week, is the next logical choice the Texans or the Ravens? Or neither… Week 2 presents another slate I don’t really like.

Here are my choices for Week 2 in order of preference:

  1. Houston Texans – The Texans looked pretty awful last week against a Chargers team of which little is expected. However, they picked up the win and I think they will have more success at home. They have all of the offensive weapons they need and Jake Locker at QB should help the Texans’ defense immensely. I give the Texans a 75% chance to win.
  2. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles offense looked unstoppable in the first half, but slowed in the second half and they allowed Washington back into the game. The Chargers looked unstoppable in the first half and then just blew a tire (or two) on their way to losing to the Texans in Week 1. I think the Eagles are the better squad, are at home and the Chargers have to make the west to east trip. I give the Eagles a 72% chance of winning.
  3. Green Bay Packers – The Pack have one of the top five offenses in the league and Washington defense likely can’t keep up. There are two defensive injuries to be aware of in this game – it looks like Brandon Meriweather will make it back on the field for Washington. He will go a long way to nullifying Jermichael Finley (who has a toe injury to deal with as well). On the Pack side, Morgan Burnett missed Week 1 and is questionable for Week 2. His absence could open up the middle of the field for Washington and Robert Griffin III. I give the Packers a 68% chance of winning.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals –Ben Roethlisberger will be running for his life all day as his offensive line has been decimated and he has the Three Stooges in his backfield. A big Monday night in Cincy should be enough to push the Bengals past the Steelers. I give the Bengals a 66% chance to win.
  5. Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens got waxed on the road at Denver in Week 1. They now faceoff with division rival Cleveland. The Ravens’ offense is not a thing of beauty as they only have one legitimate WR and no TEs. That said, the Browns may be missing safety T.J. Ward and could struggle to contain even this poor an offense. I give the Ravens a 61% chance to win.
  6. Chicago Bears – Talking about a one dimensional offense in a division game – the Vikings have one dimension (but Adrian Peterson is one heckuva dimension). I think the Bears’ offense can be more balanced this season and should take this divisional game at home. Remember, Christian Ponder is the QB for the Vikings. I give the Bears a 60% chance to win.
  7. Oakland Raiders – The Jags are bad and they are on the road. However, they get Chad Henne at QB and still have MJD in the backfield. The Raiders should win, but they have no-names almost everywhere on the team. This is a high risk move that might make sense in larger pools. I give the Raiders a 58% chance to win.

Other teams I like this week: None

As for the avoid list, I would stay away from the New Orleans Saints on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs looked awful in Week 1 and their team seems to be in disarray already. However, the Saints are wholly different team outside of a dome. It was a wild game last year in Tampa and we could see something similar again. You will have better opportunities down the road to take the Saints.

If you get bonus points for picking an underdog, I’d think about the Arizona Cardinals against the Lions. The Lions have a great offense, but not much of a defense. The Cardinals have a good defense and a better offense now that it seems Larry Fitzgerald will play.

Just a reminder, if you ever wanted to see what Vegas thinks each team’s “chances of winning” are, use this handy little converter to transform money lines into win percentages. You can also create a spreadsheet if you’d like (or use this one – scroll to the bottom) to do it for fun at home. This percentage chance to win is another quick way to gauge win expectations for each team each week. You can get a variety of money lines here or here

Chris Garosi is a contributor for District Sports Page. One of his favorite sports memories is witnessing Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter at Memorial Stadium in 1991. Chris has played fantasy sports since the pre-Internet days and participates in any league for any sport to which he’s invited. He even won an XFL fantasy league. Really. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrisgarosi.

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 Game 2 Review: Sloppy Defense, Penalties Prove Costly in 31-28 Loss in St. Louis

Robert Griffin III completed 20 of 29 passes for 206 yards, but the Washington Redskins defense proved little match for the St. Louis Rams (1-1) who rallied in the second half to beat the Redskins 31-28 on Sunday.

Griffin ran for two touchdowns and added another on a 68-yard pass, but defensive errors and an ill-timed unsportsmanlike conduct cost the Redskins the opportunity to return to Washington with a 2-0 record.

The Redskins got things started early as cornerback Josh Wilson returned a fumble for a 30-yard touchdown on the very first play of the game. On the Redskins’ second snap on defense, however, defensive end Adam Carriker went down with a right knee injury. Just 10 plays later, Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo sacked Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and forced a fumble on Rodger Safford in a nasty collision that left Orakpo sidelined with a left arm injury and Safford out with a right knee injury. [Read more…]

Fantasy Football: Week 2 Notes and Survivor Pool; Start ‘em and Sit ‘em

Week one held a series of surprises none bigger than Robert Griffin III and his Washington Redskins taking down the New Orleans Saints. Hopefully, you took my Survivor Pool advice from last week and stayed away from the Saints. Remember, along with a bad defense, the Saints are on their third-string head coach at the moment. This week, it looks like we have a no brainer to take in Survivor, but we’ll check some other options out as well. We’ll also walk through some start/sit decisions. As always, if you have questions, just leave a comment or send me a note on Twitter.

Quarterback                               

Up: Cam Newton is due for a big day against a Saints defense that gave up 40 points at home to a rookie QB making his debut. I can’t see the Saints getting appreciably better (especially without those bounties) in one week. He should be the highest scoring QB this week. [Read more…]

Three Things To Watch: Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams, Week 2

Each week on Friday, as a preview of the upcoming Redskins game, District Sports Page will publish “Three Things to Watch” for that week’s game.  This week, the Skins travel to St. Louis to face the Rams, who passed on the opportunity to draft Robert Griffin III by trading the pick to the Redskins. [Read more…]

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