September 23, 2020

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


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.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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