Packers vs. Redskins – Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered: GB 38 WAS 20September 15, 2013 • By Jersey Al Bracco
Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins: 2013 Game 2
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
It’s pouring in Green Bay today. I believe the wet field factored strongly into the Packers’ decision to keep Burnett out one more week.
While the Packers face a mobile quarterback for the second week in a row, the offenses are fairly dissimilar.
Wilson out, Barrington in. I think that gives you a subtle hint that the #Packers will not have the same game plan for the #Redskins as last week.
Today’s captains for the Packers: Jermichael Finley (offense), Clay Matthews (defense) and Robert Francois (special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
29 CB Casey Hayward
42 S Morgan Burnett
51 LB Nate Palmer
65 G Lane Taylor
93 DE Josh Boyd
98 DE C.J. Wilson
43 M.D. Jennings & 22 Jerron McMillian will start at safety for the Packers. 97 DE Johnny Jolly will start on the defensive line.
2 K Kai Forbath
8 QB Rex Grossman
22 RB Evan Royster
32 S Jordan Pugh
48 S Jose Gumbs
67 G Josh LeRibeus
95 NT Chris Neild
South End Zone: You can def tell the difference. It’s always great to be home, outr Alumni comes back for this game, it will be a great day.
Wet conditions: You’re aware of it, communication between QB and center is vital.
Bush: Suffered injury in Thursday’s practice. unfortunate, but our guys are ready
Burnett: He’s been a very good player for us for a number of years now, he’s taken ever rep in camp. No excuses,. MC MD and Banjo are ready
Strong play from front seven last week: Definitely – they set the edge vey well, particularly inside. Very pleased with the run defense. Three things we need to focus on today: stop the run, get after the QB in our pressure packages, taking the ball away too.
Redskins & RGIII last week: Any time you look at an individual’s performance, particularly at quarterback, you have to look at the whole game. They struggled early with the turnovers. but were much better later on.
Alfred Morris: He does a great job at the second level. He’s a stretch and one cut runner in the zone blocking system. Mike Shanahan’ started that many years ago and Morris fits perfectly.
WASH OLBs: Speed and power. Bigger, heavier outside LB types than we played last week. We’ve been preparing for them all week.
Uptempo Offense: It’s a part of who we are, how we train. There are teams that like to slow the game down, I’ve always come from a family of playing faster.
Packers vs. Redskins – First Impressions – First Half:
packers win the toss and accept. MM serious about scoring first…
Aggressive play call on third and one. Play action and 21 yard completion to Cobb.
Lacy takes a helmet to helmet hit from Merriweather. No penalty, but 100% should have bin. Lacy woozy. I have a feeling he’s done for the game…
Kerrigan with two sacks on consecutive plays. Second was a stunt, first one just an impressive one arm bull rush that overpowered Don Barclay. that’s going to be a problem.
Two sacks on Rogers after only the first offensive series of the game.
Important for the Packers DE or OLBs to keep Morris from getting outside. Funnel him in to the Big Uglies. Matthews does just that on 2nd and four and Morris stopped for no gain.
As suspected, Lacy out with a concussion. Hope someone puts a good (legal) hit on Merriweather.
Sack # 3 0n Rodgers – this time Bakhtiari with the Ole block on Orakpo.
Davon House has been lights out on the punt coverage teams last two games…
As expected, Packers going after RGIII much differently than they played CK last week.
One thing Aaron Rodgers has never fixed. Terrible accuracy on short dumpoffs. But we can live with that…
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 10 WAS 0
Merriweather again leads with the helmet… This time he pays the price, as Starks unaffected and Merriweather down on the turf.
Packers players being a lot more classy than I would have been. All giving Merriweather a tap or hand slap.
Merriweather out with a concussion. As many have said on twitter, Karma’s a bitch.
Meanwhile, Packers score again on a Rodgers to Nelson TD pass. Actually, they had to do it twice as first one called back for a holding penalty on Josh Sitton.
Packers are just toying with the Redskins. Can everyone now just admit that the #49ers are a VERY VERY good team (players & coaches) and the Packers did well to almost beat them?
Did the Packers just feel sorry for Washington (24-0) so had Masthay squib kick instead of booming it out of the end zone?
I’ve been onboard the Mike Neal to OLB experiment since the last two preseason games, where I thought he did not look out of place at all, even in coverage. Gets his first INT…
One more TD and it’s time for the Seneca Wallace watch…
I’m besides myself. two well-executed screen passes in two games. With the OL actually doing it right. Who did Campen consult with?
These referees are letting a lot go, which I prefer over being overly whistle-happy (this is football, after all). Getting the tough calls right, though. Such as…
Nice call on Jones TD dive attempt where the ball came out and hit the pylon. They got it right first time, no review needed.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 24 WAS 0
Packers vs. Redskins – First Impressions – Second Half:
So how do the #Packers come out and not have a letdown after the half?
4th sack on Rodgers. DB blitz this time…
Washington putting a drive together – missed tackles by the Packers helping them out big time…
I think you can hear a pin drop when Rodgers is calling signals. Nice job #Packers fans…
Finley used to go down pretty easily after the catch. Not this year. Big change…
Every Morris big gain could have been stopped much sooner if not for a blatant missed tackle. Give him credit, I guess…
Local Fox channel switches to a “more competitive contest” and gives me a heart attack. Fortunately, Direct TV still showing the game. Twitter explodes in anger from those without Direct TV…
Starks with the Packers first rushing touchdown in quite a while. Everyone praising the OL blocking… Not to downgrade the OL effort, but Quarless and Nelson had the blocks that turned it into a TD.
When Mike Neal bull rushes you, he puts a hurt on you.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 38 WAS 7
Pierre Garcon having a good day against the Packers secondary. No Fire Capers outcries this week, though…
Datone Jones getting snaps. His athleticism is apparent but I think he’s still unsure of himself out there.
Nine minutes left in the game, 38-14. Leaving Rodgers in here is just stupid. I just don’t get it…
Redskins piling up some meaningless stats and points now…
And here we are with 4 minutes left and Rodgers is still dropping back to pass. And no, I don’t believe McCarthy is doing it to get Rodgers the Packers single game passing yardage record.
And sure enough, he proves it as Rodgers now takes a knee with under two minutes and only needing one more yard to break the record.
Final Score: GB 38 WAS 20
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.