Packers, Redskins both looking for offense

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is slated to practice on Saturday, just as he did last week in getting ready to play with his injured left knee.

However, in the Packers and Vikings matchup on Sunday, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews and Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks were called for hits which resembled the one Rodgers took last season, and even the Packers QB was not sure they should have been penalised. In one of those games, he touched the ball one time - granted it was on the game-winning 20-yard run in overtime against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It's probably never fun for opposing defenses to face Aaron Rodgers, but it's especially worrisome when he comes in fresh off a loss. Playing with two bad legs, No. 12 manages to drive his team down the field for 75 yards and a touchdown to open the half. That's because, through two games, the Redskins have the top pass defense in the National Football League led by corner Josh Norman and a pretty solid pass rush. Smith has averaged 243 yards passing in past three games vs. Packers. Rodgers has begun the season well, going 50-for-72 for 567 yards, 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Washington has only tallied 33 points in the first two games of 2018.

The Packers own a dynamic duo at wide receiver, with veterans Randall Cobb and Davante Adams leading the way.

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The Redskins bolstered their receiving corps midweek with the additions of veterans Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman, though head coach Jay Gruden said he was hopeful he wouldn't have to use them against Green Bay. It's possible the wet weather in Washington affected his availability. These players will be a key to slowing down the Washington passing attack and keeping Smith from gaining large chunks of yardage when attempting to throw the ball downfield. Over the next seven plays, he drew pass interference calls on Packers defenders to move down to the Green Bay 2-yard line. He fumbles and gives it back to Washington. Crosby is 6-for-7 in field goals this season, including a long of 48 yards. Four plays later, Smith hit Jamison Crowder with a short pass near the end zone.

Such deficits never seem to bother Rodgers. He lobbed a long pass to Allison, who caught it in stride and ran untouched for a 64-yard touchdown that kept Green Bay close at 21-10.

The Packers are not concerned about Rodgers' mobility after he appeared improved both laterally and moving forward in Week 2. Despite seeing Aaron Rodgers go down in Week 1, he can still play. I still think that Peterson will be able to get outside some and he should have a better day than the 11 carries for 20 yards he had against the Colts.

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  • Lawrence Cooper