The 4-5 Green Bay Packers travel to Washington to take on the 5-3-1 Redskins in this week’s Sunday night matchup with each team going in different directions. Green bay suffered its 3rd defeat in a row last week while Washington has lost only once in their last 4 games. The Packers struggled on both sides of the ball last week as they fell 47-25 to the Tennessee Titans. The loss moved the Packers to below 500 for the first time since 2008 when Aaron Rodgers was a rookie. Washington shut the Minnesota Vikings out in the second half last week as they won 26-20. They won despite Desean Jackson not playing due to injury and his status for this game is still uncertain. These two teams last met in the playoffs last year with the Packers ending the Redskins season after a convincing 35-18 victory.
Aaron Rodgers had a mixed game completing 31 of 51 passes for 371 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He was also sacked 5 times for a loss of 46 yards. His favorite target was Devante Adams who had 6 catches for 156 yards. Jordy Nelson also had a nice game with 12 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay rushed for only 69 yards on 13 carries with James Starks leading the way with 33 yards on 7 rushes. Defensively, they allowed over 450 yards of offense and 5 touchdowns to the Titans. They did not force any turnovers and sacked Marcus Mariota twice and had 5 tackles for losses. During this 3 game losing streak, Green Bay has allowed an average of 37 points per game.
Kirk Cousins had another efficient game last week completing 22 of his 33 passes for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Pierre Garcon who had 6 catches for 81 yards. Vernon Davis also had a nice game with 3 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. As a team they rushed for 128 yards with Robert Kelley leading the way with 97 yards on 22 carries. Defensively, they were able to intercept Sam Bradford once and sacked him 3 times for a loss of 23 yards. They shut down the Vikings running game as Minnesota gained only 47 yards on 22 carries, which is an average of just 2.2 yards per rush.
Green Bay is 3-5-1 against the spread this season including 2-2 on the road. Washington is 6-3 against the spread this season including 3-1 as the favorite. The Redskins are favored by a field goal in this contest and will have the benefit of home field advantage. The Packers defense is ranked 29th in the league in opponents passer rating which poses a challenge as Washington leads the league with 6 different receivers having 26 or more catches. For the first time in his career, Aaron Rodgers ranks in the bottom half of the league in passer rating, completion percentage and yards per attempt.
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