Following an entertaining Week 2 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings that ended in a tie, the Green Bay Packers are set to head on the road to play the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon.
Rodgers exceling past knee injury
The Packers went through an impressive comeback win in the season opener against the Chicago Bears that subsequently that star quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffering a knee sprain that has continued to impact him on the field. Despite all that, he was able to play on essentially one healthy knee against the Minnesota Viking vaunted defense where he diced them for 351 total offensive yards with the bulk of that coming from Rodgers as he completed 30-of-42 passes for 281 yards with a touchdown in the contest.
The 34-year-0ld was clearly limited with his mobility due to the injury but has remained effective in throwing the ball with precision to his receivers down the field. Wide receiver DaVante Adams has been a huge target hauling in 13-of-20 targets for 152 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns through the first two games played. Adams posted at least five catches, 60 receiving yards, and a touchdown. Randall Cobb has also been a huge factor in the passing at the primary target 13 receptions for a team-best 172 receiving yards and a touchdown.
This could present a tough challenge as the Redskins hold the top overall defense that ranks first against the pass through the first two games and fourth with a 67.0 passer rating. Rodgers has had his limitations but Rodgers has continued to play at an elite level passing for 567 yards with four touchdown passes to zero interceptions with a 69.4 percent completion rate and fifth with a 111.3 passer rating.
Redskins’ Offensive issues arising
The Redskins have gone through splitting the first two games of the season that saw him fall short in their home opener on Sunday 21-9 against the Indianapolis Colts that saw their offense struggle to move the ball down the field. Their running game was non-apparent as Washington moved away from it quickly with Adrian Peterson being their primary back as he struggled to get going producing just 20 yards on 11 attempts while the team as a whole had 65 rushing yards on 22 carries without a touchdown. This was a shadow of a performance with 96 rushing yard on 26 attempts with a touchdown in the season opener 24-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Meanwhile, Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith had a solid outing completing 33-of-46 passes for 292 yards but failed to get into the end zone in the contest as he was able to do so twice against the Cardinals in Week 1. Smith has been an efficient passer ranking seventh in the league with a 71.1 percent completion rate for the Redskins but it hasn’t quite equated to the team putting points on the board as they are 27th with 16.5 points per contest through the first two games played.
If the Redskins hope to have any sustained success against the Packers, it will have to be in the passing game as they currently rank 26th against the pass and are giving up a 101.3 passer rating through the first two games.
- Redskins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Redskins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points.
- Redskins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Packers are 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing the Redskins
- Packers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Despite a nagging leg injury to Rodgers, the Packers have continued to show that they are a potent offense with him under center. This should continue on the road as Green Bay should extend their road record to 2-0 by easing past the Redskins behind their steady play from their star quarterback that has remained highly effective throwing the ball.
Prediction: Packers -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Packers have been one of the league’s most productive offenses behind Rodgers’ arm that has seen them put up north of 20 points in the first two contest. While the Redskins should be able to rebound at home following a porous performance against the Colts. It also helps that the over is 4-0 in Packers last four games in September.
Prediction: Over 46