When and where: December 8, 2019, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI, 1:00 PM ET
The quietly streaking Washington Redskins head to Lambeau Field on Sunday in an attempt to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year against the Green Bay Packers. A 31-13 victory over the New York Giants last Sunday served as the perfect bounce-back performance for the Packers after a crushing loss to the San Francisco 49ers the previous week. Meanwhile, the Redskins are coming off back-to-back wins over the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.
New identity for the RedskinsRunning the football is cool again with successful teams like the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers pounding it down the proverbial throats of opposing defenses. The Redskins look like the next team destined to get onboard after pulling off an impressive road win over the Panthers last Sunday.
They bludgeoned the Panthers’ defensive front for 248 rushing yards and three touchdowns with a combination of Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson. It’s a game plan they hope to continue on Sunday against a Packers defense allowing 123.0 rushing yards per game.
The Redskins are hopeful that Guice, the former second-round draft pick out of LSU, is finally having his light bulb moment as a young player. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins did well not to force any bad throws that ended up as interceptions. However, he did put the ball on the ground a couple times, which is something he’ll have to shore up when facing an opportunistic defense like the Packers.
Perhaps the most impressive part about the game was the confidence of the defense. They stepped up and held the most prolific tailback in football right now, Christian McCaffrey, to 14 carries for only 44 yards and no touchdowns. If they can pitch the same sort of shutout against Green Bay’s Aaron Jones, they’ll be sitting pretty by the end of Sunday night.
Redskins receiver Paul Richardson has missed practice time this week with a hamstring injury, while Trey Quinn has also been out with a concussion.
Packers looking for consistencyThe Packers bounced back from an ugly loss to the 49ers with a lopsided win over the rebuilding New York Giants. There has been a terrible trend of the Packers squandering their offensive efforts one week, bouncing back the next and then squandering it again. It’s a vicious cycle quarterback Aaron Rodgers is desperate to break when hosting the Redskins on Sunday.
It’ll help knowing he won’t be facing arguably the best defense in football like he did against the 49ers. Yet, the Redskins are playing surprisingly well with Haskins stepping into the role as a starter. Their confidence and belief is better than it’s been all season. So the Packers would do well not to take this challenge for granted.
Rodgers will have his work cut out for him when facing a Redskins defense that ranks 15th against the pass (229.8). Rookie wideout Allen Lazard is forming a nice one-two punch with Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams. This game could come down to those two putting on a show if the Redskins clog up the running game as they did against the Panthers and McCaffrey.
The Packers will put their defensive focus solely into slowing down the run game and forcing Haskins to try to beat them with his harm. It’s still a steep learning curve for the rookie, and he obviously isn’t ready to carry the team on his shoulders. The Packers should do whatever they can to help him revert back into the turnover-prone youngster forcing passes downfield.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Redskins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Redskins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- Redskins are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a road favorite of 3.5-10.0.
- Redskins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 10.5 or greater.
- Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 0.5-3.0.
- Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0.
- Packers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points.
- Packers are 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game.