The Redskins have won two straight games and seem to have a new attitude under interim coach Bill Callahan and rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. They’ve been winning in spite of Haskins, though, not because of him, and the Packers should be ready to take advantage of a 3-9 Washington team.
Redskins vs Packers
Sunday 8 December 2019 at Lambeau Field
After missing the playoffs the last two years, Green Bay appears to be back on track to contender status under new coach Matt LaFleur. The Pack is 9-3 and its next win will give LaFleur the most for a first-year Packers coach in team history.
While Green Bay has looked Super Bowl worthy at times, such as last week’s 31-13 win at the Giants, there have been some hiccups. The Packers scored just 11 against the Chargers and eight against San Francisco. They also nearly got upset at home by a bad Panthers team.
With another bad team coming to Lambeau on Sunday, Green Bay will need to make sure it’s not overlooking the Redskins.
The Redskins have won two straight, upsetting the Panthers on the road last week, and Washington seems to have a new attitude under interim coach Bill Callahan.
The Packers should have right tackle Bryan Bulaga available. He suffered an MCL sprain two weeks ago and was expected to miss two weeks. He played against the Giants, though, saying “I’ve missed too many games in my career with things that I can’t control … If I can do my job and help the team, I’m going to go.” He’s still limited at practice but played well last week and should be working back into shape. Tight end Jimmy Graham is also battling injury and didn’t practice this week.
For Washington, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is expected back after missing last week’s game with a concussion. That was the first time in 140 NFL games that Kerrigan has sat out. He was back participating fully at practice this week.
The Green Bay offense is clicking, with Aaron Rodgers looking like his old self and running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are threats both receiving and running the ball. Green Bay has done a good job protecting Rodgers and will need to do so against a solid but underrated Redskins front seven.
The real advantage for Green Bay may be on the other side of the ball, however. Callahan turned the Washington offense over to rookie Dwayne Haskins, who has started the last four games. While he’s gone 2-2, the wins have been in spite of him, not because of his passing. Haskins has completed just 54 percent of his passes and has two touchdowns and six interceptions. His passer rating and accuracy would be worst in the league if he had enough playing time to qualify for the league leaders. Washington will need to rely on the running game to stay in the game with Green Bay, a strategy that could be problematic if the Packers get an early lead.
The Packers are playing their first home game in nearly a month. This will be Washington’s first-ever December trip to Lambeau, and the Skins will be welcomed by freezing temperatures and a combination of rain and snow. In other words, Packer weather. Look for Rodgers and the Green Bay defense to dominate both sides of the ball in a Green Bay walkover.