The Green Bay Packers traveled to Washington DC to face the Washington Football Team in the NFC Wildcard round. Washington was favored by 1 and it looked early like it might not even be a contest. Here’s what we learned.
What We Learned…
We learned that smiling Aaron Rodgers is a dangerous Aaron Rodgers. This offense was great for three quarters even though they started as if nothing had changed from the prior several games. Green Bay outscored Washington 35-7 after falling behind 11-0. Rodgers was 1-8 in the first quarter but finished 21-36 for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns.
We learned that Jared Abbrederis still needs more playing time. Abbrederis is such a fluid route runner and it showed on his 2 point conversion catch. Abbrederis was open several times during the game. Mike McCarthy should run more slants to Abbrederis.
We learned that this defense is very good. Green Bay’s defense harassed Kirk Cousins all game. Cousins did get over 300 yards and scored a passing and rushing touchdown The Packers defense made his life miserable, sacking him 6 times.
We learned J.C. Tretter is a pretty competent left tackle. Tretter did give up the sack that resulted in a safety but did not look outmatched and held his own after that point in the game. Tretter could be a solid backup at all positions on the line.
What We Think We Learned.
We think the offense is back. This offense looked unstoppable from the second quarter on. The Packers are going to need a repeat performance for all four quarters next week against Arizona to have a shot.
We think this team, when they turn the switch on, is one of the best in the league. Washington came into this game very hot and Green Bay trashed them on both sides of the ball. Jordan Reed did beat Micah Hyde more often than fans would like, but Reed is among one of the best tight ends in the league. Green Bay did adjust to Washington and did very well.
What We Hope Isn’t true.
We hope it isn’t true that the injuries to Davante Adams and Quinten Rollins are serious. Rollins was great today prior to his injury. Adams caught all his targets and had a great catch on the sideline. Early indications are that Adams dodged a bullet and could be ready to go on Saturday.
We hope it isn’t true that David Bakhtiari and Sam Shields will sit out one more week. This team could use them when healthy.