Packers-Redskins: Three Keys
Which defense shows up? In two wins the Redskins were physical and in doing do the 'Skins shut down both Dallas and Philadelphia. But in two losses the Redskins were exposed. Washington gave up nearly 500 passing yards to Matt Schaub in a 30-27 Week 2 loss to Houston and 30 points again the next week to the Rams. This could be the week Aaron Rodgers and company gets on track.
McLovin' Donovan McNabb has always been a thorn in the Packers side and certainly in the first four weeks McNabb has played a huge role in Washington's offense. However, the Redskins are lacking weapons. Running back Clinton Portis is out and they cut ties were 2008 second round pick Devin Thomas. The real danger in Washington's offense are tight ends Fred Davis and Chris Cooley. If the Packers contain those two McNabb will run out of options.
Which defense shows up? Part II The Packers were pushed around by Detroit in the second half and the Lions scored on four straight possessions. But those scores were field goals, not touchdowns. With injuries up and down the defensive depth chart the Packers must be careful to not let the Redskins dominate time of possession the way Detroit did last week. Again it goes back to McNabb. If the Packers can force turnovers the injuries won't matter but Detrtoit proved last week that even without weapons you can move on the Packers.
Prediction Packers 30, Redskins 20