Packers-Redskins: First half thoughts
It looked bleak at the start. Eddie Lacy leaves the game with a concussion and the Redskins register back-to-back sacks on the opening drive. No running game and no protection. Surely this one will be ugly.
But this is when MVP players come through with MVP performances. After a third sack on the opening play of the Packers second possession Aaron Rodgers took over. All week the question was "what's wrong with James Jones?" Well, apparently nothing. Jones ripped a young Washington secondary for 152 yards in just one half. Rodgers topped the 300-yard mark late in the half and despite a quiet day so far from Jordy Nelson the Packers ran up 24 points.
The whole key, as pointed out earlier, was to give Rodgers time to throw and once protection settled in there was no turning back.
There was much pregame concern with the secondary considering Morgan Burnett was inactive. Jarrett Bush is also out and while he's mostly a special teamer he was pressed into coverage duties last week. But the Redskins simply couldn't exploit a thin secondary. Other than a 44 yard reception by Pierre Garcon it was a quiet half for the Redskins air attack.
Same with the run. Alfred Morris ripped off one big gainer but that was it. The Packers continued to play physical upfront and the read option was a non-factor. It helps that RG3 still isn't quite himself but as they say in the NFL, "it's not who you play, it's when you play them."
At this point though it looks like only the Packers showed up to play.