Redskins vs Packers: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2013

Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA;  Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Green Bay Packers won their home opener against the Washington Redskins. Check out the final grades and analysis here.

Final Score

Washington: 20

Green Bay: 38



Final game analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Simply put, it was an absolutely magnificent performance for the Green Bay pass offense. Throwing for 480 yards and four touchdowns, Aaron Rodgers marched his team up and down the field with ease all game long. From the jump it was clear that the Redskins had absolutely no answer for any of the Packers' offensive weapons.

Run Offense: Filling in for a concussed Eddie Lacy, backup running back James Starks shined for the Green Bay run offense. Racking up 132 yards to go along with a touchdown, Starks scorched the Redskins all game long whenever his number was called.

Pass Defense: After a strong first half, the Packers pass defense opened up and allowed the Redskins to finish with 314 yards through the air. It should be noted that the yardage given up wasn’t overly concerning considering this game was pretty much over at halftime.

Run Defense: Like the pass defense, the Packers run defense played well in Week 2. Although the Redskins managed to break the 100-yard rushing mark as a team, most of that yardage came in the second half with the game wrapped up already.

Special Teams: It was another solid outing for the special teams unit in Green Bay. They tackled well, stuck to their assignments and made sure that they gave up nothing significant in the process.

Coaching: Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff put together an all-around great game plan against the Redskins. Whether it was the Packers defense constantly shooting the gaps and putting pressure on RG3 or the ultra-fast tempo on offense, this Packers coaching staff clearly had a great Sunday afternoon.



First-half analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Although the Redskins managed to rack up three sacks and collapse the pocket early, the Green Bay offensive line got it together and this pass offense, led by Aaron Rodgers, looked spectacular. Racking up a first-half career-high 301 yards and passing for three touchdowns, it’s clear that the Redskins can’t slow this offense down.

Run Offense: After suffering a helmet-to-helmet blow on the Packers first drive, Eddie Lacy will miss the rest of the game with a concussion. Although they only ran the football nine times, with James Starks in the backfield the Packers averaged a solid 7.2 yards per carry.

Pass Defense: Generating a ton of pressure in the first half, the Packers pass defense looked great holding RG3 and the Redskins to just 101 yards passing.

Run Defense: Outside of one big run from Alfred Morris, the Packers held the Redskins to 55 yards on the ground. Clearly Dom Campers’ defense made sure they stuck to their assignments and covered their gaps.

Special Teams: Overall it was a solid showing for the Packers specials teams in the first half. Not allowing any big plays or significant yardage, this unit looked sharp.

Coaching: Aside from setting a ferocious offensive tempo early, Mike McCarthy made a tough decision to go for it on fourth down. He put his trust in Rodgers, and the Packers QB connected with Randall Cobb for a big touchdown.