Week 1 Disappointments
Packers - In Week 1, the Green Bay Packers suffered a tough loss at the hands of the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick, 34-28.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns in vintage Rodgers' fashion.
Unfortunately the defense was stuck in the Twilight Zone against Colin Kaepernick and Co. allowing the rising star quarterback to throw for over 400 yards and concievably move the football at will as he did in the NFC divisional playoff game last season.
Redskins - On Monday Night Football, the Redskins hosted the Philadelphia Eagles and were ambushed from the get-go, finding out that Chip Kelly's spread offense from Oregon is faster than everyone thought, while turning it over twice in the opening three posessions surrounded by an ugly safety.
Down 33-7 late in the third quarter, Robert Griffin found his rhythm/timing with his receivers leading a late charge and closing the game to 33-27 with over a minute left. Now was it a product of the Eagles backing off or the Redskins truly finding their footing in Week 1? Time will only tell.
No NFL team wants to start the year 0-2 as percentages of making the playoffs and Super Bowl drastically diminish over the course of history. The Skins and Packers battle at 1 PM on FOX. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will have the call.
Three Bold Predictions
1. Alfred Morris runs for over 150 yards and 2 TDs
Morris struggled out of the gate on Monday, (play calling left something to be desired) fumbling on his first carry and a failed pitch exchange in the end zone leading to a crushing safety.
Morris didn't play at all during the preseason and it showed. He looked impatient in the hole and full of jitters when the lights were turned on Monday. Coach Shanahan knows that Morris is the key to the entire Skins' offense and will look to get Morris plenty of touches on Sunday.
The Packers' defense is vulnerable up the middle and I believe the increased threat of RGIII running out of the pocket will help Morris find some running room. The Skins were down early and often last week limiting Morris' numbers. Ball control and clock management will be the key to a Skins' potential victory.
2. Aaron Rodgers will be held under 250 yards passing
Now, don't call me a homer (Redskins fan) but I just have a feeling the Redskins' defense will be able to contain the high-octane passing game Rodgers and Co. will throw at them.
I think unlike many others, that Sunday's game will be a low scoring defensive affair and the Packers will use rookie RB Eddie Lacy in a more prominent role on offense. Rodgers continues to run for his life behind a makeshift offensive line and the Skins will exploit this keeping the pressure on Rodgers with some exotic blitz packages.
The Skins and Packers met two seasons ago, and it was a defensive struggle and I expect more of the same Sunday. But then again, he is Aaron Rodgers.....he is a BAAAAAAAD man. (Sorry Stephen A. Smith)
3. The game will be won on a last second field goal
Many are predicting a high octane, offensive slugfest say you will between the two teams. I am predicting completely the opposite.
I believe Sunday will come down to a late minute 4th quarter drive from either team to secure a victory via a field goal. Mason Crosby or Kai Forbath will win it for either squad.
Prepare for the unexpected Sunday. Prediction: Packers 24-Redskins 21