If the Redskins want to steal one away from the Packer faithful on Lambeau Field on Sunday, their offense is going to need to produce efficiently, consistently and copiously.
With that being said, here are the individual projections for the Redskins offense.
Even though his statistics were inflated from the second-half comeback on Monday night, it can be argued that it was his worst game as a professional.
RG3 was clearly rusty. He missed on a variety of throws and made some poor decisions along the way (most notably his first interception), yet he still threw for over 300 yards.
Come Sunday, I would expect a much more efficient Robert Griffin.
He’s going to eliminate the turnovers and will improve on his accuracy.
Predition: I envision your standard RG3-type of game (with less rushing yards) with 280 yards passing and two touchdowns.
If the Redskins want the effective offense they had last season, they will need to establish a consistent running game.
Prediction: His 12 rushing attempts against Philly was a career low, so I would expect a solid 20 carries from Morris plus a touchdown this time.
Garcon quietly lead the team with seven receptions on Monday night. While Pierre is certainly capable of a heavy workload like that, he works best in space and creating yards after the catch (YAC).
Garcon only averaged nine yards per catch, and that’s where he’ll improve on Sunday in Green Bay.
Prediction: He might not record as many catches this week, but he will showcase his speed and agility.
I loved Morgan’s effort against the Eagles; however, there were a few plays when he needed to get out of bounds to stop the clock.
Josh Morgan will have another modest day as a receiver, which has been his modus operandi since becoming a Redskin.
Prediction: It won’t be anything spectacular, but Josh should get two or three receptions and average 10 yards per catch.
Santana Moss was Robert Griffin III’s go-to receiver on third down last season, and I was surprised to not see more of that in Week 1.
I would hope to see Moss and RG3 return to their conventional chemistry, with Santana becoming the focal point in the slot and finding gaps in the secondary.
Prediction: Somewhere around four catches for 35 yards seems realistic to me.
Hankerson is the reason Josh Morgan won’t see as much action this week. I’ve been critical of Hankerson in the past, but he has earned the right for additional repetitions after his five-catch, 80-yard, two-touchdown performance.
Hankerson needs to have another productive game if he wants to fully establish himself in this offense.
Prediction: Supplementing Garcon’s work as the No. 1 receiver, Hankerson getting four to five catches per game should suffice.
Despite an impressive training camp and preseason, Aldrick Robinson didn’t get much playing time last week.
He was targeted twice, both of which were incomplete.
Robinson’s ability as a downfield threat is what kept him on this roster, but the offensive line will need to protect RG3 in order for his receivers to get downfield, something they could not accomplish a few nights ago.
Robinson’s speed doesn’t need to be accomplished by receptions, either. If he can draw opposing safeties down the field, then it should open routes up for his teammates underneath.
Prediction: I don’t see anything special out of Robinson this game; look for one catch for 20+ yards.
I understand that it has only been one game, but Fred Davis and Robert Griffin III have yet to develop legitimate chemistry.
After tallying only two catches for 22 yards on Monday, Davis’ role in the offense seems to be on the back burner.
Personally, I believe Davis’ ability has been undervalued. He wasn’t targeted in scoring opportunities or on third downs, both of which were his strengths in years past.
I expect offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to make that adjustment in the play-calling and give him chances to score touchdowns.
Prediction: Five catches, 45 yards and a touchdown.
What was more surprising: Leonard Hankerson leading the team in receiving and not dropping a pass, or Jordan Reed, who was very quiet throughout the preseason, coming out swinging in his first game as a Redskin?
He tallied five receptions for 38 yards, mostly in the second half.
Reed was able to show the coaching staff why he was selected in the third round in April’s draft.
His athleticism presents a matchup problem for opposing defenses, and I’m curious to see how his role develops throughout the season.
Prediction: I would expect more of the same with four catches for 30 yards.
Helu Jr. only had one carry against the Eagles, but his role as a playmaker is feasible.
He’s done everything that has been asked of him since last year’s season-ending injury and has earned the right to receive more playing time.
He’ll get some additional carries on Sunday and more looks in the passing game. Helu Jr. could be great on draw plays and screens, which is what he was successful at in the past.
Prediction: Something along the lines of five carries and three receptions makes sense.
Paulsen is not a threat in the passing game. His role on the offense is to be a reliable blocker and be the security blanket if RG3 needs to check down.
Predictions: It’s nothing pretty, but Paulsen finds a way to continue to play regularly, an attribute that will earn his first catch or two of the season.
I would expect the same out of Darrel Young and Niles Paul, too.