Packers vs. Redskins: Live Grades and Analysis for Washington

Shae Cronin@@BetBigDCCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2013

Sep 9, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half at FedEX Field. The Eagles won 33 - 27. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers improved to 1-1 on the season, while the Washington Redskins remain winless following an incredible passing game by Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field. 


Redskins - 20
Packers - 38


Final Analysis for the Redskins

Pass Offense: Robert Griffin III looked better than last week, but he’s clearly still riddled with cobwebs. His ball placement is wavering and his pocket awareness is way off.

Griffin finished the game with 320 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 26-of-40 passing, most of which came in the second half in a desperate attempt to catch up.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon deserves credit for his eight catches, 143 yards and one touchdown. He fought for all four quarters. 

Run Offense: Somehow Alfred Morris finished the game with 107 rushing yards. But you probably couldn’t tell from watching the game. The Redskins ground attack was ineffective and non-threatening for a majority of the day. Blocks weren’t great and Morris continues his search for his groove.

Run Defense: After Eddie Lacy went out early in the first quarter with a concussion, backup James Starks came in for the Packers and proceeded to rush for 132 yards and a score. He was the first Packers running back to rush for more than 100 yards in 45 games.

The Redskins were decent at filling running lanes in the first half, but things got a lot worse in the third and fourth quarters—missed tackles and gaping running lanes.

Pass Defense: Take a look at Aaron Rodgers’ ridiculous stat line and that’s the whole story on the Redskins pass defense today. Rodgers was 34-of-42 for 480 yards and four touchdowns.

Blown assignments here, missed tackles there. The Redskins were horrible in pass coverage and it’s a glaring issue through just two weeks of the season.

Special Teams: In place of the injured Kai Forbath, John Potter attempted his first kick in the NFL and whiffed terribly. The 50-yard try didn’t have a chance.

Additionally, kick and punt coverage was just OK. The unit was riddled with bonehead penalties all day, and an average outing for punter Sav Rocca didn’t equate to anything worth acknowledging.

Coaching: A lot of today’s game can be put on the players (specifically on defense) for lack of execution. While the cushion in pass coverage is frustrating to watch, missed tackles and blown assignments are on the players. Not the coaches.

On offense, the Redskins should’ve abandoned the run halfway through the third quarter. To hell with balance. You’re being embarrassed on a national stage and trailing by multiple scores. Pass, pass, pass, and then pass again. The ground game hasn’t been working all day. Why does it make sense to use it when playing catch-up?


First-Half Analysis for the Redskins

Pass Offense: While looking better than he did during a rusty Week 1, Robert Griffin III has still been off today through one half. His accuracy is still lacking, his awareness in the pocket isn’t anywhere close to what it was as a rookie last season and the Redskins have only been able to get yards after the catch on a majority of short passes.

Griffin is 6-of-13 for 107 yards and an interception, which is solely on Joshua Morgan and his botched catch near the end of the second quarter.

Run Offense: Aside from a 32-yarder in the second quarter, Alfred Morris has been ineffective so far, which accurately sums up the Redskins entire ground game for the first half. The offensive line isn’t maintaining much and lanes aren’t nearly as spacious as we saw in this offense last season.  

Run Defense: Despite trailing by 24 points at halftime, the Redskins run defense has been fairly decent. The defensive line is closing well and linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo are flooding to the ball.

Pass Defense: Some nice moves in the pass rush from Ryan Kerrigan were encouraging, but the Redskins pass defense as a whole has been atrocious. Aaron Rodgers has tossed for more than 320 yards and three touchdowns in just one half of football, hitting receivers that are seemingly left with a 10-yard cushion. The Redskins aren’t getting much help from their linebackers in pass coverage, the safety position is still an issue and rookie David Amerson hasn’t had a good two quarters.

Special Teams: Kai Forbath is out today with a groin injury, but the Redskins offense has been so ineffective that the kicker hasn’t been necessary.

Meanwhile, punter Sav Rocca has kicked a couple terrible balls, while the coverage team has done their best job to incur as many stupid penalties as possible.

Coaching: We all know the conditions of Griffin’s knee and his easing back into play, but something has to be said for the change of this Redskins offense and how ineffective it’s been as a result.

As for the defense, the looks haven’t necessarily been an issue. It’s the execution that has been lacking. And that’s on the players.