Redskins vs. Packers: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Green Bay

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IISeptember 16, 2013

Redskins vs. Packers: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Green Bay

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    It was a rather impressive game for the Green Bay Packers during Week 2 of the NFL season. Let's just say that this week's report card is going to look pretty good compared to last week's.

    The Packers defeated the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field by a score of 38-20. The 18-point victory doesn't even do Green Bay justice for just how dominant the Packers were in this game. They were in complete control from the second it started up until the final minutes.

    Here is the full roster report card for Green Bay after Week 2.

    *All statistics courtesy of



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    Key Player: Aaron Rodgers

    It was quite the game from Rodgers this week. While he was impressive against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, his performance this week was other-worldly.

    Rodgers finished the game with a franchise-tying record of 480 passing yards. He also threw for four touchdowns and completed 80.9 percent of his passes. His final quarterback rating was a ridiculous 146.0.

    There were also a handful of impossible throws that Rodgers made look absolutely routine. If Rodgers continues to play the way he did this week, the rest of the NFL is in big, big trouble.


    Final Grade: A++

Running Backs

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    Key Player: James Starks

    Eddie Lacy wasn't in the game long enough thanks to an early concussion to be considered a key player, so Starks is the only running back that gets a grade today. Luckily for this unit, Starks had an absolute monster of a game.

    His 132 yards on the ground marked the first time since the 2010 season that the Green Bay Packers have had a 100-yard rusher in a game. Starks also added a rushing touchdown and four receptions for 36 yards. 

    Overall, it was easily the most impressive game of Starks' career. Even if Lacy's concussion is a minor one, it'd be hard for the Packers to not give Starks more carries after his Week 2 performance.


    Final Grade: A

Wide Receivers

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    Key Players: James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb

    When your quarterback throws for 480 yards, it's pretty safe to say that the wide receivers had an outstanding game. That's certainly the case for the Green Bay Packers receiving corps.

    While only Nelson and Cobb had an impact last week, all three receivers had huge roles this week. Jones finished the game with a team-high 11 receptions and 178 yards. Cobb added nine more receptions, another 128 yards and a touchdown while two of Nelson's three receptions went for touchdowns.

    The Washington Redskins simply didn't have an answer for any of the Packers' receivers all game long.


    Final Grade: A+

Tight Ends

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    Key Players: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless

    When Finley plays like he did on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers offense reaches an entirely different level.

    He finished the game with six receptions, 65 yards and a touchdown. However, the most impressive part of Finley's day was his 27-yard reception early in the third quarter where he ran over, dodged and spun away from defenders. That single reception proved that Finley can be unstoppable when he gives 100 percent of his effort.

    As for Quarless, he only had one reception for seven yards, but he played a factor in the run game. He'll likely become more involved as he continues to recover from the knee injury that kept him out all of last year.


    Final Grade: B+

Offensive Line

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    Key Players: David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, Evan Dietrich-Smith, T.J. Lang, Don Barclay

    It appeared as if it was going to be a long and difficult game for the offensive line. It gave up three sacks in the first quarter and had a number of penalties early in the game.

    However, the group eventually settled down and ended up putting together a very good game. It only gave up one sack after the first quarter and did a great job at keeping Aaron Rodgers upright.

    However, it was its dominance in run blocking that ultimately gives it such a good grade. It consistently opened up huge holes for running back James Starks to run through. 

    The offensive line is still a work in progress, but it's definitely getting better as a group.


    Final Grade: B

Defensive Line

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    Key Players: Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly, B.J. Raji, Datone Jones, Mike Daniels

    The Green Bay Packers defensive line played quite well for the majority of the game. While they let off the gas later in the game, it's easy to do that when your team is up 38-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

    If there is one area where this unit needs to improve, it's getting better pressure on the quarterback. This was the second straight week where the defensive line wasn't able to push the opposing offensive linemen back or open up lanes for the linebackers to get pressure.

    Once it starts doing that, the entire Green Bay defense will be greatly improved.


    Final Grade: B


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    Key Players: Clay Matthews, Brad Jones, A.J. Hawk, Nick Perry, Mike Neal

    It was a rather mediocre game for the Green Bay Packers linebackers.

    The fact that the group didn't record a single sack is certainly something that the Packers need to be concerned about. This used to be the strength of the unit, but this season it appears as if it's going to be a weakness.

    The linebackers were better in pass coverage, but not by much. Yes, Neal had an interception, but it came off a tipped pass. Other than that big play, the linebackers didn't make much noise in the passing game.

    This unit absolutely needs to play better if the defense wants to slow any offense down.


    Final Grade: C


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    Key Players: Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Micah Hyde, Davon House

    If you're looking at just the passing statistics for the Washington Redskins, then you probably think the cornerbacks played a rather lousy game this week. However, the majority of the Redskins' passing yards came in garbage time after the game was basically over.

    Both Shields and Williams did a great job at keeping Robert Griffin III from getting any type of rhythm going for the first half. In fact, the only receiver who had any type of impact for the Redskins was Pierre Garcon.

    Once Casey Hayward returns from his hamstring injury, the cornerbacks should become one of the strengths for the Green Bay Packers defense.


    Final Grade: B-


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    Key Players: Jerron McMillian, M.D. Jennings, Chris Banjo

    After such a horrendous performance in Week 1, the safeties for the Green Bay Packers could only get better. While the group did play better, it still was far worse than how the Packers need it to play in order to be truly competitive.

    Jennings and McMillian combined for nine total tackles, and Banjo added another two as the primary backup. While the unit failed to make any big-impact plays this week, it also didn't give up any huge plays like it did on a consistent basis last week.

    The fact that this group improved a little bit is a good sign. As long as it can continue to do that until Morgan Burnett returns, it should be just fine.


    Final Grade: C-

Special Teams

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    Key Players: Tim Masthay, Mason Crosby, Randall Cobb, Jeremy Ross

    Another week and another rather uneventful week for the Green Bay Packers special teams unit. 

    Crosby made his lone field-goal attempt. While Masthay didn't have an awesome tackle like he did last week, he averaged 37.3 yards per punt and put one of his three punts inside the 20-yard line.

    The best thing about the special teams unit this week was the increase in discipline from Ross as a return man. He didn't return any kickoffs or punts that he shouldn't have like he did last week.

    The Packers didn't need much from their special teams this week, so any type of passing grade is a good sign.


    Final Grade: B