Brady: The time is now for Aaron Rodgers. All the preseason talk about his validity as a league MVP candidate will be put to the test starting now, as it seems apparent that nobody on the Green Bay Packers defense can stay healthy.
What’s the easiest way Rodgers can help the Packers’ defense? Scoring points.
The Packers’ best hopes for the running game is a serviceable one, so it is hard to bank the Packers success on anything besides the arm of Rodgers. And this week’s matchup is against the Washington Redskins with their 31st ranked pass defense, which is allowing 305 yards a game.
The Redskins look to get a boost this week as their top draft pick, Trent Williams, looks like he will be able to start at left tackle once again.
In watching the Redskins’ game last week, it is hard to be terribly afraid of an offense that looked completely inept for the second half of a divisional game against the Philadelphia Eagles and who will also be without running back Clinton Portis.
The Redskins will try to create problems for the Packers’ defense by attempting to match Chris Cooley up on a linebacker or by testing the deep pass to Santana Moss, against a shuffled secondary.
Given the recent play by the Packers, it seems safe to assume that we will see another game of sloppy play. The Packers should blow the Redskins out, but will probably do enough to keep them in it.
In a shootout, I will side with the offense I trust more.
Packers 31, Redskins 27
Sarah: A week after beating the Detroit Lions in a game that was much closer than it should have been, the injury-riddled Packers defense could have its hands full with Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan’s Washington Redskins.
Already without starters Al Harris and Atari Bigby, rookie safety Morgan Burnett was placed on injured reserve this past week and the defense is expected to be without linebackers Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar on Sunday. Tackle Mark Tauscher is also likely out.
Aaron Rodgers will once again have to shoulder the load, given the Packers’ atrocious running game, but they should still come out on top if McNabb & Co. look as bad as they did in their 30-16 loss at St. Louis, two weeks ago.
Shanahan knows close games and his Redskins are no strangers to them either, finishing within eight points of opponents in 25 of the last 36 games.
This could be another nail biter. Better stock your fridge with plenty of beer.
Packers 24, Redskins 21
Steffen: I am getting married on Sunday. I thought this was the bye week. Sorry.
Monty: Way to go dude. Real nice.