Despite his slow start last week, Griffin remains the Key to Washington’s success
Week two is here and many are thankful. I know I am. It’s time to look forward and put the loss at San Francisco and questions about the mechanics of a Clay Matthews haymaker to the head behind us. The Green Bay Packers will host the Washington Redskins this Sunday in their 2013 home opener.
When the 2013 schedule was announced, this game appeared to be a stiff challenge to the Packers defense, who had struggled against mobile quarterbacks. After watching Green Bay stifle San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last week, followed by a poor performance by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles in week one, there is a bit more confidence in the air that the Packers can and should get their first win of the season.
While it’s never wise to take any opponent lightly, it’s especially unwise against a good head coach who has had much success against your franchise and with a quarterback who still has decent athletic ability, albeit on a hobbled knee. Griffin was cleared to play late in the preseason and despite missing all of Redskins training camp and all four preseason games, he was named the week one starter. After a wretched first half against the Eagles, Griffin stormed the ‘Skins back in the second half, only to fall short in the end. Still, it was a sign that Griffin can still be very effective and will be a focal point of the Green Bay defense this week. Read more... (2020 words + 3 images, estimated 8:05 mins reading time)
The Packers and Vikings are still in search of their first win of the 2013 season
Week one is in the books and the NFC North split their games last week and finished 2-2. With the Minnesota Vikings playing the Detroit Lions, one team was sure to lose (or tie) and that team was the Vikings. The Chicago Bears got the win against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers fell just short in San Francisco against the 49ers.
Because Detroit’s win came against a divisional opponent, they are technically in first place with the Bears in second. But that’s beyond a side note after just one week. A lot will likely change over the course of the next 16 weeks.
Let’s jump into this week’s matchups, which features another inter-divisional matchup between the Vikings and Bears at Soldier Field. The Packers return home for their opener against the team from Washington DC and the Lions travel to Arizona to face the sunburned Arizona Cardinals.
Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at Chicago Bears (1-0)
The schedule makers were equally as kind to the Bears as they were harsh to the Vikings. Chicago gets their second straight home game to open the season while the Vikings not only face their second road game in a row, but a second straight divisional road game.
The argument could be made that Minnesota could benefit from having more home games later this season and getting some of these tougher games out of the way early. Chicago, on the other hand, will want to capitalize on this early home-field advantage and get a leg up in the division as well. Read more... (1752 words + 3 images, estimated 7:00 mins reading time)