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)
With the heated battle with the San Francisco 49ers behind them, the Green Bay Packers now move on to their home opener against Washington.
Last week, Washington was defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 33-27 after their late charge fell short. Washington was down 33-7 at one point after their defense was exhausted by the incredible pace of the new Eagles offense under head coach Chip Kelly, but quarterback Robert Griffin III was unable to bring his team all the way back.
It took Griffin a little bit to reclaim his form from last season but he finished the game 30/49 with 329 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His struggles early put his team in a bit of a hole while the Eagles’ high-octane offense left the Washington defense gasping for air early.
The last time we met
The last time Green Bay and Washington met was back in 2010 at FedEx Field where Washington beat Green Bay 16-13 that saw tight end Jermichael Finley go down for the year. It was the game where the Packers’ injury problems that season really began to mount.
Green Bay was in position to win the game in the final second of regulation, but Mason Crosby’s 53-yard field goal attempt clanged off the left upright in a bit of foreshadowing for 2012. Aaron Rodgers had a pass intercepted late and it was a game no one really expected the Packers to lose. Read more... (778 words + 1 image, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)
Posted in 2012 - 2013 Season
,2012 Regular Season
,Around the NFC North
,NFC North Division
by Jason Perone
Around the NFC North
Here’s a look at the Week 6 matchups around the NFC North. The Chicago Bears are on a bye and do not play.
Detroit Lions (1-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
The Lions emerge from their bye to face the Eagles in Philadelphia. Detroit needs a win to halt a three-game losing streak. Their last loss was at home to the Minnesota Vikings. They haven’t won since week one. Having been to the playoffs last season and coming into this season with high expectations, they would be digging a big hole with a loss. It would leave them at least 3 games behind division leaders Bears and Vikings.
The Eagles dropped a close game at Pittsburgh last week. The Eagles are looking for more consistency. After a close week 1 win over the underdog Browns, Philadelphia came home and beat the Baltimore Ravens. They followed that up with a loss at Arizona and then a win at home against the New York Giants.
Eagles QB Michael Vick is also looking to establish some consistency. He has six TD’s and six INT’s on the season. Vick has been sacked 14 times and has endured a few dings. He is not taking off and running at will as he once did and the Eagles offensive line hasn’t been great. They have to find a way to protect Vick against a potent Detroit defensive line. Despite the Lions’ struggles, they still feature very good pass rushers in Ndomakong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Read more... (1042 words + 3 images, estimated 4:10 mins reading time)
I just updated my “Regardless of Position” list, and though it’s still not posted at my site, I’d like to share my 2012 Top NFL Draft Dozen, bakers’ style that is…
1) ANDREW LUCK/QB
2) ROBERT GRIFFIN/QB
3) MATT KALIL/LT
4) QUINTON COPLES/DE
5) JUSTIN BLACKMON/WR
6) MORRIS CLAIBORNE/CB
7) TRENT RICHARDSON/RB
8) MICHAEL FLOYD/WR
9) LUKE KUECHLEY/LB
10) DAVID DeCASTRO/OG
11) COURTNEY UPSHAW/OLB
12) FLETCHER COX/DT
13) DONTARI POE/DT
This list is based on three factors:
- My perception of their pro potential.
- The importance of the positions they play to NFL teams in 2012.
- Their actual physical attributes and potential.
It is not based on who I think specific teams are enamored with for their myriad of reasons. That I leave to the MOCK DRAFT process, which I guess I am about due to participate in.
Questions I have, some with answers, coming out of the COMBINE:
How high in the First Round did DONTARI POE place himself with his huge numbers at the COMBINE? Quite frankly I think the kid is somewhere between HALOTI NGATA & B. J. RAJI, when it comes to pure talent and potential NFL impact. I don’t think he’s MT. CODY at all. He’s huge, but is squarely built. AS for the rap that he seems to take plays off… welcome to the world of really big buys along the DL. On teams that don’t regularly rotate their DL all big guys get a series off here or there during a game, or they take a breather occasionally on the field. Guys that big can only be conditioned to a certain degree, which does not include running at full speed all day long. Read more... (2279 words + 1 image, estimated 9:07 mins reading time)
Posted in 2012 - 2013 Season
by Michael Dulka
Matt Flynn will hit the open market March 13th.
The deadline for franchising players has come and gone without the Packers tagging Matt Flynn. While Ted Thompson may have worked hard to complete a trade that would provide a team with exclusive negotiating rights to Flynn, it appears that Robert Griffin III and Peyton Manning ultimately killed the market for Flynn.
The four most likely suitors for Flynn’s services are the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks. All four have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for both Griffin and Manning.
With Manning probably set to be cut later this week and the Rams officially auctioning off the second pick in the NFL Draft, it is likely that these teams were reluctant to commit trading for Flynn with decent shots at what they may consider better options. By agreeing to a trade with the Packers, the team that did so would be eliminating themselves from RGIII and Manning sweepstakes too prematurely.
It will be interesting to see which team decides to “settle” for Flynn and at what cost. Those four teams are the most quarterback-needy behind the Indianapolis Colts who will be drafting Andrew Luck with the first pick of the draft. The four teams are likely competing for the three quarterbacks, Flynn, Manning, Griffin. The market for these quarterbacks will get wild as soon as the first team makes their move, whether it be signing Manning or Flynn, or impressing the Rams enough to work out a deal pre-draft. Read more... (537 words + 1 image, estimated 2:09 mins reading time)
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