We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, the Green Bay Packers.
Week 3, September 23, FedEx Field
2017 Packers: 7-9, third in NFC North
Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 10
Key additions: TE Jimmy Graham, DT Muhammad Wilkerson, CB Jaire Alexander
Key losses: WR Jordy Nelson, S Morgan Burnett
Notable: QB Aaron Rodgers should be a full go after missing nine games last year with a broken collarbone.
- How much will Rodgers miss Nelson, who has been one of his favorite targets for a decade?
- How much can the rookie Alexander help the Packers’ shaky pass defense?
- Can Graham rebound from a career-worst season in Seattle last year?
Key matchup: Redskins’ secondary vs. Rodgers
The Packers lead the all-time series 14-12; the teams have split their last four games including the playoffs.
The first time: November 28, 1937, Griffith Stadium—In their first season in Washington, the Redskins needed a win to have a shot to play for the Eastern Conference title the following week. The home team trailed 6-0 at halftime but the Redskins weren’t done. Cliff Battles ran for a touchdown, Sammy Baugh threw for another and the Washington defense held for a 14-6 win.
The last time: November 20, 2016, FedEx Field—In one of his career highlight games, Kirk Cousins passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns. The game was close at halftime with Washington leading 13-10. Then they exploded for 29 second-half points with the highlight coming on a 70-yard TD bomb from Cousins to Pierre Garçon early in the fourth quarter of the home team’s 49-24 win.
The best time: December 24, 1972, RFK Stadium—The Redskins were hosting their first playoff game since 1942. The highlight play was a 32-yard touchdown pass from Billy Kilmer to Roy Jefferson. But the game was won with a five-man defensive line that George Allen designed to stop the Packers’ powerful rushing attack. Green Bay mustered just 78 yards rushing as the Redskins won 16-3 putting them a win away from their first Super Bowl.
The worst time: October 17, 1983, Lambeau Field—It was a highly entertaining game, still the highest-scoring game in the history of Monday night football. Joe Theismann passed for 398 yards, but Lynn Dickey nearly matched him with 387 yards. The game was back and forth the entire way with five lead changes. The fourth one came with 2:50 left to play with a five-yard TD pass from Theismann to Joe Washington. But the Redskins still couldn’t play defense and the Packers drove to a field goal to take a 48-47 lead. Mark Mosely had a shot at stealing the win but he missed a 39-yard field goal try as time ran out.
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