Here is a quick look at the Green Bay Packers, the Redskins’ opponents in next Sunday’s wild card playoff game.
Their quarterback, of course is one of the elite players in the game, although Aaron Rodgers did not have an elite 2015 season. His completion percentage, touchdown percentage, yards per attempt, and passer rating are all well off of his career averages. The Redskins are not going to be foolish enough to think he can’t beat them but he has shown this year that he can’t often do it single handedly.
Rodgers lost perhaps his favorite target during the preseason when Jordy Nelson went out for the season with a knee injury. Their leading receiver is Randall Cobb, who caught 79 passes for 829 yards and six touchdowns. James Jones, back after a year in Oakland, is their deep threat, averaging 17.8 yards on his 50 catches.
Eddie Lacy is the leading rusher, but after going over 1,000 yards on the ground in each of his first two seasons in the league he put up just 758 this year. James Starks proved to be a good backup, gaining 601 yards.
The offensive line is below average. Rodgers was sacked 46 times this year and his ability to scramble in the pocket saved a lot more.
The 35-year-old Julius Peppers was the team’s leading pass rusher this year with 10.5 sacks. Clay Matthews was second with 6.5. They had a lot of other players contributing sacks and pressures and they wound up seventh in the NFL with 43 sacks.
A good pass rush usually means a good pass defense and that is the case here. They allowed opponents a passer rating of 80.1, seventh best in the NFL.
Their performance against the run is not as effective. They gave up 4.5 yards per rush, 29th in the league. The Packers gave up over 100 yards rushing in three of their last four games.