Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall plays away from the line of scrimmage but he is very aware of the problems the Green Bay Packers are having along the offensive line.
All five of the Packers’ starting offensive linemen were either out of practice or limited on Wednesday and only center Corey Linsley returned to full practice on Thursday. The injuries, particularly left tackle David Bakhtaiari’s ankle issue, have made a mess of the Packers’ pass protection. Aaron Rodgers was sacked 13 times in the Packers’ last two games.
It is no secret that the Redskins will try to exploit the Packers’ offensive line issues and that Green Bay will try some different things to keep Rodgers upright.
“You’ve got to play your game but in playing your game it’s understanding what you can exploit and we feel like we’ve got a good chance to rush those guys and get pressure,” said Hall. “I think they’re feeling the same way, like they’ve got to protect the quarterback. They’ll do everything they can to protect him. They know the live and die as he goes.”
Hall sees it becoming a game of moves and counter moves between Packers coach Mike McCarthy and his assistants and Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
“It’s not going to be a thing where it’s ‘everybody, block these guys’,” said Hall. “There are going to be different things they try to do to protect him, to keep him comfortable, keep him upright. And we’ll have to see that during the course of the game and try to respond to it and counter what we worked it.
“It’s going to be a chess match. It’s never checkers when you get in the playoffs.”
Hall, of course, has a vested interest in how much pressure the Redskins can get on Rodgers. Covering the Packers’ receivers will be a lot easier of Rodgers is on his back.
“If we can get to him, we’ll have a good chance,” said Hall. “If he’s sitting there all day it will be a long day.”