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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Packers

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 17, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field in primetime on Sunday night.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40 p.m.; Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden press conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3 p.m.

Days until: Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 7; Redskins @ Cardinals 17; Redskins @ Eagles 24

Injuries of note
Limited practice:
WR Jackson (shoulder)
Full: OT Moses (ankle)
Wednesday injury report

Redskins vs. Packers
NBC 8:30 p.m., Mike Tirico and Chris Collinsworth
Line: Redskins -3

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Five players who are under pressure against the Packers

—I was about to take QB Kirk Cousins off of this list even though he didn’t pass for 300 yards against the Vikings. But he did play very well and the Redskins won. I decided not to because it’s Aaron Rodgers on the other sideline and that is the company that Cousins eventually wants to keep. He wants to put on a good show.

—Yesterday I wrote about linebacker Nick Perry, who leads the Packers in sacks with six. He will be lined up against OT Morgan Moses. It’s likely that Moses will be playing in some pain with his ankle injury still not quite right. He also could face Julius Peppers, who has 3.5 sacks at age 36, some of the time as well.

 

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—It often turns into a chess match against Rodgers and the player responsible for adjusting to Rodgers’ adjustments is ILB Will Compton. He has to try to figure out what Rodgers is doing and move his players to counter it. That’s not easy against any normal QB but Rodgers, who has his master’s degree in this stuff, it’s even more challenging.

—Packers WR Jordy Nelson started off the year slowly after suffering a torn ACL in 2015 but he has heated up lately. In the last two games he has 19 receptions for 220 yards and two touchdowns. CB Josh Norman may or may not shadow the ninth-year veteran but he needs to get the job done when he is covering Nelson.

—Preston Smith had his breakout game so now OLB Ryan Kerrigan needs to have a big game to match. He is tied for the team lead in sacks but he needs to get into the takeaway game. He has forced just one fumble all year and that was the one in the season opener that the Steelers recovered.

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