When it was starters vs. starters, the Redskins looked ...: Like a team that needs more work. The offense went three-and-out on their two full series versus Green Bay's starters, gaining just 8 total yards. They couldn't run the ball (4 yards on three carries). The defense was OK at times, but it allowed a touchdown, as Aaron Rodgers was, well, Aaron Rodgers.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden emphasized running the ball better and being more physical after a lackluster showing against Baltimore in the opener. If those were the goals Saturday night, it's hard to call it a success. Starting back Rob Kelley gained 9 yards on nine carries. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the passing attack lacked any rhythm early, some of which can be attributed to receivers having missed time in camp, and with tight end Jordan Reed still sidelined.
They finally got a first down on their next possession. Washington didn’t get into the end zone until the final drive of the first half, a march that came against backup defenders. On a fourth and goal play from the four Cousins found Jamison Crowder at the goal line for the touchdown.
—The Redskins’ starting offensive line really needs to stop with this Hogs 2.0 thing they’ve got going on. While they pass blocked fairly well, they have been awful blocking for the run. That was the original Hogs’ calling card. Trent Williams said all of the right things about patience and the preseason being a learning experience. But the fact is that they need to put Hogs 2.0 back into beta and re-release it when they have done something to earn it.
Down—Last week, DE Stacy McGee negated a missed Justin Tucker field goal by lining up illegally. The Ravens got a first down and scored a touchdown. Last night Aaron Rodgers caught him getting off the field too slowly and got a first down instead of a third-down incompletion. The Packers drove in for a touchdown. Sure, it’s preseason but this needs to get cleaned up quickly.