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Sunday Slop: Gameday - Redskins vs Packers

A look at the top Redskins stories as they take on the Packers today

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With bye week approaching, Redskins stress the importance of week 3 match-up |

“You wanna go in, put all your marbles into this week for sure,” Swearinger Sr. said. “Cause you wanna have a good bye week, you wanna have some confidence coming out of the bye week cause we got Drew Brees right after that. So it doesn’t get any easier from here. So, we gotta put all our eggs in the basket and see where they lay.”

Redskins playbook: Predictions and keys to the game | Richmond Times Dispatch

3 Stop running on first down Jay Gruden is among the league leaders in calling run plays on first downs, which is fine when the running game is working. It wasn’t last week, and long-term indicators point to more trouble on that side of the ball. It’s time for Gruden to embrace this offense for what it is, a pass-first scheme that relies on Smith to win games.

Week 3 Preview: Aaron Rodgers in the way of a much needed bounce back | NBC Washington

Starts up front - One thing that will help the Redskins run the ball will be better play from their offensive line. That group will take a hit Sunday because starting left guard Shawn Lauvao won’t play, and that means Chase Roullier moves to guard and backup Tony Bergstrom lines up at center. Regardless of what five players are on the field, the unit must produce more push against Green Bay than they did against Indianapolis.

Need to know: Final Pregame thoughts Redskins vs Packers | NBC Washington

Green Bay plays a more aggressive defense with more blitzing and man coverage and they aren’t going to change that up today because of what the Colts did. This should give Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, and Jamison Crowder some opportunities to get chunk plays. It won’t be easy, but the chances will be there for the taking.

5 things the Redskins need to do to beat the Packers |

The Colts finished the game by converting 9 of their 16 3rd downs, which is a good number, but the key for them was keeping the third downs short. On third downs of 4 yards or less they were 8 of 9, versus 1 of 7 when they needed 5 yards or more. If the Redskins can contain the Packers early down rushing attack it will put them in bad situations and force them to get away from their intended game plan.

Inside the Numbers: Redskins vs Packers | Chris Russell

The Redskins, according to NFL Network, are blitzing the opposing quarterback through two weeks at a rate of 36.8% of their defensive snaps (4th most, NFL).

Aaron Rodgers has been sacked six times through two games (Tied-6th most, NFL) with Alex Smith of the Redskins. The Packers have allowed EIGHT sacks in nine quarters of play because DeShone Kizer was sacked twice while Rodgers was out in their week one comeback win over the Bears.

That’s tied for 5th most in the NFL with the Giants for most sacks allowed (including Browns/Jets TNF).

The Packers sack/pass attempt rate on offense, per NFL GSIS, is 10.13%, which is 7th worst in the league.

The Redskins sack/pass attempt rate is 7.89% on offense. The Packers have five sacks thru their nine quarters of play so far with Nick Perry and Mike Daniels each with one.