Redskins blasted by Green Bay, Rodgers

Redskins blasted by Green Bay, Rodgers
September 15, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Shanahan: 'You do get embarrassed'

Green Bay— Redskins 20, Packers 38

Game Recap: Just how bad was the Redskins’ defense in Sunday’s 38-20 defeat?

It was this bad: Aaron Rodgers passed for 335 yards in the first half to lead the Packers to a 24-0 lead. In nine seasons before that, the Green Bay star had never passed for more 274 yards in any half.

Things got no better early in the second half for the visitors as Rodgers tossed a fourth touchdown to stake the Packers to a 31-0 lead, an advantage that was never challenged on a cool, overcast afternoon at Lambeau Field.

A year after winning seven straight games and claiming the NFC East championship, the 2013 Redskins currently bear no resemblance to last year’s version.

In back-to-back weeks, the Redskins’ defense has yielded a combined of 1.023 yards of offense and 71 total points.

Robert Griffin III and the offense, meantime, weren’t much better against the Packers, at least not early on when the game was still competitive. The reigning offensive rookie of the year was 6 of 13 with an interception in the first half before finishing 26 of 40 for three touchdowns and 320 yards.

The Redskins were also flagged seven times, including four personal fouls, as they fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2006.

Key Moment: Leading 3-0, the Packers were facing a 4th and 3 at the Redskins’ 35. But instead of attempting a field goal, Green Bay went for it. Rodgers exploited a mismatch – wide receiver Randall Cobb was being covered by linebacker Perry Riley – and connected with Cobb for a touchdown that put the Packers ahead 10-0. It was all downhill from there for the Redskins.

Player of the Game: Rodgers finished 34 of 42 passing for a career-best 480 yards and four touchdowns. Rodgers’ passing total combined with James Starks’ 132 yards on the ground marked the first time in franchise history the Packers had a 400-yard passer and a 100-yard rusher in the same game.

Injury update: In the first quarter, oft-injured Redskins’ safety Brandon Meriweather, making his season debut, knocked Packers’ starting tailback Eddie Lacy out of the game with a helmet-to-helmet hit. Lacy was diagnosed with a concussion after just one carry and did not return to the game.

In an interesting twist, Meriweather was knocked from the game with a concussion a quarter later. The veteran again led with his helmet while tackling Starks. Meriweather appeared to be stunned by the impact and stayed down for several minutes before being led the locker room by team trainers.

On both hits, Meriweather appeared to lead with his helmet, which may draw the attention of the NFL.

Meriweather did not return to the game and has yet to play a full contest since signing with the Redskins in March 2012, a stretch of 19 games.

From the Locker Room: The Redskins’ inactives were K Kai Forbath, QB Rex Grossman, S Jordan Pugh, S Jose Gumbs, OL Josh LeRibeus, NT Chris Neild, RB Evan Royster.

Coach Mike Shanahan did not have an update on Meriweather other than to confirm that he has suffered a concussion.

Shanahan: “When you look at where we’re at …I feel good about the potential of our football team. But we have to get better day-by-day. We’re 0-2. I think everybody knows the percentages, just like everybody knew the percentages last year when we were 3-6.”

Linebacker Brian Orakpo: “We have to fix the tackling. Tackling I feel like is one thing. We have to address getting guys down.”

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan on Aaron Rodgers: “He’s one of the best, if not the best in the league and he showed it today. What really makes him so good is the synergy he has with his receivers, and that was on display today, unfortunately."

Wide receiver Pierre Garçon: “We just have to prepare better and start off faster. I guess we have to think that we’re down when we start the game. I guess we have to start the game as if we’re down 14-zip.”