The first road game of 2018 sends the Green Bay Packers to the Nation’s Capital, or just outside of it. How will the Packers fare in their one regular-season matchup against the Washington Redskins?
After starting out the season against two bitter NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers finally go outside of the division in week three. They will face a Washington Redskins team that traded for an aging Alex Smith.
This move was, of course, because Kirk Cousins wasn’t coming back to the ‘Skins.
How will the Packers lone regular-season matchup against the Redskins play out?
Week 3 @ FedEx Field
With the Alex Smith trade, the Redskins quarterback situation got a little bit better. Smith is arguably a better player than Cousins given his experience and decision making.
The addition of Derrius Guice in the NFL Draft certainly helps the inconsistent Redskins running game. However, the receiving weapons remain the same. The only true threat in the ‘Skins passing attack is their starting tight end, Jordan Reed. The Redskins are banking on their rookies and sub-par receivers to make plays for the offense for the most part.
The Redskins defense, on the other hand, made a couple of moves in the offseason. Before the draft, the team signed Pernell McPhee, an underrated EDGE rusher. In the draft, Washington bolstered their defensive line by drafting Da’Ron Payne from Alabama. It will be up to their young, but promising defense to win the game. That’s not an easy task when facing Aaron Rodgers and Co.
While it won’t be a breeze for the Packers offense, it won’t be like playing the Vikings. The Redskins defense has their playmakers — Josh Norman and Ryan Kerrigan are two names that come to mind.
This game will come down to how well the Packers defense can hold the Redskins somewhat offense. If they can get the job done, it could be a week three blowout. If not, it will be a more interesting game that most fans will like.
Either way, the Packers get the job done in the nation’s capital.
Prediction: Packers win, 24-14.