Redskins-Packers preview: Hype machine

With the Discount Doublecheck guy coming to town, we double up the previews with words from our guy Talib Babb plus the NFL Network on video.

Wild Card weekend is finally upon us and Redskins fans you've waited three years to get back in the playoffs.

The road was filled with so much drama. Coaches had to be fired, a general manager had to be hired, quarterbacks had to be benched, seats had to be ripped out of FedEx Field, but the Redskins finally made it worth while.

They avoided being an embarrassment for a third straight year. The organization turned the circus around into a well-run establishment. General manager Scot McCloughan should win NFL Executive of the Year and maybe even the decade for coming into Washington and keeping things in order. McCloughan the Messiah has helped build a playoff team and bring a playoff game to FedEx Field. 

Tickets for this game reportedly sold out in 13 minutes. That's how excited the Burgundy and Gold faithful was and rightfully so. Doesn’t matter how excited you are, nobody is more excited than Dan Snyder to take everybody's money so good for him, he’s the true winner.

The last time the Green Bay Packers and Redskins faced off was 2013 in the regular season. Green Bay dominated the then RG3-led and Mike Shanahan-coached Redskins at Lambeau Field.

Both franchises are usually on two different levels each season. The Packers have been picked as Super Bowl favorites by some every year for the past five seasons and the Redskins are usually picked to have a top five draft pick.

But as of January 2016, these teams are unexpected versions of themselves. The Redskins, who usually aren't playing in January, have possibly the most dangerous offense in the NFC. Meanwhile the Packers, who usually hold that moniker of most dangerous offense, have easily the least impressive offense of the remaining teams.

They have crawled into the playoffs losing two in a row and are 4-6 in their last 10 games.

Kirk Cousins and company are on such a roll that the Redskins are favored against two-time MVP award winner, Olivia Munn dating, discount double-checking Aaron Rodgers.

Mr. Discount Double-Check has limited protection up front with his banged up offensive line so that should bode well for Capital Punishment a.k.a. the Redskins defensive front who thought that nickname would seriously catch on.

Both teams struggle to run the ball and the biggest weapons in the run game are each team's quarterback. Alfred Morris and Eddie Lacy have a combined seven years in the league but are both running this season as if they're vets that have had multiple reconstructive knee surgeries. No explosion from neither which is surprising since they both were such fantasy gems just a year ago.

Here are some stats that probably don't matter, but could be used to help save you money on your next oil change just mention my name (results may vary): 

- The Packers lead the all-time series 19-14-1.

- The Packers have won 5 of the last 6 meetings dating back to 1988.

- The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was in 1972. The Redskins advanced to the Super Bowl.

- Kirk Cousins has the highest completion percentage in the league, while Aaron Rodgers is ranked 26th, the lowest in his career as a starter.

- The Redskins last home playoff win was in 2000.

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that RG3's family won't be wearing customized RG3 Packer jerseys.

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that FedEx Field will have way more Packers fans in attendance than the Redskins would like.

I don't know what will really happen, but I can tell you that Colt McCoy will return to strictly headset and clipboard duties this week unless the unfortunate happens. 

Can you imagine how many 'You Like That?' chants will rain down FedEx Field if the Redskins win on Sunday? We'll see if Captain Kirk can knock off Mr. Rodgers. 

Talib Babb is a freelancer for, producer for 106.7 The Fan, stand-up comic and Maryland native. You can find him on Twitter @talibbabb.

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