Kickoff: Sunday, November 20, 8:30 PM EST
Location: FedEx Field
Television: NBC (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
Radio: Redskins Radio Network and Westwood One Sports
Odds: Redskins (-2.5), O/U: 50.5
Last Week: Washington got back on track with a victory over the Vikings while Green Bay was blown out by the Tennessee Titans for its third straight loss.
Matchup History: The Packers lead the all-time regular-season series, 18-13-1, and also beat Washington in last January's playoff meeting, 35-18.
2016 Rankings: (Yards Gained/Allowed):
Washington – Offense (4th); Defense (22nd)
Green Bay – Offense (15th); Defense (10th)
Green Bay’s Strength: The Packers have always been and will continue to be NFC contenders for the foreseeable future because of one man: Aaron Rodgers. Josh Norman called the Green Bay quarterback both a "wizard" and a "cerebral assassin" this week. So far in his nine years as a starter, Rodgers has thrown for 278 touchdowns to only 71 interceptions. He has thrown for 34,809 yards in his career and will take advantage of even the smallest defensive miscues. Whether or not he has a full complement of receivers and a strong running game, Rodgers is the most dangerous quarterback in the NFC, and Washington has to be on top of its game to stand a chance.
Green Bay’s Weakness: Over their last three games, all losses, the Packers' opponents have scored 111 points. Even when you have Rodgers, it is hard to put up more than 37 points a game. Since Sam Shields was placed on injured reserve in October, Green Bay's cornerbacks have struggled. Quinten Rollins and Ladarius Gunter have been thrown into the fire as second-year players and have been beaten consistently by receivers over the past few weeks. You can expect Kirk Cousins to target the Packers' injury-riddled secondary often Sunday night, especially if wide receiver DeSean Jackson returns from his shoulder injury.
Prediction: Nothing seems to come easily for the Redskins. Right when you think they are making a turn for the better, they usually do not. Couple that with Rodgers not having a four-game losing streak since 2008 -- his first season as a full-time starter -- and the odds are not in the Redskins' favor. Washington has also not performed well in primetime over recent years, so it truly is hard to see the home team getting revenge for its playoff loss ten months ago.
Final score: 34-30, Packers.
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