Redskins visit Lambeau Field

The players plan to take an extra look around the stadium, soaking in the atmosphere when they play Green Bay (5-1) on Sunday. Who can blame them? This is the Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium of football. It's history. It's cool. It's also a bit unfriendly to opponents.

''There's something about Lambeau Field,'' Redskins defensive tackle Daryl Gardener said. ''You can be beating them in the first half, then all of a sudden they come out of that tunnel and I don't know if Vince Lombardi comes out or who comes out of there to talk to them. They come out crunk and ready to play.''

For the record, Green Bay has won 27 of its last 34 home games. And Brett Favre is 68-12 at home, an NFL record for quarterbacks whose careers have started since 1950.

Offensive player to watch: Center Larry Moore. Not exactly a glamorous guy to watch, but his play in the middle will be crucial. Green Bay has solid tackles in huge Gilbert Brown and Cletidus Hunt. Moore must help out the inexperienced guards on either side of him. Two weeks ago, quarterback Patrick Ramsey had room to step up in the pocket and succeeded. Last week he couldn't step up because the interior was getting shoved back. The Redskins can't have a repeat.

Defensive player to watch: End Bruce Smith. He finally showed signs of life last week, having a solid game. He'll face a center playing guard on Sunday in Mike Flanagan. Smith must control the outside.

Pay attention to: How many tacklers are around Ahman Green. If the Redskins only have one two guys around him on most carries, it'll be a long day. They did an excellent job swarming around Deuce McAllister for most of the game. His damage came on two runs and he was not the difference in the game. Green can be.

Don't worry about: The kickoff coverage units. We're guessing that was a one-play aberration based on their performance in the first four games. In that span Washington didn't allow a kick return of more than 29 yards. And no team finished with an average higher than 22.5 yards--three posted averages of less than 20 yards a return for the game. More troubling is the punt coverage, which has allowed a few big runs.

Coming on: Linebacker LaVar Arrington. He's played his best two games of the season the past two weeks. Don't forget, Arrington didn't do much until Week 5 last year, when he played well at New York and followed that the next week with his heroics against Carolina.

Silly stats: Green Bay QB Brett Favre is 31-0 as a starter when playing in temperatures 34 degrees or below. Sunday's forecast calls for a high of 35. . . .Green Bay has won 17 straight when leading at halftime.

How the Redskins can win: By taking advantage of a banged-up defense, something New England couldn't do. But the Patriots got greedy and tried to do everything through the air. Green Bay's defense is filled with newcomers and reserves, keep them guessing as to what's coming. Defensively, the Redskins must limit the big plays, something they haven't always done. Favre is on a roll so they must pressure him, and keep him contained in the pocket.

Also, maybe the Redskins are catching Green Bay at the right time. Hear us out: the Packers have played exceptionally well in wins at Chicago and New England. They have a bye next week followed by a game against Miami. Maybe they somehow overlook the Redskins. In this league, it wouldn't be surprising to see Washington win.


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