Found September 12, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
Lambeau Field (@packers) After losing to the San Francisco 49ers for the third time in a year, the Green Bay Packers will host the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Against the 49ers, the Packers managed to contain the San Francisco ground game but were left grasping for answers after Colin Kaepernick torched the defense for more than 400 yards passing.   Meanwhile, Robert Griffin III and the Redskins were left looking for their team’s identity after a disappointing 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. While the score resembles a closely contested ballgame, the Redskins played miserably in the first half and RG3 couldn’t shake off the rust until the second half.   Both teams are coming into this battle disappointed yet determined to get a win and avoid falling to 0-2. So let the numbers speak and paint a preview of Sunday’s combatants.   THE NUMBERS 0 equaled the number of catches for Packers receiver James Jones last week. While Jones insists he isn’t angry (and is saying all of the right things) about not getting the rock, he needs to step up his game and give the Packers another threat for defenses to worry about.   11 running backs were picked ahead of Alfred Morris in the 2012 draft, but none of them performed better than the 6th round draft choice. Morris rushed for more than 1,600 yards in his rookie campaign and became a valuable part of the Redskins offense. Along with the rest of the team, Morris struggled mightily on Monday night, losing a first half fumble and botching a pitch that resulted in a safety.   20 second half points nearly completed, what would have been, an amazing comeback for Washington on Monday night. After a horrendous first half in which they fell behind the Eagles 26-7, the Redskins rallied behind two Leonard Hankerson touchdown catches to make the game at least look close.   21:25 was the total time of possession the Packers offense had to work with against San Francisco. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the Packers held the ball a little more than 30 minutes a game. Though the Packers did employ a hurry-up aspect to their offense, they only ran 58 plays. Of the seven teams that ran less plays than the Packers did in week 1, six of them lost.   263 yards were given up by the Redskins defense against the Eagles last week including 184 to LeSean McCoy. Although the Packers ground game was hardly a factor in week 1, the Packers may want to feature a heavy dose of Eddie Lacy on Sunday.   1988 was the year the Redskins last won in Wisconsin. Playing in Milwaukee, the Don Majkowski led Packers kept it close, but the defending Super Bowl champs proved too much, winning 20-17. The game kicked off a seven game losing streak that tainted Lindy Infante’s inaugural season.   10-10-10 was the date when these two teams last met. The Packers jumped out to a 10-0 lead, fueled by an Aaron Rodgers’ touchdown pass. Going into the 4th quarter, Green Bay led 13-3, but Donovan McNabb mounted a ferocious comeback that spurred a 16-13 Washington overtime victory.    

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