Sunday, September 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Packers 38, Redskins 20
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers’ 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins.
What it means for the Packers: This was more than a just bounce-back performance after losing the opener at San Francisco. This was a reminder of just how explosive the Packers' offense is -- and then some. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers tied the franchise record with 480 yards passing (matching the mark Matt Flynn set when Rodgers rested in the 2011 regular-season finale). For the first time in Packers history they had a 400-yard passer and a 100-yard rusher (James Starks with 132) in the same game. Sure, the Redskins had -- and still have -- question marks in their secondary, but that shouldn’t minimize how impressive Rodgers & Co. were on Sunday. This one was over by halftime, when Rodgers had thrown for 335 yards and three touchdowns on the way to a 24-0 lead.
Stock watch: After he fumbled in the second preseason game at St. Louis, Starks looked like he might have played his way off the Packers' roster. He had fallen to fifth on the depth chart at running back. But the season-ending knee injury to DuJuan Harris saved Starks’ roster spot, and Eddie Lacy’s concussion against the Redskins in the first quarter put Starks back into the lineup. Starks’ 20-carry, 132-yard game snapped the Packers’ streak of 44 straight games without a 100-yard rusher. Coincidentally, the previous 100-yard game by a Packers running back came against the Redskins on Oct. 10, 2010, when Brandon Jackson rushed for 115 yards.
Welcome back, Mr. Jones: Receiver James Jones didn’t catch a single pass last Sunday against the 49ers. By halftime of Sunday’s game against the Redskins, he had career highs for receptions (nine) and yards (152) and he finished with 11 catches for 178 yards.
Room to run: About the only area where you could find fault with the Packers was in their run defense. They allowed Redskins running back Alfred Morris to rush for 107 yards on 13 carries.
What’s next: The Packers play the first of their four games against the AFC North next Sunday at Cincinnati. It’s the second straight week the Packers' opponent will be coming off a short week. The Redskins played on "Monday Night Football" last week, and the Bengals do it this week against Pittsburgh.