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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Packers 38, Redskins 20

By John Keim


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Some thoughts on the Washington Redskins38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

What it means for Washington: It’s not just an 0-2 record, it’s the way Washington has looked for most of the two games. The Redskins miss too many tackles and allow too many big plays on defense. The offense hasn’t displayed any rhythm early in games, leading to big disadvantages at halftime. The Redskins dug out of a 3-6 hole last season, but they looked far better at that point than they have this season. The offense, at that point, was dangerous. The offense is only hurting the team now, giving no shelter for a struggling defense. And the special teams haven’t helped one bit. Add it up and the Redskins' 0-2 hole feels much deeper.

Stock report falling: The defense hasn’t been helped by an offense that produces little to nothing in the first half of games. But a year ago the offense propped up the defense by producing with big games. This year the defense needs to help out an offense that takes way too long to get into a rhythm. They haven’t been helped facing explosive offenses in the first two weeks, but the secondary continues to have problems, sometimes with communication and other times with missed tackles.

Piling up numbers: In the first two quarters, quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 6 of 13 passes for 107 yards and no touchdowns. He threw for 31 yards on the first two series of the third quarter. After that point, with the Redskins trailing 31-0, Griffin threw for 182 of his 320 yards and three touchdowns.

Undisciplined play: The Redskins had four penalties of at least 14 yards (one was half the distance) and it could have been more had the officials called a helmet-to-helmet hit on safety Brandon Meriweather. But they also had unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on long-snapper Nick Sundberg and gunner Niles Paul on special teams. And center Will Montgomery had a facemask penalty as well as one for a peel-back block. Coach Mike Shanahan once took pride in his team’s disciplined play, but the Redskins have not played that way the first two games when it comes to penalties.

What’s next: The Redskins host Detroit on Sunday in a game that could be as important as any left on their schedule. Another loss and the Redskins could have major issues going forward. They need a win. Desperately.