Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) runs in for a touchdown during a game against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on September 15, 2013. Lukas Keapproth/Press Gazette Media / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
Rave: It didn’t hurt that Aaron Rodgers’ career passing day had the Redskins’ defense on its heels, but the Packers showed they could run the ball, too. Running backs James Starks and Eddie Lacy averaged 6.8 yards per carry on 21 rushing attempts.
Rant: The Packers’ offensive line was a bit leaky, allowing four sacks, including two from linebacker Ryan Kerrigan on consecutive plays in the first half. Those two sacks pushed Green Bay back from the 9-yard line to the 24 on the opening drive and likely turned a touchdown into a field goal. More importantly, though, it put the quarterback’s health in jeopardy.
Rave: Coach Mike McCarthy set the tone for this game early, going for it on 4th-and-3 from Washington’s 35 on the Packers’ third drive of the game. Rodgers made it pay when he stepped up in the pocket and hit Randall Cobb, who shifted into a higher gear to outrun Washington’s defense to the end zone. 10-0 Packers.
Rant: Call this a nitpick, but the Packers’ defense gave up touchdowns on three straight second-half drives, keeping Seneca Wallace from making his Green Bay debut. Granted, the Packers led 31-0 halfway through the third quarter, but a stop on any one of those possessions would have allowed Rodgers to take a seat on the bench.
Rave: The Redskins couldn’t get their offense going in the first half. First drive: 20 yards. Second drive: 3 yards. Third drive: 47 yards. Fourth drive: 22 yards. Fifth drive: ended with an interception. Five drives, 0 points.