The Green Bay Packers got some rest against the Bears last week. Now, we’re looking at their key matchups against the Washington Football Team.
WFT is coming off a loss to the Chiefs, one in which they were actually ahead at halftime. Playing four full quarters has been one of their biggest issues – its led to a 2-4 record on the season.
WFT has talent, making this yet another potential trap game for the Green Bay Packers. Let’s take a dive down the rabbit hole.
Packers OLine vs Washington Defensive Line
From left to right, this is an interesting matchup. The Green Bay Packers are getting closer to full strength, with Elgton Jenkins off the injury list and David Bakhtiari finally on the practice field. Josh Myers, however, will likely miss a couple games with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, the WFT defensive line is at full strength and in midseason form. They operate out of a natural even front with Chase Young and Montez Sweat eating up most of the reps on the edge. You’re almost guaranteed to see both players operating out of a 9 or wide-9 and a 3-point stance.
Chase Young lays the hammer on Mahomes 💪 pic.twitter.com/Az3FJ1Mtdr
— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOSU) October 17, 2021
The interior of the defensive line is solid as well. It’s mostly a three-man rotation with Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen getting the starts. Matt Ioannidis typically comes off the bench but has started 2 of the 5 games he’s played in this season.
When the formation calls for it, Payne lines up at the nose. Allen and Ioannidis both slide from a 3-tech to a 7, depending on the call.
These five defenders have combined for 98 QB pressures. They’ve only gotten home 9 times but have forced plenty of errant throws. They’ll be across from a starting 5 that’s allowed 44 pressures in 23 total games started for the Packers this season.
Most of those pressures have come off the right side, where Royce Newman is at guard and Billy Turner is at tackle. The Packers started the same 5 linemen last week against the Bears and had one of their worst performances of the season, allowing 12 pressures and 4 sacks.
Expect the Green Bay Packers to, once again, lean on quick passes and early runs to open up the downfield passing game.
Aaron Rodgers vs WFT Secondary
Even with the dangerous pass-rush, WFT is allowing the most passing yards per game. It’s likely because their secondary is… hard to pull my punches here… they’re really bad.
There’s a good chance that all of their starters would be backups on most other teams – none of them rank in the top half of their position via PFF. Kamren Curl and Kendall Fuller are both okay but you can’t lean on either of them. There is absolutely nobody on this defense that can hang with Davante Adams.
MVS is on IR and the depth behind him and Adams is wanting. But with ‘Tae’ likely doubled this weekend, Rodgers will lean on Robert Tonyan, Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard, and Amari Rodgers.
Adams is gonna get his but I fully expect a breakout game from one of the aforementioned.
Taylor Heinicke vs Packers Secondary
Taylor Heinicke is a plucky passer with a fun story but he’s just not very talented. He seems to be outmatched every week. That won’t change against a Packers’ secondary that’s still without Jaire Alexander.
Eric Stokes is capable of covering anybody, while Kevin King is always gonna give ‘em one. But so is Hekicke, so that evens out.
I’m not convinced that Joe Barry can confuse Heinicke, but if he can force him to consistently hit NFL throws, the WFT quarterback will likely struggle.
If I’m Joe Barry, I bring the heat and ask for a rare amount of press coverage from my cornerbacks.
The Green Bay Packers are simply better than the Washington Football Team.