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2015 NFL Wild Card Round Preview – Washington Redskins Vs. Green Bay Packers

The Redskins (9-7) are NFC East champs but that’s not really anything to brag about. All the other teams in that division collapsed. Still, they won their last four and have earned a home playoff matchup against the Packers (10-6).

Previous Matchup:

2013, Week 2 – Green Bay 38, Washington 20

When the Redskins Have the Ball:

 

It’s the Kirk Cousins show for the Redskins offense. It had to be as they are one of the worst running teams in the league. Cousins has a decent group of receivers including the ultimate deep threat, DeSean Jackson, but his favorite target is tight end Jordan Reed, who finished the season just short of 1000 yards and 11 touchdowns.

This plays right into the Packers’ strength on defense. The Packers aren’t great at stopping the run but they have a really deep secondary that can really limit a team’s passing attack. If you’re forced to throw against Green Bay, they’re going to end up with some sacks and maybe an interception or two.

When the Packers Have the Ball:

Eddie Lacy has had an interesting season but he’s still the Packers most capable running back. If he can run the ball effectively it will take a lot of pressure off Rodgers. However, if this team wants to get by not just Washington but future playoff opponents, Rodgers is going to have to play like the elite QB he is.

The Washington defense won’t put up too much resistance. They’re around average in both run and pass defense. They don’t get much pressure on the QB either so Rodgers should have time to make plays.

Key Matchup:

Trent Williams Vs. Julius Peppers

 

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The key to Washington’s playoff hopes is Kirk Cousins. He’ll look a lot better without being pressured. Peppers is the Packers best pass rusher but he has a tough matchup against one of the best tackles in the league in Trent Williams.

The Pick: Packers +1

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