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Game of the Week: Packers vs Redskins
Returning almost all of the key components from an explosive, opportunistic 11-5 playoff team, the Packers were forecasted as one of the NFC's Super Bowl XLV aspirants. Judging by their 3-1 record and current standing in the NFC North, one would think Green Bay has performed to their projected aptitude. Aaron Rodgers has continued his quest to make the Lambeau faithful forget that Favre fella, throwing for 940 yards and accounting for 10 touchdowns in 2010. Jermichael Finley is quietly becoming one of the league's elite tight-ends, leading the team with 301 yards. On the defensive side, Clay Matthews III has racked up 7 sacks on his way to Defensive Player of the Month honors, while Charles Woodson continues to play at a Hall-of-Fame intensity.
Yet a closer examination reveals chinks in the proverbial armor. After taking care of Philadelphia and Buffalo, the Pack has appeared discombobulated and undisciplined the past two weeks (loss at Chicago, nail-biter against Detroit). The Packer rushing attack has been absolutely anemic after a season-ending injury to Ryan Grant. (Never good when a converted fullback from a D-II program is your leading rusher.) And while the sack numbers have improved, poor Rodgers is still under duress on every pass attempt. In short, the dream of spending February in Dallas borders the delusional rather than reality for the Cheeseheads.
Of course, this is the NFL, where a franchise's fortunes can change week to week. Case in point: the Washington Redskins. In Week 3, Mike Shanahan's squad succumbed to lowly St. Louis, giving the Rams their first victory since November 1, 2009. With a matchup with rival Philly looming, the 'Skins were an Alex Barron-holding call away from a 0-3 start. Fans were upset at Albert Haynesworth and Shanahan for letting a $100 million transform into a benchwarming-malcontent. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall called out defensive coordinator Jim Haslett after an embarrassing loss to Houston. Worse, their offseason acquisition, Donovan McNabb, had been pedestrian at best.
So it figures that this appalling excuse for a football team goes into Philadelphia and pulls out a hard-fought divisional W. The Washington defense, which had surrendered nearly 1,000 passing yards in the first three weeks, held the Eagles relatively in check with 240 yards through the air. The Redskin running attack accumulated 169 yards, and McNabb was able to put the "McChoke" label aside by winning in a hostile environment.
This brings us to the WhatIfSports Game of the Week: the Green Bay Packers at the Washington Redskins. Which teams show up? For Green Bay, will the impressive aerial assault of Aaron Rodgers and company exploit the 2nd-worst pass defense in the league, or will Mike McCarthy's men be hampered by yellow flags? (The Pack committed a franchise-record 18 penalties against the Bears in Week 3.) And for Washington, does a team that defeated two divisional foes on the road render its face, or the dysfunctional and disillusioned group of Weeks 2 and 3?
According to the WhatIfSports simulation engines, Green Bay comes out on top with an average score of 22-21. The Packers win this titanic struggle 52.9% of the time, making this matchup one of the closer battles of the week. To check out the rest of the WhatIf projections, check below:
Please note: The Vikings game has been re-simulated on 10/6/10.
Please note: The Cardinals, Saints, Bears, Browns and Redskins games have been re-simulated on 10/7/10.
NFL Week 5
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23.0||12||Boxscore|
|@ Cincinnati Bengals||77.0||24||Simulate Game|
|Kansas City Chiefs||32.5||20||Boxscore|
|@ Indianapolis Colts||67.5||26||Simulate Game|
|@ Carolina Panthers||65.9||23||Simulate Game|
|@ Baltimore Ravens||57.5||23||Simulate Game|
|New York Giants||44.3||25||Boxscore|
|@ Houston Texans||55.7||28||Simulate Game|
|@ Dallas Cowboys||54.9||24||Simulate Game|
|@ New York Jets||54.1||22||Simulate Game|
|Green Bay Packers||55.5||23||Boxscore|
|@ Washington Redskins||44.5||22||Simulate Game|
|@ Buffalo Bills||42.7||17||Simulate Game|
|St. Louis Rams||59.5||20||Boxscore|
|@ Detroit Lions||40.5||19||Simulate Game|
|@ Cleveland Browns||38.5||20||Simulate Game|
|@ San Francisco 49ers||31.5||16||Simulate Game|
|New Orleans Saints||74.5||26||Boxscore|
|@ Arizona Cardinals||25.5||19||Simulate Game|
|San Diego Chargers||91.8||34||Boxscore|
|@ Oakland Raiders||8.2||17||Simulate Game|
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