The Green Bay Packers and their secondary may have to go another long week without safety Morgan Burnett as they welcome the Washington Redskins to Lambeau Field in Week Two.
A hamstring injury kept the free safety out of last week’s opener against San Francisco, and the Packers fell 34-28 late after quarterback Colin Kaepernick burned the secondary for 412 passing yardsd and three touchdowns.
To make matters worse, the two reserves behind right corner Sam Shields are also suffering hamstring injuries. Jarrett Bush did not participate in practice on Friday, and Casey Hayward has been listed as out all week.
Other than an errant pick in the final possession of the second quarter, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers totaled 333 yards and three touchdowns. However he did have some accuracy issues, going 21-for-37.
Though the offense sputtered in the final quarter, rookie rusher Eddie Lacy totaled 42 yards and a touchdown in his debut, and Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and tight end Jermichael Finley each caught a touchdown.
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While the Packers were unfortunate to run into Kaepernick in the first week, Washington got the first look at Chip Kelly’s lightning quick offense, and looked gassed in the 33-27 loss.
The Redskins defense let up an astounding 263 rushing yards, and faced a 33-7 deficit early in the third quarter. However the pass rush was effective. Led by linebacker Perry Riley’s 15 total tackles, Washington earned three sacks on Philadelphia’s Michael Vick, and another seven hits on the passer.
The offense also struggled early, as quarterback Robert Griffin III made his return from a torn up knee in last season’s playoffs, and totaled a career-high 329 yards passing and two touchdowns, but also tossed two picks.
Green Bay was able to contain Kaepernick in the pocket, which is a good sign for the Packers should Griffin decide to take off on Sunday. Still he only rushed five times for 24 yards against the Eagles, and Washington will likely curb his time in the open field to avoid injury.
Washington running back Alfred Morris did notch a touchdown, but he’ll need to improve on the 45 yards on 12 carries he picked up against Philadelphia.
The game begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by FOX or watch a live online stream by purchasing NFL Game Access here.
Betting Odds: Green Bay is favored by 8 points.
Over/Under: 49.5 points
Prediction: Green Bay 31, Washington 28