Packers vs Redskins: Staff writer predictions
For the upcoming Packers vs Redskins NFL Playoff game, the staff writing team of The Jet Press weighed in their thoughts.
Jan 3, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Minnesota won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Even though the NY Jets are out of the NFL Playoffs, we here at The Jet Press are just as excited as many football fans are for the postseason. With teams earning their spots to those that squeaked in, this postseason promises to be one to remember.
The Packers haven’t been their usual self throughout the regular season which alarmed many analysts and fans. However keep in mind that in the playoffs, quarterback Aaron Rodgers tends to play some of the best football of his career. The Redskins on the other hand have gotten hot at just the right time and want to prove they aren’t a team that got lucky in the terrible division of the NFC East.
Here are some predictions by the staff writing team of The Jet Press for what should be an exciting game between the Packers and Redskins.
Next: Packers will annihilate Redskins
Jan 3, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) tries to get past Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (23) after making a catch in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Packers will annihilate Redskins Luis Tirado Jr.: Twitter – Facebook – Google+
While many think the Packers have lost their mojo, something tells me they will return to their dominating ways in the playoffs. The Redskins are riding some incredible momentum into this match-up but remember, they’re a team that played in one of the worst divisions of the NFL last season. They barely even earned their ticket into the postseason but got in by playing solid football to end the season on a high note.
Even though the Redskins have home field advantage, one can’t feel confident they’re going to keep up with the Packers with everything on the line. The Packers have a better team overall and one better believe they will silence their critics with a rout of the Redskins.
Packers win 38-17.
Next: Redskins will be victorious
Jan 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Redskins defeat the Cowboys 34-23. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Redskins will be victorious Jason Rodriguez: Twitter
The Packers vs Redskins match-up is very interesting because of how both teams have had an up and down year. These teams have struggled this year and it will be difficult to determine a winner. I think it will be based on which player Aaron Rodgers will be, the good or the bad one.
The Redskins will need to just stick with the game plan they have been using these past couple of weeks. If the Redskins do that then I think they will win and move on to face the Cardinals in the next round.
Next: Packers will take care of business
Jan 3, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) and safety Micah Hyde (33) during warmups prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Minnesota won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Packers will take care of business Danielle McCartan: Twitter
Although the Packers are sliding, they will absolutely get back on track against the laughing stock of the NFC: division winning Washington Redskins. The Redskins, riding an unimpressive three-game winning streak versus the lowly Bills, Eagles, and Cowboys, will not know how to handle Aaron Rodgers’s dangerous poise in the pocket.
As long as the Packers’ offensive line holds up for Rodgers, this should be a no-contest. In addition, Kirk Cousins’ luck will finally run out versus a formidable opponent out of the confidence-building NFC East: You like dat?!
Next: Rodgers will get the job done
Dec 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 38-8. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Rodgers will get the job done Christopher Stephano: Twitter In the final game of the Wild Card round, the Packers travel to DC to take on the Redskins. The Packers bring the best quarterback in the league to take on a team that barely won the worst division in the NFL.
Kirk Cousins won’t like it, as Aaron Rodgers gets the job done Sunday.
Next: Redskins will win at home
Dec 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Redskins will win at home Todd Gerstenhaber: Twitter
At the start of the regular season, the Packers and the Redskins looked to be teams going in completely opposite directions. At one point, the Packers were 6-0, and the Redskins were 5-7.
Now you could say once again that these teams are going in opposite directions, with the Packers going 4-6 in their final 10 games and the Redskins finishing off the regular season with a four-game winning streak. As shocking as this is to say, Kirk Cousins appears to be a better quarterback than Aaron Rodgers at this moment in time.
The Packers appear to be a shell of their former selves, and the Redskins are peaking at the right time with Kirk Cousins playing MVP-caliber football since his “You Like That” outburst. While neither team has enough talent to win it all, someone has to move on to the divisional round and I like the Redskins playing at home.
Score: Redskins 28, Packers 20
Next: The mighty will fall
Jan 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates his second touchdown of the game during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The mighty will fall Paul Esden Jr.: Twitter – Facebook
How the mighty have fallen. The Green Bay Packers are in serious trouble, I’m sorry but Aaron Rodgers just can’t do it by himself. The Washington Redskins are going to be ready, you can’t deny how well Kirk Cousins is playing.
Cousins has this Redskins team rolling on all cylinders and I fully expect them to run through the Packers. The Redskins are a sneaky good team and could make some noise in the NFC playoff picture.
Next: Redskins edge out Packers
Jan 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Rashad Ross (19) catches a pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Washington won 34-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Redskins edge out Packers Ryan Patti: Twitter
The Packers have simply not been the Packers this season. Whether it’s the absence of Jordy Nelson or an off-year from Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay has struggled quite a bit offensively. On the other hand, the Redskins are red hot to the point where it almost seems as if Rodgers and Kirk Cousins have swapped bodies.
Cousins has led his team to five straight wins and is playing some of the best football in his career. Like the Packers, Washington’s defense isn’t exactly a strength, therefore this game will come down to the two offenses. Right now, you have to give the advantage to the Redskins since Green Bay isn’t playing like Green Bay.
Expect a match-up very similar to Packers-Lions in Week 13, minus the Hail Mary of course.
Prediction: Redskins 27-23
Next: Redskins got this
Jan 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) and quarterback Colt McCoy (16) and running back Pierre Thomas (39) leave the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Redskins defeat the Cowboys 34-23. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Redskins got this Matthew Ordazzo: Twitter
An interesting match-up that I believe will go in favor of Washington. The playoff game will be held on their home field. The Green Bay Packers have been a huge disappointment this season despite finishing 10-6 and earning a playoff spot.
Over the last three games, the Redskins averaged 35.7 points per game and are 6-2 in their last eight games. Kirk Cousins has greatly improved since his rookie year finally earning the spot as the teams starting quarterback. I believe the Packers defense will have tough task as to slowing down that Redskin offense of Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed.
Dare I mention the Packers performance against the Cardinals and the Vikings? If they at all perform similar to those two games, the Redskins will literally be handed the Wild Card victory.
Next: Redskins are on fire
Jan 3, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) turns to hand off the ball during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Redskins defeat the Cowboys 34-23. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Redskins are on fire Mike Nash: Twitter
I’ll go with the Redskins. It’s not often that you take Kirk Cousins over Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers have struggled mightily on offense the last few weeks.
Next: Packers will win big
Jan 3, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) rushes with the football as Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) defends during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Minnesota won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Packers will win big Paul Harris: Twitter
This game is a easy pick, there’s no way I can go against the Packers in the Wildcard round of playoffs even if they aren’t playing at Lambeau field. The only way I see an upset in this game is if Kirk Cousins go’s off and throws for five touchdowns, no picks and a perfect QBR rating.
To sum this game up, the Redskins will crumble early and show everyone why they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. I have the Packers winning big, 32-17.
Next: Packers will get the job done
Dec 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski (22) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 38-8. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Packers will get the job done Jonathan Maldonado: Twitter
The Redskins have played decent defense this season, but like the Texans, they are a product of an extremely weak division. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers get the job done, but playing on the road will make have some bumps.
Next: Cousins will deliver
Dec 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins defeated the Eagles, 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Cousins will deliver Shane Marshall: Twitter
Green Bay is entering the playoffs as arguably the weakest playoff team having lost its past two games to Arizona and Minnesota. Washington may have slid into the playoffs because of a weak NFC East, but we’ve seen this narrative before. Kirk Cousin will like this.
Next: Head over heels for Cousins
Dec 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) walks off the field after win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins defeated the Eagles, 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Head over heels for Cousins Genna Preston: Twitter – Facebook
As a fantasy football enthusiast, I am head over heels for Kirk Cousins. He has led the Washington Redskins to their second playoff game in seven years, against the Green Bay Packers who have slowly declined in the end of the season.
The Redskins won their last four games of the season while the Packers lost two games in a row. The Packers enter the Wild Card with a stronger defense and one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
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On the other hand, Cousins set a franchise record in passing yards this season. On paper, the Packers have the upper hand however, I am going against the norm in this match-up. The Redskins will take it by a field goal 24-21.