Packers defense sees a different Robert Griffin III
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Outside linebacker Nick Perry was also limited after his neck stinger flared up after Wednesday’s practice. Back-up plan: The Packers’ offense certainly would look much different without Finley. If the toe injury did sideline the starter, Andrew Quarless would see an expanded role. Tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot said Quarless is still working his way back. He missed the entire 2012 season recovering from a torn ACL and MCL. And he also missed two-plus weeks of camp this summer with a quad injury. Against the 49ers, Quarless played eight snaps. “Andrew isn’t quite where he was at one time but we’re steadily getting back there,” Fontenot said. “He’s still regaining strength, and even more than that, regaining confidence back on the field. It’s just going to take reps to get there.” The Packers continue to use Ryan Taylor predominantly on special teams and Brandon Bostick was a game-day inactive in the opener.
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Robert Griffin III looked like someone who hadn’t played real football in about a year in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles , as the Washington offense struggled badly and the defense had no answer for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo attack. Down 26-7 at the half, Washington mounted a nice comeback in the final two quarters, but fell short in the 33-27 loss. Griffin did not look to be 100 percent as he claimed to be, and he seemed understandably more tentative to run than he was last year. The cover was never in doubt for those with a bet on NFL football in that matchup , as Philly closed as a 3.5-point underdog. With both teams starting their seasons 0-1 SU and ATS, there is plenty of pressure to get the ship turned around right away this week. Both teams are considered playoff contenders, but both have their share of weaknesses, as well (Green Bay’s running game, RGIII’s health and both defenses). Those weaknesses were on display in Week 1. The Redskins finished the 2012 regular season on a 7-0 SU and ATS run, and looked a lot like that team in the second half last week.
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I think that if we continue to play like this I think we’ll win games.” To some, the challenge this week is similar to what the defense faced last week with Kaepernick. Washington’s Robert Griffin III also runs the read-option in coach Mike Shanahan’s offense and is a dangerous scrambler. But to say San Francisco and Washington get things done the same way would be inaccurate, especially when it comes to running the ball. This will be a completely different challenge for the Packers because Shanahan runs the same zone run game that bedeviled the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII and features lots of lateral movement and cut blocks. “This is more a typical Shanahan zone team where the running back is looking for a cutback, looking to hit it downhill,” Raji said. “The 49ers are more of a trap, double-team to the linebacker type of team. “It’s a little different because you still have RGIII as a factor.” If the Packers are going to be a top run-defending team, they’re going to have to show they can plug up holes against a run-scheme that starts out moving laterally as well as they did against one that is full-steam in your face. Keeping RGIII contained will be a key objective, but running back Alfred Morris can be just as dangerous if you don’t account for him. Morris finished second in the NFL in rushing as a rookie last year, compiling 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns on 335 carries. “Downhill,” Pickett said when asked about the 5-10, 218-pound Morris.
Kick returner Jeremy Ross, who fumbled a punt at his 9-yard line that led to a momentum-shifting 49ers touchdown in the playoff game, returned three of seven kickoffs. Because of short returns, poor blocking or penalties, the Packers started those three drives at their 4 yard line, their 22 and their 9. “It wasn’t a great day for us in the kickoff return phase. Decision-making was part of it,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I thought our kickoff return blocking unit did not do a very good job. We will do a better job of that this week.” And while the Packers’ no-huddle offense scored four touchdowns, the group also had five three-and-out series and turned the ball over twice, leading to a 17-minute deficit in time of possession. “It was kind of feast or famine,” offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. “We had five three-and-outs and two turnovers and then we had four touchdown drives.
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Raji celebrate a fleeting moment of success against the 49ers. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images) GREEN BAY, Wis. The Packers defense went into the offseason knowing it had been carved up by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the read-option offense in the playoffs, but knowing it would get another crack at two read-option offenses to open the 2013 season. With that in mind, the coaching staff and players spent time trying to figure out the scheme; Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday the Packers had studied video of the Redskins during training camp. But several Packers defensive players said here Wednesday that some of that preparation may have been for naught because they believe Robert Griffin III doesnt look to be the same quarterback he was before he had knee surgery in January. He wasnt running as fast as he used to, defensive end C.J. Wilson said.
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When it’s second and long, it’s pretty likely to be a passing play that gets called from the sideline. On downs in which the Packers faced second and 7 or more against the 49ers, they threw nine times and ran just three. McCarthy said Lacy has worked on correcting some of the mistakes he made Sunday — most of them related to little things such as picking up clues where his offensive linemen were going and better targeting his blocks on oncoming rushers — and expects him to be better. “Eddie’s had a good couple days,” McCarthy said. “He’s getting more and more in tune with the offense.