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Key Coaching Decision #1: (GB ball, trailing 28-17 / fourth-and-2 WAS 43 / 2:33 Q2)
• Green Bay was down 28-10 at the half. They’ve made it a two-score game to narrow Washington’s lead to 28-17. On fourth down, a hobbling Aaron Rodgers finds wide receiver Randall Cobb for a three-yard completion and a first down. The Redskins challenge the ruling of the pass completion, win the challenge and the play was reversed. Washington takes over with good field position. Washington drives to Green Bay territory but punts.
• While the Redskins were not able to immediately capitalize, this successful challenge slowed down the Packers offense. Also, this was significant as the Redskins had just used a timeout prior to the fourth-down conversion attempt. Had they lost this challenge, Washington would have had only one timeout left down the stretch.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (WAS ball, leading 28-17 / second-and-6 GB 46 / 5:32 Q4)
• Green Bay challenges the ruling of a Randall Cobb fumble that was recovered by Washington. The play was upheld and the ruling on the field stood. Washington runs over three minutes off the clock, including getting past the two-minute warning, and kicks a field goal to make it a 31-17 game. Now Green Bay would have to score touchdowns to tie the game instead of needing only a touchdown with a two-point conversion and a field goal to tie. This also cost the Packers a timeout that they would have needed on their final possession or in case they scored and recovered an onside kick.
• The wet weather might have impacted the Packers offense and caused drops and fumbles. In addition to Randall Cobb, fellow wide receiver Davante Adams and tight end Lance Kendricks both suffered crucial drops in key situations.
• The Packers made second-half adjustments and slowed down the Redskins offense that was ahead 28-10 at halftime. They also managed to get a rhythm going offensively by throwing shorter passes. This despite Aaron Rodgers appearing to be limited on the field from a Week 1 knee injury.
• Packers running back Aaron Jones returned from a two-game suspension and saw the field on 17 offensive snaps. We would expect him to get more playing time in the coming weeks.
• The Redskins in the first half threw the ball deep and were successful in doing so. Adrian Peterson (19 carries for 120 yards) looked like the Adrian Peterson of old. The Redskins scored touchdowns on four of their first six possessions.
• Mike McCarthy cancelled practice on Wednesday in favor of a walk-through. Did this contribute to the result on Sunday? We are not sure, but it’s hard to remember a time when a team cancelled an in-season practice.
• The Redskins head into their bye week with a 2-1 record and are tied atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles. The two teams don’t play each other until December.