Packers 38, Redskins 20

Jay Sorgi

James Starks. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Packers 38, Redskins 20

Jay Sorgi
CREATED Sep. 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 15, 2013


4:04 p.m.
Jordy Nelson exclusively joined 620WTMJ/Packers Radio Network for a conversation about the huge offensive day.

3:49 p.m.
Aaron Rodgers told Pam Oliver of FOX he had a crick in his neck before the game, and the training staff did the job to take it away.  Is there a most valuable massage therapist?

3:31 p.m.
Mike McCarthy to Larry McCarren exclusively on 620WTMJ/Packers Radio Network: click here to read his comments.

4th Quarter

2:57 p.m.  GB 2nd Drive  7:40
Hands team was in, and Cobb paid for it on the return.   Just to the 13 yard line.

Starks student body left.  Time out.  4:00-minute offense mode.

Starks student body center and the Redskins threw a bunch of bodies at him.  Ugly.  Ugly.

That sound system on Mount Murphy is jamming.  Sounded like a college frat party with the B-52's playing.

3rd-10 at GB 13: Rodgers to Jones.  1st down.  Simple pitch and catch.

COBB!   Wow.  18 yards.  Tick.  Tock.  Tick.  Tock.

If they get every yard on a pass on this drive, Rodgers gets exactly 500 yards passing.

Hand off to Larry put it, the offensive line was "painfully ugly."

Another first down to Jones.  He was NOT shut out here.  Rodgers ties Matt Flynn's record.  480 yards.  Incredible day.

James Starks to the 10 yard line!  DAGGER!  (A bit late on Wayne Larrivee's part, but 132 yards rushing - not bad).

1st-goal at 10: Victory formation.

2:46 p.m.  WASH 2nd Drive  9:22
Green Bay 38, Washington 20
Griffin-Moss 9 yd TD pass (pass failed)

45 yards from paydirt for Washington....incomplete pass after Shields ripped the ball out of Morgan's hands.

And TV cuts away to the sad-looking Kevin Durant standing on the sidelines.

Washington 14 yards from paydirt - remember, it still is a three-score game.

3rd-6 at GB 9: Griffin out of bounds...because Moss didn't get both feet in bounds.  Jennings was BURNED bad.

4th-6 at GB 9...uh, never mind.  Both feet were in bounds.  Touchdown.

2:42 p.m.  GB 1st Drive  11:02
17 yard line.  If Rodgers throws for entire length of drive, exactly 499 yards passing.

Never mind.  Starks run to start drive.  They'd better run the whole drive.

3rd-5 at GB 22: Rodgers bad throw to Finley.  Almost miraculous that he's homan.

2:30 p.m.  WASH 1st Drive continued from 3rd quarter
Green Bay 38, Washington 14
Griffin-Reed 3 yd TD pass

Garcon all day right now for Griffin.  GB blitzed all out and Shields had no help.

FUMBLE!  Robinson stripped by House and Brad Jones grabs it...but the refs after a review see video proving the knee was down.

1st-goal at GB 10: Pistol formation and Washington gets fouled up on the running back going the wrong way.  Griffin ducked before Clay Matthews nearly decapitated him.

4th-goal at GB 3: RGIII - easy pitch and catch, but not without a flag.  Reed for the score.

3rd Quarter

2:23 p.m.  WASH 4th Drive  2:41
Tick...tock...there may not be a dagger today with such a blowout.

Morris "knuckleballing" for six yards as Larry McCarren puts it.  Basically, he does the hard stuff and gets every yard he can.  That's why he was the game's 2nd best rusher last year.

Johnny Jolly smashing his guy for a loss.  Great hustle and great to see him back after the shoulder injury.

Larry McCarren: "Jolly is a leader."

FUMBLE!  Morris on a screen...but the ball was ruled down after contact.   Real-speed replay says good call.

2:15 p.m.  GB 3rd Drive  4:15
Green Bay 38, Washington 7
Starks 32 yd TD run

Milestone watch: Rodgers 23 yards to 400, Starks 27 yards to 100.

Starks gets 11 yards...16 yards away.

Rodgers...a bit of a miscommunication as Rodgers wanted him to do a short 1-step pattern and Nelson was running toward Mason Street.

Bombage to Nelson!  WOW!  That gets Rodgers over 400 yards with a career high 414 yards...but was it a touchdown?  Nelson was ruled down by contact.

Starks!  SEE YA!  TOUCHDOWN!  44 games without 100 yard rushers?  No more.

2:01 p.m.  WASH 3rd Drive  8:16
Green Bay 31, Washington 7
Griffin-Garcon 6 yd TD pass

Morris gets his yards.  Patience sifting through the Washington line.

Jolly hurt, holding his right arm, very limp.  He's pointing to his right shoulder.

At the same time, Finley also running off the field, gingerly approaching his right arm, too.

Garcon breaks a couple tackles and is now leading the Skins into field goal territory.  No big worry right now with a 31-0 lead, but you never know.

Griffin actually runs in order to throw on a key pass.  We still haven't seen him go all out with the read option run yet.

23 yards from end zone, it's now 13 from a Garcon catch with a slant pattern.

Mount Murphy erupts with sound...does the lava of sound affect the Redskins?

Finley has cramping.  Getting fluids?

2nd-goal at GB 6: Paulsen simply let the ball go through his hands as Williams approached him.

3rd-goal at GB 6 with WASH 0-7 on 3rd down: RGIII to Garcon but he missed the touchdown.  His foot hit the pylon...the ref who was right in front of the ball didn't see that the ball crossed the goal line.

But Shanahan challenged it and it was a touchdown.

1:56 p.m.  GB 2nd Drive  10:17
Green Bay 31, Washington 0
Rodgers-Finley 15 yd TD pass

Rodgers-to-Finley and HUGE YAC!  27 yards thanks to a couple fabulous moves.  He ran through one and tight-roped the sideline on the other broken tackle.

Starks...nine-yard slam.  Wayne: "They're starting to blow holes through the Washington defensive front."

Again!  Starks with nine yards.  73 yards for Starks so far.

JORDY NELSON!  He turns into Baryshknikov! Back shoulder throw where only Nelson can catch it for the score.

1:51 p.m.  WASH 2nd Drive  12:25
Another personal foul on the Redskins - this time Montgomery with an illegal block.  Redskins are rather chippy.  Both frustration and dirty play in general?

One of the few great downfield pass plays all day long for Washington - RGIII to Garcon for 22 yards.

3rd-6 at GB 32 as sun finally comes out: Griffin aims and finds the not-so-frozen-tundra.

First field goal attempt ever for John Potter in the sails towards Appleton.

1:44 p.m.  GB 1st Drive  13:36
Redskins just punched and head-butted Davon House.  Washington is using its head the wrong way today.

Starks gets the first offensive play of the 2nd half, his first bad play all day with Dietrich-Smith missing a block.

Washington had eight men in the box on 2nd and short and the Packers didn't capitalize.  That could be a problem if it's against a truly contending team in a close game.

3rd-10 at GB 25: Wilson untouched on the corner blitz and Rodgers meets the Lambeau turf.

By the way - record crowd today at Lambeau Field, per the Press-Gazette's Mike Vandermause.

1:41 p.m.  WASH 1st Drive  15:00
Rodgers, by the way - 26/31, 335 yds 3 TD's.  On pace to throw for enough yards to span between Kilbourn Avenue and Michigan Street in downtown Milwaukee.

Larry: "Freaky good."

3rd-2 at GB 45: RGIII throw and a fantastic tip of a pass toward Santana Moss.  Textbook.

Jeff Falcono's halftime analysis - click here to read it.

2nd Quarter

1:17 p.m.  GB 3rd Drive  3:08
Two-minute time...screen time for Starks!  His experience and some good blocking finally are getting the job done.  15 yards. 

1st down to Cobb....field goal range.

Wayne: "They've got these Redskins on the run."

Rodgers...Jones...a stiff arm breaks him loose for BIG TIME YAC.   18 extra yards on a two-yard throw.

Tick...tock...tick...tock...15 yard line.

ARGH.  Jones was going for the end zone, lost control of the hits the pylon and it's a touchback.  AND a helmet to helmet hit by the Redskins leads to a fumble by Jones.   Thus endeth a great half with a bad break on an illegal play that wasn't called.

1:09 p.m.  WASH 3rd Drive  7:07
The first non-rocket launch by Masthay, a squibber.  Penalty makes it 93 yards for RGIII and co. to go end zone.

Oh, c'mon, Chuck! No reason to believe Washington will come back here.

That was before Morris rambled for 32 yards.  I should just shut up.

B.J. Raji!  Stick your arm out, young man, and grab a running back while you're double-teamed.  Great stop.

SACK TIME!  House on the corner blitz.  First for Green Bay today.  No one picked up House.

3rd-5 at GB 29: RGIII to Garcon, and it missed him in the hands.  Kind of high, but that should be a catch.

4th-5 at GB 29: PICKED!  Mike Neal with the pick.  Big boy gets the ball.  (He's a linebacker, I know.)

1:03 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  10:20
Green Bay 24, Washington 0
Rodgers-Finley 7 yd TD pass

Here we go!  Starks with patience on a Quarless block, then slammed for 15 yards.

JONES!  BIG down the left sideline.  He BURNED David Emerson and Rodgers had him wide open.  I could have thrown that completion, though.  No Washington defender within a zip code of Jones.

Rodgers...Starks and some option football of his own.  There won't be much of that, though from the world's greatest quarterback.

2nd-goal at WASH 7: Rodgers...Finley....get the dagger sharpened, Wayne.

Rodgers: 19-23, 264 yards, 3 TDs, 154.1 rating.

12:57 p.m.  WASH 2nd drive  11:48
Masthay's 3rd kickoff now headed to Mars.

Injury news: 

Morris' first good run of the day for Washington.  Out of the read option, but we have not see Griffin read-option run himself yet.

3rd-5.5 at WASH 42: RGIII....Nick Perry "like a volleyball player in pads, spiked (Griffin's) pass to the ground." - NFL Films, adapted from Super Bowl IX script.

Phew.  Micah Hyde almost had the ball touch him on the punt coverage.  Packers retain the ball.

12:45 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  14:53
Green Bay 17, Washington 0
Rodgers-Nelson 14 yd TD pass

Starks gets great blocking from Cobb for a swing pass.

Starks gets a LOT more on the run game with a burst outside and Brandon Merriweather leads with the head again on Starks  (just like he did when he hit Lacy).  This time, Merriweather is down.

After a few minutes, he gets up and walks to the locker room.  Packers players were happy to see him get up, even as he's the guy who knocked Eddie Lacy out of the game.

Merriweather doesn't use safe technique. 

Rodgers-to-Jones!  Heck of a job by Rodgers to shift his body, look right, look middle, look right, look middle.  Part of why he's the best in the game.  22 yards.

1st-goal at WASH 10: Rodgers-to-Nelson!  Diving grab!  Textbook...but it's coming back.  Bakhtiari.  The rookie.  Flaggage.

2nd-goal at WASH 14: Nelson TD, take 2!

12:41 p.m.  WASH 1st Drive  continued from 1st quarter
Redskins changed their mind and are punting toward Mount Murphy (south end zone seating), as our Doug Russell puts it.

Refs take forever for the penalty on the punt - all due to two fouls afterward.

1st Quarter

12:37 p.m.  WASH 3rd Drive  2:27
Tim Masthay's kickoffs are now both orbiting earth.

Thank goodness for Sam Shields' speed or Garcon would be running to Iron Mountain.  44 yard gain on a swing pass.

The Packers' D-line owns Washington on run plays right now.  Morris held to -1 thanks to the forward wall setting up Matthews/Daniels on stop.

3rd-9 at GB 35: Halu held to two yards on a screen pass.  A kicker who has never kicked in a game before could kick, but won't as we resume.

12:31 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  3:08
Green Bay 10, Washington 0
Rodgers-Cobb 35 yd TD pass

High-percentage throw to Finley...shorter pass patterns may help this offensive line out against these great pass rushers for Washington.

3rd-3 at WASH 35: Rodgers has forever...but Starks wasn't ready for Rodgers' throw.  Three-and-out?

Nope.  Going for it.

4th-3 at WASH 35: BOOM!  Cobb!  SEEYA!

12:29 p.m.  WASH 2nd Drive  4:03 left in 1st quarter
The wall of sound makes its presence known.  So does the big paw of Ryan Pickett.

3rd-7 at WASH 10: Griffin forced to throw the ball to Shawano as the Packers blitzed.  Mike Neal head-slapped him.

Jeremy Ross brings the ball 41 yards from paydirt.  Nice.

12:22 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  6:06 left in 1st quarter
Eddie Lacy update:

3rd sack in nine minutes: Orapko slams him down. Pass protection, anyone?

3rd-16 at GB 29: make that 3rd-21 at GB 24 thanks to Barclay.  This day is looking depressing so far.

Nowhere near enough on the 14-yard gain by Jones from Rodgers.  Three-and-out.  What Rodgers wanted to avoid.

Packers own the football after the punt?   Ball appeared loose and House grabbed it.  Illegal block in the back...OOOOOH!  The replay seems to show the returner's knee was NOT down before ball popped loose.  However, they may have ruled his forward progress done.

12:16 p.m.  WASH 1st Drive  8:02 left in 1st quarter
Masthay kicked off, and the ball is headed to Mars.  That was a powerful kickoff.

The first attempt of the read option run and the Jones boys destroyed it.  Datone and Brad stuffed the back.

3rd-5 at WASH 39: RGIII was blitzed, and I think it got to him.  Great job on the blitz.

12:03 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  15:00 left in 1st quarter
Green Bay 3, Washington 0, 1st Qtr
Crosby 28 yd FG

First play...Rodgers slightly off target trying Nelson on a curl pattern.

3rd-6 at GB 24, 3rd-1 at GB 29 after penalty: The Packers wanted to avoid 3-outs early.  Finding Cobb on an explosive pass play (22 yards) does exactly that.

There you go, Lacy!  Beautiful draw play out of the pistol formation and Bakhtiari slammed his defender.  Lacy paid for the first down and was a bit groggy after the hit, but he walked off on his own power.

A Washington defender< Brandon Merriweather, LAUNCHED into him.  Helmet to helmet.  No call, though sometimes it's hard for officials to see it.

Whoops.  10 yard penalty on the block.  Not good.

Rodgers to Cobb on a fantastic play design with a short pass and looked to be a touchdown but Cobb stepped out at the 18 yard line.  Good call.

3rd-1 at WASH 17:  Rodgers.  Jones.  Money.

Uh oh.  Consecutive sacks by Kerrigan.  This guy is destroying the Packers' right offensive line.

3rd-goal at WASH 27: Finley makes a field goal attempt easier.

Pregame updates

12:00 p.m.
Packers will receive as they win the toss.

11:59 a.m.
Observations from the run through the tunnel:

11:52 a.m.
"The rain has subsided at the moment." - Wayne Larrivee

11:49 a.m.
Great point by Wayne Larrivee:

11:35 a.m.
More exclusive McCarthy with Wayne Larrivee:

"Anytime you look at an individual's performance, you have to look at the whole game.  Washington didn't exercise a lot of their down and distance calls going into that game.  This will be a different game.

"The ability to run the football, get their quarterback into a rhythm, that's their game."

On Albert Morris:
"He's a really good runner and does a great job on the second level...fits their scheme very well, talented young runner."

On Kerrigan/Orakpo LB combo:
"Good football players...speed to power.  They play the position similar to how it's taught here in Green Bay."

On using a no-huddle-style offense:
"It's a part of who we we train...want to get as many opportunities as we can from an offensive perspective."

11:31 a.m.
Will wind be a factor?  Our Greg Matzek checked it out.

11:26 a.m.
Mike McCarthy exclusively w/Wayne Larrivee:

On south end zone and noise:
"You can tell the difference."

On wet field:
"You're aware of it...communication w/quarterback and center is what we rely on.  We'll watch that early."

On secondary injuries:
"Jarrett suffered an injury in practice...unfortunate."

On Burnett out:
"He's been a very good player for a number of years...but there's not excuses...we'll be much better prepared today."

On defensive goals.
"We've got to stop the run, we've got to get after the quarterback, we've got to turn the ball over."

11:12 a.m.
The Washington inactives, as reported by the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty:

11:09 a.m.
Good news for the Packers' kicking game: 

11:00 a.m.
We have an NBA celebrity sighting at Lambeau Field.  Bad news: one of the world's best basketball players is rooting for the wrong team (at least in the home team's thought process).

10:45 a.m.
A plethora of secondary guys are out - not just Morgan Burnett.  Add Casey Hayward (as we knew) and Jarrett Bush (as we possibly anticipated) are out.

So is C.J. Wilson on the D-line.

However, Josh Sitton and Jermichael Finley are active.

10:39 a.m.
Joe Buck of FOX Sports made a great point on 620WTMJ's "Packers Gameday" - the rain may really make Robert Griffin III's mind more unsure about his footing and his knee.

10:33 a.m.
Apparently, the safety who missed last Sunday's Packers-49ers game is out again - that's according to NFL Network's Albert Greer:

10:22 a.m.
Yep, the rain is falling at Lambeau Field.

9:42 a.m.
Packers planet is chiming in this gameday.

9:35 a.m.
This gives you a clue how wet the turf may be at Lambeau Field today, from NFL Network's Albert Breer.

What it means: a steady dose of Eddie Lacy.  The offensive line had better be in run-blocking mode.  It also means the more sure-footed the receivers are, the better.  If defenders stumble, there'll be some wide-open receivers for the Packers.

9:16 a.m.
The folks at Cold Hard Football Facts seem to have put a little urgency into today's game with a certain stat of theirs...and the loser will fall into this dubious 0-2 category:

8:38 a.m.
We're getting a big weather system headed toward Lambeau Field.  Check out the NBC26 Interactive Radar to see if it's headed your way as you go to the game.

Pregame Story

The home opener.  There's nothing like it during the season.  The ultimate day of hope and excitement for a team's home crowd.

The Packers get that today against RGIII and company in a game they need to avoid going 0-2 to start the season.

It will be a day of records, as the largest regular season crowd in Packers history will watch Green Bay take on Washington.

The Packers come in dealing with injuries, as they have all season and preseason.

They also come in following a controversial week of post-San Francisco antipathy with their Week 1 combatants.

Washington will throw their best weapon at Green Bay on Sunday - quarterback Robert Griffin III, but will he physically be able to unleash all that he can do to a defense, the complete set of skills which made him arguably the best rookie QB of the bunch last year?

Just as much of a question: will the Packers' offense be able to produce with more consistency than the touchdown-drive-or-nothing topsy-turvy performance of Sunday in San Francisco?

Our Packers pundits preview the game...

...Lance Allan and Larry McCarren "Tracking the Pack"...

...Rod Burks and the Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne as well.

What will the weather be like for tailgaters?  Has the forecast changed since ultimate Packers fan Brian Gotter of Storm Team 4 predicted this?

Can't wait for kickoff?

Have a burger...

...or a beverage...

...but don't have a tantrum.