Washington has shown the ability to compete early in games these last two weeks and today was no different. Green Bay came out and scored early, the weekly Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams touchdown came at the seven minute mark this week. After a quick possession from Washington the defense answered the bell with a stop of their own giving the offense the ball back. The offense kept the momentum going as Taylor Heinicke found Terry McLaurin for a 40 yard touchdown to tie the game.
The second quarter was a weirdly entertaining one. The quarter was dominated by defense as sacks were traded, tackle for losses were racked up and there was little scoring. Washington was driving and was stopped just shy of the red zone so they sent out new kicker Chris Blewitt to attempt his first with the team. It did not go so well as the Packers blocked it to keep the game tied.
The Packers next dive somehow ended in the same way, as they drove down the field only to have their field goal blocked by Washington. Washington was unable to capitalize on this great special teams play. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers would get the ball back and score a touchdown seconds before the half ended.
Halftime Score GB 14 – WAS 7
The start of the third quarter was not what Washington was hoping for. Aaron Rodgers found Robert Tonyan for a quick touchdown just 2 minutes into the half. This would go on to be the only points scored in the quarter for either team. Washington had a few solid drives that either stalled out or they failed to convert on fourth down. This is the second week in a row where Washington would come out of halftime and simply fail to produce anything. The fourth quarter was a boring one as only field goals were exchanged.
Even though this week did not end how Washington wanted there were some positives that need to be noted. Taylor Heinicke looked much better today, as he created a lot with his legs and extended plays numerous times. The offense will clearly have better days ahead once Logan Thomas and Curtis Samuel are healthy.
The defense has been an issue all year but it played much better today and they did not have William Jackson available. Jonathan Allen had two sacks and Montez Sweat had one of his own, and the pass rush looked much improved today. They look to turn things around next week as they travel to face a struggling Denver team.