Defense played well enough to win: We referenced him earlier, but Jonathan Allen was everywhere on Sunday. He and Montez Sweat notched three QB hits apiece. Chase Young didn’t light up the box score, but he was breathing down Aaron Rodgers’ neck all game.
The defensive line has been consistent all year, and the secondary finally decided to join the party. Only took seven games! If you told us before the game that Washington would only allow 24 points and just 304 total yards, we would’ve said that this one came down to the write.
Unfortunately, the offense did them zero favors.
Third/fourth down told the story: No need to go in depth on this one. For the game, Washington was 4-for-11 on third down and just 1-for-4 on fourth down. Two of those missed fourth down attempts were absolute gut punches.
Conversely, the Packers were 6-for-12 on third down and a perfect 1-for-1 on their lone fourth down attempt. Washington out-gained Green Bay 430 to 304 in total yards, but the Pack were precise when it mattered most.
Landon Collins wasn’t awful: This can be applied to the entire secondary, but we already touched on them a little bit. Plus, we’re not going to throw a party after one strong performance. This is the standard they should be held to.
Getting back to Collins, he actually looked serviceable as a box linebacker. He committed a pass interference penalty, but we’ll give him a pass for that one given it came against Davante Adams, the best WR in the league not-named Terry McLaurin (had to do it). He still needs to work on his tackling technique, but this game was an indicator that Collins can provide value to this defense when he’s not in coverage.
That should just about do it, folks. We’ll be back this time next week with hopefully more positive things to talk about, as Washington travels to Denver to take on a Broncos side that’s dropped four games in a row.
Something’s gotta give in that one.