COMMENTARY | Continuing a frustrating trend established in Week 1, the Washington Redskins once again put themselves in a hole they were unable to climb out from in their Week 2 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Here are five things that we learned from the team's second consecutive defeat to start the 2013 NFL season.
Robert Griffin III still isn't himself
The struggles associated with coming back from a torn ACL continued for RGIII against the Packers. Statistically, Griffin's Week 2 performance was misleading; his impressive 104.2 quarterback rating fails to tell the real story of a quarterback still trying to find his comfort zone.
When RGIII's at his best, he's a multidimensional threat who's capable of pummeling the opposition with his lethal combination of elite running ability and exquisite passing skills.
Currently, he's a sitting duck in the pocket as opposing teams send relentless pressure without having to worry about the consequence of his breakaway speed making them pay.
A one-dimensional RGIII isn't going to get the job done for the Washington Redskins.
Third down woes continue
For a second consecutive week, the Redskins offense failed to get the job done on third down. After converting only 2-of-10 third downs in Week 1, the offense was successful on just 3-of-11 chances against the Packers.
If you're doing the math, the Redskins have moved the chains on only 5-of-21 third-down attempts. To no one's surprise, they're ranked 31st out of the league's 32 teams in this important statistical category.
The team's inability to convert third downs has played a big role in their 0-2 start. Drives that constantly stall have contributed to the Redskins' poor starts on offense, while impacting the defense as well by making them spend too much time on the field, much to the delight of the opposing offenses that have torched Jim Haslett's overwhelmed unit.
Overmatched is the word that comes to mind when describing the rookie performances of cornerback David Amerson and safety Bacarri Rambo through their first two NFL games.
Amerson struggled against Philadelphia in Week 1 and against Green Bay; he was dismantled by wide receiver James Jones, who had his way with the rookie corner.
Life hasn't been much easier for Rambo, whose knack for taking incorrect angles and being in the wrong place at the wrong time has contributed mightily to the team's inability to defend the pass.
Optimistically, both Amerson and Rambo will utilize their disastrous experiences as valuable lessons as they become better football players moving forward.
Pessimistically, the team's defense will continue to suffer as they cope with the rookies' torturous on-the-job training as NFL defensive backs.
Hurry back, Kai Forbath
Kicking in place of injured Kai Forbath, John Potter didn't show any signs of serving as a competent NFL kicker against Green Bay.
Lacking any confidence in Potter's ability to put the ball through the goal posts, head coach Mike Shanahan went for it on fourth downs on two occasions in the first half. When Potter finally did get the chance to work his magic booting the pigskin, he missed badly on a 50-yard attempt.
Needless to say, Washington Redskins fans all over the world are wishing Kai Forbath a speedy recovery.
The NFC East is still up for grabs
Apparently, misery loves company in the NFC East.
The New York Giants currently share the basement with the Redskins thanks to Eli Manning's penchant for throwing interceptions. Dallas is already displaying their typical, inconsistent ways as they sit at 1-1. After impressing many in Chip Kelly's successful NFL coaching debut, the Philadelphia Eagles were brought down to earth in their defeat to the San Diego Chargers in Week 2.
Despite everything that's gone wrong, the Redskins are still very much alive in what appears to be a less- than-stellar 2013 NFC East race.
Drexel Perry recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area. He's been a Redskins fan for over 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @Drexel Perry.
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