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Week 2: Redskins-Packers matchup analysis

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Washington Redskins (0-1) at Green Bay Packers (0-1)

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc. - TV: FOX

*TV announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver

*Keys to the game: Already a marquee matchup, this game took on added significance with a pair of division winners from last season opening up 2013 with losses that exposed defensive shortcomings. Green Bay will present Washington with another up-tempo opponent, although nothing along the lines of what the Redskins saw from Philadelphia on Monday night. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers likes to make quick decisions and the Redskins admit he's difficult to gameplan against because he doesn't have one go-to receiver - he simply takes what the defense gives him. Coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged the Packers' offense is increasingly up-temp as the team attempts to get Rodgers "as many opportunities as possible," although he also wants to see extended drives to help protect the defense. Washington got off to a slow start offensively in Week 1 with QB Robert Griffin III showing rust in his mechanics and struggling with his accuracy. He found his rhythm in the second half, however, and the Packers' secondary was torched for 412 passing yards last week. RG3 said his surgically-repaired knee felt fine after the game, and the Redskins could incorporate more read-option looks in Week 2.

*Matchup to watch - Redskins LT Trent Williams vs. Packers OLB Clay Matthews: Williams is coming off a Pro Bowl season and will often be asked to handle Matthews without additional help in passing situations.

*Player spotlight - Redskins SS Brandon Meriweather: Meriweather is back practicing after missing the opener with a groin injury. This would be just his second start since signing with the Redskins in 2012, and Washington needs his veteran presence. Former cornerback E.J. Biggers started in Meriweather's place last week.

*Fast facts: The Redskins are 8-1 when RG3 has a passer rating of 95 or better. ... The Packers have an eight-game home winning streak, including playoffs, and are 5-2 in home openers under McCarthy.

WHO WILL WIN AND WHY

The Packers' offense was feast or famine last week, struggling to stay on the field. Look for Green Bay to have fewer negative plays against a Washington defense that could still feel the effects from playing Philadelphia while traveling on a short week.

*Our pick: Packers 33-30
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