Trailing 33-7 to Philadelphia in the season opener seemed to be a pretty low point for the Washington Redskins, but they managed to get lower in Week 2.
Green Bay led 38-7 late in the third quarter on Sunday. Even worse, the Packers had a fluky first-half play in which James Jones tried to stretch the ball to the pylon, lost it and it was a touchback for Washington.
So, yeah, it could have been worse.
The Redskins' season isn't over by any means after a 38-20 loss to Green Bay dropped them to 0-2. It's just two weeks. But the way the Redskins have fallen apart in their first two games is a horrible sign.
We will figure it out We work too hard not to #HTTR
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 15, 2013
The Redskins' defense, especially the makeshift secondary, is not good.
Aaron Rodgers had 414 yards and four touchdowns in just the first three quarters. He had 335 yards at halftime and finished with 480. Had the Redskins been more competitive, Rodgers might have set the record of 554 yards in a game. But, there was little need for him to keep throwing the ball in the second half. The Packers had a 400-yard passer and 100-yard rusher (James Starks, replacing injured Eddie Lacy) for the first time in team history. Maybe all the hype about the Eagles' offense in Week 1 was misdirected. Maybe the Redskins' defense deserved more of the credit for all those big plays.
And quarterback Robert Griffin III still doesn't look right. He warmed up a bit in the second half against the Eagles, but in both games a majority of his stats have come in garbage time. Green Bay allowed more than 400 passing yards to Colin Kaepernick last week. On Sunday, that same Packers secondary without key safety Morgan Burnett, shut out the Redskins in the first half.
So what's the problem? One wonders if Mike Shanahan will be under some scrutiny. Being down 33-7 one week and 38-7 the next is the sign of an unprepared team. After the power struggle between Shanahan and Griffin this offseason, and the unpredictable nature of owner Daniel Snyder, it's a situation that bears watching.
The Redskins had a terrible start last year, and ended up winning the NFC East. Maybe they'll turn things around again this season. But it better happen pretty quickly.