By Eric Goska
Detroit became the first team to amass more than 300 yards
and more than 25 points against the Packers in a first half.
Sunday, the Redskins became the latest.
Sunday, the Redskins became the latest.
Only one quarterback ever led the Packers to victory under conditions similar to those
Green Bay faced at halftime in Washington.
That player has been out of the league for years.
The Redskins came out firing Sunday with one of their best offensive first halves in years. A score on their opening possession produced a lead they never relinquished as they pounded
Green Bay 31-17 at FedExField.
The Redskins were looking to take control from the get-go. The team plays better with an early lead as a number of graphics during the television broadcast attested to.
In dominating play in the opening two quarters, two numbers stood out for the Redskins: 323 yards and 28 points. That’s more yards (160) and points (17) than the Bears accumulated in their first half hour of play against
Green Bay in the opener.
As a Packers fan, one longs to be a dentist in order to remove the bad taste that lingers from those two pathetic first-half showings.
The Redskins’ first-half scoring drives measured 75, 79, 98 and 74 yards. Except for the second advance, each touchdown took fewer than 200 seconds (3 minutes, 20 seconds) to materialize.
Translation—the Redskins wasted little time in dissecting
Long-distance plays accounted for more than half of the first-half haul. Vernon Davis (50 yards), Paul Richardson (46) and Jordan Reed (34) stretched the field with receptions. Adrian Peterson ripped off a run of 41.
The Redskins welcomed ineptitude on another front. They accepted three pass interference penalties on
Green Bay – Jaire Alexander (22 yards), Tramon Williams (8) and Davon House (7) – on their second touchdown drive.
Washington nearly made the equivalent of a first down every time it touched the ball. The team averaged 9.8 yards per play in the first half. Quarterback Alex Smith earned 21.4 yards with every completion.
Green Bay, it was ugly, but the final result hardly surprising. The team is 1-12 when surrendering 300 or more yards and 25 or more points before intermission.
Fortunately, these stinkers don’t show up often. When they do, reach for the mouthwash.
Mike McCarthy endured his first in his inaugural year as Packers head coach in 2006. The Jets beat
Green Bay 38-10 after piling up 340 yards and 31 points in the first half.
Green Bay’s credit, it finally clamped down on Washington. Its defense surrendered just 63 yards and three points in the second half.
The Redskins gained six yards passing in Quarters 3 and 4 combined. That’s the fewest the Packers have allowed after the break since holding the Eagles to minus-1 in 2000.
But Aaron Rodgers and the offense couldn’t rise to the occasion. Aside from a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive at the start of the third quarter, the Packers were held scoreless.
Drops on fourth down by Randall Cobb and third down by Lance Kendricks proved costly. The game effectively ended after cornerback Fabian Moreau ripped the ball from Cobb’s grasp with 5 minutes, 23 seconds remaining. Fellow defensive back Josh Norman recovered.
Someone, please text Matt Flynn. After the Cowboys piled up 332 yards and 26 points in erecting a 26-3 first-half lead in 2013, Flynn coolly led
Green Bay to a 37-36 victory. His second-half passer rating that day (136.7) was far better than that of Rodgers (85.3) in Washington.
Green Bay could emulate the Bears and Redskins. Both teams came ready to play, something that needs to happen week in and week out in the National Football League.
The 13 regular-season games in which the Packers surrendered 300 or more yards and 25 or more points in the first half.
Date Opponent Yards Points Final
Sept. 23, 2018 Redskins 323 28 GB lost, 17-31
Nov. 13, 2016 Titans 351 35 GB lost, 25-47
Dec. 15, 2013 Cowboys 332 26 GB won, 37-36
Dec. 3, 2006 Jets 340 31 GB lost, 10-38
Dec. 5, 2004 Eagles 302 35 GB lost, 17-47
Oct. 11, 2004 Titans 310 27 GB lost, 27-48
Sept. 26, 2004 Colts 328 35 GB lost, 31-45
Dec. 16, 1956 Rams 349 35 GB lost, 21-49
Nov. 11, 1956 Bears 319 28 GB lost, 14-38
Nov. 6, 1955 Bears 313 28 GB lost, 31-52
Dec. 5, 1954 49ers 320 28 GB lost, 0-35
Dec. 12, 1953 Rams 335 26 GB lost, 17-33Nov. 22, 1951 Lions 325 31 GB lost, 35-52