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Week 14 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 15, Green Bay Packers 20

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Washington Redskins

Washington was surprisingly competitive in this game.† Days like this show the potential of their defense but the offense has to come along as well.† Derrius Guice and Terry McLaurin can be real difference makers for Washington but until Dwayne improves the entire offense will be stuck in neutral.† Derrius continues to struggle with injuries which stalls his maturation with the offense as well.† Washington will need to address offense and defensive line talent in the off-season.† This can speed up the competition curve, but the overall team needs more talent.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers beat the Washington Redskins 20-15 to improve their record to 10-3 on the season. Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 28 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing five times for 16 yards. Aaron Jones rushed 16 times for 134 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes for 58 yards on seven targets. Jamaal Williams rushed seven times for 24 yards, but failed to record a catch for the first time all season. Davante Adams caught four passes for 41 yards, while Alan Lazard caught two passes for 19 yards. Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 49 yards , while fellow tight end Robert Tonyan, had the Packers only touchdown catch.

Washington Redskins

QB Dwayne Haskins, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 27 - 170 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0
Dwayne Haskins had a difficult day versus the Packers.† His struggles today had just as much to do with his lack of development as it did with playing against a strong defense.† A combination of inaccurate passes, bad reads, and stalled drives led to an almost empty first half.† However, he managed to put together a scoring drive with less than four minutes to go an avoided a first half shutout.† A few penalties assisted the drive, but he was still able to capitalize with a couple of throws and finished off by a goal line hand-off.† Majority of the second half carried the same issues for Dwayne as he struggled to find a rhythm.† One positive for Dwayne is that his one turnover was a meaningless play at the end of the half and didn't really count.† His pocket presence is still a major work in progress, and it showed today as he severely lacked internal timing.† For him to help this offense become more functional he will need to make quicker decisions pre-snap and post snap.† His one touchdown pass came in garbage time as the game was nearly out of reach.

RB Adrian Peterson, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 76 - 1
Adrian Peterson took over a full-time role once Derrius Guice went down.† He received twenty carries in this game as the scoreboard allowed him to be more involved than usual.† Being that the game was within one score, Washington had the opportunity to continue running the football.† Some of his usage could also be attributed to Washington's lack of confidence in their quarterback play.† Adrian scored one of the two touchdowns on the day as he received a goal line carry.† He will likely close out the year as the starter due to Derrius going down with a knee injury.††

RB Chris Thompson, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 43 - 0 (8 targets)
Chris Thompson didn't receive a carry in this game, but he did tally seven receptions.† He led the team in receptions as Dwayne relied on him in the short passing game.† Chris is the third down back for Washington and became even more important once Derrius went down.† Adrian isn't a great receiver out of the backfield so Chris will be heavily integrated moving forward.† † †

RB Derrius Guice, 9 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 42 - 0
Derrius Guice was running well but left the game early with a knee sprain.† He had five carries and was averaging over eight yards per carry.† It is really unfortunate he keep battling injuries because he looks to be an explosive asset for the Washington offense.

WR Steven Sims, Rec: 4 - 40 - 0 (7 targets)
Steven Sims had four receptions on seven targets.† Both are season highs for Steven as Washington was without a couple of starting receivers for this game.† His speed could be a real asset for the Washington offense if they weren't dealing with rookie struggles at quarterback.† Steven constantly made himself available upfield and could play a key role if given an opportunity.††

WR Terry McLaurin, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 57 - 1 (7 targets)
Terry McLaurin had one of the two touchdowns scored today.† It was an incredible grab as the pass was behind him and he hauled it in with one hand between two defenders.† Terry caught four of his seven targets and should have had a bigger day.† One bad drop and a few off-target throws limited his production.† Terry had no problem getting separation in coverage but as Dwayne continues his development Terry's abilities won't be at full bloom.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 30 - 0 (4 targets)
Kelvin Harmon was targeted four times but only recorded one catch.† Inaccuracies by the quarterback really hampered his ability to produce. Also, Kelvin pass catching ability is inconsistent so the margin of error on throws to him is slim.†

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 49 offensive snaps
Jeremy Sprinkle did not record a catch in this game.† He isn't a weekly contributor so days like this can happen more often than not.

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 28 - 195 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 16 - 0
Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 28 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions, while also rushing five times for 16 yards. While Rodgers did not throw an interception, it wasnít a clean sheet for him either, as he lost a fumble and was sacked four times by a Washington pass rush that kept the game close throughout. Rodgers came out hot to start the game, leading the offense to scoring drives on two of itís first three possessions, but then went eight consecutive drives without a touchdown for the rest of the game. Rodgers only touchdown pass of the night came with the Packers facing a second and ten from the Redskins 12 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket by his offensive linemen. Rodgers was looking over the middle the entire way through the play and found Tonyan wide open in the back of the endzone. The Redskins played a lot of zone throughout this game, which normally should have allowed Rodgers to carve them up, but the Washington pass rush made it tough on Rodgers to allow the routes to develop for his receivers. This should have been a much bigger game for Rodgers, but with Aaron Jones running effectively, the Packers did not need a huge game from Rodgers to come away with the victory.

RB Aaron Jones, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 134 - 1, Rec: 6 - 58 - 0 (7 targets)
Aaron Jones rushed 16 times for 134 yards and one touchdown, while also catching six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. For all intents and purposes, Jones was the Packers offense in this game, leading the team in rushes, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards and targets. While the Redskins secondary and defensive front did a good job limiting Rodgers in the passing game, they were equally bad at slowing down Jones running the football. Jones kicked the game off with a touchdown, which came with the Packers facing a third and one from the Washington four yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun with Jones lined up to his right. Jones received the handoff and then broke through the middle of the formation where he was hit low by a Washington defender at the two yard line. Jones managed to keep his momentum moving forward, barreling over the Redskins defender before crossing the goal line for the four yard touchdown. Jones had several long runs in this game, but none bigger than the 42 yard rush he had which started at his own 12 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and then handed off to Jones who was running up the middle of the formation. Jones broke through line and then accelerated into the Washington secondary, bouncing the run towards the left sideline. He was just met and tackled at the sideline by a Redskins defender, saving what would have been an 88 yard touchdown run by Jones.

RB Jamaal Williams, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 24 - 0 (1 targets)
Jamaal Williams rushed seven times for 24 yards and failed to turn his only target into a catch, the first time he has been held catch-less all season. This game was the Aaron Jones show, and when that happens, it is easy for Williams to fall into the background as he is not nearly the dynamic playmaker that Jones is. Williams remains a flex play in the fantasy playoffs, but with the Packers looking to lock up their playoff seeding, donít be surprised if they continue to lean on Jones, especially in games where Rodgers is met with an aggressive pass rush.

WR Davante Adams, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (6 targets)
Davante Adams caught four passes for 41 yards on six targets in the Packers win over the Redskins on Sunday. In a game where Rodgers only passed for 195 yards, Adams targets took a hit with the Packers leaning on Jones more and more as the game went on. This was the first game where Adams did not see double digit targets since week three (five consecutive games played), with his six targets being the second lowest heís seen all year. Adams is not having the dominant season that many expected, but that also has more to do with the Packers giving Jones more touches, than it does with how Adams is playing. The Packers close the year with three consecutive divisional opponents, so expect Adams to be more involved in the coming weeks.

WR Allen Lazard, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (3 targets)
Allen Lazard caught two passes for 19 yards on three targets in the Packers win over the Redskins on Sunday. A week after having his biggest game of the season, Lazard fell back down to earth in a game where the Packers were content to let Jones carry the offense. As mentioned above, Lazard has clearly moved into the #2 receiver spot opposite Adams, but the Packers are not passing enough to make him fantasy viable every week. Heís a dart throw this week against the Bears, but with Rodgers at quarterback, he still has enough upside to make him a player to consider if you are thin at wide receiver.

WR Geronimo Allison, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (1 targets)
Geronimo Allison caught one pass for 11 yards on one target in the Packers win over the Redskins on Sunday. This was another forgettable outing for Allison who has clearly fallen by Alan Lazard for the #2 receiver position. The Packers are not passing nearly enough to sustain more than two receiver positions, let alone three with Jones seeing so many targets coming out of the backfield.

TE Jimmy Graham, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 49 - 0 (5 targets)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 49 yards on five targets in the Packers win over the Redskins on Sunday. This was Grahamís most productive game since week 10, and it could have been even bigger had Rodgers not overthrown him on a pass that would have went for a 50 yard touchdown. The old Jimmy Graham might have been able to make the catch, but this version is a lot less athletic and is getting by more on veteran savvy than any of his past physical gifts.