April 24, 2014

Packers may catch a break with rusty RGIII

The Green Bay Packers will look for their first win of the season Sunday with a noon

Dom Capers

Dom Capers

kickoff against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field.

The Redskins lost their season opener, Monday night at home against Philadelphia and Robert Griffin III looked extremely rusty after being limited during training camp.  It would appear the Packers are catching RGIII at the right time.

Griffin returned early from major knee surgery back in January and appeared to be limited in what he did against the Eagles on Monday night.  He did improve in the second half of that game as the Redskins put together a comeback.  But he still lacked the explosiveness that he had as a runner last season when he won Rookie of the Year honors.

Griffin finished the game 30 of 49 for 329 yards, but 169 of those yards came in the 4th quarter when the Redskins scored 20 points in a comeback attempt that fell short.

The Eagles blitzed Griffin on nearly 50% of his pass attempts and the numbers were favorable for Philadelphia.  That could mean Dom Capers will dial-up a number of blitzes for the Packers on Sunday.

The question Capers will have to ask himself is this: Will RGIII have knocked off some of that initial rust off and how effective will he be against the Packers in week 2?

Last season, Griffin finished third in passer ratting (102.4) and fourth in completion percentage (65%).  He led the NFL in average yards per pass (8.14).  Griffin was an accurate passer last season.  If he regains some of that form by Sunday at Lambeau Field, the Packers could find themselves in a dogfight.