Packers Look to Halt Two-Game Skid
Teams in similar positions will meet when the Green Bay Packers go on the road to take on the Washington Commanders on Sunday.
Green Bay won three of its first four games but has stumbled since. The Packers are on a two-game losing skid, giving them a 3-3 record. Despite its recent struggles, Green Bay remains in second place in the NFC North with a win over Chicago and a loss to Minnesota.
The Commanders got their second win of the season after losing their previous four. At 2-4 and with losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, the Commanders are last in the NFC East.
The Packers have the second-best chance to win the NFC North with +265 odds while the Commanders are chosen to finish last in the NFC East with +10000 odds.
Packers: Special Teams Stumbles
Green Bay has been troubled in recent weeks, falling in back-to-back games for the first time under head coach Matt LaFleur.
The Packers have struggled to do anything particularly well lately, with both the defense and offense off stride.
The defense has allowed 27 points in each of its last two losses while the offense can’t seem to find a rhythm. The offensive linemen are also struggling to block, allowing Aaron Rodgers to get sacked six times in the past two games.
However, while the offense and defense have had their troubles, the special teams in the Packers’ 27-10 loss to the New York Jets added another issue for Green Bay to fix.
Green Bay, which struggled to get into New York territory for most of the game, managed to get into field goal range at the end of the first quarter. However, the field goal was blocked by Quinnen Williams.
The Packers had another issue later on in the third quarter.
After a Jets touchdown gave them a 10-3 lead, Green Bay went three-and-out on the next drive. New York proceeded to block the ensuing punt and returned it for a touchdown, putting the Jets up 17-3 within a matter of minutes.
Green Bay also blocked a punt of its own but was unable to turn it into anything.
The special teams unit is just one of Green Bay’s recent issues, though the Packers have the opportunity to get back on track against a stumbling Commanders team.
Commanders: Unexciting Offense
Although Washington won its most recent game over Chicago, its offense wasn’t the main reason for it.
The Commanders, who won 12-7, were helped by two turnovers from their defense while the Bears also gave up a pair of scoring chances on back-to-back drives.
Washington finished the game with 214 total yards, with its rushing game making up most of it for 128 yards. The game against Chicago was the fourth game in a row that the Commanders have failed to reach 20 points.
Though Washington averaged 27.5 points in its first two games, the team has reached 15 points in just one of its past four games. The Commanders are in the bottom four in the league in scoring, averaging 17.0 points.
The Commanders are also in the bottom nine in total yards, averaging 320.3 yards a game.
Quarterback Carson Wentz has been leading the offense in the first six games, throwing for 1,489 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in that span. However, after undergoing surgery on a broken finger, backup Taylor Heinicke will now take over.
Heinicke started 15 games for Washington last season and threw for 3,419 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while also rushing for 313 yards.
Though Washington’s offense has been slow in recent games, a replacement at quarterback may help kick-start it.
Packers vs Commanders Game Injuries
Packers vs Commanders Head-to-Head
Green Bay and Washington have played each other 36 times in the regular season. The Packers lead the series 20-15-1 and have won four of the last six meetings, including winning last year’s matchup 24-10 in October at Lambeau Field.
Packers vs Commanders Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 23
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
- How to Watch Packers vs Commanders? ESPN
Packers vs Commanders Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Packers vs Commanders Betting Lines
Packers vs Commanders Prediction
Neither team has been able to do much on offense in recent weeks. Washington is coming off a win and is at home, but Green Bay is reeling and in need of a win.
With the Commanders’ recent struggles, this seems like the chance for the Packers to get a bounce-back win.
The Commanders have had trouble stopping anyone besides the Bears, and with Green Bay’s stronger defense, the Packers should cover with a win on the road.
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