GREEN BAY—Statistically, Sunday won’t go down as a great day for the Packers defense, but the final numbers don’t explain the tone Green Bay’s defense set early on in the 38-20 victory over Washington at Lambeau Field.
The Redskins finished with 422 yards, and quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 320, but as the Packers built a 24-0 halftime lead, the Redskins didn’t get more than four snaps in a possession the first four times they had the ball.
One of those was a three-and-out and on the other three Washington moved the chains on its first snap of the drive, only to go three-and-out from there. By the time tight end
“We did a good job on those,” outside linebacker
Notable plays were being turned in by multiple defenders.
The Packers kept the Redskins shut out through the first half with the help of a sack by
“I played tight end and wide receiver in high school, so it was pretty cool to get my hands on the ball,” Neal said.
In addition to getting some quality snaps from House, the secondary also used rookie safety
Fighting through it: Packers left guard
“That’s fun, man. That’s our version of playmaking, you know,” Sitton said. “To execute a really good block, that’s our playmaking. It doesn’t show up on the stats, but we know we did it, and it’s fun.”
The Packers offensive line looked a little shaky early, giving up back-to-back sacks of quarterback
But he was sacked just once more the rest of the day on his way to a franchise record-tying 480 yards passing.
“We had a good day. We had some adversity early, a couple sacks early, but we bounced back from it,” Sitton said. “There have been times around here where we haven’t bounced back from starts like that.
“There’s been times we’ve gotten good leads and let up, and we didn’t do that today. I’m proud of everybody for staying on it. We played a good four quarters.”
Getting loud: Sunday marked the regular-season debut of Lambeau Field’s new South End Zone, also known as “The Wall,” and players said they noticed an increase in volume right away.
“I could definitely tell,” receiver
The Packers set a new Lambeau Field attendance record on Sunday with 78,020 fans, but that likely won’t stand long. The stadium’s new capacity is listed as 80,750.
“Obviously, the Packers crowd is always good, but the extra seats truly help out, and the closed end,” cornerback
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