Week 3: at Washington Redskins
Just like the Vikings, the Redskins went through a makeover on offense. Instead of committing to Cousins, they traded for quarterback Alex Smith. Smith signed a contract extension with Washington for four years, $94 million with $71 million guaranteed.
This Week 3 game will be the first uncontested matchup for the Packers.
The offseason moves made by the Redskins will take time to mesh together. Also, their offseason losses outweigh their gains.
Tight end Jordan Reed has struggled to stay on the field due to injuries. Wide receiver Josh Doctson hasn’t lived up to the first round hype coming out of TCU. The Redskins will need big games from these two to make this close. On the defensive side, the Redskins traded away cornerback Kendall Fuller, replacing him with Orlando Scandrick.
By Week 3, the Packers will know who they’re playing opposite of Davante Adams at wide receiver, billing this matchup as a key one for the Redskins.
The last time the Packers played in Washington D.C., it resulted in a 42-24 loss during the 2016 season. This loss sparked the “I feel like we can run the table” comment from Aaron Rodgers. And he was right. The Packers went on to win their final six regular season games and win the NFC North.
Prediction: Packers 31, Redskins 14 (3-0)