Aaron Jones knifes up the gut to puncture the Redskins defense in another slow start (9:10 first quarter): The Redskins’ defense — one week after it allowed the Carolina Panthers to score on their first two possessions — again looked sluggish to start Sunday. The Packers took advantage of starting their drive at midfield and marched quickly into the end zone for the day’s first score. Rodgers hit Jimmy Graham for a 20-yard gain, and Jones’s four-yard touchdown plunge put the Redskins down early.
Interception denies Redskins chance to capitalize before halftime (0:08 second quarter): The Packers were driving when linebacker Ryan Anderson sacked Rodgers and batted the ball free . The Redskins recovered at their own 40, and with three timeouts left, it seemed possible they could cut the deficit to at least 14-9 with a field goal. A hobbled Dwayne Haskins started to march his team down the field, but with eight seconds left, his pass deep left to Kelvin Harmon was picked off by Adrian Amos, keeping the Redskins far enough away to hold off later.
Derrius Guice rips off his longest rush of the afternoon but leaves with an injury (7:03 second quarter): The Redskins’ offense was just heating up when second-year running back Derrius Guice plowed through the right end for 23 yards — what would end up as the team’s longest rush of the game. The 22-year-old finished the play in pain on the ground.
Packers rookie safety Darnell Savage had lowered his shoulder and hit Guice in the left knee, the same one that troubled him last season when a torn ACL forced him to miss the entire year. It was concerning for Guice, who was later downgraded to out, because he missed nine games this season after he tore the meniscus in his right knee in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Guice flashed a thumbs up when he emerged from the medical tent Sunday, but he never reentered.
Redskins can’t convert a short third down, leading to Packers score (3:54 first quarter): The Redskins finally found some momentum on their third possession, leaning on running back Adrian Peterson for two runs. Then they went into an empty formation with no running back on third and one from their own 21. Haskins tried a quick slant to Terry McLaurin, but it was batted down at the line of scrimmage for the offense’s third straight three-and-out. The Packers got the ball back at their own 43-yard line and, five plays later, beat the defense for another touchdown. It was 14-0 early.
Terry McLaurin provides a reason for hope (1:22 fourth quarter): The Redskins knew that, even if they scored a touchdown, they were still in a difficult situation with the clock (ticking under two minutes in the fourth quarter) and the scoreboard (down five). But McLaurin emerged from a down day — he had no catches in the first half — to snag one of the Redskins’ best receptions of the season. Haskins threw a rocket between two defenders and McLaurin reeled the ball in with only his left hand. The connection between the rookies was one reason to remember that, even in a lost season, players making plays such as this could lead the team into a better future.
December 8, 2019 at 4:01 PM EST
Redskins march down and score, but they can’t recover the onside kick
Redskins rookie receiver Terry McLaurin made one of the most impressive plays of the team’s season when he reeled in a rocket throw with only his left hand for the touchdown.
The eight-play, 75-yard drive left just more than a minute on the clock and still put the team in a difficult situation to come back. When Devante Adams recovered the onside kick, it was ballgame. (Packers 20, Redskins 15, 1:17 fourth quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 3:48 PM EST
Packers’ offense deals critical blow to Redskins’ chances
The Packers chewed more than seven minutes off the clock with a 14-play, 74-yard drive that all but crushed the Redskins hopes of a comeback. The Redskins once looked in great position, pushing the Packers deep into their own territory and forcing them into a 3rd-and-14, but Aaron Rodgers made a surreal pass to Aaron Jones to extend the drive. Mason Crosby polished it off later with a 33-yard field goal. (Packers 20, Redskins 9, 2:38 fourth quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 3:32 PM EST
Redskins defense gives offense a chance, but it can’t capitalize
The Redskins defense forced another three-and-out for the Packers, and rookie cornerback Jimmy Moreland led the way with a tackle on Aaron Jones for a five-yard loss. The offense, led by a hobbled Dwayne Haskins, managed another first down but could do nothing with it. Haskins missed Kelvin Harmon deep down the middle on 3rd-and-6, and they sent the defense back onto the field looking for continued resilience.
December 8, 2019 at 3:18 PM EST
Hobbled Dwayne Haskins and Dustin Hopkins leading Redskins back into it
The Redskins forced a three-and-out and Dwayne Haskins walked back onto the field to lead offense. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was throwing on the sideline, and Haskins was hobbled, but Haskins stayed in. He handed the ball off twice and then, from shotgun, found Steven Sims for a first down.
The Redskins drive settled into a familiar rhythm. They mostly ran on first down (as they have 15 of 19 times so far this afternoon), flip-flopped on second (they’ve run it eight of 17 times) and passed on third down (as they have all nine times). Dustin Hopkins hit a 52-yard field goal to put the Redskins within one possession. (Packers 17, Redskins 9, 0:16 third quarter.)
December 8, 2019 at 2:59 PM EST
Dwayne Haskins limps off the field (again)
Dwayne Haskins limped back onto the field for the Redskins first drive of the second half. He favored his right ankle even while handing the ball off and appeared uncomfortable all drive. Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark crushed him on third down for a sack, and he looked immobile in the pocket. He limped off the field, and now the Redskins have to decide whether to stick with him for another drive.
The Redskins also officially downgraded Ryan Kerrigan to out with a right calf injury. (Packers 17, Redskins 6, 8:09 third quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 2:52 PM EST
Packers make good on first drive of the second half
This drive was not good for the Redskins. Defensive end Ryan Kerrigan limped off the field with a right calf injury (he’s questionable to return). The Packers converted another fourth down by pounding the ball up the middle. The Packers added to their lead with a 32-yard Mason Crosby field goal. The only good was that their coverage prevented Aaron Rodgers from converting another third down. (Packers 17, Redskins 6, 10:11 third quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 2:44 PM EST
Derrius Guice downgraded to out
December 8, 2019 at 2:29 PM EST
Redskins stuff Packers but can’t get any points before half
The Packers put together a dangerous, methodical drive, and after they converted a fourth down it looked as though they would close out the half with another score. But then linebacker Ryan Anderson hit Aaron Rodgers in the backfield and, with his head up, snagged the ball as it came loose. The Redskins recovered and suddenly found themselves with the ball at their own 40. They had all three timeouts.
Dwayne Haskins completed two quick passes, and the offense moved the ball again with a Packers penalty, but it resulted in no points. Haskins tried to find Kelvin Harmon deep left but Packers defensive back Adrian Amos picked him off — and Haskins took a big hit on the play. The half ended with action but no points, and Haskins limped to the locker room at halftime. (Packers 14, Redskins 6, halftime)
December 8, 2019 at 2:09 PM EST
Derrius Guice leaves with injury, but Adrian Peterson finds the end zone
Derrius Guice had one carry before this drive, then he started this one with four in the first five plays. His last one, a 23-yard burst off the right end, left him on the ground in pain. Packers first-round pick Darnell Savage out of Maryland had lowered his shoulder and hit Guice in the left knee.
Guice was concerned about his left knee, the same one he tore his ACL in and missed all of last season. This year, he had surgery on his torn meniscus in his right knee. Later, Guice emerged from the medical tent and flashed a thumbs up as Adrian Peterson picked up a first down with a 13-yard rush. Then, on the next play, Peterson fumbled but fell on the ball and recovered.
Steven Sims almost fumbled on the next play too, but the officials ruled he didn’t control the ball and it was an incomplete pass. The Redskins finally capitalized with a Dwayne Haskins deep ball to Kelvin Harmon for 30 yards, and Peterson punched it in for a 2-yard score.
Dustin Hopkins then missed the extra point. Guice was announced as questionable to return, and was seen standing on the sideline without his helmet. (Packers 14, Redskins 6, 3:48 second quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 1:53 PM EST
Packers miss deep pass, Redskins still have tough field position
The Packers were doing whatever they wanted to the Redskins. Aaron Jones ripped off a 42-yard run to start the drive, and the only reason the Packers didn’t follow it up with a huge pass to tight end Jimmy Graham was because Aaron Rodgers overthrew him. The Redskins seized the moment, stuffing Jones for a one-yard gain and then Rodgers and Graham couldn’t connect again and the Packers punted. The Redskins got the ball back at their own 5-yard-line. (Packers 14, Redskins 0, 9:37 second quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 1:47 PM EST
Packers gift Redskins their first down, Redskins can’t capitalize
The Redskins gained momentum on the ground on their last drive, only to use an empty formation on 3rd-and-1. They seemed determined to not replicate the same strategy this time, sticking with Adrian Peterson after an eight-yard run. He got stuffed, setting up another third down, but the Packers helped the Redskins along with a neutral-zone infraction for the Redskins' first first down of the day.
The Redskins quickly got to third down again, and Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine schemed up another look that got to Haskins and sacked him for the third time Sunday. The only positive for the Redskins was that, for the first time Sunday, the Packers fair-caught a punt. (Packers 14, Redskins 0, 11:30 second quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 1:36 PM EST
Packers capitalize again, look in rhythm
The Packers had to start this drive on their own side of the field for the first time Sunday, but they wasted no time driving back deep into Redskins territory. On the first play, Rodgers found Jimmy Graham for a slipping, sliding 25-yard completion.
The Packers followed up by feeding Aaron Jones on the ground for three plays until, off play action, Aaron Rodgers found tight end Robert Tonyan in the end zone for a touchdown. The Packers look as in rhythm as they could be. (Packers 14, Redskins 0, 0:39 first quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM EST
Redskins have third straight three-and-out
The Redskins rode Adrian Peterson on the first two downs, reestablishing the running game that was key last week. He gave them a 3rd-and-1 from their own 21, but Dwayne Haskins’ quick slant to Terry McLaurin was batted down at the line of scrimmage. It was subtle progress — but still a three-and-out.
They then allowed another season-best punt return to the Packers for the third straight time — this one 18 yards. (Packers 7, Redskins 0, 3:51 first quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 1:25 PM EST
Kerrigan sack ends Green Bay’s second drive
The opening-drive touchdown allowed, the Redskins defense seemed to ready to settle in again. The defense limited Jamaal Williams on back-to-back rushes up the middle and then outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, back from injury, sacked Aaron Rodgers on third down. The Redskins covered well and gave Kerrigan time. Now the defense hopes to carry that momentum into the rest of the game, like last week against Carolina. (Packers 7, Redskins 0, 5:25 first quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 1:20 PM EST
Redskins go three-and-out (again)
The Redskins offense has put together six plays so far, and they’ve totaled minus-5 yards. That’s mostly because Dwayne Haskins was sacked twice in the first four plays, including the second time appearing to slide his line to the left and allowing a free rusher to come off the edge to his right. The Packers are even capitalizing on the Redskins’ special teams, as their 10- and 12-yard punt returns are their two longest of the season.
December 8, 2019 at 1:14 PM EST
Redskins go three-and-out, Packers punch it in
The Packers won the toss, deferred to the second half and their defense made them look smart right away. The Redskins tried running the ball on their first two downs, gained one yard and saw their season-long third-down struggles continue when Dwayne Haskins got sacked. Their 26.5 third-down conversion percentage is last in the NFL.
The Packers got good field position starting at the 50-yard-line, and Aaron Rodgers found Jimmy Graham for a 20-yard gain. Green Bay then converted two third downs en route to a 4-yard touchdown run up the middle by Aaron Jones. The Redskins beat the Packers last season, but Rodgers wasn’t as mobile as he looked on that drive. (Packers 7, Redskins 0, 7:53 first quarter)
December 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM EST
Redskins announce inactives
The Redskins announced seven players inactive Sunday: WR Paul Richardson Jr., QB Colt McCoy, WR Trey Quinn, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, CB Aaron Colvin, LB Chris Odom and C Ross Pierschbacher.
Richardson and Quinn are dealing with lingering injuries. The only surprise was linebacker Chris Odom, who was one of the heroes in last week’s victory over the Carolina Panthers with three tackles and two sacks. This means linebacker Nate Orchard, the other surprise hero, is active along receiver Darvin Kidsy, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday.
This means the Redskins most notable set of skill position players all season. All four running backs — Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood — are active, and the receiving corps is three true rookies (Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, Steven Sims Jr.) and two players with a combined six games of NFL experience (Cam Sims, Kidsy).