Redskins Week: Packers must stop Tremendous Trio on Defense
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider senior editor
Orakpo, Kerrigan & Bowen not a law firm, but must be contained for Rodgers to get offense on track
~Rookie David Bakhtiari just finished his first game as Aaron Rodgers’ blind side protector. The Niners two Pro Bowlers Aldon and Justin Smith were a handful, but Bahktiari did okay for himself.
But there’s no time for rest for the rook as former Rookie of the Year Brian Orakpo is up next across Bahktiari this Sunday at Lambeau Field when the Washington Redskins (yes that’s their name Peter King) come to town.
But there’s more than just Orakpo to worry about.
Next to Orakpo is veteran Stephen Bowen, a classy guy who’s always reliable and always manages to occupy two blockers. He does the dirty work, occupying the LG and often C or LT, freeing up Brian Orakpo to have to just beat one blocker.
And on the opposite side, Don Barclay will have to contend with talented Ryan Kerrigan.
Make no mistake about it, Aaron Rodgers will face plenty of pressure once again.
Last week, in the return of QB Robert Griffin, it was the Redskins defense that was on it’s heels from the get-go.
Philly’s high-flying offensive debut by head coach Chip Kelly was a hit, and the kinetic, fast-break pace was more than the Redskins were prepared to deal with.
Michael Vick is still healthy, and people forget how great of a runner he is. He’s Kaepernick or RG3 like.
The Packers don’t have that read-option, running threat for the Redskins defense to worry about, so their guys off the edge are going to be able to pin their ears back on passing downs and come after Rodgers. They have a very talented group of pass rushers.
To combat that threat, the offensive line is going to have to do a lot better job pushing people off the line and getting Eddie Lacy a hole or two to run through.
Last week, the only few plays they opened a decent hole on were called back on penalties to LG Josh Sitton. Sitton, by the way, is currently dealing with a back issue which bears monitoring.
The men in the middle of the linebacking unit for Mike Shanahan’s defense is 54-year old London Fletcher, and Perry Riley, #56.
Riley had 15 tackles last week, 2 QB hits, and a sack.
Fletcher has been there forever and he’s very assignment-sure.
On the back end, Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall are corners who have been known to make big plays, and are capable of giving up the big play.
Rookie safety Bacarri Rambo had a decent game last week in coverage in his debut, and also had a sack of Michael Vick.
Rambo doesn’t have great speed though, and the Packers would like to get him isolated on Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb if possible.
The work of the Packers offensive line will go a long way to determining which of these teams leaves the field at 0-2.