If you stopped watching the Washington Redskins several weeks ago, you missed a pair of wins against opponents not named the Miami Dolphins. Washington is now 3-9 and heads north for a December game on Green Bay’s frozen tundra. Here’s what to watch for in this chilly matchup:
Opponent: Green Bay Packers (9-3)
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
Radio: The Team 980, ESPN 630AM
What to watch for:
• Derrius Guice had a career day against Carolina last week, scoring twice and racking up 129 yards thanks to 60- and 38-yard runs along the way. The Packers allow 123 rushing yards and about one touchdown per game on the ground, so the setting is ripe for Guice and Adrian Peterson to enjoy another productive day. For all the misery the 2019 season has provided fans, Guice, quarterback Dwayne Haskins and wideout Terry McLaurin are starting to emerge as a trio the team could build around. But let’s see how the youngsters handle Lambeau Field.
• Outside linebacker Preston Smith is having a career year. Too bad it’s for the Packers, not the Redskins. The former Washington second-round pick joined Green Bay in free agency and already has a career-high 10.5 sacks through 12 games. “We knew all along he’s got the talent to be a dominant player in the league,” interim coach Bill Callahan said. “He’s shown that and demonstrated it and he’ll be a challenge for us.” At least Washington likely will have edge rusher Ryan Kerrigan back from a concussion.
• The Redskins’ defense has played some of its best football during this two-game winning streak, but that was against a pair of backup-caliber quarterbacks, Jeff Driskel and Kyle Allen. Nobody will mistake Aaron Rodgers for a backup, and Washington will have perhaps its toughest test remaining this season when Rodgers lines up on the other side of the line. He’s had a few underwhelming games this year, but Rodgers is coming off a four-touchdown performance in the snow against the Giants.
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