After a disappointing Week 1 from both clubs, the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins both start the season, perhaps unexpectedly, 0-1. A big game from Colin Kaepernick and yet another referee mishap cost the Packers a close one in San Francisco last week, while the Redskins were outpaced by Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. One team will walk off Lambeau's turf feeling much better with a .500 record on Sunday, while the other will find themselves in a 0-2 hole.
After being torched by Kaepernick's legs during last year's playoff loss, the Packers came into the season opener dead set on limiting the 49ers' success on the ground. They succeeded in that regard -- San Francisco had just 90 rushing yards -- but allowed Kaepernick to explode through the air for three touchdowns and over 400 yards passing. The decision to focus on run or pass gets no easier this week as they go up against the dual-threat abilities of RGIII, who will likely give them a heavy dose of read-option looks.
That is, of course, dependent upon which RGIII shows up on Sunday -- the one from the first half of the Eagles game that threw two picks and had a 22.2 passer rating by intermission, or the one from the second half that threw for 276 yards and led the Redskins to within six points of a brilliant comeback. It's easy to chalk up his sloppy start to rust, but Sunday will show whether or not he can return to the form that made him last season's Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. ET
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
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