The Washington Redskins offense put on an absolute show against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. They finished the night with 515 total yards on offense, 151 yards on the ground and 375 through the air. Robert Kelley rushing for 137 and three touchdowns on 24 carries, Kirk Cousins had three touchdowns in the passing game and feel just 25 yards short of a 400 yard performance.
There was legitimate concerns that Washington’s offense would struggle to finish drives, something they’ve dealt with all season, especially in the redzone. One reason for that was the Packers run defense, while their secondary has struggled, Green Bay had been rather stout against the run. Lastly, not many expected Cousins to win the Quarterback duel with that “bad man” Aaron Rodgers. Each and every one of those concerns were valid after a slow start from the Redskins offense. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, the Packers responded with 10 unanswered points to take a 10-7 lead. From that point on, the Washington offense hit another gear and never looked back.
The Redskins scored on their final six possessions, five touchdowns and one field goal as they put up 40 points for the first time this season. The success in the air was even more impressive considering it was a very windy night. Still, Cousins connected on three bombs downfield, two of which resulted in scores. The two deep touchdown passes were caught by Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder, the former Duke Blue Devil nearly had a second score, but he was stopped at the half inch line going in to score. Cousins completed passes to seven different receivers as his top receiving threats in Garcon, Crowder, Reed, and Jackson all had big nights as he finished with a passer rating of 145.8.
As great as Kirk played Sunday night, his offensive line and running back had just as great of a night. Washington displayed great balance offensively with 31 passes to 31 rushes, Kelley made the most of his opportunities running the ball. The Packers came into the game with a top 10 rushing defense in both yards per game and yards per attempt and early on it was tough sledding on the ground. Washington didn’t give up on it and eventually wore that Packers front seven down, that was evident in the 66-yard run late in the game to seal the game for Washington.
This type of offensive performance is what many fans expected this season, it came at a critical time for Washington. It remains to be seen if this can become the new normal for that side of the ball. The Redskins get a chance to replicate that performance this week when they play their division rivals. Washington may need every bit of their offense to take down a surging Dallas Cowboys team on Thanksgiving. In case that game becomes a shootout, Washington has shown that it can put up points. When the offense is rolling like that, it makes things easier on their defense.