For better or for worse, there’s always one player who turns the tide in a game. That player isn’t always the star, it’s a player that may have a nose for the ball or simply have the fortune of being in the right place at the right time on the right play. We all know Aaron Rodgers and DeSean Jackson are game breakers, but here are some “other” guys, who could be “X-Factors” in Sunday’s Wild Card game between Washington and Green Bay. Guys that could swing the outcome of the game in their team’s favor.
Green Bay: Lane Taylor
The health of Packers tackle David Bakhtiari is in question and if he misses the game, Green Bay will have to rearrange their starting offensive line. Last week, the Packers moved guard Josh Sitton to left tackle and Lane Taylor got the start at left guard. If that lineup is the same going into Sunday’s game then Taylor will have his hands full with Redskins defensive tackles: Chris Baker and Terrance Knighton, who I would argue are the strengths of the defense. Taylor has only started two games in his career while Baker and Knighton finished with a combined 7.5 sacks this season. Rodgers was sacked 46 times this year, the Packers have given up 47 sacks on the season (5th worst in the NFL).
Washington: Will Compton
Compton has went from an undrafted no-name to the quarterback of the defense, on Sunday he will draw the assignment of matching wits with Aaron Rodgers. Compton will be responsible for putting his other 10 teammates in the right position to succeed. Which is certainly a challenge against one of the NFL’s most dangerous signal callers. Green Bay’s offense has fallen on rough times, but with one of the top quarterbacks in the league, fortunes can change fast. Compton finished the season with 94 tackles, second on the team behind Dashon Goldson.