NFL Week 3 FOX Packers @ Redskins Preview
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Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins – 1:00 pm on FOX
RODGERS STAYS COOL UNDER PRESSURE
Two weeks into the 2018-19 NFL season, Aaron Rodgers is the highest-graded quarterback and has recorded the second-highest passer rating (78.9) when under pressure
THIRD DOWNS ARE RODGERS’ BREAD & BUTTER
Rodgers’ big-time throw percentage (9.6) and passer rating under pressure (90.6) on third downs lead all signal-callers after two weeks.
PACKERS AREN’T PRESSURING THE QUARTERBACK
PACKERS’ ROOKIE CORNERBACK TANDEM HAVE ELITE POTENTIAL
Josh Jackson and Jaire Alexander both earned 90.0-plus overall grades throughout their collegiate careers, and the duo is on the fast track to similar success in the NFL.
A CLOSER LOOK AT SMITH’s ACCURACY CONCERNS
Though he thrived heaving the deep ball to Tyreek Hill a year ago, Alex Smith struggled to remain accurate throwing passes at the intermediate (10-19 yards) level. His accuracy percentage at the intermediate level was 4.6 percent below average among qualifiers in 2017.
CHRIS THOMPSON IS A MISMATCH NIGHTMARE
Redskins running back Chris Thompson, a 5-foot-8 speedster and efficient route-runner, is Smith’s favorite target through two weeks. Thompson ranked first and third in yards per reception and yards after the catch per reception, respectively, in 2017.
Redskins feature a rising star along the defensive line
Washington defensive interior Matt Ioannidis has earned a 90.9 pass-rush grade through Week 2, and his play in 2017 indicates such high-level success is here to stay. Ioannidis ranked fifth in pressure percentage (13.3) among qualifiers a year ago.
GRAB POPCORN FOR NORMAN VS. ADAMS
Josh Norman has lost a step since his career year in 2015 (85.7 overall grade), but he’s still more than capable of giving Packers wide receiver Davante Adams a run for his money on Sunday.