Packers could roll behind O-line
By GERY WOELFEL
One of the primary reasons the Green Bay Packers are 5-1 has been the stunningly impressive play of their makeshift offensive line.
The Packers’ O-line has been without All Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari all season as he recovers from knee surgery, and have played several games without the services of two other highly regarded linemen: Elgton Jenkins and rookie center Josh Myers.
Despite their injury woes, the O-Line has performed at a high level and will have to deliver another quality showing against Washington today at Lambeau Field. Washington has a talented defensive line and boasts two of the best young defensive ends in the game in Chase Young and Montez Sweat.
Sweat has three sacks and Young 1.5 sacks this season and, while those aren’t gaudy numbers, both players have the capabilities to wreak havoc on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
If the Packers’ O-line can neutralize Young and Sweat, Green Bay could cruise because the Washington’s overall defense has been downright awful.
Washington ranks 31st of 32 teams in yards allowed per game at 423 per game. Only Seattle is worse at 433.2.
Washington’s pass defense is brutally bad. It is dead last in the league in passing yards allowed per game at 309.5.
Offensively, Washington isn’t good either. Washington has scored 22 points, or fewer, in four games this season, including just 13 last week against Kansas City.
If the O-line does it job, Rodgers & Co. are going to light up the scoreboard.
Prediction: Packers 34, Washington 20.