NFL Week 5: Packers @ Redskins

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins Sun. Oct. 10th 1pm EST

The Washington Redskins have been one of the worst teams in the league over the past few years, but after they made the deal in the offseason for six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb and hired two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Mike Shanahan, the struggling NFL franchise were able to turn their team around with high hopes for the future.

Even though adding Shanahan and McNabb were considered upgrades for Washington, many people still doubted the Redskins ability to compete in the NFC Conference or even in the very competitive NFC East division, but after the first four weeks of the season, the Washington Redskins are in first place in the NFC East.

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In Week 5, Donovan McNabb and company will put their first place standing on the line in perhaps their toughest matchup of the season so far against the Green Bay Packers. Despite coming into this season as arguably a Super Bowl title contender in the NFC Conference, the Packers have struggled on both sides of the football this season.

Coming into Week 5, the Packers are sporting a 3-1 record, but it hasn’t come easy as they faced some tough competition early in the season with the Philadelphia Eagles (27-20), Chicago Bears (20-17, loss) and the Detroit Lions (28-26) all giving Aaron Rodgers and company a run for their money.

In Week 5, things won’t get any easier for Mike McCarthy’s squad as the Washington Redskins will almost certainly give the Green Bay Packers a run for their money. The Redskins may not be one of the best teams in the NFC Conference just yet, but they are without a doubt an up and coming team with playoff aspirations this season.

The one thing that these two teams have really struggled with over the past few weeks has been their production in the ground game. It is no secret that the Packers have had their fair share of struggles running the football as they have had to play without running back Ryan Grant who went down with season-ending injury in Week 1, but the Redskins now have similar problems as they saw Clinton Portis go down last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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With both teams having a nonexistent running game, the Redskins and the Packers will go to the air in Week 5 with Aaron Rodgers and Donovan McNabb throwing the football 30+ times.

Even though the Washington Redskins will most likely be able to keep up with the Green Bay Packers, in the end I see Aaron Rodgers getting the best of Donovan McNabb as he has been as good as any quarterback in the league this season.

As of right now, the Green Bay Packers are favored to win this showdown of NFC Conference heavyweights with a -2.5 point spread. I believe that is a solid bet as the Packers should come out on top.

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