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Redskins-Packers keys to victory: offense

For this weekend's game against a very talented Green Bay defense, here's what the Redskins must do to have a chance to win.

The Redskins were finally able to get the running game going against the Eagles. They will once again need to run the ball effectively on Sunday. It will be very important that they control the time of possession against the Packers. The Redskins did not get that done in the Eagles game, and managed to win. But I'm willing to guarantee that if they don't win time of possession on Sunday, they won't beat a team of the caliber of Green Bay.

Donovan McNabb also must have a better day passing the ball. Green Bay's defense is known for causing turnovers and converting them into points. The Packers will look to scheme off of McNabb's main targets -- Santana Moss and Chris Cooley. At this point, who cares if the defense brackets these guys? Get them the ball, create match ups, especially with Cooley, and get him the ball. It's also about time Joey Galloway gets it going. This could be the game.

Another key: Convert 3rd downs. By having success on 3rd downs, you lengthen the amount of time of a drive and keep Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense off the field.

The Redskins red zone offense must be effective as well. Touchdowns in the red zone will be an important key to the game.

And last, but certainly not least, the Redskins must cut down on penalties. Costly penalties will cost the Redskins this game. There have been too many dumb penalties, especially by the O-line. They must be disciplined enough to avoid penalties.

The Redskins will have to play on a very high level offensively if they want to have a chance to be successful against this defense. The Redskins can't count on the defense to keep opponents' high-octane offenses under 20 points every week. The offense must help.

In this contest, the edge goes to Green Bay. With their front seven, along with having last year's defensive MVP, you've got to give the edge to the Packers.

By LaVar Arrington  | October 5, 2010; 9:34 AM ET
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Lavar, I thought we were comparing Redskins and Packers offenses? What's with the last line "With their front seven, along with having last year's defensive MVP, you've got to give the edge to the Packers." I understand that affects the offense but thats too much of a variable

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 5, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Didn't the Lions just put up 26 points and 360 yards passing on the indomitable Green Bay defense?

The DBs for Green Bay didn't look like MVPs in that contest.

Yes, Clay Matthews is a pro bowl talent and GB has a solid defense, but it is no better than the Cowboys front seven in Game 1.

With Trent Williams and Artis Hicks back in the lineup this week, McNabb should have more time to throw the ball.

I like the Redskins' increasing use of the two tight end set.

At first the team used it on passing downs only, but now we are seeing it on first down and as a way to block edge rushers at the point of attack.

That's the reason Joe Gibbs introduced it as a staple of the offense in the 1980's, to counter the effectiveness of the rushers in the NFC East like Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White and Ed Too Tall Jones.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 5, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The Lions have Calvin Johnson(a beast)at the wideout the Skins don't have anybody approaching CJ's ability and Lavar; i just saw you Wsh.Post with Rick and Dan and what's his face(the host) Lavar.....Comb that hair!!! dude it looks like you just climbed outta bed!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

this is why this is a weird season for the skins. mad potential, defensively and offensively. we shred defenses. but it all stops in the 2nd half. someone tell the coaches and mcnabb to continue their streak instead of holding the ball for a half and draining the clock. id like to see the texans or the eagles come back from a 40-0 deficit in the second half....

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | October 5, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

More of the obvious. You got your bases covered. Come on LaVar, tell us something we don't already know.

Posted by: sjp879 | October 5, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

McNabb clearly gave the Skins enough info on his old team to fool them the 1st quarter. After that it was Redskin business as ususal. No show in the second half.
It would have been a real game if Vick had fished the game.
The NFL is a real mess this year, consistent play is a joke, everyone calls this sloppy football, the NFL execs like to call it parity.
Serious football will start in December until then I'll watch the highlights.

Posted by: dannyboyrules | October 5, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow... what a talent for stating the obvious Lavar! Why not throw in protecting the QB and solid tackling on defense to complete the basic football cliches.

Say... has Washington led time of posession in ANY game this season?

C'mon man, you gotta have more than this.

Posted by: Redskinrex | October 5, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

if our offense can continue to convert on 3rd down and maintain drives, it doesn't matter how vaunted a defense is...they'll get tired. the main thing is having our o line play like they thugs. i'm not talking about all the grabbing like heyer does. i mean playing w/ a stank azz attitude and really wanting to b!tch slap someone! our o gets very little push at the point of contact and it's quite apparent on the pitch and sweep plays. the defenders are in the backfield almost as soon as the rb takes the handoff. that's utterly pathetic. as i said and i'll say it again...the runner needs to have patience and be decisive. don't dance (we go enuff of that w/ randle el on returns last season), hit the hole w/ authority, on pass plays, put moss in the slot. charles woodson is no slouch and he's gonna press jam moss on every passing play. keep heyer out of the lineup...his fat azz is a drive killer! on defense, jam the receivers plain and simple. our linebackers need to stop overcommiting to run plays that will more than likely result in a cutback. hey haynesworth...stop passrushing too high! as strong as your country azz is, you need to lower your center of gravity and get under you blocker's pads. no use being one of the strongest d linemen in the league if you can't use it right! buchanan...stop fuqqin pulling on the receiver's jersey! i saw you do it 5 times before the ref caught you! already know what me, the rest of the reddskins faithfuls and even your teammates are gonna say....catch the FUQQIN ball! it's like your hands suffer from football premature can't hold it! HTTR

Posted by: charronegro1971 | October 6, 2010 5:39 AM | Report abuse

Lavar never seems to mention turnovers as one of these "keys", despite the fact that the Skins are tied for 3rd in the NFL in turnover differential. It seems at least half of our two NFC East wins is mainly attributable to avoiding and forcing turnovers.

Regarding avoiding penalties, I think most penalties like holding, pass interference, and even offsides come as a result of getting beat by your opponent. In the absence of these infractions, the offender would just get beat for a sack, or big play, respectively. So, the real "key" is simply to outplay your opponents. If only it were that simple.

Posted by: jboogie1 | October 6, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins' offense has to do what the defense was finally able last weekend; play for 60 minutes.

Somebody needs to tell the offense and Kyle that NFL games are 60 minute affairs.

Hopefully, the defense doesn't forget it either.

The Packers' defense is massively overrated . Just run it at them all day, mix in a little play action and Washington wins going away 30-20.

Posted by: alocowboy | October 6, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

You are absolutely right about the time of possession. Look for the Redskins to play Packers offense, the same way, the did the Cowboys -- which is employ a nickel D, inducing the Packers to run the ball -- hence not passing, and wearing out the clock. As long as the Packers are not passing the ball, the more they can keep Aaron Rodgers from dropping back, the better chance the skins have to win this game. With that said, it doesn't look good, I am willing to bet that Carlos Rodgers, drops two potential INTs. What a waist! The skins could have had Demarcus Ware instead of this fool, who isn't dedicated enough to spend time with coaches 'catching balls' and improving his hand/eye coordination.

Posted by: friendofalobar | October 6, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I think that we need to understand that Kyle Shanahan ran the offense of a team that was already running the zone scheme offense because if i'm not mistaken Kubiak was calling the plays for a while. Given time and the proper personel he will be able to manage the game better. The O-line is still not built for the zone scheme yet but it will get there im sure. Even will that being said they are still better than they have been the last couple of years so for me I do look forward to this year and the future with Mike and Kyle.

Posted by: wattsicon | October 6, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Put Lavar out of his misery - use his keys to drive him back to Penn State. The dude is out of his league.

Posted by: g0tcha | October 7, 2010 4:35 AM | Report abuse

McChicken ran for his life and picked up 1/3 of the rushing yards on desperation scrambles. we have 0 receivers who belong here and not in CFL, Torrainwreck will get beat up and fumble soon, they defense had to hang on to win against spingarn eagles with a pass hitting stone hands Avery in the mouth (andre johnson catches that and elbows the defender in the eye and holds the ball up) and razor lip shanahan has pulled 2 horeshoes out of his rear. had the dog whisperer not gone down we lose 27-14 min...we are khairtaing!

Posted by: doyouktt | October 7, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

So Lavar thinks readers need his expertise and insight as a former professional player to tell us the keys to the Skins winning this football game are:

Running the ball effectively.
Passing the ball effectively.
Converting 3rd downs.
Avoiding dumb penalties.
Scoring touchdowns in the red zone.

There isn't enough duh in the world to form a proper response. This reads like it was written for 2nd graders to explain the obvious fundamentals of the game.

Posted by: CommieX | October 7, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

LaVar is truly the master of the obvious.

Come on man, you can do better than that.

Posted by: owiz | October 7, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Those of you haters out there rippin LaVar, why not post your wonderfully knowledgeable insights on Sundays game??

You should tell the other readers here the things that aren't so obvious. Lets hear it.

Posted by: skins91r | October 7, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

lavar, the man who didn't play on a winning team in washington yet dissed shanahan and said his 2 super bowls can't be credited to him. this guy's a moron!

Posted by: zekemowatt56 | October 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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