Last Sunday, the Green Bay Packers emerged from a week two contest against Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings with a 29-29 tie. One week later, the team will be in Washington to play Cousins’ former team, which is now quarterbacked by Alex Smith.
Washington traded for Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, agreeing to the trade on January 31st after deciding that they would not try to re-sign Cousins, who would become an unrestricted free agent in March. Through two games, Smith has been a similar quarterback to what he has displayed over much of the past six seasons, dating back to his last year in San Francisco — he throws a large number of completions, many of them short passes, and he avoids interceptions.
Indeed, Smith has completed 71.1% of his passes so far with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Meanwhile, he is averaging 7.2 yards per attempt, putting him 18th in the NFL among qualified passers. By comparison, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ranks tenth at 7.9 YPA.
Check out our Game Primer below as we get ready to watch the Packers attempt to improve to 2-0-1 on the season on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers (1-0-1) vs. Washington (1-1)
Sunday, September 23rd
1:00 PM Eastern Time
All-Time Head-to-Head History
Regular Season: Packers lead 18-14-1
Playoffs: Packers lead 2-1
Regular Season: Week 10 2016 — @Washington 42, Packers 24
Playoffs: 2015 Wild Card Round — Packers 35, @Washington 18
2018 Results So Far
Week 1: W 24-23 vs. Bears
Week 2: T 29-29 vs. Vikings
Week 1: W 24-6 @ Cardinals
Week 2: L 21-9 vs. Colts
Packers favored by 3 points
Over/under total: 45.5