Packers top Redskins, advance to Divisional Round

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LANDOVER, Md. — The Redskins had home field advantage and a packed house full of fans screaming You Like That! personalized nfl jerseys all evening, but they did not have Aaron Rodgers Jerseys. Green Bay stormed form behind and took Sunday night’s playoff game from the NFC East champions by a score of 35-18. They’ll face the Arizona Cardinals in the Divisional Round next week.

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1. When the Packers’ offense is working, Aaron Rodgers Jerseys is in command figuratively and literally. He seemed eager to jump into the no-huddle multiple times against the Redskins on Sunday night, perhaps because he felt it was the best way to keep Washington’s bigger defensive lineman from resetting or substituting — the Packers nailed Washington on two 12-man on the field penalties in one drive, including a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb — but it also seemed to give Rodgers a little bit more freedom. The Packers have been marred in a play-calling haze all season long, and this is probably the best way for Rodgers to call his own numbers.

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2. Washington players called Jordan Reed their Rob Gronkowski, and from a matchup standpoint, they were not far off early on Sunday. Reed punished Green Bay while in single coverage with defensive back Micah Hyde, forcing the Packers into a scenario where they might have needed to leave either DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon alone in single coverage. Reed was double teamed out of the box when Kirk Cousins walked into the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. If DeSean Jackson was the initial lynchpin for Cousins’ success this year, the way Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay toy with Reed is unfair at times and personalized nfl jerseys helped Cousins keep the hot streak alive.

3. Outside of an early safety, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was not punished as badly as we thought for leaving his tackles alone on an island — and he didn’t do it for long. Green Bay was immensely conservative early, especially on the opening drives, favoring an under center two-back look. Perhaps they had good reason — the game flipped on its side after Preston Smith bull rushed Green Bay’s tackle right into the end zone. Kudos for McCarthy though for insisting on some balance. Eddie Lacy Jerseys’s long fourth-and-1 ramble was a beautiful designed cutback and featured Lacy and fullback John Kuhn by design. Operating out of those bigger sets kept Rodgers upright all evening.

4. Washington will inevitably be kicked around again come Monday, but did anyone think FedEx Field would be hosting a raucous playoff game in January? If nothing else, the organization has neatly tucked most of their glaring dysfunction under the rug. They may or may not have a franchise quarterback, but at least know that Kirk Cousins will be the guy in 2016. If nothing else, it’s a testament to new general manager Scot McCloughan, who nailed his first four draft picks — Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, Matt Jones and Jamison Crowder — and provided this team with enough juice to win a bad division. It’s not perfection, but it’s not the scorched-earth team we’ve come to know that spends December and January lining up head coaching interviews.

5. With Green Bay struggling early on, there was a sense that they would never be completely out of the game because of Clay Matthews Jerseys. Dom Capers was trying to set him free all night and he managed to hit on a few stunts. Matthews might have moved inside begrudgingly, but it has taken his game to a new level in terms of what Capers can do in blitz packages. He came off the edge in the fourth quarter to stop one of Washington’s comeback drives dead in its tracks.

6. Before exiting the game with a knee injury, it was nice to see a bit of a Davante Adams Jerseys emergence on Sunday. Adams was the poster child for Green Bay’s Super Bowl run — a dynamic second-year player who would have another year in McCarthy’s offense. That didn’t quite happen, but Adams did manage to catch a 20-yard jump ball and later a touchdown to give Green Bay a 17-11 lead just before halftime. Rodgers’ lack of functional weapons is obvious. McCarthy was forcing the ball to Randall Cobb out of the backfield as a running back after he struggled in coverage. James Jones Jerseys seems to be the only receiver with inherent trust on timing routes. Anything else is up to Rodgers, who did a fine job making it work.

Sanders: Megatron retirement would be ‘devastating’

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The last all-time great to walk away from the Detroit Lions Jerseys is surprised another is possibly following his footsteps.

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Barry Sanders said Calvin Johnson Jerseys retiring would be a “big blow.”
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“I’m just shocked, man,” Sanders reporters Saturday at NFL Honors, via the Detroit Free Press. “Just shocked. And I feel like a lot of the other Lions fans; we’ll start knocking on his door around June, see if we can give him a nice peaceful off-season. We know he’ll make the right decision, but if he’s going to retire it’ll definitely be a big blow.”

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(Smash cut to Lions fans fainting at the irony.)

Sanders wouldn’t compare his own decision to walk away at 31 in July 1999 after ten pro years, to Megatron contemplating retirement after nine seasons. The Hall of Fame running back acknowledged that watching two star players retire with gas left in the tank would be gut-wrenching for Lions fans.

“It would certainly be difficult,” he said. “He’s given a lot to this organization and the team and he’s such a great player and one of those guys you just love having in the organization. It would be devastating, no question about it.”

Sanders said he’s happy with his decision to retire early, noting that he’s mostly healthy and, at 47, doesn’t yet have any lingering pain from his playing days.

Johnson turns 31 in September and has played through ankle, knee and finger injuries in recent years. The injuries are the main reason Megatron could walk away despite completing his sixth straight 1,000-plus yard season.

While the reebok nfl jerseys Lions’ brass has been mum about recruiting Johnson to return, Sanders was adamant he’d like to see the receiver continue his career.

“He’s a thoughtful guy,” Sanders said. “And I know he’ll do what’s best. But we’d love to have him back for a few more years.”

Breeland initially saw Norman as sign of disrespect

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Washington cornerback Bashaud Breeland Jerseys considered the news of Josh Norman Jerseys’s signing thoroughly over the past few days, but initially he couldn’t help but take it to heart.

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“If I can be honest, I took it as disrespect,” Breeland, a 2014 fourth-round pick, said on Sirius XM Sunday.

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Breeland eventually walked his comments back with the help of hosts Zig Fracassi and Rick Neuheisel, saying that Norman’s deal was great for cornerbacks across the NFL and that it was the ultimate “chess move” by the Redskins’ front office staff. In all, he sounds as excited as anyone would in his situation.

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Of course, how Breeland ends up feeling at the end of the season depends on a few different variables. If Breeland really does feel disrespected and elevates his game — Breeland started 15 games his rookie season and 13 last year, netting two picks in each season while establishing himself as a budding cover corner — it ends up benefitting him in the long run. If Norman is really a one-hit wonder, Breeland’s feelings would be totally justified.

Either way, it’s hard cheap nfl nike jerseys for him to fault Norman for coming to Washington and really if you listen to the rest of the interview Breeland doesn’t sound all that broken up about it. Under general manager Scot McCloughan and head coach Jay Gruden, the team hasn’t shied away from benching established stars or rewarding talent deep in the depth chart. Breeland can turn disrespect into buyer’s remorse in a heartbeat.