Commanders Shock Packers, Win 23-21

Packers Shocked Commanders, 23-21
Side judge Dave Hawkshaw (107) listens to Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Al Drago) (Associated Press)

The Washington Commanders scraped by in a 23-21 win at home against the Green Bay Packers while being led by backup Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke made his first start this season after regular starter Carson Wentz went down with a fractured finger. By no means did the veteran backup blow anyone away with his performance, but he did manage to do what you want out of any backup QB. He did enough to win the game. As for the Packers, it was another putrid performance from the offense that ultimately did them in.

The Commanders finished with a balanced attack of rushing and passing. Heinicke threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns. His lone blemish was a pick-six thrown to Devondre Campbell in the second quarter. Paired with the passing attack was the combination of Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson. Robinson finished with 73 yards on 20 carries while Gibson had 59 on 10 attempts.

The Packers entered today with a reconfigured offensive line hoping to fix some of their offensive woes. Rookie Zach Tom started at left tackle while backup tackle Yosh Nijman was moved over to right tackle. It was also partially due to David Bakhtiari‘s ongoing leg injury issues. The experiment worked in a sense. They allowed no pressure. But the Packers’ offense only managed to find the endzone twice with both being passes to Aaron Jones. After Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur both expressed a desire to run more last week, it was expected to come to fruition this week. However, the Packers only ran the ball twelve times. It’s clear the Packers’ main issue is identity, as we’re halfway through the season and it is abundantly clear they have no idea what they want the offense to be.

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