Trap Game: 5-1 Packers host 2-4 Washington

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Aaron Rodgers spoke the truth.

The Packers sit atop the NFC North Division with a 5-1 record and are in the midst of a brutal four-games-on-the-road-in-five-week-stretch of their 2021 schedule.

Green Bay took care of business on the road with victories over Cincinnati and Chicago, and now return home to host the 2-4 Washington at Lambeau Field at 12 noon Sunday.  The game will be televised exclusively in Western Wisconsin on FOX 25/48, followed by FOX Network postgame and Packers Blitz Live postgame show from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The game—on paper—appears to be a mismatch, with the Packers aiming for a sixth straight win and Washington trying to avoid a third consecutive loss.

Green Bay then has just four days to prepare to face the now unbeaten Cardinals in Arizona on a short week, and then rest for nine days before traveling to Kansas City on November 7 to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

The temptation to look ahead is human.  Rodgers never overlooks any opponent, but said he aware of his team’s schedule.

“I know what’s after this game,” the Green Bay quarterback said in his Wednesday press conference.

“A short week against an undefeated opponent.  A long week against the Kansas City Chiefs, defending representative in the Super Bowl from the AFC.  So we know what’s in front of us.

Personally, I don’t ever look past anybody, but you know what’s on the schedule.  That’s just kind of normal.  Anybody who doesn’t say that is probably just doing cliché talk.”

Green Bay’s success will key on Rodger’s stellar play, the strong production from the 1-2 punch of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, and a defense that has performed poorly in the red zone but limited opponents to under 22 points the past three weeks.

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Packers 33, Washington 20

Resiliency fueling five-game win streak as injuries mount.  Green Bay continues to rely on running game, Rodgers, and defense bending but not breaking and keeping Washington on 20 points or less.

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