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Instant Analysis: Injuries Hamper Redskins In 20-15 Loss To Packers


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- First Derrius Guice left the game with a knee injury and after that Quinton Dunbar went out with a hamstring issue. The Redskins then played most of the second half without perennial Pro Bowler Ryan Kerrigan, who gingerly walked off the field with calf injury.

All the while, first-round rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins dealt with what looked to be a leg issue, limping on and off the field throughout the second quarter and getting up slow after sacks.

The hobbled Redskins once again went down 14-0 to start Sunday's game, but this time their offense (262 total yards) could not overcome the team's slow start in an eventual 20-15 defeat to the Green Bay Packers. The loss snaps the Redskins' two-game winning streak and marks their fifth consecutive loss at Lambeau Field -- a streak that dates back to 1988.

'"As I addressed the team a few minutes ago, I thought our grit was good. We were resilient and we persevered," interim head coach Bill Callahan said after the game. "But we didn't finish. There's a lot of inner drive -- there's a lot of guys that dug deep today, that played hard -- and that's all good. But collectively we didn't come out with the W, and that's the bottom line."

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Running back Aaron Jones carried Green Bay (10-3 overall) with 192 yards of total offense on 22 touches. He scored his NFL leading 12th rushing touchdown of the season on the Packers' first offensive possession, which covered seven plays, 50 yards and fewer than four minutes of game action.

Later in the quarter, following the Redskins' third straight punt to start the game, quarterback Aaron Rodgers led another touchdown drive that included three carries from Jones and concluded with a 12-yard pass to tight end Richard Tonyan.

The Packers dominated the opening period, gaining 111 yards of total offense and six first downs. The Redskins countered with 12 yards on 10 plays.

But similar to their 29-21 win in Carolina last week, Washington (3-10) got back into the game with a run-heavy offense and a stout defense. The Redskins picked up nine first downs in the second quarter alone, many of which came from Guice and fellow running back Adrian Peterson during an impressive 95-yard scoring drive.

However, it was on this possession that Guice weaved his way for a 23-yard scamper before taking a nasty hit to the knee that left him in pain on the field. After further evaluation, the Redskins ruled the second-year running back out for the game.

With Guice on the sidelines, Peterson reassumed the role of the workhorse in the backfield and made the most of his chances. The 34-year-old gobbled up 76 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown in the second quarter, which brought the Redskins within 14-6 by intermission.

"I knew we had a chance [to win]," Haskins said. "We just had to make some things happen."

The Redskins kept within striking distance after intermission. The defense held the Packers to a pair of field goals, while the offense found the end zone again on a touchdown pass from Haskins to rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin in the fourth quarter.

However, the Ohio State connection came too late, as only 72 seconds remained and the Redskins had zero timeouts. A failed onside kick all but sealed the defeat.

In his fifth-career NFL start, Haskins completed 16 of his 27 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He spread the ball around Sunday, with McLaurin, running back Chris Thompson and undrafted rookie wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. all having at least 40 yards receiving on seven or more targets.

"As long as I'm back there, I'm going to try and figure out a way to get those guys to play to the best of their abilities throughout the game," Haskins said. "We have great veteran leadership up front -- they make things work -- and Adrian [Peterson] does a great job getting us together. And the three [rookie wide receivers], they're hungry, and we want to go out there and win games."

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