Any win in the NFL is a good win. If you watched the Green bay Packers defeat the Washington Redskins in Week 14, it would be easy to be more impressed by the performance of the loser. The Packers picked up a 20-15 win in Week 14, but it was an unimpressive one.
Green Bay finished with 341 yards in the game and 107 of them came on their first two drives. After grabbing an early 14-0 lead, Green Bay was outscored 15-6 for the rest of the game. Aaron Rodgers was held to 195 yards through the air and Davante Adams was held to four catches for 41 yards.
The numbers are ugly, but a win is a win. Believe it or not, this unimpressive five-point win over the now 3-10 Redskins taught the world a little about the Packers.
What Did We Learn About Green Bay in Week 14
Green Bay led the Redskins 14-0 after just two drives, just like the Carolina Panthers did in Week 13. The difference was that the Redskins scored 29 unanswered points against Carolina to win the game. This did not happen when in Lambeau on Sunday.
The Packers defense showed up in this win. They were able to sack Dwayne Haskins four times, which has been a theme all season. Haskins and the Redskins were held to just 170 passing yards and 15 points. A good chunk of the passing yards came on the final touchdown drive when the Packers were playing prevent defense to milk the clock.
Aaron Jones was the X-Factor in Week 14. He carried the ball 16 times for 134 yards. Jones consistently kept drives alive using his legs and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. In a game where the passing game was not up to par, Jones took over and put the offense on his back.
We learned that the Packers are finding new ways to win games. This is not an offense that is leaning on Rodgers to make as many plays. He has thrown for 300 or more yards just three times this season. Green Bay has 10 wins and they have won games in all different ways.
In Week 14, it was Jones and the defense that led them to victory. This should make fans feel good moving forward. The days of wide receivers filling in the backfield are over. Jones is looking like a capable back who can carry a load. He just needs to show the ability to do it on a consistent basis. Their defense may not be the championship level of the 2014 Seattle Seahawks, but they have the ability to make opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable in the pocket.