Green Bay Packers crush Washington Redskins in first half, 24-0

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Updated: September 15, 2013

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a career-best first half against the Washington Redskins to take a 24-0 lead.

The Green Bay Packers offense continued its string of precision passing, scoring on three of their first four drives to take a 24-0 advantage to the locker room.

After an early rocky start in which they gave up three sacks, including two on consecutive plays, the offensive line settled in, giving backup running back James Starks room to run and quarterback Aaron Rodgers time to throw.

They probably could have scored 31 points, but wide receiver James Jones fumbled at the goal line for a touchback. There was not enough time remaining on the clock for  the Washington Redskins to capitalize on the turnover, so they simply took a knee.

Standouts

Aaron Rodgers was absolutely dominant in the first half, completing 23 of 27 passing attempts (83.9 percent) for a career-high 335 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged an outstanding 10.8 yards per attempt despite being harried in the first quarter. His performance was good for a stellar Complete Quarterback Rating (CQBR) of 141.50.

After only being targeted twice last week against the San Francisco 49ers, James Jones was a focal point of the offensive game plan, pulling down nine receptions on 10 targets for 152 yards (both career highs). His fumble while trying to stretch the ball over the goal line was the only smirch on his record.

Slipups

The offensive line continued to look shaky at times, in particular guard Josh Sitton, who was flagged for a false start and surrendered a pair of sacks. He is currently struggling with a back problem, so the Packers may need to look into replacing him.

Washington safety Brandon Meriweather put Packers running back Eddie Lacy (concussion) out of the game with a helmet-to-helmet blow that caught Lacy along the jaw. Meriweather himself would later leave the game when he attempted to deliver a similar hit on James Starks and himself sustained a concussion.

What’s next

The Packers defense is well rested and should be able to continue containing the Redskins offense, which looks anything but potent right now. Nevertheless, Dom Capers still needs to guard the middle of the field, which he failed to do in the first quarter, to prevent Washington from mounting a comeback off a few key plays. Head coach Mike McCarthy will probably attempt to grind out the clock on the back of James Starks, with Aaron Rodgers exploiting holes in the defense when the opportunity arises.

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Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for the Water Cooler Sports Network. He resides with his family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .