GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers and Washington
Redskins both verified their season openers were no flukes.
"It's embarrassing and I'll be the first to admit it,"
Redskins quarterback Jeff George said after his second straight
miserable performance had team owner Daniel Snyder squirming in his
It was Green Bay's first shutout since beating the Raiders 28-0
on Dec. 28, 1993, and Washington's first game without scoring since
Dec. 11, 1993, when they lost 3-0 to the New York Jets.
It also was Washington's first road shutout since 1971 and for
the first time in franchise history the Redskins have not scored a
touchdown in their first two games.
"I know they're struggling on offense, but to be able to keep
them out of the end zone was really something," Packers coach Mike
The game capped the NFL's first weekend of play since it
postponed all of Week 2 following the terrorist attacks on
Washington, D.C. and New York on Sept. 11.
After the long layoff, neither the Packers, who beat Detroit
28-6 on opening weekend, nor the Redskins, who lost to San Diego
30-3, knew if those games were true gauges or not.
But the Packers dominated from the start behind Favre and Green,
the NFL's leading rusher and the first Packers' running back ever
to top 100 yards in the season's first two games. Green also caught
a team-best six passes for 30 yards.
"We knew if we ran the ball right at them we'd be able to put
the game out of reach," Green said. "The offensive line opened up
holes the whole second half."
And George, benched during the loss at San Diego, played even
worse, handing Marty Schottenheimer his first 0-2 start in his
15-year NFL coaching career.
George finished 15-of-24 for 102 yards. Favre was 20-of-31 for
Redskins returner Michael Bates, one of the league's top return
men, committed a 15-yard personal foul on coverage duty and fumbled
three times, the last of which was returned 27 yards for a
touchdown by Rondell Mealey with three minutes left.
Longwell kicked field goals of 28, 32 and 30 yards.
"I still get excited about a Monday night game," Favre said.
The Redskins were outgained 217 yards to 70 in the first half
but remained in striking distance at 10-0 thanks to rookie Fred
Smoot's second interception of the season, an end zone pickoff of
Favre with 23 seconds left in the second quarter.
"We came out in the second half and played physical football,"
Sherman said. "At halftime, I told the team if they really wanted
to be a championship team, they were going to have to play a
dominant second half. And we did."
George, who has struggled to adapt to Schottenheimer's
ball-control passing game, was sacked five times, including four
straight third-down plays.
"I think we're a very strong defensive team," Packers safety
LeRoy Butler said. "We're doing some good things. On third down,
when we have our athletes our there, we're close to arrogant."
George didn't blame the system for his struggles.
"No, that's an excuse. We're just getting our butts kicked,"
he said. "Two games, three points, Monday Night Football. It's
embarrassing and I don't have an answer."
Neither does Schottenheimer.
"I don't know where to start," he said. "It's my job and in
the next day or two, I'll have some answers."
After going 6-of-10 for 37 yards in the first half, George was
intercepted by Nate Wayne at his own 16 on the first series of the
second half. Washington's defense held and Longwell's 32-yarder
made it 13-0.
Linebacker Chris Gizzi, an Air Force reservist, led the Packers
onto the field waving a huge American flag.
"Our hearts went out to the rest of the country. We know we
live in Green Bay and not New York or Washington, but we felt their
pain," Sherman said. "We focused this week on what we had to do
and we did it."
Favre became the 12th quarterback to surpass 35,000 yards
passing. ... The last time these teams played on Monday night was
Oct. 17, 1983, when the Packers won 48-47 in Washington cornerback
Darrell Green's rookie season. ... Former Packers general manager
Ron Wolf was on hand as honorary captain.
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie added fuel to the New York rivalry when he explained why he thinks Giants star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. is a "one-year wonder."
Brian Hoyer is the Houston Texans' starting quarterback for the team's Week 6 game against the Jaguars. For how long he remains beyond that game is uncertain.
The Seattle Seahawks have ruled running back Marshawn Lynch out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a hamstring injury.
New Orleans Saints first-round draft pick Andrus Peat will make his starting debut at left tackle against the Eagles in place of injured Terron Armstead.
Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is the best kicker in the NFL, according to an NFL Nation survey of his peers.
Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. said Friday on WJR Radio that his mother, owner Martha Ford, is in full control of the franchise.