GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — After back-to-back losses that put them on the outside in the far too early NFC playoff race, the Green Bay Packers (3-3) are embarking on a three-game road trip in the Washington Commanders (2-4) at Sunday at FedEx Field.
“We’re in a pretty bad situation right now,” said coach Matt LaFleur after the game.
This is a huge week for the Packers — and that’s the Monday through Saturday portion. There are schematic issues to solve and the right side of the offensive line to fix. Really, the problems are here, there and everywhere. On Sunday, they face a Commanders defense that ranks fourth in the league in sack percentage.
Guide: Packers vs. Commanders
TV: The game will air on Fox with Adam Amin (Play-by-Play), Daryl Johnston (Analyst) and Pam Oliver (Sideline).
Live broadcast: fuboTV (Start your free trial).
DirectTV: Channel 711.
Radio: Packers Radio Network (Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren; click here for affiliates), Sirius (channels 98 and 389 on the app), and ESPN Radio (Marc Kestecher and Kelly Stauffer).
Time and date: noon Sunday.
Location: FedEx box in Washington.
Records: packers, 3-3; Commanders, 2-4.
Story: The Packers lead 22-16-1. The Packers won twice in a row last year, including 24-10 at Lambeau Field. The last time the teams met in Washington was in 2018 when the Packers lost 31-17. Alex Smith had two touchdown passes and Adrian Peterson had two touchdown runs as Washington led 28-10 at halftime.
Green Bay’s last win in Washington was 35-18 in the 2015 playoffs. The Packers saw Washington lead 11-0, but Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy and James Starks chipped in touchdown runs.
The series dates back to 1932 when the Packers improved to 8-0-1 by beating the Boston Braves 21-0 at Braves Field. Arnie Herber threw three touchdown passes. This week’s game begins with a three-game road trip. 1932 was Game 2 of a seven-game, season-ending road trip.
Trainer: Packers – Matt LaFleur (fourth season, 42-13). Commanders – Ron Rivera (Season 3 with Commanders, 16-23; Season 12 overall, 92-86-1).
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Referee: Lehm Martin. This is Martin’s fifth season as a referee. In six games this season, he’s racked up 1.40 penalties for 17.15 penalty meters more than the league average, according to Pro Football Reference. The home team is 5-1 in their games this year after going 11-6 last year.
Packers Commanders betting guide
The Packers are 5.5-point favorites on SI Sportsbook. The over/under is 41.5 points. Only two games on the Week 7 list have lower totals. The Packers are also 5.5 point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook. The early money is everywhere in Green Bay, with 81 percent of the money and 74 percent of the bets.
At SI Sportsbook, Green Bay is +2000 to win the Super Bowl. Last week it was +1400, a big drop after the upset home loss to the Jets. Just a few weeks ago, the Packers, Eagles and Buccaneers had the lowest odds in the NFC championship market. Now Green Bay has the fifth lowest rate at +900. While they’re eighth in the NFC, they’re -154 to make the playoffs.
At FanDuel, Aaron Rodgers is +5000 to win a third straight MVP. That’s a sharp drop from +1000 at the start of the season, +2300 two weeks ago and +4000 last week. Rashan Gary has the 5th lowest chance of being named Defensive Player of the Year at +1600.
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