'Skins pummeled, 37-0, by Packers, fall to 0-2

QB George, offense sputter again

team outscored 67-3 so far

September 25, 2001|By Christopher Dabe | Christopher Dabe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Washington Redskins again failed to score a touchdown last night and were crushed by the Green Bay Packers, 37-0, before 59,771 flag-waving fans at Lambeau Field.

Routed 30-3 by the San Diego Chargers in their opener, the Redskins have been outscored 67-3 and have given Marty Schottenheimer the first 0-2 start in his 15-year NFL coaching career.

This also is the first time in Redskins history that they have failed to score a touchdown in their first two games. Last night's game was the club's first shutout loss since 1993, and its first on the road since 1971.

"That's obviously not what we were expecting to do," Schottenheimer said after the Redskins' offense was held to 137 total yards. "We're disappointed. We've got some things that we have to solve. We can't perform in that fashion and expect to win. And we expect to win.

"We're not making the plays we need to make offensively," Schottenheimer added. "We're not coaching well enough. We're not playing well enough. Our kicking game isn't where it needs to be. We turn the ball over. We fumble it."

Redskins quarterback Jeff George proved ineffective again as he was intercepted once and sacked five times for 36 yards in losses. He finished 15-for-24 for 102 yards, but, unlike in the opener against San Diego, George was not benched in favor of ex-Raven Tony Banks.

"It was embarrassing," George said. "To have three points through two games and to lose on Monday Night Football is embarrassing."

Brett Favre completed 20 of 36 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns, Ryan Longwell kicked three field goals and Ahman Green rushed 25 times for 116 yards to lift the Packers (2-0), who registered their first shutout victory since 1993.

Green became the first player in Packers history to begin the season with two 100-yard games. He also caught six passes for 30 yards.

"We knew if we just ran the ball right at them, we could crack them and get the ball rolling, and keep the offense rolling to keep this game out of reach," Green said.

The last time the Redskins scored a touchdown was Dec. 24, 2000, on a 7-yard pass from Brad Johnson to Irving Fryar in a 20-3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field.

George hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since finding Fryar on a 32-yard pass two games before that, Dec. 12, in a 32-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium.

So by the time the Packers scored early in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard pass from Favre to Bubba Franks to make it 27-0, the Redskins couldn't be blamed if their only goal was to at least put some points on the scoreboard.

Any points.

The closest the Redskins came was when they reached the Packers' 45-yard line on a 17-yard run by Stephen Davis early in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, George tried to reach Michael Westbrook on a deep route, but the ball was batted away by Antuan Edwards at about the Packers' 10-yard line.

Things only got worse after that. The Packers marched downfield for a 30-yard field goal by Longwell, and Rondell Mealey picked up Michael Bates' fumble on the ensuing kickoff and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown and the game's final points.

"I know this: The only way to solve this is to keep working," Schottenheimer said. "There's no other solution. In this business, you keep going back and working every single day."

Trailing 10-0, George was intercepted two plays into the second half by linebacker Nate Wayne, who returned the ball 18 yards to the Redskins' 11-yard line.

The Packers were forced to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Longwell and a 13-0 lead after two nice plays by cornerback Champ Bailey, who tipped away passes in the end zone intended for Bill Schroeder and Antonio Freeman (Poly), respectively.

Washington passed midfield for the first time on Davis' 17-yard run to the Green Bay 45, but the drive quickly fell apart.

After a run for no gain by Davis and a pass that fell well short of intended receiver Stephen Alexander, George was sacked by defensive end John Thierry for a 14-yard loss.

Green Bay followed with a seven-play drive that ended on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Favre to Schroeder, who cut in front of Bailey, caught the ball at about the 30 and ran almost untouched to the end zone.

George was sacked again on the Redskins' next possession by defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila for an 8-yard loss, forcing Washington to punt.

The Redskins were dealt their share of injuries. Linebacker LaVar Arrington left with a sprained right knee late in the first half and did not return. Defensive end Marco Coleman was taken off the field on a cart early in the third quarter after dislocating his right elbow.

Cornerback Donovan Greer was also lost for the game with a right knee injury late in the first half.

"With it being a short week," Schottenheimer said, "it's not likely they will be ready next week. But we won't know until [today]."

Wire reports contributed to this article.

Washington 0 0 0 0 - 0

Green Bay 7 3 10 17 - 37

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