Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

National Football League defends roughing the passer penalty on Clay Matthew

National Football League defends roughing the passer penalty on Clay Matthew

Even so, Rodgers has proven he's one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League, while playing on one leg.

Appearing on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on Friday, Hall said that the Redskins have a chance to beat the Packers if Washington is able to stop Rodgers from making a huge impact on the game. Both teams enter this Week 3 matchup tied for first place in their respective divisions. "What do you say to him on that?" This is of course easier said than done but at the very least, Hall has confidence that Washington's defense will step up against Rodgers.

The Redskins bolstered their receiving corps midweek with the additions of veterans Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman, though head coach Jay Gruden said he was hopeful he wouldn't have to use them against Green Bay.

But Rodgers admitted Wednesday that his knee could limit McCarthy as a play-caller. "Take it week by week. It doesn't seem like there's a major setback at this point, so just being smart about it and trying to get ready to play Sunday". Part of that is getting Peterson going like he did in Week 1, and this may be the flawless opportunity because his 1,779 yards rushing against Green Bay are the most of any opponent during his career. "The only thing hard about this league is the fines that they levy down on guys like me who play the games hard", Matthews summed up.

Referee Craig Wrolstad penalized Matthews for landing on Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith late in the third quarter of a 31-17 Packers loss at FedEx Field.

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"Yeah, obviously that's a concern", Rodgers said Wednesday.

"I think Clay did exactly what he's supposed to do there, " McCarthy said.

"Like anything in the game of football, you focus on what you can control". Through two games this season, the Redskins had run the ball 58 percent of the time on first down and the predictability of it allowed the Colts to shut down the Redskins' offense. Jones, who showed flashes of potential as a rookie last season, can bring a slashing, physical presence to the backfield. He credited the relatively high temperatures in Green Bay last week for loosening up his knee.

Then early in the fourth on third-and-10 from deep in Green Bay territory, tight end Lance Kendricks dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball down the right sideline that at a minimum would have flipped the field if not led to a score. Also listed on the injury report was cornerback Davon House (Biceps) and safety Josh Jones (Ankle). He left the tie with the Vikings with a groin injury. On a day where the defense struggled, Clark was still able to come up and make plays and he stepped up even more when Wilkerson exited the game in the first half. After Washington finished with just 65 yards on the ground last week against the Colts, the franchise had 166 yards against the Packers.

For the second consecutive week, Clay Matthews was called for a controversial roughing the passer penalty.

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