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NFL Week 14 PFF ReFocused: Green Bay Packers 20, Washington Redskins 15

Aaron Jones and the team's defense led the Green Bay Packers to a 20-15 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

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Final Score

Green Bay Packers 20, Washington Redskins 15

Green Bay Packers

It was a big first half for Jaire Alexander. The former Louisville Cardinals defensive back did a great job creating small windows that Dwayne Haskins was unable to hit.

Za'Darius Smith proved his worth with a strong performance against Washington on Sunday. This might not have been his best pass-rushing display, but his work in slowing down a run game was crucial.

This wasn't the best performance you'll see from Aaron Rodgers. He was almost picked off in the first quarter when he misread a third-down throw and then was overly careless in the pocket that resulted in a lost fumble. He ultimately made enough plays to win the contest, but he'll need to be much more accurate if he's going beat strong competition in the future. 

Aaron Jones was the centerpiece of the Packers' offense. He regularly got extra yards during contact and made quick decisive cuts to maximize what running lanes there were. Perhaps most impressive was his work catching the ball, where he made some key catches that helped prove the difference.

Washington Redskins

The training wheels are still very much on with Haskins. Washington relied on an imposing rushing attack to compliment their conservative passing game. Haskins largely avoided turnover-worthy plays, but in a game that was close for a long time, he just couldn't let loose and hit anything big down the field.

This wasn't a game for those who love offense, and nobody on the Washington side stood out (except for a spectacular TD grab from Terry McLaurin). The Redskins had troubles slowing the Packers' pass-rush down, with Morgan Moses most noteworthy in this regard.

A week after getting ejected Ryan Anderson looked to make amends. He had the point-saving sack-fumble and another quarterback hit as he made the most of limited snaps.

First-round pick Montez Sweat had an extremely quiet day. He saw plenty of action but was a nonfactor in getting to Rodgers, continuing his underwhelming rookie year.

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