Packers to host Washington football team for first game since name change


The Green Bay Packers face the Washington football team on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers have won five straight home games against Washington.

But head coach Matt LaFleur doesn’t think it will be an easy win, he said.

“I think it’s a really good football team that we’re about to play. I know there’s 60 minutes left in a game, but they were beating (Kansas City) 13-10 at halftime. You just have to look at their lineup, there is talent up and down on both sides of the ball, ”he said.

Washington has a formidable defensive line, said LaFleur.

“One of the misleading statistics that everyone is looking at is the number of sacks. They affect the quarterback time and time again, so we’re going to have to do a great job up front,” he said.

Yet Washington has dropped more points than any team in the league, and Green Bay will be the big favorite on Sunday.

LaFleur has a lot of faith in Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, he told reporters this week. And Rodgers may soon have additional support. Left tackle David Bakhtiari returned to training this week after tearing his ACL last season.

“I think it’s something we’re going to take day to day,” LaFleur said of Bakhtiari. back to the field.

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Green Bay faces several other injuries, especially in defense. Corners Kevin King and Jaire Alexander both missed last weekend’s game against the Chicago Bears. Linebacker Preston Smith left the game with an oblique injury.

The Packers are coming off a convincing victory over their division rivals. Green Bay runs the NFC North.

This is the first meeting since Washington’s name change

Sunday will mark the first clash between the teams since Washington ditched its racist name and logo.

The teams last met in December 2019, when protesters gathered outside Lambeau Field to denounce Washington’s branding. It was the third such event at the stadium. Protesters pointed out that Native American mascots can have a negative impact on Native American youth.

FedEx pays millions of dollars each year for Washington Stadium naming rights. The company threatened to pull out of the deal if the team didn’t change its name, according to the New York Times.

The team eventually ditched their name and logo last year with the intention of adopting new ones before the next football season.

“I think it’s better late than never, and it’s a walk I guess, so one step at a time as we continue to move forward,” Oneida chairman Tehassi Hill said after the Washington’s team has announced it will change its name.

Earlier this year, the Cleveland baseball team announced it would change its name to Guardians.

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