Adrian Peterson Wins Player of the Week Award

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week minutes ago.

Peterson continues to showcase the ageless skills that have made him one of the steals of this year’s afterthought free-agent market. His spectacular 64-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter sealed the Redskins‘ 20-13 victory over the New York Giants. The 33-year-old churned out 149 yards on 26 carries and, in the process, passed Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett for ninth on the all-time rushing list.

Peterson scored both Washington touchdowns in the Meadowlands last Sunday. The first score came after Peterson broke a tackle on a short pass in the red zone from QB Alex Smith and scampered into the end zone for a 7-yard score to put the Skins up. They would never relinquish their lead.

Peterson’s second score came on a beautiful 64-yard rumble down the right sideline, working off two fantastic pulling blocks from RG Brandon Scherff and C Chase Roullier, who demolished any Giants defenders who might have had a chance to stop the play. That touchdown sealed the win for Washington, putting them up 20-6 with only minutes left in regulation.

Through seven games, Peterson, easily the team’s MVP on offense this season, has 587 rushing yards on 127 carries, a healthy 4.6 yards per carry average. He also has scored five total touchdowns, four of them on the ground.

Peterson is on pace to rush for well over 1300 yards this season.