Monday AM Media Pundit Report: Redskins beat the Packers

The Washington Redskins unexpectedly handled the Green Bay Packers  at home with a convincing 31-17 win to head into the Bye Week at 2-1.  So what do the Monday morning pundits have to say about the redskins.  Let’s take a look.

What We Learned, NFL.com

When the Redskins offensive line gave All Day a sliver of light, the running back blasted for big gashes. Peterson’s vision remains superb, he jukes defenders in a phone booth and explodes through arm tackles. When Peterson is pounding, the entire Washington offense opens.

Our Comment:  Yup.  Washington’s offense certainly will chug along when the run game is on its game.  Whether a Jay Gruden team is a typical run team or not,t hat is precisely what Jay Gruden has this year.

Week Three Grades, CBS Sports

With a roster that includes Alex Smith, Adrian Peterson and Vernon Davis, the Redskins seem like a team that would be built to win if the year was 2012, but nope, it’s starting to look like they might be a team that the rest of the NFL is going to have to worry about in 2018.

The most impressive part about Peterson’s game is that he was able to keep it going for four quarters. Not only did he have several big runs in the first half, but he also helped the Redskins ice away the game with several big runs in the fourth quarter. All Day definitely lived up to his nickname because he ran over the Packers all day.

Our Comment:  Washington enters week four on an early bye, AGAIN.  Sure would have been nice to have a bye week around week 7 or 8.  Peterson has shown tremendous burst and some terrific speed at age 33.  As long as that continues, the Redskins offense will crank. Isn’t it nice to have a power running game again?

The Redskins defense was definitely able to take advantage of the fact that Aaron Rodgers was limping around on Sunday. Not only was Rodgers under constant pressure, but Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis combined to sacked the Packers quarterback a total of four times.

Our Comment:  As the ‘big stories’ seem to revolve around a revived Adrian Peterson and a commanding Alex Smith,  the Washington Redskins defense has quietly been ranked #1 in total defense through the first two weeks.  Yesterday, the defense played exceptionally  well against an offense that can pout huge yardage.  The secondary keep the ball in front of them, the defense terrorized Aaron Rodgers with four sacks and multiple hurries, and the energy is infectious.  This defense is fun to watch.  I wish the wide receivers had just a small bit of the defense’s swag. Better yet, the young secondary players like Fabian Moreau, Montae Nicholson, and Quinton Dunbar, are all playing well and not making too may costly mistakes.  What a difference one season makes.
The Redskins’ offense looked good in the first half with strong runs by Adrian Peterson and the passing game clicking. It led to a 28-point outburst, but Washington failed to maintain it in the second half. Still, the Redskins were aggressive going down the field and attacking through the air. It’s hard to expect that every week, but Washington, which has a bye next week, will have to play that way to have any chance against the Saints in Week 5. — John Keim
Week Three Grades, Bleacher Report

Washington didn’t need just one player. Alex Smith (220 yards passing, 20 yards rushing) and Adrian Peterson (120 yards, two touchdowns) led a precise, efficient offense that finished drives with points five times.

We saw the return of aggressive Alex Smith too. He completed passes of 46 and 50 yards.