The Washington Redskins improved to 2-1 on the season with a convincing 31-17 win at home against the Green Bay Packers. The Redskins offensive pummeled Green Bay in the first half, taking a commanding 28-10 lead into half time. The defense took over from there, shutting down the Packers and sacking QB Aaron Rodgers four times. Here are our Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down.
REDSKINS THUMBS UP
Adrian Peterson: After an impressive opening game for Washington, Peterson was relatively ineffective in the loss to Indianapolis last week. The question became, which AP would show up week three. It was the hard running AP that showed up and his effective running game helped lift the Redskins to an unexpected win at home. Peterson’s eye sight was on its game, as he showed patience and hit open holes to gain 120 yards on 19 carries, an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. Peterson also added 2 TDs to his impressive performance. The 33 year-old veteran plowed the Green Bays’s defensive front including a sweet 41 yard rumble. Any questions of what Peterson has left in the tank were answered today. Peterson deserves a THUMBS UP!
The Alabama defensive front: The Redskins drafted Alabama defensive lineman in back to back drafts in 2017 and 2018 in the first round. Today was a good indication of why they chose that path. Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne formed an incredible duo on the line today, frustrating Green Bay’s offensive line Allen made several nice run stops and added two of Washington’s four sacks. Payne was just as good, chasing down running backs from behind and recording his first NFL sack. Watching this duo continue to grow in Washington is going to be fun. The Redskins defense entered week three with the top NFL defense in total defense. Allen and Payne played a large role in the defensive turn around in 2018. The duo combined for 7 tackles and 3 sacks today. They deserve a THUMBS UP.
Honorable Mention: QB Alex Smith was on his game again. Smith completed 12 of 20 passes for 220 yards and 3 TD passes. If you don’t see a difference with Smith’s command of the offense compared to Kirk Cousins last season, then you simply aren’t watching close enough. TE Vernon Davis had 2 big receptions and continue to have his historical chemistry with Smith. He caught 2 passes for 70 yards. TE Jordan Reed played a tough game today, catching 4 passes for 65 yards. It was his tough yards after the catch that mattered. Kudos to WR Paul Richardson on his first Redskins TD reception on the first drive, a 46 yard bomb from Smith. Punter Tress Way averaged 47 yards per punt. S DJ Swearinger continues to show his leadership on the field and his ball hawking style of play is quite refreshing. It is also inspiring the younger secondary players on the defense. Young CB Fabian Moreau really made an incredible strip late in the game that stalled a Green Bay drive. That strip created a huge turnover and was the beginning of the end for Green Bay. Shoutout to c/G Chase Roullier. Roullier slid over to left guard to play for an injured Shaun Lauvao. Tony Bergstrom played just fine at Center. Perhaps the offensive line should stay this way.
REDSKINS THUMBS DOWN
Redskins Wide Receivers: Sure, Paul Richardson had a beautiful 46 yard TD reception on the opening drive. That was Richardson’s only reception of the game. Sure, Jamison Crowder caught a sweet slant TD strike from Alex Smith. In total, the Redskins wide receivers only caught a combined five passes. That’s right. Just five catches. Josh Doctson? Who? Dotson continues to make the case for the word “bust”. Doctson caught one pass for 11 yards in the season opener. That is his only catch of the season. That is awful.
With an impressive win, I am not going to give any other Thumbs Down.
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