After a soul searching week in D.C. following the loss to the Colts, the Redskins hit back in style with a 31-17 win against Aaron Rodgers & company. Christian Burt hails a victory over Green Bay and goes Skin Deep and 3 and out
The week to week league
It may be a cliché, but this win for Washington over the Packers, might just be the best example of the NFL being a “week to week” league. And for Adrian Peterson it was a return to season opener form, as the Redskins running back rushed for 120 yards and added two TDs to further enhance his credentials as potentially the number one dollar friendly free agency pick up in the off season.
He might be playing on a veteran minimum contract, but Washington is getting maximum value from AP. The two rushing TDs were 101 and 102 of this Hall of Fame career.
From the outset Alex Smith clearly wanted to stretch the field. He marched the Redskins down FedEx from kick off with an outstanding two minute four play 75 yard drive for a Paul Richardson TD. We were witnessing a Washington team, and model QB, that clearly wanted to shake off the low-key dink and dunk play calling of the painful week 2 defeat against the Colts.
Peterson and Smith were joined in the evergreen stakes by the age defying antics of TE Vernon Davis who hauled in a 50 yarder. This trio might have the combined age to enable a Hollywood reboot of Cocoon, but it’s a pleasure seeing three professionally alpha football players suit up in burgundy and gold.
Youth on the DL
I’m genuinely excited about the interior DL in Washington. No disrespect to the likes of Chris Baker, Terrance Knighton, Stacey McGee and other recent year JAGS+, but the Redskins have seriously upgraded the interior DL by taking Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne in the 2017 and 2018 drafts respectively.
Together with the legitimate talent of Matt Ioannidis these guys are going to give many an offensive line problems. The sack tally may not be building up from Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan on the outside, but inside the count now reads as Ioannidis (3), Allen (2) and Payne (1).
Ioannidis absolutely bulldozing the Packers RT Bryan Bulaga into Aaron Rodgers underlined again what an absolute steal Ioannidis was in the 5th round of the 2016 draft class.
You can imagine Jim Tomsula waking up each morning with a Hallelujah knowing he can get to work with Allen, Ioannidis and Payne at camp. As mentioned, however, there’s been no eating at the table from the edge, with both starting OLBs zero in the sack column for the 2018 regular season.
Perhaps after yet another controversial penalty call against Clay Matthews, for his full body hit on Alex Smith, there may need to be tempered expectation for sacks from the outside?
Josh Doctson: now or never?
Two different QBs have been in town since Josh Doctson was the 22nd pick of the 2016 draft by the Washington Redskins. And so far, Smith has gone the way of Kirk Cousins by mainly targeting the surer hands of Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder and Vernon Davis.
Washington signed free agent WRs Michael Floyd (still here) and Breshad Perriman (already left the building). Both former first round picks, both delivered disappointing NFL careers. The Redskins will be hoping that Doctson doesn’t go down a similar path and can start to haul in those game momentum shifting catches to match the natural athletic ability.
Game Ball and up next
The Redskins have an extremely early bye week after just three NFL games in 2018. With key offensive tackles Morgan Moses (concussion) and Trent Williams (minor surgery) likely to have been out for this coming Sunday that might not be such a bad thing.
Game ball gifting is difficult as there were so many great performances vs Green Bay. If pushed I’m going to go with Jonathan Allen for his two sacks and just general Elite play from the DE.