It was a dreary, cold mess of a game on Sunday as the 'Skins welcomed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to FedEx Field.
The Redskins got hot early, leading 14-0 and 21-3 in the first half. They ended up riding that momentum all the way through the game to come out victorious with a 31-17 win!
This game really cemented a few things in my mind for the rest of this young season. First, it seems picking up Adrian Peterson in the pre-season might have been the best move the Redskins made all off-season. He has shown he still has what it takes to be a primary running back. 19 rushes for 120 including a 41-yard run AND 2 touchdowns are numbers you must be happy to see.
It also seems Alex Smith has the determination to keep his team in the game, if not win it. He kept his cool throughout the entire game and maintained it through numerous pressure situations. A lot of people were worried about him not living up to Kirk Cousin’s shadow, but after three games he seems to be doing very well.
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In the first quarter, Smith connected with Paul Richardson Jr. for a 46-yard touchdown, and Peterson scored his first of two touchdowns of the day.
During the second quarter, the Redskins pushed hard and really dug deep against one of the greatest quarterbacks playing right now. After Smith launched a perfectly placed touchdown to Jamison Crowder to put us 21-3, Aaron Rodgers countered with a 64-yard touchdown with 2:15 left in the half. Our 'Skins did not let up, though, and marched down the field for Peterson’s second TD of the day with 21 seconds to spare.
Our defensive guys were pretty fired up going into the locker room at halftime with a 28-10 lead. The Redskins only got a field goal in the second half, but it was more than enough to secure the victory with a final score of 31-17.
All in all, the Redskins are tied for first place and have an early bye week next week before facing their three toughest games in a row (arguably) when they return. Look for the Redskins to ride today’s win into a road game against Drew Brees and the Saints in New Orleans on October 8.