SNIDER: Redskins’ Peterson silences skeptics

Rick Snider
September 23, 2018 - 6:40 pm
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Adrian Peterson says he doesn’t hate the Green Bay Packers. And yet, he once more buried them.

Peterson gained 120 yards with two touchdowns in Washington’s 31-17 victory over Green Bay on Sunday at FedEx Field. A 41-yard run in the second quarter led to a 21-3 lead that essentially sealed the game.

Of Peterson’s 52 career 100-yard games, eight have come against the Packers, the previous ones when playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson was seen trading harsh words with Packers defenders at times, but definitely got in the last word.

“I don’t have any anything against them,” Peterson said. “It’s all about the W’s.”

Peterson wasn’t surprised by the Redskins suddenly offensive rebound. After not scoring a touchdown the previous week in losing to Indianapolis, Washington opened with a touchdown drive against Green Bay. Peterson made it 14-0 on a two-yard run and later 28-10 with another two-yard score.

“That was probably the worst game I’ve been a part of last week,” he said. “I knew there was no way we would come out flat today.”

Meanwhile, Peterson continues to show he’s not too old at age 33 despite the NFL norm of runners done by age 30. He showed fresh legs repeatedly when bursting through gaps.

Yet, Peterson needed to show something after an uneven start. He opened the season with 96 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries against Arizona before dipping to 20 yards on 11 carries versus Indianapolis. Suddenly, skeptics wonder if Peterson was repeating last season when gaining 159 yards for Arizona versus San Francisco before 134 over the next three games combined while missing the final three weeks with a neck injury.

Obviously, Peterson answered critics with two good games in three weeks as the Redskins are 2-1 entering the Sept. 30 bye. Now Peterson’s running at all-time greats John Riggins and John Brown over coming weeks in career achievements. He joked of looking where he stands against the immortals during the bye week.

The Redskins are just glad he’s finishing the ride with them.

“He fell into our lap when we needed a player,” coach Jay Gruden said.

 

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks.