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2-1, 1st in NFC East
Hasselbeck breaks down this week's power rankings (0:25)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety D.J. Swearinger did not like the roughing the passer call on Green Bay's Clay Matthews Sunday. Swearinger said of the rule: “It's not fair for defenders. Not fair for this league, not fair for football in general. That's not how you play football. The game wasn't designed to play tag. The game was designed to hit people. You put on pads to hit people. You disrespect the game of football when you bring all these bull rules. We signed up for this game to be physical, not to play two-hand touch.”

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tackle Trent Williams had a minor knee procedure to clean up the bursa in his knee. Coach Jay Gruden said the procedure had been scheduled and he should be fine for the Oct. 8 game at New Orleans. The Redskins have a bye this week.

Peterson not paying mind to doubters (1:49)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 120 yards, said of the win "you could see it coming during the week, the focus and determination. Last week was an embarrassment and you could tell guys took it personal."

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Peterson runs for 120 yards, 2 TDs, Skins top Packers 31-17

Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and a pair of 2-yard scores, Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes -- all in the first half Sunday -- and the Washington Redskins held on for a 31-17 victory over a gimpy Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who...

Cobb's fumble shuts door on Green Bay (0:23)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins used a first-half explosion by the offense and a bend-but-don't break showing by the defense in the second half to beat the Packers, 31-17. Washington needed this game entering the bye week and coming off a game in which the stadium was empty and hope for the future was subdued. But Adrian Peterson helped with 120 yards rushing, including a 41-yard run. And Alex Smith threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

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Matthews: NFL 'getting soft' with roughing calls

Clay Matthews said the NFL is "getting soft" after he was whistled for a third roughing-the-passer penalty this season, while the league took the unusual step of expressing immediate support for the call.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson entered the game having averaged 5.14 yards vs. Green Bay in his career. He now has nine 100-yard games vs. the Packers in his career.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson has surpassed 100 yards for the first time with Washington and for the 52nd time in his career. Peterson went over 100 yards with a 17-yard carry in the fourth quarter.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins were burned early in the game when two defensive backs tried to strip the ballcarrier. The problem: nobody was tackling the runner. But in the fourth quarter with D.J. Swearinger grabbing Randall Cobb's legs, corner Fabian Moreau went for the strip. It resulted in a fumble and Redskins recovery.

Matthews gets flagged again for roughing the passer (0:44)
Peterson finds pay dirt twice (0:49)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have done almost everything they want offensively against Green Bay, with 323 total yards and a 28-10 halftime lead. They've used play-action to set up big plays or score touchdowns. They've taken advantage of man coverage and used big runs to set up other plays. Adrian Peterson has rushed for 87 yards while Alex Smith has completed 10-of-15 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

Smith airs one out to Richardson for big TD (0:41)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have done a much better job run blocking today, but part of that is Green Bay does not do the same sort of movement as the Colts. It simplifies blocking assignments. They're also used to blocking this sort of look, considering it's similar to what their own defense does. The Redskins felt entering the game they could have success running the ball for this reason.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

With Morgan Moses out thanks to a concussion, the Redskins have Ty Nsekhe at right tackle. They now have two backups and a third lineman at a new position. But they're lucky that Nsekhe has good experience and has played well for them in the past. His size and length give them a good third tackle.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Green Bay is playing more man coverage, giving the Redskins a chance to make plays on the outside with their receivers. Paul Richardson already has a long touchdown and has drawn a pass interference penalty. But it also created a lane for QB Alex Smith on a third and five to gain six yards. The Redskins like facing man coverage.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It'll be worth watching how Redskins right guard Brandon Scherff does in the rain. He's been dealing with a knee issue and at times it appears he struggles to plant and hold off his man, whether on a stunt or when moving to one side.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Green Bay's style of defense will enable Washington to continue taking shots down the field if the Redskins desire. They could not do so last week because Indianapolis played a soft cover-2 on at least 75 percent of passing downs. The Packers do not do so, giving Washington a chance for more shots.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

A big key for Washington Sunday: First down runs. Redskins coach Jay Gruden loves running on first down with 39 rush attempts to 29 dropbacks, though a lot of those occur based on score or situation. The Redskins averaged 4.76 yards on first-down runs vs. Arizona and only 3.57 vs. the Colts. The result in Week 2: They faced second-and-9 or longer on 15 of their 30 second down plays. It allowed the Colts to play a soft zone all day.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' secondary was hurt by poor communication last week on rub routes and picks. The good part for Washington is that the Packers do not run a lot of these concepts, but they're also facing quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He will throw receivers open and he will test the discipline of the defense when he extends plays. Last season they too often lost players downfield when quarterbacks would scramble.

Team Stats

Passing Yards245.315th
Rushing Yards137.74th
Points For21.317th
Points Against14.7Tied-2nd

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