Peterson finished with 11 carries for 56 yards in one half of action, showing Washington a lot of what it wanted to see in an otherwise ugly 29-17 preseason loss. He displayed some explosion and showed an ability to carry the ball on consecutive drives. He even converted a fourth-and-inches down with a 15-yard dash around the left end, getting a key block from someone even older -- 34-year-old Vernon Davis.
The starting defense did not look as quick or as prepared as the Denver offense. They were a step slow in coverage, especially Josh Norman, who got beaten twice for 40 yards on a Broncos touchdown drive. The tackling was sloppy, an issue that was evident on 27- and 24-yard touchdown runs.
Well, against the Broncos, the starting defense got gashed on the ground. Through the first quarter, when all starters were on the field, the ‘Skins were giving up about six yards per carry. If you’re scoring at home, that’s awful.
Stock down—This was not a good day for Alex Smith. He got sacked the first time he dropped back to pass and on the next snap he didn’t see Paul Richardson, who was running with him past the first down marker. Smith threw into coverage, nearly getting picked off. In the second quarter, he did complete a couple of passes to Richardson that, along with Peterson’s fourth-down run, set up a field goal.
In the end Smith should be what the Redskins thought he was when they acquired him, a smart veteran quarterback capable of running a top 10 caliber offense and a strong fit for Jay Gruden’s system. Ideally the Redskins would have a more balanced approach, but Smith gives them a chance to still have a strong offense given his experience and the passing game weapons.
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