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Mark Tyler gives you his Studs and Duds of the Redskins game against the Packers.

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On a rainy day at FedEx field, the Redskins endured the sloppy conditions to beat the Packers 31-17. The win came at a perfect time, as they enter the bye week at 2-1, and with a bit of momentum. The early bye week also comes at a good time for the Redskins as they have a few players dinged up who can use the extra week to get healthy - Trent Williams “clean-up” knee procedure being the newest. They also have a new face at wide receiver, Michael Floyd, who they would like to assimilate into the offense sooner rather than later.

Overall, Sunday’s home game was a solid showing on both sides of the ball and special teams. Hopefully it gives the team a bit of swagger, and the fans some renewed hope for the long stretch that is ahead of them.

Below are my Studs and Duds of the game.


Studs:

Alex Smith - The numbers may not have been gaudy (12/20, 220 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception), but it was Smith’s command of the offense, the RPO’s, and the way he used his legs when needed that land him on this list. I think he’s only going to get better as the season progresses.

Adrian Peterson - Peterson was back on track against a pretty solid Packers front seven, rushing for 120 yards on 19 carries (a 6.3 YPC average) and two touchdowns. He showed patience, vision, speed, burst and power on the afternoon, and again showed what a good, capable running back can achieve in this offense.

Jordan Reed - Reed was a key cog in the offense Sunday, catching 4 passes for 65 yards, but it was also his blocking that stood out on the day. So far on the young 2018 season, Reed has looked much better blocking than at any point in his career.

Chase Roullier - Center or guard - it doesn’t seem to matter. Roullier has stood out as one of the team’s better linemen through the first three games. He moves very well in space, and re-directs his body effectively once he gets there to seal off the defender from the ball carrier. His power at impact generates from the hips, and the man always seems to play through the whistle.

Daron Payne/Jonathan Allen - The dynamic Alabama duo played their best games as pros against the Packers on Sunday. Allen collect two sacks and three quarterback hits to go along with five tackles, and Payne chipped in with his first NFL sack, a quarterback hit and and five tackles. These two monsters are going to be a force for years to come.

Matt Ioannidis - Ioan-man continues to be a force along the defensive front, collecting yet another sack and just bullying opposing offensive linemen who stand in his way. He’s recorded a sack in each game this season.

Tress Way - The man averaged 47 yards per punt on five attempts with a long of 57!


Duds:

Josh Doctson - Doctson continued his disappearing act again on Sunday, He was the only starting pass catcher who failed to record a reception against the Packers. He simply fails to get open against one-on-one coverage. He has just five receptions for 48 yards on the young season.

Ty Nsekhe - Nsekhe looked horrible against the Packers Sunday when he came in at right tackle for the injured Morgan Moses. he was slow, off-balance, and was called for multiple penalties on the afternoon. We need to get Geron Christian up and running as soon as humanly possible.

Zach Brown - Maybe missing the majority of the off-season program and much of the preseason is not a good look after the team rewarded you with a new contract. Brown has not been the same at inside linebacker so far in three games. His reads look off, his fills look slow, and he’s getting blocked at the second level way too often. Am I nit-picking here...you tell me.


Overall, it was a pretty well executed game plan by our Skins! Defensively, we kept the Packers receivers in front of us, and did well making tackles when they made the reception. The linebackers did give up some chunk yards to some of Green Bay’s running backs, but that may have been by design more than a lack of pure execution.

On offense, we were effectively able to run the football, which opened up other parts of our offense, including the deadly RPO. And guess what - Alex Smith took some downfield shots!

HTTR!