The Washington Redskins won again despite a deficient performance offensively thanks to a strong defensive performance. The Redskins recorded seven sacks and two turnovers to help lead Washington to a 20-13 over the New York Giants.
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith led the Redskins on a 10-play 73-yard drive in the first quarter. Smith capped off the drive with a short pass to running back Adrian Peterson who broke a tackle and ran the ball into the end zone to give Washington a 7-0 lead. It was his first receiving touchdown in five years.
In the second quarter, D.J. Swearinger picked off two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning after the Giants entered the red zone. Washington failed to capitalize though as Dustin Hopkins missed a 41-yard field goal, just his second miss of the year.
Matt Ioannidis sacked Manning in the waning moments of the half helping Washington to preserve a 7-3 lead going into halftime.
With just under five minutes left in the third quarter, Hopkins got redemption knocking in a 53-yard field goal that went in off the post.
On the ensuing Giants possession, Swearinger picked off Manning for the second time. The Redskins drove the ball into the red zone when Peterson made a rare mistake fumbling the ball. The Giants recovered the fumble and ran the ball into Redskins territory. The Redskins defense stood strong forcing the Giants to go four and out and turn the ball over on downs.
Late in the fourth quarter, Peterson gave NFL fans nostalgia as he ran for a 64-yard touchdown to seal the game.
Vintage Adrian Peterson sighting 👀
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 28, 2018
Before this season most people thought that Peterson was done and out of gas. This was a vintage Peterson run that puts him in elite company.
After his 64-yard rushing TD today…Adrian Peterson now has 15 50-yard Rush TD for his career, tied with Barry Sanders for the most in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/ZjSliGFzxG
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 28, 2018
With his performance today Peterson made history passing Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett on the all-time rushing list.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) October 28, 2018
Washington has now won three straight games despite an offense that looks anemic at times. The Redskins have made just enough plays offensively while relying on an excellent defense.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley, one of the most talented running backs in the NFL, ran for just 38 yards today. The Redskins run defense, which was the worst in the NFL last season, has not let any player rush for 100 yards. Only the Packers rushed for 100 yards as a team. Washington’s run defense is not good. They are elite.
In the last three games, the Washington Redskins have held Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley under 100 yards.
— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) October 28, 2018
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had a fairly big day against a young and inexperienced group of corners (outside of Josh Norman). Still, Washington kept the Giants out of the end zone until late in the game when Manning threw a touchdown with less than 20 seconds in the game. The touchdown was ultimately meaningless with Washington holding a two-possession lead.
The Redskins offense has avoided mistakes, for the most part, this season but has looked far too inept. Time and time again Washington has had chances offensively to put the game away and has refused to do so. If the Redskins want to make the playoffs the offense must play a bit better.
A win is a win though and Washington is 5-2 and in sole passion of first place in the NFC East.