The Washington Redskins got off to a hot start that they were able to ride to a 31-17 win over the Green Bay Packers. Washington scored two touchdowns on their first three possessions to take a lead that they never relinquished.

On the opening possession of the game Redskins quarterback Alex Smith connected with Paul Richardson for a 46-yard touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Washington had a 10-play 79-yard drive capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson.

The Redskins offense stayed hot in the first half scoring two more touchdowns— a 9-yard touchdown catch by Jamison Crowder and a 2-yard touchdown run by Peterson.

The major blemish for the Redskins defense in the first half was a miscommunication between D.J. Swearinger and Josh Norman that resulted in a 64-yard touchdown pass. Washington took a 28-10 lead into halftime.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers orchestrated a 15-play 75-yard touchdown drive to open the second half. The Packers converted four third downs on the drive.

With less than six minutes left Redskins cornerback Fabian Moreau forced a fumble that was recovered by Norman. The turnover led to a field goal and helped to seal the win for Washington.

One of the keys to Washington’s win was their ability to run the football. Despite a few injuries on the offensive line, the unit played well as Adrian Peterson had 19 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. According to Fox Sports, this was Peterson’s 52nd game with at least 100 yards rushing.

Peterson now has 102 touchdown runs in his career. That puts him seventh all-time passing Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and Shaun Alexander.

The Redskins defensive line harassed Rodgers pressuring him throughout the game including four sacks. Ryan Kerrigan did not record a sack but drew a number of holding calls throughout the game helping to stall a number of Packers drives. Jonathan Allen recorded two sacks while Matt Ioannidis and rookie Da’ron Payne each added a sack apiece. Payne’s sack was the first of his career.

The Redskins defense shutout Rodgers and the Packers offense on their final five possessions of the game.

Not many gave Washington a chance as every ESPN expert picked Green Bay to win the game.

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It was a massive win for the Redskins as they improve to 2-1 on the season and have positive vibes heading into their bye week.

Will Fairfax is a Washington Redskins editor and staff writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @willfairfax1Looking for more Redskins news and features?Follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.