Redskins studs and duds from the team’s Week 2 defeat against Dallas
By Ian Cummings
Dud: The rushing offense with Adrian Peterson
In the season debut, Derrius Guice ran the ball 10 times for 18 yards. In Week 2, Adrian Peterson ran the ball 10 times for 25 yards and a goal line touchdown. The touchdown is a nice add-on to the stat sheet, and it vaulted him into the top five all-time in NFL rushing touchdowns. But in a game where the Redskins were never exactly competitive, Peterson didn’t get them closer. You could say he didn’t change a thing.
That’s not all Peterson’s fault, but for as good as he is, onlookers must accept that he’s limited at this stage of his career. He no longer has the burst and speed to compensate for bad blocking, and while he can still shake off tackles, his one-dimensionality prohibits him from being a game changer against controlling teams.
Bad blocking was mentioned, and it does need to be elaborated on. The Redskins offensive line, for two weeks now, has been subpar at run blocking as a whole. There have been some good moments, and the pass blocking, especially in Week 1, has looked better than expected. But the run blocking is bad, and the running back is limited. That’s not a recipe for success.
It’s also worth bringing to light that Jay Gruden is implementing the running game in an inefficient way. His first-down runs are willful sacrifices of real estate to the defense, and by playing it safe in close games, Gruden effectively takes his team out of the game.
But enough about Gruden. We’ll get to him later, after all.