When asked to describe his team after the Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-17 Sunday at FedEx Field, head coach Jay Gruden probably had the best answer.
“We are a little up and down, but if we play with the same effort, we will be dangerous,” Gruden told reporters.
After turning in a lousy effort against Indianapolis one week ago, Washington put in a solid performance against Green Bay. Running back Adrian Peterson rushed 19 times for 120 yards and scored twice, moving up to second all-time in rushing touchdowns.
Quarterback Alex Smith was efficient if not remarkable, completing 12 of 20 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, end Jonathan Allen registered two of Washington’s four sacks of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and defensive back Mason Foster had eight assisted tackles.
Gruden was in a much better mood after the victory, even laughing off the technical difficulties that took place during the postgame press conference.
“The defensive line put in a nonstop effort,” Gruden said. “As a team, handling a tough loss last week and to come back with a strong effort, that was impressive.”
Washington (2-1) has a bye this coming week before traveling to New Orleans for a Monday night game against the Saints on Oct. 8.