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Peterson runs for 120 yards, 2 TDs, Skins top Packers 31-17

Sun Sep 23 4:47pm ET
By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Kirk Cousins, Randall Cobb, Jordan Reed, Paul Richardson, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) hits Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) reacts to his penalty after tackling Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12), wearing a knee brace, scrambles with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) tips the ball over the goalposts as he celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) carries the ball past Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Adrian Peterson ran for 120 yards and a pair of 2-yard scores, Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes - all in the first half Sunday - and the Washington Redskins held on for a 31-17 victory over a gimpy Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who again had complaints about a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews.

On a rainy afternoon, the Redskins (2-1) moved out to leads of 14-0 and, at halftime, 28-10, by putting together TD drives of 74, 75, 79 and 98 yards.

Smith connected for TDs of 46 yards to Paul Richardson on the game's fourth play and of 9 to Jamison Crowder in the second quarter.

Peterson, who ran 19 times Sunday, raised his career total to 102 rushing touchdowns, breaking a tie at 100 with Marshall Faulk and Shaun Alexander and moving him alone into seventh place in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith's record of 164.

This was Peterson's 52nd game with at least 100 yards on the ground, and first since Nov. 5, 2017, for Arizona against San Francisco.

Playing with a bulky brace on his left knee, which he hurt in Week 1, Rodgers hobbled and limped around, and couldn't do enough to get the Packers (1-1-1) back into the game.

He finished 27 for 44 for 265 yards with two TDs - of 64 yards to Geronimo Allison and 2 yards to Davante Adams - and was sacked four times.

But Green Bay's receivers had problems with drops, plus Randall Cobb was stripped of the ball by Fabian Moreau - Josh Norman recovered the fumble - after a completion with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

In the third, Packers linebacker Matthews was flagged for roughing Smith - and there are sure to be more questions about what constitutes a penalty on such plays. Matthews broke in alone on Smith, wrapped him and brought him down. Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy threw down a play-calling sheet and argued with two officials about the call, even chasing one along the sideline as he backpedaled away.

In Green Bay's 29-all tie against the Minnesota Vikings last week, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.

On Sunday, Smith went 12 for 20 for 220 yards. He also had his streak of 156 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest active run in the NFL, end in the second quarter. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made the pick when tight end Jordan Reed went one way and Smith threw another.

That was one of many times when loud cheers of ''Go, Pack, go!'' rang through the Redskins' stadium. Last week, Washington's home sellout streak ended and there were plenty of boos heard during a 21-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

INJURIES

Packers: DL Muhammad Wilkerson was carted off in the second quarter with an ankle injury. ... RT Bryan Bulaga left with a back injury. Jason Spriggs replaced him.

Redskins: RT Morgan Moses exited in the first quarter with a concussion. He was replaced by Ty Nsekhe.

MAGNUM P.I.

Green Bay contributed three pass-interference calls on a single TD drive for the Redskins: on first-round draft pick Jaire Alexander, defending Richardson; on Tramon Williams on the very next play, defending Josh Doctson; on Davon House, also defending Doctson.

UP NEXT

Packers: Host the Buffalo Bills.

Redskins: Bye week.

Player Notes
Baker Mayfield Dec 12 9:20am ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is coming off a fantastic real-life game which saw him complete 18 of his 22 pass attempts against the Carolina Panthers. That being said, his production in the fantasy realm was lacking as he threw just one touchdown in the game. Since the team fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, the Browns have been playing slow on offense, which has limited Mayfield's ceiling somewhat. This week, the Browns travel to Denver to take on the Broncos on Saturday night. The Broncos have been great against the pass this season, ranking No. 2 in pass defense DVOA. That being said, the Broncos have suffered several injuries in their secondary over the past few weeks which keeps Mayfield in the conversation as a deep-league streamer. Treat Mayfield as a mid-QB2 for Week 15.

From RotoBaller

Ryan Tannehill Dec 12 8:23am ET

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) could be limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12, as the team will closely monitor his ankle injury heading into Week 15.

Fantasy Spin: Tannehill has binged with a couple of three-score games, but history has shown you can't count on that this week against the Minnesota Vikings. He's a QB2 in two-QB leagues.

Mychal Kendricks Dec 12 3:03am ET

Seattle Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks (knee) injured his knee during the team's Week 14 win over the Minnesota Vikings, and his availability for the team's game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Dec. 16, is in question, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

Cole Wick Dec 12 2:03am ET

The Tennessee Titans signed TE Cole Wick off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Tennessee also signed free-agent OL Austin Pasztor (Falcons).

Pierre Garcon Dec 12 12:13am ET

San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (knee) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Michael Thomas Dec 12 12:10am ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will head into Week 15 with 102 receptions for 1,218 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. Thomas will face a Panthers secondary that is allowing the eighth most fantasy points to receivers, including four 100-yard receiving games since Week 11. Carolina has surrendered 10 touchdowns to receivers over their last six games and now must try and shut down one of the game's elite receivers. Thomas should be able to exploit this matchup in Week 15 and will be a WR1 option across all fantasy formats.

From RotoBaller

Saquon Barkley Dec 11 11:40pm ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley will go up against a Titans defense in Week 15 that is allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. But at this point in the season, tough matchups no longer scare fantasy owners of the fantastic rookie. Barkley has least 100-plus yards from scrimmage in 12 of the 13 games played this season to go along with 13 total touchdowns. Barkley is about as bankable a fantasy option as any player in the league right now and heads into Week 15 with 1,753 all-purpose yards. Start Barkley with confidence.

From RotoBaller

Evan Engram Dec 11 11:40pm ET

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram's fantasy arrow has been pointing up over the last two games, posting 143 yards over that span. But he could struggle to out-score his fantasy projections against a Titans defense that is allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. The Titans defense has not allowed a tight end to catch a touchdown against them this season and only two tight ends have scored more than six fantasy points in a single game. Engram will be a dicey TE2 play in Week 15.

From RotoBaller

Chad Williams Dec 11 10:23pm ET

Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams (ankle, hamstring) was listed with the first-team offense on the team's depth chart Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: This is somewhat notable since Williams has missed the last five games and doesn't exactly have the kind of resume that one usually has to keep a job when he is sidelined that long. Larry Fitzgerald remains the only playable Cardinal receiver, but DFS players who may have been hoping to strike gold with J.J. Nelson and Trent Sherfield versus the Atlanta Falcons may have to look elsewhere.

Kelvin Benjamin Dec 11 10:13pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs WR Kelvin Benjamin is reportedly picking up the offense quickly, but it remains unlikely he will play an extended amount of time in Week 15 versus the Los Angeles Chargers.

Fantasy Spin: It's understandable considering he hasn't been with the team two weeks yet. Still, Tyreek Hill will almost certainly be limited in some way, shape or form and the Chiefs may be down to Damien Williams as their starting running back. Despite the presence of Patrick Mahomes, owners should be able to do better than Benjamin in their starting lineups during the fantasy playoffs.

Kelvin Benjamin Dec 11 8:50pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who had his first practice with the team last Friday, is unlikely to play extended snaps if he makes his team debut on Thursday against the Chargers. However, they may need Benjamin active with Sammy Watkins (foot) not expected to be available until the playoffs and Tyreek Hill (heel, wrist) being dinged up in Week 14. Its just concepts and really learning the language of a new playbook, Benjamin told The Star on Tuesday. Its coming real good to me. I feel like Im grasping it real well. Benjamin was terrible in his time with Buffalo and lacked hustle and motivation, so hopefully he'll be more motivated to make an impact with his first team, who currently have the top seed in the AFC. Even if Benjamin plays this Thursday and in the final two games of the season, he's unlikely to make much of a fantasy impact unless either Hill or Chris Conley get hurt.

From RotoBaller

Keke Coutee Dec 11 8:00pm ET

Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited in practice on Tuesday. Coutee has missed the last two games but is trending toward being active in Week 15 on Saturday against the Jets. Hamstring issues have limited the rookie to just six games in 2018, and he can't be trusted in starting lineups behind DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas if he returns. Quarterback Deshaun Watson hasn't been throwing the ball all that much either, making Coutee unlikely to see heavy targets if he's back this Saturday.

From RotoBaller

DeSean Jackson Dec 11 7:53pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) had his injured thumb immobilized Tuesday, Dec. 11. He cannot squeeze a football with his injured hand yet but hopes to play again this season.

Fantasy Spin: In the meantime, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries will continue to see increased targets. They have a tough matchup this week, though, against the Baltimore Ravens, so lower your expectations.

Andre Roberts Dec 11 7:33pm ET

New York Jets LB Jerry Attaochu (concussion), RB Trenton Cannon (toe) and LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder, ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 11. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder) was limited. OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder, neck), TE Jordan Leggett (knee), C Spencer Long (knee, finger), WR Andre Roberts (foot) and CB Buster Skrine (shoulder) participated fully.

Robby Anderson Dec 11 7:23pm ET

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: Last week Anderson found the end zone for the first time in six games and saw seven targets for the third time in four games, but he's an inconsistent player who can't be trusted in postseason lineups.

Quincy Enunwa Dec 11 7:23pm ET

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) was not at practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: Enunwa has done next to nothing since the beginning of the season. Now is not the time to take a chance on starting him and hoping he rebounds.

Sam Darnold Dec 11 7:23pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: If you made your league's playoffs, you probably didn't get there by starting Darnold. Don't start now.

J.J. Watt Dec 11 7:13pm ET

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Carter (concussion), WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), C Zach Fulton (hand), S Andre Hal (ankle), CB Kareem Jackson (knee), OG Senio Kelemete (elbow) and DE J.J. Watt (knee) were limited in practice Tuesday, Dec. 11. LB Dylan Cole (wrist, knee), CB Aaron Colvin (ankle), C Greg Mancz (knee), LB Brian Peters (ankle), S Justin Reid (shoulder, wrist) and CB Shareece Wright (neck) participated fully.

DeAndre Hopkins Dec 11 7:03pm ET

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: Hopkins has been limited in practice practically the entire season. He has produced consistently despite the nagging issue, so there's no reason to remove him from starting lineups, especially in the fantasy playoffs.

Deshaun Watson Dec 11 7:03pm ET

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) was a full practice participant Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: Watson has been bruised and battered for the entirety of his sophomore campaign but he'll be good to go in a favorable matchup with the New York Jets. He's a QB1 for those still in the fantasy postseason.