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Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

LANDOVER, Md. -- With 22 starters comprising offensive and defensive players, plus another faction handling special teams, football is the ultimate team sport.

Now imagine where the 2018 Washington Redskins find themselves if the front office never brings in Adrian Peterson for that mid-preseason workout. Even Jamie Lee Curtis finds that frightening.

Peterson’s return to football glory continued with 99 rushing yards on 24 carries in Washington’s 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday evening.

“I won’t say we wouldn’t be as good in the run game, but, yeah,” left tackle Trent Williams said of his former University of Oklahoma teammate.

“Obviously having [Adrian], I won’t say it’s everything, but it’s almost everything,” Williams continued. His eyes widened as the Pro Bowl lineman pondered the potential downside of this offense without the future Hall of Famer. That’s a dark timeline.

Peterson’s Redskins career now spans six regular-season games. Sunday’s display of power in tight spaces and speed when daylight exists wasn’t a one-off. In those six games, Peterson rushed for at least 96 yards four times including the last two games despite playing with a painful shoulder.

“I’m feeling good, man, we just got a W,” the smiling running back said from behind the podium inside the media room at his newish home stadium. “That makes everything feel a lot better. I feel better than I did last week, I’ll say that.”

Washington felt concerned enough about its running attack following the second preseason game to scour the free agent market. Peterson arriving at Redskins Park in August generated the expected “Whoa” from the casual NFL fans, who picture the player hammering silly defenders daring to tackle him. That player no longer existed. At least that’s what many assumed.

Peterson last topped 1,000 yards or 4.0 yards per rush in 2015. Injuries and inefficiency headlined his 2017 stops in New Orleans and Arizona. Running backs capable of carrying an offense aren’t just lying around for the taking like a rogue penny on a sidewalk. Yet, there was Peterson, waiting for a team to show interest. After losing Derrius Guice with a season-ending knee injury and recognizing the in-house options were not enough, the Redskins called.

 “We didn’t have many expectations,” Jay Gruden said after the Redskins improved to 4-2 and took a 1 ½ game lead in the NFC East. “We weren’t expecting him to be on our football team until we had a couple of injuries. Then we got him. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know he looked great in that workout.”

That workout led to a signing and almost simultaneously, the starting gig. Now it’s hard contemplating anyone else in those early down and short yardage scenarios. Peterson had runs of 23 and 20 yards against the Cowboys. The latter help set up one of two Dustin Hopkins field goals. His overall production helped move the chains in yet another game where the Alex Smith-led passing game lacked oomph.

This random road to Redskins Park is why Peterson’s renaissance feels shocking to many with one significant exception.

“No, not at all. I think everyone else around is surprised. I’m not,” Peterson said. “I expect greatness from myself. That’s why I put the work in. God has blessed with me this talent. A lot of people see, and a lot of people don’t. … Just keep confidence in myself. When I’m presented with my opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it every Sunday.”

Peterson is taking advantage of this opportunity with the Redskins because necessity is the mother of invention. It turns out Washington’s running attack needed a reboot more than the running back required a makeover.

“There are not many guys like [Adrian] walking around the street,” Williams said, “and luckily, we found a diamond in the rough.”

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Redskins vs. 49ers Week 7: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins vs. 49ers Week 7: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Redskins finally got into the win column for the first time this season when they stopped a late two-point conversion attempt to hold on for a 17-16 win over the Dolphins in Week 6.

They now turn their sights to the undefeated 49ers, who boast the NFL’s third-best scoring offense (29.4 PPG) and second-best scoring defense (12.8 PPG). San Francisco dismantled the Rams 20-7 last week to give the team its first 5-0 start since 1990.

Bill Callahan will make his FedEx Field debut as the Redskins’ interim head coach, hoping to carry over the success his offense had on the ground (145 rushing yards) in Miami.

Washington is 11-20-1 against the 49ers all time, last meeting on Oct. 15, 2017, when the Redskins won 26-24 behind Kirk Cousins’ 330 yards and three total touchdowns.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Redskins’ Week 6 matchup in Landover:

REDSKINS vs. 49ERS WEEK 7

Who: Washington Redskins (1-5) vs. San Francisco 49ers (5-0)

What: Game 7 of the 2019 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: Pregame and postgame coverage streaming on NBCSportsWashington.com

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Spread: 49ers, -10

Over/Under: 40.0

Weather: 57 degrees, rain expected

REDSKINS vs. 49ERS TV SCHEDULE:

8:30 a.m.: Pro Football Weekly

9:00 a.m.: Inside the Redskins

9:30 a.m.: Redskins Kickoff Preview

10:00 a.m.: Redskins Coach's Show

10:30 a.m.: Redskins Talk: Week 7

11:30 a.m.: Redskins Preview: D.C. Sports Live

12:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live

4:00 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live 

5:00 p.m.: Redskins Overtime Live

REDSKINS 2019 SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 32-27)

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m.

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 7.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: RB1's 

1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals  
Opponent: at Giants
2019 Stats: 298 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 30 Receptions, 315 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.3 PTS, 2019 RB5
Previous Ranking: 4

2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles
2019 Stats: 491 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 18 Receptions, 139 Receiving YDS, 109 PTS, 2019 RB8
Previous Ranking: 2  

3. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings  
Opponent: at Lions
2019 Stats: 583 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 213 Receiving YDS, 136.6 PTS, 2019 RB2
Previous Ranking: 3  

4. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants 
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 237 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 174 Receiving YDS, 48.1 PTS 2019 RB37
Previous Ranking: NR  

5. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers  
Opponent: vs. Raiders
2019 Stats: 349 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 163 Receiving YDS, 120.2 PTS, 2019 RB6
Previous Ranking: 11  
  
6. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: Rushing YDS, Rushing TD, Receptions, Receiving YDS, PTS, 2019 RB19
Previous Ranking: Bye

7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars  
Opponent: at Bengals   
2019 Stats: 584 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 189 Receiving YDS, 107.3 PTS, 2019 RB9
Previous Ranking: 14  

TIER 2: High-end RB2's  

8. Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 424 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 89 Receiving YDS, 104.3 PTS, 2019 RB10
Previous Ranking: 12

9. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans  
Opponent: vs. Chargers
2019 Stats: 416 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 102 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 87.8 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 8  

10. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks  
Opponent: vs. Ravens
2019 Stats: 504 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 19 Receptions, 140 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 101.4 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: 10  

11. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 165 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 4 Receptions, 49 Receiving YDS, 37.4 PTS, 2019 RB46
Previous Ranking:  NR

12. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 270 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 68 Receiving YDS, 75.8 PTS, 2019 RB18
Previous Ranking: 17

13. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Packers
2019 Stats: 430 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 77 Receiving YDS, 80.7 PTS, 2019 RB17
Previous Ranking: Bye

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's  

14. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings
2019 Stats: 285 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 9 Receptions, 126 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 66.1 PTS, 2019 RB23  
Previous Ranking: 13  

15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 275 Rushing YDS, 25 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 88.8 PTS, 2019 RB14
Previous Ranking: 19     

16. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets  
Opponent: vs. Patriots
2019 Stats: 256 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28 Receptions, 169 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82.5 PTS, 2019 RB16
Previous Ranking: 16  

17. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills  
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
2019 Stats: 127 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 28 Receiving YDS, 26.5 PTS, 2019 RB60  
Previous Ranking: Bye

18. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 49 Rushing YDS, 7 Receptions, 37 Receiving YDS, 15.6 PTS, 2019 RB72  
Previous Ranking: 18  

19. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 426 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 66.8 PTS, 2019 RB22
Previous Ranking: NR

20. James White, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets
2019 Stats: 63 Rushing YDS, 31 Receptions, 224 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 65.6 PTS, 2019 RB24
Previous Ranking: 15

21. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers  
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 376 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 10 Receptions, 73 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 66.9 PTS, 2019 RB21
Previous Ranking: 21  

22. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos  
Opponent: vs. Chiefs
2019 Stats: 397 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 19 Receptions, 147 Receiving YDS, 97.4 PTS, 2019 RB13 
Previous Ranking: 22  

23. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Titans
2019 Stats: 241 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 42 Receptions, 370 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 135.1 PTS, 2019 RB3
Previous Ranking: 9  

24. Sony Michel, New England Patriots  
Opponent: at Jets
2019 Stats: 348 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 59 Receiving YDS, 61.7 PTS, 2019 RB28 
Previous Ranking: 23  

25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent: at Cowboys
2019 Stats: 199 Rushing YDS, 13 Receptions, 219 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 58.8 PTS, 2019 RB29
Previous Ranking: 25  

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7