The NFL makes the schedule, and that includes the bye weeks. A Week 4 bye is absurdly early, but the Redskins have no choice in the matter.
Since the bye is here, however early, let's look at Washington's MVP, biggest surprise and biggest dissapointment from the "first half" of the season.
MVP - Adrian Peterson - This notion would have seemed absurd a month ago, and downright insane two months ago, but through three games Peterson has been the Redskins best player. He dominated the Packers in Week 3 with 120 yards and two touchdowns, and controlled the tempo of the game in the Week 1 in Arizona. Even at age 33, Peterson ranks in the Top 5 in the NFL in rush yards gained and has allowed Jay Gruden to establish a physical, run-first approach for the 2-1 Redskins. The plan wasn't for Peterson in that role, it was supposed to be Derrius Guice, but winning in the NFL is all about what a team does once the first plan goes awry.
Runner up: Jonathan Allen - The second year man has been a wrecking crew through three games and the Redskins defense looks entirely different from the 2017 version.
Biggest surprise - Matt Ioannidis - The Redskins haven't gotten much pressure from the outside of their defensive line, but through three games it hasn't hurt them too much. Why? Because the interior is getting to quarterbacks, and Ioannidis is leading the charge. He has three sacks in three games, including a wildly impressive takedown of Aaron Rodgers in Week 3 where Ioannidis picked up an offensive lineman and carried him into the QB. Ioannidis was a fifth round pick in the 2016 draft and cut out of training camp. His emergence for Washington is a real testament to his hard work, strength, and the development of young players led by defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
Runner up - Chase Roullier - Another late round linemen, Roullier has not missed a snap this season playing both center and guard. His ability at left guard, coupled with solid play from backup Tony Bergstrom at center, means Washington does not have to push Shawn Lauvao back from injury. In fact, it might mean Lauvao has been Wally Pipp'd.
Biggest disappointment - Josh Doctson - It's entirely premature to label somebody a dissapointment after just three games. Entirely. But the editors demanded a bye week story and here we are. Doctson only has five catches in three games and was held catchless in the Week 3 win over the Packers. He has less receiving yards than Adrian Peterson, a running back not known for his pass game prowess. Doctson did get mugged twice for pass interference calls against Green Bay, including in the end zone which led to a TD. Still, measured against his first-round draft pick status, the Redskins need more from Doctson.
Runner up - Ryan Kerrigan - Again, it's premature to label somebody a dissapointment, but Ryan Kerrigan has not gotten off to the type of start Redskins fans are accustomed with. He's had double digit sacks in each of the last two years, and three of the last four seasons. Through three games this year, he has zero sacks. He got close twice against Green Bay, and drew some holding flags. In the first three games of 2017, Kerrigan logged 2.5 sacks and an interception.
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