With each Adrian Peterson run, another chance to burnish his legacy.
In the Redskins' third game of the season, that meant two touchdown runs, moving him into seventh all-time on the list. That made him the easy choice to be the Kia MVP of Sunday's victory over the Packers.
The Redskins jumped out of the gate with four touchdowns in the first half, and two of them belonged to Peterson. His first touchdown, a two-yard run, bookended a drive that started with a 13-yard run that got things humming.
His punch up the middle into the end zone was his 101st career rushing touchdown, pushing him past Marshall Faulk and Shawn Alexander.
"I really haven't had time to look at it. It felt good to get into the 100 club. I have a little time off now, maybe I can look and see who I am approaching. [John] Riggins is a guy I do remember seeing out there on the list and thinking about whether I am able to pass him eventually. I kind of simplify it for myself. Go out there, execute the game plan, and with that you have an opportunity to pass guys and accomplish some great things. That right there is my main focus when I step on the field."
Peterson finished the second quarter with another two-yard run, finishing a five-play, 74-yard drive, as he followed linebacker Ryan Anderson ahead of him and just got the ball past the goal line. That pushed the score to 28-10 and the Redskins never looked back.
He finished with 19 carries for 120 yards, including a long of 41 yards that opened another scoring opportunity.
"Last week was an embarrassment," Peterson said. "You can tell throughout the week – the guys took it personal. We came out today, the offensive line did a great job of establishing upfront and giving us time, running backs, quarterback, time to go through progression and make plays. It was a good team effort."