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Kia MVP Of The Season: Adrian Peterson


Entering the 2018 season, it was hard to imagine running back Adrian Peterson outperforming himself from years past.

As the lead back in the Redskins offense, Peterson finished this years campaign with his eighth career 1,000 yard season, totaling 1,042 yards on the ground while adding seven touchdowns. After appearing in every game, Peterson lead by example every down he played, making him this year's KIA MVP of the Season.

After scoring his 100th career touchdown week 1 at Arizona, Peterson used 2018 to prove age is just a number. He totaled 251 attempts on the ground while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He also added 20 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown, and helped lead a Redskins offense to 7th in the league in 3rd-and-short conversions (75.0%). Peterson was awarded the FedEx Ground player of the week award after rushing for 120 yards on 19 carries while adding two touchdowns in the Redskins first home victory of the season week 3 against Green Bay. As the Redskins traveled to the Meadowlands to face the Giants week 8, Peterson enjoyed a vintage breakout performance. He finished the game with 149 yards on a season-high 26 carries, including a 64 yard touchdown run to seal the win. Peterson went on to score two touchdowns in week 11 against Houston passing Hall of Famer, and Redskins legend John Riggins for No. 6 on the NFL's all-time list.

In week 13 against the PAs the final game of the season approached, Way was the only punter to not have a single punt end up as a touchback. Through the last 60 minutes of his season, he made sure to uphold that statistic. Punting five times, Way landed two inside the 20-yard line and did not record a single touchback. Finishing the year with over 40 punts inside the 20 and no touchbacks, Way helped Washington continuously win the battle of field position on defense.

If Way's day and season weren't already impressive enough, he decided to show off his arm skills as well. On a fourth-and-2 in the third quarter, Way faked the punt and delivered a strike to wide receiver Jehu Chesson for a gain of seven yards and the fourth down.

"A lot of people have asked me about it and I said I'm pretty good when the defense doesn't know what's coming," Way said. "If I've got the surprise factor working for me that helps. If the defense knew what was coming, like regular quarterbacks, I don't know how it would go."

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