By: Jakob Vaughan
The Washington Redskins debuted well in their first game of the 2018 regular season. Head coach Jay Gruden earned his first season-opening win with the Redskins, defeating the Cardinals 24 to 6 in Arizona. The Redskins started off the game with an injury to the wide receiver that I talked about this off season, WR Cam Sims, who tweaked his ankle and was ruled out for the rest of the game.
As the second quarter started, the Redskins jumped out to a 21 to 0 lead led by two veterans in running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Alex Smith.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Cardinals scored for the first time in the game eliminating the chances of a shutout by the Redskins. Washington hasn’t had a shutout since 1991.
Adrian Peterson finished the game against his former team with a career day totaling 166 yards and a touchdown on 28 touches. Adrian passed Jim Brown and Barry Sanders in week 1 as he scored his 100th rushing touchdown and surpassed 12,300 career rushing yards. After the game Peterson was given the game ball by head coach Jay Gruden, which Peterson took to Twitter and said “This one’s for anyone that’s ever been doubted.. #HTTR”.
Another tweet that caught the eye of Redskins fans was free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant, who said he still wants to play for the Redskins. The main take away from the Redskins 24 to 6 victory was the physicality of the Redskins defense, which is very surprising to say but the defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and the secondary held their own making Sam Bradford look like he should have just gone ahead and retired.
All Washington Redskins should walked around on Monday with confidence, as this team showed what their potential can be for the rest of the season. If the injury bug stays away from the Redskins and everyone plays to their potential and the team chemistry continues to build, I can see the Redskins surprising a lot more teams and analyst.
On NFL Game Day Morning that airs on NFL Network all of their NFL analyst picked the Cardinals to beat the Redskins with no hesitation. Next week the Washington Redskins play their home opener against the Colts, who struggled against the Bengals and lose their season opener while allowing the Bengals to score 24 unanswered points, I know one thing is for sure FedEx Field will be jumping and loud after a 1-0 start to their season could easily turn into 2-0.
The key for Washington will be to continue to play consistently and make this their new reputation.