Game 1: Skins @ Arizona

When: Sunday September 9 @ 425 pm
Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
Weather: Indoors
TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (Field reporter)
Radio: WMAL 105.9FM
Line: Arizona -1/Over Under 43.5

The Washington Redskins will travel across the country to kickoff the 2018 season, taking on the Cardinals in Arizona @ 425 pm Sunday on FOX.

SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 75-46-2
STREAKS: Cardinals have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Cardinals 15 at Redskins 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/4/16: Cardinals 31, Redskins 23

Unless you live in Arizona, Virginia or the metro area, you are probably getting the Cowboys @ Panthers @ pm on Sunday. The Jaguars @ Giants is our 1 pm on FOX. On CBS, we get Bills @ Ravens on CBS @ 1 pm.

FOX 1

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Prime Time

Sunday Night: Chicago @ Green Bay (NBC)
Monday Night: NY Jets @ Detroit; LA Rams @ Oakland (ESPN)

GAME 1 OPPONENT

The Arizona Cardinals begin their 2018 NFL campaign on the heels of an 8-8 record at the completion of the 2017 season.

The organization tagged Steve Wilks as the new head coach. Wilks enters his first NFL head coaching position, after spending 2017 as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.

Another position of turnover is the quarterback, as all three quarterbacks from last season are no longer on the roster. Sam Bradford takes the reins after spending the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Bradford was injured for much of the year and capped the season completing 32-of-43 pass attempts for 382 yards and three touchdowns in two games.

The Cardinals selected UCLA’s Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Rosen threw for 9,341 yards and 59 touchdowns over his three-year career at UCLA.

After suffering a dislocated wrist last season, running back David Johnson returns to spotlight the Cardinals offense. The 2016 Pro Bowler rushed for 1,239 yards on 296 attempts and scored 16 touchdowns in 2016 before his season ending injury in Week 1 of 2017. Chase Edmonds joins a dynamic backfield after being selected in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Legendary Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald returns for his 15th NFL season, playing his entire career in Arizona. Fitzgerald recorded 109 receptions for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.

Veteran J.J. Nelson also returns after recording 29 catches for 508 yards last season. The Cardinals drafted Christian Kirk in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M to add depth to the position.

Tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones provide a one-two punch at the position. Gresham will return for his ninth NFL season to help in the passing game. He totaled 33 receptions for 322 yards and two touchdowns as the team’s top target among tight end position group. Seals-Jones led the position group with three touchdown receptions.

The Cardinals defense is spearheaded by cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive end Chandler Jones. Peterson is coming off his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl selection and Jones led the NFL with 17.0 sacks while forcing two fumbles.

Linebacker Karlos Dansby recorded a team-high 95 tackles and one sack in 2017.

Kicker Phil Dawson returns for his 20th NFL season, making him the second oldest player in the league (behind the Colts Adam Vinatieri). The veteran enters his second season with Arizona after going 32-of-40 in field goal attempts in 2017.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

GAME NOTES

Redskins

QB ALEX SMITH makes Was. debut. Passed for careerhigh 4,042 yards & 26 TDs vs. 5 INTs & led NFL with 104.7 rating with KC in 2017. Has NFL-record 5 consecutive seasons with 3,000+ pass yards & fewer than 10 INTs. Has 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 118.8 rating in past 2 starts at Az.
• RB ADRIAN PETERSON makes Was. debut. Had 529 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in 10 games with Az. & NO last season. Has 12,276 career rush yards & needs 4 rush yards to pass HOFer MARSHALL FAULK (12,279) for 11th most in NFL history. Has 425 rush yards (106.3 per game) & 6 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. Az. RB CHRIS THOMPSON set career highs in scrimmage yards (804) & total TDs (6) in 2017. RB SAMAJE PERINE ranked 2nd among NFC rookies with 603 rush yards last season.
• WR JAMISON CROWDER led team with 66 receptions & 789 rec. yards in 2017. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Az. with TD catch. WR JOSH DOCTSON led team with 6 rec. TDs last season. TE VERNON DAVIS ranked 3rd among NFC TEs with 648 rec. yards in 2017. TE JORDAN REED has 5 TD catches in his past 6 on road.
• LB RYAN KERRIGAN tied for 4th in NFL with 13 sacks. Since 2014, ranks 2nd in NFL with 47 sacks. LB ZACH BROWN led team with 127 tackles in 2017. LB PRESTON SMITH had sack, INT & FR in last meeting. CB JOSH NORMAN has 57 PD since 2014, 5th-most in NFL. Rookie DT DA’RON PAYNE was selected No. 13 overall in 2018 NFL Draft.

Cardinals

STEVE WILKS makes NFL head coaching debut.
• QB SAM BRADFORD makes Az. debut. Passed for 4,259 yards with 23 TDs for 101.1 rating in past 2 seasons with Min.
• RB DAVID JOHNSON set single-season franchise records in scrimmage yards (2,118), rush TDs (16) & total TDs (20) in 2016 & had NFL-record 15 consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to begin season. Had 175 scrimmage yards (91 rec., 84 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last home meeting.
• WR LARRY FITZGERALD ranks 3rd all-time in receptions (1,234) & rec. yards (15,545). Has 110 career TD catches & needs 1 rec. TD to tie TONY GONZALEZ (111) for 7th most in NFL history. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 109 catches last season. Has catch in 211 consecutive games, tied with Gonzalez for 2nd-longest streak in league annals. Rookie WR CHRISTIAN KIRK was selected in 2nd round (47th overall) of 2018 NFL Draft. Had 234 catches for 2,856 yards & 26 TDs in 3 seasons at Texas A&M.
• LB CHANDLER JONES led NFL in sacks (17) & TFL (28) last season. Became 4th player since 2008 (VON MILLER, J.J. WATT & DE MARCUS WARE) with 15+ sacks & 25+ TFL in a single season. Since 2016, is only player in NFL with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ TFL (43). CB PATRICK PETERSON has 21 career INTs, tied for 4th most in NFL since entering league in 2011. S ANTOINE BETHEA led team & tied for 2nd in NFC with 5 INTs in 2017. Had FF in last meeting.

INJURY REPORT

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