The Washington Redskins won their season openers over the Arizona Cardinals 24-6. It was the first season opener win for head coach Jay Gruden. Here is what the media had to say.
4. Hey, that Washington football team in the NFC East is getting overlooked!
Alex Smith and Adrian Peterson both looked great in their debuts against arguably one of the five worst teams in the NFL. Let’s check back in after the Week 3 game against the Packers in D.C.
Our Comment: Listen, the Redskins were 7-9 last year after being the most decimated team in the NFL from injury. Being healthy will make a difference. A big difference. However, and I know there are still Kirk Cousins fans out there, but yesterday Redskins fans witnessed a superb veteran quarterback take full command of the offense. Additionally, the Redskins were able to establish the ground game with Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. That opened up the rest of the offense. But hey, don’t forget that dominating defensive performance either.
Week 1 Replacements, ESPN
You might remember that Peterson also had big games against the Buccaneers and 49ers last season and was otherwise anonymous during his time with the Saints and Cardinals. That could be the case here, although he’s working with a much better offensive line in Washington with Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff both healthy.
Our Comment: It isn’t just AP. With most running backs, success and failures fall on the effectiveness of the offensive line, and if the Redskins stay healthy, they have one of the best in the NFL.
Week One Takeaways, ESPN
The Redskins’ offense could be fun to watch, partly because of their heavy dose of run-pass option. It’s hard to say if they’ll do that as much every game, but it will be emphasized all season. The Redskins believe they have the personnel to make this tactic work whether a defense is in its nickel or base package.
32 Things We Learned, USA Today
15. Adrian Peterson’s 96-yard rushing debut with Washington vaulted him past Marshall Faulk and Jim Brown into 10th place all-time. AD now has 12,372 career yards. (Peterson also had a 52-yard catch, his longest in nine years.)
What We Learned from Week One, NFL.com
There’s still gas left in Adrian Peterson’s tank. Maybe a lot. The future Hall of Famer had a sparkling debut with the Redskins, his third team in 12 months, running for 96 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. He also had a team-high 70 receiving yards on a pair of receptions.
New team, same Alex Smith. The consummate game manager tossed a couple touchdowns and completed 70 percent of his passes (21 of 30) for 255 yards, guiding the Redskins to 30 first downs and a 16-minute advantage in time of possession.
NFL Week 1 Blitz Read, Sporting News
Meanwhile, Smith, Cousins’ replacement under center in Washington, picked apart the Cardinals defense. He helped the Redskins take control early and finished with 255 passing yards and two scores. Smith completed 70 percent of his passes in the game while veteran running back Adrian Peterson tallied 166 total yards.
Quarterback Alex Smith is a perfect fit in the Redskins offense. Not only does his timing and accuracy fit what Jay Gruden wants to do, his athleticism also opened up a ton of option looks in the running game.
Pernell McPhee looks like a useful budget free-agent signing already. He was putting on a clinic against left tackle D.J. Humphries in obvious passing situations in the second half.
The Redskins had a lot of question marks in their secondary heading into this season after dealing Kendall Fuller early in the offseason. Quinton Dunbar did his best to answer some of those questions this week as he seemed to always be around the football.