Redskins Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down: Week One against the Cards

The Washington Redskins won their season opener 24-6 with a striking first half, that saw the Redskins dominated the time of possession 23:57 to 7:03.  QB Alex Smith completed 21 of 30 passes for 255 yards and 2 TD passes, in his first game as the Redskins signal caller.  Here are our Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down for week one.

Redskins Thumbs Up

RB Chris Thompson.  What a return game for Chris Thompson, coming back from a season ending injury last season.  Thompson picked up exactly where he left off last year, as the Redskins playmaker.  Thompson rushed for 65 yards on just 5 carries and caught 6 passes for 63 yards and a TD reception.  That was a total of 128 yards of offense.  We really did not know what to expect in his return from injury, but wonder no more.  Thompson looked exactly like the Thompson of last season.  That’s a great thing for the Redskins offense.  Thompson put the Redskins on the board at the 14:24 mark of the second quarter with a 13 yard TD reception from QB Alex Smith.  The really good thing about his performance was the chemistry he showed with Smith, despite not playing at all in the preseason.

Defense:  What a great performance by the Washington Redskins defense.  They held vaunted Cards’ running back David Johnson to just 37 yards on 9 carries.  They only allowed the Cardinals 1 third down conversion on 8 attempts.  They also shut down Arizona on their only fourth down attempt.  Overall, they allowed just 68 yards rushing and 145 yards passing.  One of our keys to the game was rush defense, and they showed up today.   CB Quinton Dunbar had a nice game, starting opposite CB Josh Norman.  Dunbar finished with 4 tackles and an interception.  Overall, the Redskins secondary played a very nice game, holding the Cards to 145 yards passing.  LB Ryan Anderson and DL Matt Ioannidis added sacks to the defensive stats.

Honorable Mention:  How about the debut of QB Alex Smith?  Smith completed 21 passes on 30 attempts for 255 yards and 2 TD passes.  Better than stats, Smith simply had one thing today — command.  He had complete command of the offense.  RB Adrian Peterson ran the ball effectively for the Redskins, gaining 96 yards on the ground and adding a rushing TD.  It was a breath of fresh air to see power running in the Redskins offense.  CB Quinton Dunbar really played a nice game today and added an interception.  The defensive line played exceptionally well today, allowing just 36 yards rushing for Cards’ RB David Johnson.  Finally, kudos tothe Redskins offensive line.  They picked up where they left off last year, as one of the NFL’s best units.  HC Jay Gruden deserves mention. He committed to the ground game and it paid off.

Redskins Thumbs Down

Adrian Peterson.  Heck, I hate doing this, but we give Thumbs Downs for turnovers.  Peterson had a great game in his Redskins debut, rushing for 96 yards on 26 carries and adding in 70 yards receiving on 2 catches.  Late in the game, Peterson made an outstanding 52 yards reception, but then coughed the ball up.  You can’t do that late in the game, but he knows that.  Great game for AP, but we have to give a Thumbs Down for a turnover.

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