Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Monday AM Pundits: Media comments on the Redskins win over the Cards

Monday AM Pundits: Media comments on the Redskins win over the Cards

Arizona's defense played on its heels all day, missing tackles and assignments as Washington had one long drive after another.

Coach Jay Gruden switched up his pass-first philosophy Sunday, confusing Arizona in Washington's easy 24-6 victory on the road.

The Cardinals were down 21 at halftime and had to mostly abandon the run game.

Washington outgained the Cardinals 261 yards to 36 and had a 22-2 advantage in first downs. Since 2015, they've gone 9-7, 8-7-1 and 7-9. In his first regular-season game since November, Peterson faces the same Cardinals team he spent his last six games with in 2017, rushing for 448 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Thompson added 65 yards on five carries, providing a spark with his shiftiness.

Together, those two backs accounted for 294 of Washington's 429 net yards. This is a big game for Peterson, and the Redskins could use a solid effort from him in order to improve a stagnant running game. The ideal mix of play calls left the Cardinals constantly guessing wrong. "I thought they all played extremely well".

They had no running game.

For the last few minutes of the first quarter and all of the second, Washington's offense couldn't be stopped. Redskins safety Troy Apke left with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter.

For Peterson, it was a measure of revenge against another one his old teams, the Cardinals, who parted ways with him this offseason.

The future Hall of Famer rushed for 53 yards in the first half to eclipse Faulk and Brown for 10th all-time in rushing.

"You can see it spread not only to the offensive side of the ball, but to the defensive side as well", he said.

The only consistent weapon the Cardinals had was punter Andy Lee, who averaged almost 53 yards.

Cardinals: play at the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.

But here's the biggest thing from the National Football League preseason: There are no real takeaways.

"Everybody has to take a good look in the mirror and kind of point that finger at themselves and their responsibility in this", Peters said, "because when you fail at this level, that's not one person. Everybody bears some blame in this". "They preach on staying in your gaps and doing your job and sometimes players will be out of their gaps and the next thing you know the running backs will be in their gaps". And maybe that's so, but he carved out a little bit of history on Sunday. The Packers and then New Orleans are more vulnerable against the pass, and Carolina will counter with a balanced defense in Washington's fifth game. And their young, rebuilt defensive line manhandled the Arizona run game.

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