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Gresham inactive, Nkemdiche healthy for Cardinals vs. Redskins

16 September 2018

The Redskins dominated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

"Obviously, you don't want to start the season like this", Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford said. "Next time we come back here, we owe it to them to perform a lot better and give them something to be happy about and cheer for".

The Arizona Cardinals hope to bounce back from a disappointing 2017 campaign this season with a relatively healthy team that ready to prove their doubters wrong this year.

Wilks, the former Carolina defensive coordinator, was hired to replace the retired Bruce Arians.

Peterson signed a one-year contract with Washington on August 20 for the veteran's minimum of $1.015 million.

Bradford was mostly ineffective, unable to find receivers downfield or move Arizona's offense. Maybe Johnson will fulfill his goal of hitting the 1,000-yard mark in rushing and receiving this season.

The Washington Redskins open their 2018 season on Sunday with a trip to Phoenix to play the Arizona Cardinals.

After Arizona's first three-and-out, Washington used up 9:06 in a 15-play, 73-yard drive, Peterson plowing in from the 1-yard line to make it 14-0.

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"Our O-line set the tone early", Smith said, "especially with the way we were running the football".

"We just couldn't get anything going", Johnson said. "All night, we were playing catch-up and that was really the issue, that we were never really able to get into a rhythm when we go behind". The top two, a 33-year-old castoff and a career backup, played for Washington.

"There's no reason to panic, but this is not OK, it's not acceptable", defensive tackle Corey Peters said. "We have to take a good look in the mirror and point the finger at ourselves". Both teams enter Sunday's contest with new starters under center.

The first scoring drive went 80 yards in 11 plays, Smith went 13 yards to Thompson on the first play of the second quarter for the score.

Peterson rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

In the second half, Washington punted three times and fumbled the ball away in addition to Dustin Hopkins making a 31-yard field goal with 12:13 left in the game to increase the lead to 24-0. "We have to play a tough Andrew Luck-led Colts team next week at home, and we have to do a better job for our home crowd". Outside of a couple of decent Johnson runs, the Cardinals had no running game to speak of, finishing the half with 36 total yards - one less than they had in penalties.

A late touchdown run by David Johnson denied Washington its first shutout since a 23-0 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on September 30, 1991. "We've got to figure out a way to get points early, figure out a way to convert third downs".

Gresham inactive, Nkemdiche healthy for Cardinals vs. Redskins