Washington Redskins: 3 Takeaways from Week 1 Win vs. Cardinals

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One and Four.

Ever since holding the main clipboard for the past four seasons, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden finally has done something he never did before — win his season opener after four failed tries.

The Redskins took the field at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium and left a lasting impression in Week 1. Quarterback Alex Smith and running back Adrian Peterson shined, old faces such as running back Chris Thompson and tight end Jordan Reed came back strong after struggling through injuries and a revamped defense, with the likes of rookie defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne, cornerbacks Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar manhandled a quiet-but-explosive Cardinals offense.

Washington dominated throughout all four quarters played and defeated the Cardinals 24-6 to kick off the season. This was huge first step, as the team is looking to make noise in an ultra-competitive NFC conference in 2018.

Even though it’s Week 1, the Redskins have a formula that can click throughout this long season.

Here are three takeaways from the season opener.