The Washington Redskins look to get off to their first 2-0 start since 2011 on Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts come to FedEx Field. The 2018 season couldn’t have started any better for the Redskins, as they dominated the Cardinals out in Arizona, winning 24-6 and completely dominating on both sides of the ball.
Alex Smith was efficient in his debut, completing 21 of 30 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Smith did not turn the ball over and at one time completed 13 straight passes. He only took one deep shot to Paul Richardson and the ball slipped out of the receiver’s hands. Before you judge Smith as being too conservative, he didn’t have to do too much as his running game combined for 182 yards.
Adrian Peterson looked like, well, Adrian Peterson, rushing for 96 yards and a score. Peterson also caught two balls for 70 yards and had some moves that were reminiscent of a much younger Peterson. Chris Thompson ran the ball five times for 65 yards, while also catching six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
The defense was outstanding, too. Arizona’s only score came late when the game was already decided and the Redskins held David Johnson to just 37 yards rushing. Washington also held Sam Bradford to just 4.5 yards per pass attempt.
This Sunday, the Redskins face Andrew Luck who is in his second game back after last season’s shoulder surgery. Luck completed 39 of 53 passes for over 300 yards last week in a losing effort to Cincinnati.
Here are three keys to victory for the Redskins on Sunday.
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