Washington Redskins fans walk past protesters as they head into the Cardinals game on Sunday.
"You guys kept putting that monkey on me this week", a smiling Gruden said after the win.
Together, those two backs accounted for 294 of Washington's 429 net yards.
Peterson signed with Washington before the third preseason game and quickly won the starting job. "I have a lot of support that keeps me going, keeps me motivated". Morgan Moses said that Peterson's downhill, freight train style rubbed off on the offensive line. The Cardinals got nothing going offensively during the first half.
Entering the game, Gruden stressed the importance of an effective start on the road. My eyes, for whatever reason, aren't as sharp as I expected them to be.More news: US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea report
"You saw early on we were running the ball well", Wilks 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". Thompson is a major part of Washington's passing game.
"We can't run 13 plays in the first half and expect to win", Bradford said.
Arizona had only 213 yards in total offense, 68 on the ground.
Quarterback Sam Bradford under pressure.
Dunbar had the game's only interception.
In the first half, Peterson rushed 14 times for 53 yards and gained 18 more on a screen pass. Smith showed why the Redskins' brass was confident signing him after allowing Kirk Cousins to go in free agency.More news: Willie Nelson Will Headline Campaign Event for Beto O'Rourke
Peterson needs about 400 yards to surpass Tony Dorsett, and he's four touchdowns from matching John Riggins and six behind Brown.
Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson, who is seven years older than Johnson, ran over, through and around the Cardinals for 166 total yards, including 96 rushing. The score was the 100th of his career.
"Every team wants to start fast, every team wants to go 1-0 this week, but at the same time, I mean realize that, you know it's football", Smith said.
Gruden went over all of those previous losses in recent weeks, added an extra practice or two this year in hopes his team's fortune changes. "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 Redskins capped the scoring in the first half, driving 92 yards 10 plays in 3:11, culminating with Smith's 4-yard touchdown throw to Reed with 8 seconds left. Washington had 261 yards and controlled the ball for almost 23 minutes in the first half.More news: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino won't blame Michel Vorm for Liverpool opener