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Refocused, NFL Week 1: Washington Redskins 24, Arizona Cardinals 6

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game.
Washington Redskins 24, Arizona Cardinals 6 Analyst Takeaways Quarterback Alex Smith is a perfect fit in the Redskins offense.
Not only does his timing and accuracy fit what Jay Gruden wants to do, his athleticism also opened up a ton of option looks in the running game.
Pernell McPhee looks like a useful budget free-agent signing already.
He was putting on a clinic against left tackle D.J.
The Redskins had a lot of question marks in their secondary heading into this season after dealing Kendall Fuller early in the offseason.
The offensive line was opening up holes, and Johnson found them with ease at times.
Besides not being able to get off blocks in the run game, he frequently got shook by Redskins receivers and backs in underneath zones in the passing game.
Keys to the game Washington: With Alex Smith at the helm and a healthy offensive line, the Redskins can execute a deadly and balanced offense.
Arizona: Arizona’s offensive line was overmatched in pass-protection the whole second half, and their poor performance gave them no chance of a comeback.

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The Washington Redskins defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, 24-6, during the NFL’s first full Sunday of action.

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.

FINAL SCORE

Washington Redskins 24, Arizona Cardinals 6

Analyst Takeaways

Quarterback Alex Smith is a perfect fit in the Redskins offense. Not only does his timing and accuracy fit what Jay Gruden wants to do, his athleticism also opened up a ton of option looks in the running game.

Running back Adrian Peterson doesn’t quite have the elite juice he once did, but he still runs incredibly hard. His vision on a handful of concepts today was impressive, and he benefitted from a dominant…

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