Entering the game, Gruden stressed the importance of an effective start on the road.
Washington had consecutive touchdown drives of 80, 73 and 92 yards to lead 21-0 at halftime.
It wasn't exactly a miracle play, a 1-yard dive for Washington's first touchdown against Arizona. "I just thought it was poor run fits, a lack of execution up front, getting out of our gaps, linebackers not playing downhill and just really being "out-physicaled" up front". "You can see it spread not only to the offensive side of the ball, but to the defensive side, as well". The second drive, Smith did his most serious damage with short passes that turned into significant gains, including an 11-yard pass to Thompson on third-and-seven, a 22-yard pass to Jordan Reed and 10 yards to Jamison Crowder.
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. Rob Kelley explained in the locker room after the game that Peterson's first half showed this team that they can knock down anybody.
Quarterback Sam Bradford under pressure. The Redskins' defense that ranked last against the run last season, limited Johnson to only 37 yards on nine carries. It makes no real difference to quarterback Alex Smith, who even ran eight times Sunday on top of his 30 pass attempts.
Dunbar had the game's only interception.
Peterson needs about 400 yards to surpass Tony Dorsett, and he's four touchdowns from matching John Riggins and six behind Brown.
Adrian Peterson finished it off with three straight power runs up the middle, the last for one yard and a touchdown, the 100th rushing score of the running back's career. According to NFL345, Peterson is just the seventh player in National Football League history with at least 12,000 career rushing yards and 100 rushing TDs.
"It means a lot", Peterson said. He also had a team-high 70 receiving yards on a pair of receptions.
"But, the fans booing, they come there, they support us, they pay their money and they want to see a good product, and we didn't put a good product on the field yesterday".
All the above left Arizona's offensive players lamenting their inability to stay on the field, and its defensive ones their failure to get to the sideline. But Washington let him carry the ball 26 times (for 96 yards).