Redskins embark on longest road trip of 2018 in season opening Cardinals clash

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The day has come where the Redskins finally open their blank canvas and can pen their 2018 novel in Arizona, starting today.

Alex Smith warming up. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

As the first full NFL Sunday of the season commences, Washington is hoping this year has a happy ending.

For many Redskins, it will be their first meaningful game in burgundy & gold garb. Both Alex Smith and Adrian Peterson are making their debuts for Washington.

It’s a ‘homecoming’ game for A.D., too. Peterson played six games for the Cardinals last season, and led the team in rushing. That was a one-time stop, and now the Redskins starting running back, Peterson feels like his situation will be better than 2017.

“I’m excited, man. It’s a new journey for me. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve got a group of guys in front of me, that can block, so I’m very excited about that,” Peterson said Wednesday leading up to the game.

D.J. Swearinger also came to Washington after being released by the Cardinals, so emotions will be high as the season gets underway.

As for health, all Redskins, including Chris Thompson and Jordan Reed, are expected to play. Receiver Maurice Harris was ruled OUT with a concussion earlier this week.

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