Steve Wilks makes his debut as Arizona Cardinals head coach against the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season on Sunday.
NFC West contenders the Arizona Cardinals will get their 2018 NFL regular season underway by hosting the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Steve Wilks makes his debut as Cardinals head coach and will showcase his preferred 4-3 scheme on defense. Offensively, Sam Bradford is expected to take the reins at quarterback ahead of 10th-overall pick Josh Rosen.
The Cards will see a familiar face, with Adrian Peterson likely to carry the load on the ground for the Redskins, per ESPN’s John Keim. AP appeared in six games for Arizona during 2017, averaging a mere 3.5 yards per carry.
Washington also has a new quarterback, with Alex Smith ready to line up under center. Meanwhile, top draft pick Daron Payne is being counted on to fortify a defensive line soft against the run in recent seasons.
Both teams have missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. However, the pressure is on Redskins coach Jay Gruden, while Wilks has a clean slate following the retirements of Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer.
What time, channel is Redskins at Cardinals on?
The matchup will be broadcast at 4:25 p.m. ET/1:25 p.m. PT by Fox, with Thom Brennaman and former Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Chris Spielman on commentary duty.