TEMPE, ARIZ., SEPT. 30 -- And now, back by popular demand, "The Hogs."

The Redskins had known they had a dominating game like tonight's 38-10 victory over the Cardinals in them, and to get it, they returned to the running game that symbolized the early Joe Gibbs years in Washington.

Gibbs had John Riggins in those days, and while he may not have one back ready to carry 40 times a night, he has a pair -- Earnest Byner and Gerald Riggs -- who will carry 20 times apiece. And the Redskins have what still might be the best offensive line in the game.

"People have been on us about it," Russ Grimm said. "But you've got to take what defenses give you and they've been jamming up the run. When we hit a couple of passes tonight, the runs opened up. Then when we started to run, we got some big passes."

The Redskins rolled up 436 yards offense tonight, including 179 on the ground. They gained 118, 87 and 79 rushing yards their first three games, and for a while, looked like a team that might never find its offensive legs.

That changed tonight when they ran 64 plays and controlled the ball for 37 minutes.

"You love a game like this," guard-center Raleigh McKenzie said. "We've got running backs that the more you feed them, the better they get. Especially Gerald. He doesn't get warmed up at about 25 carries."

Mayhew Sprains Shoulder

The Redskins again got out of a game virtually injury-free. Cornerback Martin Mayhew suffered a shoulder sprain, but is expected to be ready for the New York Giants on Oct. 14.

Meanwhile, quarterback Mark Rypien will begin reporting to Redskin Park on Monday for daily therapy sessions. Rypien, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last Wednesday, will have ice and electrical stimulation therapy designed to lessen swelling in the knee. "He's coming along fine," trainer Bubba Tyer said. . . .

Tight end Terry Orr and guard Mark Adickes were on the inactive list. Adickes has been on it three times in four weeks, Orr twice in four weeks.

Beating the East

The Redskins are off to a 3-0 start against NFC East opponents. They haven't done that since 1987 when they went on to win Super Bowl XXII.

In Gibbs's 10 seasons, they have won their first three NFC East games only three times. Two of those seasons ended with Super Bowl victories. Washington also did it in 1984 when the Chicago Bears eliminated the Redskins in the first round of the playoffs.