The Washington Redskins’ running game made strides against the Cardinals on Sunday, generating 172 yards on 35 carries a week after mustering just 74 yards on 26 carries against the New York Giants in Week 1.

Tim Hightower rushes for a first down Sunday.(Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The left side (behind tackle Trent Williams and guard Kory Lichtensteiger) remains the apparent strong side but the right side--tackle Jammal Brown and guard Chris Chester--did its part in Week 2.

Against the Giants, The Redskins ran to the left 20 times and to the right only six times. But against the Cardinals, Washington ran to the right on 13 of its running plays and to the left on 16 plays. Twice, the Redskins rushed up the middle.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday’s execution showed the type of balance the team is striving for, but he hopes to see more improvement as the season progresses.

“We’ve been talking about it since the first preseason game,” Shanahan said. “We’re going to emphasize the running game and hopefully we can become good at it and be very consistent. I think the only time we haven’t been consistent in it was our first regular season game against a pretty darn good defensive team. We’re just a hair away on a few plays and we’re going to continue to work on that.”