Washington Redskins head-coach Jay Gruden knows not to take the Arizona Cardinals lightly. The 4-6-1 Cardinals are coming off an embarrassing 38-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cardinals lost 3 games they should have won and a tie game like our Redskins.
DC Joe Barry needs to have our defense ready to defend against running-back David Johnson who has rushed for over 100 yards in all 11 games this season. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald ranks 5th All Time and can catch a bb at midnight. Josh Norman and our secondary will have their hands full covering Fitzgerald.
The answer is attack and pressure veteran quarterback Carson Palmer who is accurate when he has time to go through his reads. Our defense has to tackle better and stop the Cardinals running game. They need to put Palmer in 3rd and long situations and get the ball back to our offense. Our Redskins defense must do better these last 5 games.
In my view, our offense will outscore the Arizona Cardinals with more than 30 points. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is proving to be an elite quarterback. Our tight-end duo of Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis is awesome as are our wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder. Our Special Teams are playing better, with Punter Tress Way a weapon with his “coffin corner” punts.
As of this writing, it is not clear if tight-end Jordan Reed will be healthy enough to play. He suffered a dislocation in his left shoulder last game versus the Dallas Cowboys. Otherwise, I do believe our Redsklns will be relative healthy when the play the Cardinals on December 4th. I will update injuries and issues in a Cover32 Friday article.
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With the Dallas Cowboys having a commanding lead now in the NFC East Division, every game is a must win for our Washington Redskins. It is still possible we can win the NFC East by winning our games and the Cowboys losing some games and we can have a better division record even thought we let the Cowboys sweep our team. That still disgusts me since we could have and should have won both games against our arch-rival Dallas Cowboys.
Having said that, we can at least make the playoffs as WILD CARD by winning our last five games thus sweeping the NY Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. I believe the wild cards will come from the NFC East Division.
In summary, we need a win in Arizona vs the Arizona Cardinals to stay in the playoff hunt, Every game is a “must win” in these last 5 games. We cannot afford to give any more games away and be pathetic in the redzone.
The weather will be colder, the football will be hard as a rock and probably slick as a greased pig. The playing fields will be sloppy. In other words, it will be perfect for Washington Redskins smash-mouth football, Time for our offensive line to get tough and nasty and open holes for “Fat Rob” Robert Kelley. I want to see them pancaking defenders, and slobber-knocking hits on linebackers. Need to control the clock and time of possession. Dominate that line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
It’s dominate time!
Redskins win, 33 to 20.