Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

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Dec 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) reacts after being called for a penalty in the fourth quarter against Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Our Washington Redskins will host the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field Sunday, December 17th. Their record is 6 wins and 7 losses.

Keys to a Redskins victory: The offensive line must protect the quarterback. The Cardinals have a top ranked defense, the best in the NFL at stopping 3rd down conversions. In their last game, they sacked the Titans quarterback 8 times and caused 2 turnovers. The Cardinals were victorious 12 to 7, so their confidence level is high as opposed to the Redskins embarrassment in their game versus the Chargers. Therefore, another key to victory is for Head Coach Jay Gruden to help his team shake off the last game and practice hard to be prepared to win against the Arizona Cardinals. In other words, the Redskins need to get their minds right. Attitude determines altitude. They must focus on winning the next 3 games one game at a time and end the season with 8 wins and 8 losses, which is better than a losing season.

Other keys to victory are the following: Contain future Hall of Famer and game changer Larry Fitzgerald. Stop the running of #33, Kerwynn Williams. The Cardinals won the game by running the football, winning the time-of-possession and the defense getting 8 sacks and 2 turnovers. I suggest Head Coach Jay Gruden do like Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers did in the red zone and that was to find his 6’5″ tall tight end rookie for a touchdown with a high pass. He has a 6’5″ tight end in Jeremy Sprinkle, so use him in the red zone. When Josh Doctson is covered one-on-one, throw it deep to him with air under the ball so he can adjust and win the 50-50 contest. That is what he does best.

The Washington Redskins have a much better offense than the Arizona Cardinals. They should win this game if they take care of the football and protect the quarterback. Their quarterback Blaine Gabbert completed 17 of 26 pass attempts for only 178 yards. We know what Kirk Cousins can do if given a reasonable amount of time to read the defense, plant his feet and pass the football.

If I had an opportunity to talk to Head Coach Jay Gruden privately, I would tell him that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. His team needs to see proof that he cares. Get mad and give the referees an ear full when they miss holding on Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galette or Preston Smith. Show some emotion on the sidelines and make adjustments during the game, especially at halftime. Stop being predictable and use some imagination. Lastly, do what great head coaches do to be successful like burning the midnight oil, spend the night and put out the effort it takes to be prepared so you can get the players prepared. Knowledge overcomes hostility and if you take preparation more seriously, the team will know that you know what you are doing.

I expect our team to bounce back and beat the Arizona Cardinals in a defensive struggle 20 to 16. Let’s Go Redskins!!!

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