Our Washington Redskins survived against the Arizona Cardinals by the score of 20 to 15 because the defense kept the Cardinals offense out of the end zone every time they were in the red zone and held them to 5 field goals. The Redskins “bend but don’t break” defense kept the Cardinals from scoring a single touchdown. Exceptional play by Anthony Lanier II, in particular, showed the defense came to play. His first of two sacks was a sack fumble which set up the Redskins offense for a Kirk Cousins touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder. That put the Redskins ahead and the Cardinals never led in the game.
We at cover32 Redskins predicted a defensive battle and a score of 20 to 16, so we were pretty accurate. Why? We predicted that because of the offense not having all its starting offensive linemen and season-ending injuries to All-Pro tight end Jordan Reed and running back Chris Thompson. We knew the Arizona Cardinals are a playoff caliber team with a very strong defense. We know that our Redskins have a tough defense as well.
This writer used the word “survived” because the Arizona Cardinals beat the Redskins in almost every category except scored points. Only the exceptional red zone play by the Redskins defense denying the Cardinals any touchdowns, causing the Cardinals to turn the ball over twice and constant pressure on their quarterback for 60 minutes won the game for the Washington Redskins. The defense sacked Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert 5 times. The Cardinals shut down the Redskins offense in the 2nd half of the game allowing only 2 field goals by Dustin Hopkins.
Here are some statistics from the game: First downs – Cardinals 19, Redskins 14. Total yards – Cardinals 286 to the Redskins 218. Rushing yards – Cardinals 141 to Redskins 31. Time-of-possession: Cardinals 36:16, Redskins 23:44.
The other touchdown pass came on a great play that involved a fake end around, then finding an uncovered running back just signed by the Redskins recently. Kapri Bibbs caught the pass and ran the football into the end zone. That was the offensive play of the game in most fans opinion. This is a perfect example of calling a play that has some imagination, is not predictable and uses deception to fool the opposition. Our 12th Man helped save the game, especially in the last 2 minutes. I think it inspired a tired defense to gut it out and stop the Cardinals one last time.
The Cardinals had many opportunities to win the game, but our defense prevented them. The next game, our Redskins face another excellent defense. The Denver Broncos are coming to FedEx Field on Christmas Eve. Our Redskins offense must score more than 20 points to win that game. I do believe our defense will play exceptionally well in spite of all the injuries. Head Coach Jay Gruden will need a good game plan for the offense and hard practices this week. We fans want our Redskins to battle and win the next two games to achieve a record of 8 and 8. That is the best our 2017 Washington Redskins can possibly achieve and with a vast amount of injuries, 8 and 8 is really not a bad record.
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