After Week 1, both the Arizona Cardinals and the Washington Redskins are tied for first in their respective divisions at 1-0. For each of these teams, this game may be one of the most important of the season: A win for either team will demonstrate that the victorious team has truly begun to climb out of the slump that has plagued both franchises for years.
Last week, both teams were surprising in their first games. Despite their inability to stop the prolific Cam Newton in the air, Arizona was able to stop the Carolina Panthers’ ground game—something they had trouble with in 2010. The Redskins took the NFC East by surprise in their unexpected rout of the New York Giants.
This week’s matchup should be a good one as both teams continue to demonstrate why they are contenders, not pretenders, for the 2011 season. Here are five things to watch for on Sunday as the Cardinals and the Redskins face off.