Cardinals vs. Redskins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Arizona Cardinals will be doing what many West Coast teams have had a difficult time with: traveling to the East Coast and playing the 1:00 game. Because the time difference makes it seem like 10:00 to the West Coast teams, West Coast teams frequently come out of the gate sluggish and sloppy.
However, the Cardinals are a team that is well-coached, with Ken Whisenhunt at the helm as head coach. And they are playing a team that has many questions—particularly on the offensive side of the ball, with an inexperienced receiving corps, a largely unproven running game and the inconsistent Rex Grossman at quarterback.
But the Cardinals shouldn't sleep on the Redskins, who surprised many by playing well in a 28-14 win against the Giants. While many aren't expecting great things from Washington, Rex Grossman and the offense surprised many by moving the ball quite well, putting together 332 yards of offense. The defense impressed as well, with rookie Ryan Kerrigan making the play of the game by tipping an Eli Manning pass, intercepting it and returning it for a touchdown.
The Redskins playing at home against a West Coast team at 1:00 gives them a big advantage—especially coming off an impressive win in Week 1. Will they be able to keep the momentum rolling? I will have updates and analysis as the game progresses.
Rex Grossman and the Redskins have gotten off to a good start. Grossman converted on a third down, and they continue to move the ball pretty effectively. So far, I've been eating my words since I picked them to go 4-12.
And the game has begun...
The game is about to begin. What I am planning to look out for in this game:
How the Redskins offense will perform. Will they be able to follow up a solid performance against the Giants, or were they simply taking advantage of a beat up team?
How Kevin Kolb will perform. Kolb had a solid first game, but how will he do against the Redskins defense, which may not be elite, but certainly has its defensive playmakers.
How the Cardinals as a whole will perform playing on the East Coast at 1:00. They have a veteran team with a good coaching staff; will that be enough for them to overcome the odds?
Like last week, I am really interested to see how the Redskins offense does. I had some concerns with them at the beginning of the year, with their less-than-stellar quarterbacks in Rex Grossman and John Beck, and a receiving corps that is still very young, and struggled last year with Donovan McNabb.
However, the Redskins silenced some of their critics on Week 1, putting up good numbers against the Giants. Now we will have to see if they can keep it up.
The game is going to start soon. It should really be an interesting matchup; I'm having a hard time picking who I think will win. I think that the fact that the Cardinals are traveling from the West Coast and playing a 1:00 game will be a factor though, and I do think the Redskins are riding high on confidence after a big win against a division rival this week. I say the Redskins win, 23-20.
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