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GameBlog vs. Bengals First Quarter

GameBlog vs. Bengals First Quarter


I’m going to be interested in seeing Adam Archuleta in Gregg Williams’ defense tonight. As he is who is new to the team I expect that he will play longer tonight than most of the starters. With the limited hitting in Redskins camp we really haven’t seen him do his thing and tonight will be his chance.

The weapons are all coming out on this first drive with the run by Portis, the pass to Moss, the attempt to get it to Cooley when he was blocked off by the linebacker and then the circus catch by Lloyd.

Brunell just doesn’t have the arm to complete a pass like the one that was picked off. Few quarterbacks do, for that matter. The blitz pickup wasn’t there and Brunell should either have taken the sack or executed the duck and chuck.

Portis doesn’t seem to be too bad off, but we’ll have to wait and see. If anything it’s a shoulder problem. I know people will be saying that he shouldn’t have been in the game, but you have to get ready for the season somehow. And don’t even think of anyone trying to tell him that he shouldn’t try to make a tackle like that. Portis has to be Portis.

The Washington defense is playing just like Williams and company draw it up. The line is fighting to a standstill, allowing the linebackers and DB’s to come in and make the plays.

The defense doesn’t have any need to play vanilla schemes like the offense does, either. Everyone knows what’s coming—a cornerback streaking towards the quarterback.

And a linebacker or two as well. Marshall and Washington executed a nice game of “meet at the quarterback.”

What a horrible throw by Todd Collins on the INT on the screen pass. I mean, if I could work at it five years full time I probably could learn Al Saunders’ offense, too, but that doesn’t mean I could execute it. I don’t know if Collins can, either.

Another bad decision by Collins on the safety, but that second-team offensive line didn’t help him out. They barely impeded the rush at all. No need to mention any names, they all got beaten.

Reed Doughty made a mistake in biting on the flea flicker, but it wasn’t a rookie mistake. It happens with some frequency, just ask Sean Taylor about the play in Dallas last September. The Redskins will be made to play for their aggressive style of play from time to time; they just need to make sure that the other team does more paying than they do.

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Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Facing one of the NFL's best running backs in Arizona's David Johnson, the Redskins plan to use rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens as a spy in nickel coverage to slow down the Cardinals' threat, per a source close to the team.

Johnson ranks third in the NFL with 921 rushing yards, but it's the variety of ways the Arizona offense uses their second-year running back that makes him so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. Johnson also has 55 catches for 613 yards, and that's just through 11 games.

Cravens comes into the game with momentum as perhaps the Redskins most dynamic defensive threat. With size to play linebacker and enough speed to play coverage, the 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. rookie out of USC will be put in a tough position covering Johnson. The reality of his assignment is to try and contain Johnson as the Cardinals offense is so reliant on the runner that he will get a number of chances.

In their last two games, Johnson has gone for more than 150 total yards in each contest and scored multiple touchdowns. For his part, Cravens has proved a playmaker in his rookie season. To go with 29 tackles in nine games, his stat sheet has sacks and an interception listed.

Getting to Carson Palmer is the best path for the Redskins defense - especially considering the Cardinals' offensive line woes - but using Cravens to try and limit Johnson is a smart course of action for the 'Skins.

One member of the Washington defense explained that Johnson is "going to make plays" but that the key is to limit the damage. If the running back catches a ball out of the backfield, Joe Barry's defense will be focused on making a stop after a five-yard gain, instead of a 20-yard gain.

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Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis, video

Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis, video

The Redskins and Cardinals highlight the Week 13 schedule with a showdown in the desert with heavy NFL playoff implications on the line.

If the Redskins (6-5-1) can score a victory over the Cardinals (4-6-1), the team can move closer to solidifying one of the top two Wild Card spots in the NFC playoff race.

Depite the Redskins' difficult Week 12 loss to the Cowboys, Kirk Cousins is playing the best football of his career as of late, and earned the NFC Player of the Month honors for his efforts.

While running back Robert Kelley did have a slip-up against the Cowboys, the team's run game still looks vastly improved from the early season, which allows the passing game to thrive even more. Jamison Crowder continues to impress, and although Jordan Reed will miss the Cardinals game with an injury, Vernon Daivs has proven to be an excellent option for Cousins.

The most entertaining matchup of Week 13 might be Redskins DB Josh Norman vs. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, but the most important matchup will undoubtedly be the Redskins defensive line vs. Cardinals RB David Johnson. 

RELATED: NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS HEADING INTO WEEK 13

Johnson trails just DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott -- who finished with 83 yards and one TD in Week 12 -- in total rushing yards with 920 and trails just Elliott and Legarrett Blount in rushing touchdowns with 10. The Redskins rank 25th in rushing defense, and have given up an average of 108 rushing yards in their last five games.

Redskins vs. Cardinals kicks off at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 4 on FOX. Redskins Kickoff gets things started at 3:00 p.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)

CSN is providing all the live updates, stats, scores, highlights, videos and analysis from Redskins vs. Cardinals. Got a comment on the game? Be sure to let us know in the comment section and join Santana Moss and Sebastian Salazar at halftime for the Facebook Live Q&A.

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Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates

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2. Missing in action
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4. Problems don't go away
5. Harder they fall

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10:00 AM: Welcome to CSNMA's live updates blog of Week 13 Redskins vs. Cardinals. As always, I am Troy Machir and today I will be your online guide to Redskins vs. Cardinals football in the painted desert of the southwest. If you have an issue with me, you can cuss me out on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. It's fun.