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Redskins Cardinals second quarter

Redskins Cardinals second quarter

15:00—We'll see here how Zorn reacts to a takeaway in opponent's territory. I like going for the TD right off the bat.

14:49—Devin Thomas now has two passes thrown to him and two PI calls. No offsetting call here and it's first and 20. Zorn didn't go for it all but It was a deep out.

FG Suisham 48
Redskins 10, Cardinals 0

Turn the takeaway into points. Not maximizing the opportunity but not bad.

12:15—Larry Fitzgerald is a monster. He completely blocked my view of the DB on a slant for a first down.

11:33—Speaking of monsters, Golston just engulfed Warner for a seven-yard loss on a sack.

10:42—ARE back to return the punt this time. He did his usual zigzag and got his average of six yards on the return.

9:21—Campbell was off target a couple of times in that three and out.

9:09—45-yard punt by Brooks. He's not in danger of getting cut at halftime now.

7:35—Arizona on the move on the ground again. Their vaunted passing attack hasn't done much, but they are moving the chains with James and Hightower.

3:33—Weak PI call on Rogers. He barely made contact with Fitzgerald and the pass seemed to be uncatchable anyway.

Boldin 4 pass from Warner (Rakers kick)
Redskins 10, Cardinals 7

2:38—
A chance for a statement drive here. Arizona gets the kickoff so a score here would be big.

2:00—After two runs, it's third and one. The offense has been reasonably efficient, why not get out there throwing and get downfield? Now if the Skins don't convert the Cardinals get the ball back with plenty of time.

1:55—Another run up the gut has them doing a measurement. It looks like he's short by a yard. I don't get it. I guess the statement was that our QB can't get it done.

1:14—Great boot by Brooks and a penalty has Arizona back at the three. Let's see if the Skins use their timeouts if they hold them.

1:06—Yes, they use their first after a first-down gain of about three.

0:56—Arizona gets a first down on three runs so they'll come out in the hurry-up. They do have a timeout left.

Halftime    
Redskins 10, Cardinals 7

 


 

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Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Need to Know: Betting on the Redskins' playoff race outcomes

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, December 3, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.

Timeline

Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 8; Panthers @ Redskins 16; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 21

Injuries of note:
Out:
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), DE Anthony Lanier (leg)
Questionable: G Brandon Scherff (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), LS Nick Sundberg (back)
Final injury report

Redskins vs. Cardinals
FOX, Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman
Line: Cardinals -2.5

Resetting the playoff odds

The Redskins start their stretch drive to the playoffs tomorrow. The will play five games in 29 days. After that, they will have either earned the right to keep playing or will they go home.

Let’s get out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and look at the various possibilities of the finish to the season and spread out the chips based on how likely each scenario is. As always, you are welcome to jump into the comments if you agree or disagree.

Win NFC East, $0—This might be worth a buck or two but this place doesn’t have any chips smaller than $5 and it’s not worth investing even that much in the chance of this happening. The scenario would have to be the Redskins winning out, the Cowboys losing out, and the Giants losing at least two more games. I’d put something on the first scenario and a few chips on the last one but no way is Dallas going 0-4. Keeping my chips in my pocket on this one.

Wild card as No. 5 seed, $40—To do this the Redskins would have to stay ahead of the wild card contenders behind them (see next scenario) and make up a game and a half on the Giants. They play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins would have to make up one game between now and then and they could then determine their status on January 1 at FedEx Field. The Giants go to Pittsburgh on Sunday and host Dallas a week after that so we will see how that looks in a couple of weeks. As of now, the No. 6 seed would go to Detroit for the first round of the playoffs while the No. 5 would play the Falcons in Atlanta. That, of course, is subject to change.

Wild card as No. 6 seed, $35—I think getting the five seed is slightly more likely than getting the six since I think the Giants are a mirage. But even if New York keeps it going, the Redskins can clinch a spot by running the table in their last five games. That would make them 11-4-1 and no other wild card contender could catch them. If they win four of five, only the Bucs can catch them and it would take a 5-0 finish for Tampa Bay. Winning three of five still gives them a good shot at getting in although at that point you are also opening the door for the Vikings, Saints, Packers, and Eagles to catch fire and jump ahead of them.

Out of playoffs, $25—I might be putting a little too much here but it’s the NFL and it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that the Redskins could finish 2-3 and miss out altogether. Their margin for error is slim and an injury here and a bad break there could have them on the outside looking in.

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

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As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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