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Skins-Cards prediction: It’s a matter of time

Skins-Cards prediction: It’s a matter of time

To me, the Washington Redskins-Arizona Cardinals game boils down to this: Can the Redskins slow down the Arizona triple threat of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, and Anquan Boldin enough to be able to outscore the Cards?

Warner is off to a hot start, bringing back the echoes of 1999. If a team had just one receiver with the combination of size and speed that both Fitzgerald and Boldin bring to the field it would be something to worry about. The fact that both of them are on the field at the same time increases the difficulty exponentially.

The Cardinals' offense has been quite efficient since the trio started playing together. They have posted 20 points or more in their last 10 games and 30 or more in six of those. This year Arizona has scored 54 points in their 2-0 start.

That 2-0 start has come against two teams who were a combined 6-26 last year. While you only can beat who you've played, it is fair to say that the Cardinals haven't been tested this year.

The Redskins have been tested, facing the Super Bowl champs and a Saints team that is expected to contend for the playoffs. The results have been mixed.

The fact that Washington has faced tougher competition is one reason why I'm taking the Redskins in this tossup game. Another one is where the game is being played.

It's not so much that the Redskins get a tremendous home field advantage at FedEx Field. Wild enthusiasm is not always present and what sound is generated escapes into the atmosphere. It is the stadium's location in the Eastern time zone that favor's the Redskins.

The Cardinals have trouble playing on the East coast. Since 2001 they are 2-14 in games played the GMT -5 time zone. That's not a coincidence, that's a trend.

I also think that the Redskins will be able to limit the damage that Warner, Fitzgerald and Boldin inflict. Their trio of cornerbacks—Shawn Springs, Fred Smoot, and Carlos Rogers—are pretty good and add LaRon Landry into the mix and you'll have a pretty effective force that should contain the Arizona passing offense. Should Andre Carter and Jason Taylor start to get that bookend pass rushing thing going on, so much the better.

It would not shock me if Arizona won the game. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me in the least. But the time zone and the Washington DB's give a slight edge to the Redskins.

Redskins 24, Cardinals 21

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces retirement from NASCAR after 2017

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces retirement from NASCAR after 2017

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

One of the longest eras in NASCAR will come to an end concluding the 2017 season.

Early on Tuesday morning, Hendrick Motorsports announced that 18-year veteran, longtime Redskins fan and popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. would retire at the conclusion of the current season.

Earnhardt, son of the late legendary seven-time champion, Dale Earnhardt Sr., told his No. 88 team members before the organization released the news.

Last season, the 42-year-old missed the final 18 races of the NASCAR season due to a concussion. The injury resulted in a 32nd place finish in the NASCAR standings and it was the first time he missed the association's 'playoffs' since 2010. 

Throughout his long career, Earnhardt captured 26 race wins, two being the elusive Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. Due to the legendary status of his father, he never quite lived up to the level many placed on the Earnhardt family name. His win total is roughly a third of his father's and has not won a championship. Best career points finish for Earnahrdt was third in 2003, and finished fifth three times (2004, 2006, 2013). Starting in 603 total races, he has finished in the top 10 in nearly half of those races, 253 times.

Despite the lack of a championship, he was named NASCAR's most popular driver 14 times, trailing only Bill Elliott who won that honor 16 seasons. 


At the end of 2017, Earnhardt's contract with Hendrick Motorsports was set to expire after 10 seasons with NASCAR's most successful team. Prior to his tenure with Hendrick, he was a part of Dale Earnhardt Inc. for eight years where he won 17 of his total 26 race wins. 

Currently, Earnhardt is 24th in the NASCAR standings, 50 points behind the cut-off for the final playoff spot. There are still 18 races remaining in the season for him to make up the ground with some of his best tracks still on the docket. In addition, a win would boost Earnhardt up into a playoff spot due to NASCAR's playoff system. 

With Earnhardt Jr. retiring, there will be one Earnhardt remaining in the Monster Energy Cup Series to carry the family name. Grandson of Dale Earnhardt Sr., and nephew of Jr., Jeffery Earnhardt is a regular in the series. 

Hendrick Motorsports announced in their release that they will not name a replacement for Earnhardt Jr. just yet. During his 18-race absence in 2016, he was replaced by a young prospect, Alex Bowman and four-time series champion Jeff Gordon.

It is anticipated either Bowman or 19-year-old William Byron, who Rick Hendrick signed to an Xfinity Series contract last season, will take his place. 

As a lifetime fan of the Washington football team, Earnhardt has been known to put his opinion of the team out there.

He was not happy with how the team handled Scot McCloughan situation, and publicly voiced his support of Kirk Cousins

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One significant stat that separates Christian McCaffery from Dalvin Cook

One significant stat that separates Christian McCaffery from Dalvin Cook

Football coaches hate fumbles, and Jay Gruden is no different. Remember that Matt Jones had established himself as the Redskins lead running back despite persistent fumbling issues his first two years in the NFL. That was until a goal line fumble Week 7 in Detroit. Jones never played again in 2016. 

Fast forward to Thursday night's NFL Draft, and the buzz surrounding the Redskins interest in Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey could all boil down to fumbles.

Both Cook and McCaffrey visited Redskins Park, and both players possess the speed and game-breaking ability that could deliver big returns to the Washington offense. Since the NFL Combine, McCaffrey has emerged as the higher draft pick.

Their college statistics are fairly similar. Both players went for more than 5,000 total yards in three college seasons. The size is similar too, Cook gets listed at 6-foot, 209 lbs., while McCaffrey gets listed at 5-foot-11 and 203 lbs.

One area that's quite different: Fumbles. 

An average NFL running back fumbles once every 100 carries. Rich Tandler researched an incredible stat about the two players:

  • McCaffrey averages one fumble every 243 carries.
  • Cook averages one fumble every 63 carries. 

The difference is staggering. And it could be enough to keep the 'Skins away from Cook at 17.


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