What to Watch: Redskins- Cardinals
DeSean Jackson vs. Patrick Peterson
One of the most explosive receivers in football against one of the best corners in the league sets up for a must see matchup. Jackson caught 5-of-11 targets for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks last week. Recent history favorites Peterson in this contest, over the last two seasons Jackson only has six catches for 79 yards against the Cardinals cornerback. The Redskins will need a few big plays from Jackson to swing field position and give them an edge against Arizona.
Drew Stanton/ Logan Thomas vs. Redskins secondary
Logan Thomas took the first team reps this week as Drew Stanton (concussion) and Carson Palmer (shoulder) nurse injuries. It really hasn’t mattered who has been under center for the Cardinals this year, ranking 22nd in passing yards and 26th in rushing yards. At this point in his career, Thomas is more of a project than a polished passer, which should play into the hands of a struggling Redskins secondary.
The Turnover Battle
For as bad as the quarterback play has been for the Cardinals, none of their quarterbacks have thrown an interception. Arizona has a plus four turnover differential and depends on the mistakes of the opposing team to win games. The Redskins have a minus five turnover differential and it seems opposing teams score every time Washington gives the football away. It’s a cliché but it’s a cliché for a reason, the Redskins must hold on to the football to win.
Ted Ginn Jr. can change the course of a game with one return and it’s no secret the Redskins special teams has been porous to say the least this season. Washington ranks fifth worst and seventh worst in kickoff and return yards allowed respectively. The Redskins did a better job last week of keeping the ball away from Percy Harvin on returns, hopefully they can replicate that success this week against another game changer.
Prediction: Washington 24 Cardinals 17
If the Cardinals do indeed start Logan Thomas, I think Washington will be able to force him into a couple of turnovers and win a sloppy game in Arizona.