The Redskins will look to avoid a letdown versus Arizona this Sunday in what has been dubbed by the energy company NRG and the Redskins as the “Solar Bowl” due to the fact the stadium will be powered by the energy absorbed through those massive panels some of you may have seen in the parking lot at FedEx field. Washington is a three point favorite over the Cards as of now and with the Cardinals allowing over 400 yards passing by rookie Cam Newton, they will look to move the ball through the air on Sunday.
The Cardinals are transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense this year and appear to be experiencing some of the growing pains the Redskins went through last year. The Redskins defense will have their hands full with Landry likely out. This means that Reed Doughty will be in the lineup again and could potentially be a problem when back in coverage. The Redskins will most likely play Atogwe over the top to compensate for number eleven with Doughty playing closer to the line of scrimmage.
Redskins running back Tim Hightower only averaged 2.8 yards per carry last week against New York. He’s going to need to improve on that number against an under-matched Cardinals defense. The Cardinals got almost 1oo yards out of their rush offense, again it was against a rebuilding Panthers squad.
A victory this Sunday would mean a lot to both teams. It means a 2-0 start, a first place ranking within their respective divisions and for Arizona, a win in this series for the first time since November 5, 2000. For the Redskins Hightower, it means a win against his former team that traded him for an aging defensive linemen just a little over a month ago.
If Washington can get off to a fast start and force Arizona to throw the ball 35+ times, Kolb is destined to throw an interception or two against our ball-hawking secondary or more specifically, DeAngelo Hall. The Skins should be able to move the ball fairly well Sunday and I believe Arizona will be hard pressed to find any kind of balance beyond the first quarter. Larry Fitzgerald will keep them in the game, but if Rex can limit his mistakes I believe the Redskins will win 21-16.
Personal Note: I’ve had several family emergencies and events occur over the last month or so, but I’m back on the Rag and look forward to covering the Redskins the entire season. Also, it must be noted, I predicted a 26-17 victory over New York last week. Let’s hope I can go two for two this week.
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