Five bold predictions for Washington Football Team vs. Cardinals in Week 2
4. Neither team turns the ball over
In their victory over the Eagles, the Washington Football Team avoided turnovers entirely. They won the turnover battle 3-0 and all of the turnovers really made a difference in their victory.
Winning the turnover battle was a good sign for Washington, but the fact that they didn’t turn the ball over at all was even more encouraging. With a young offense led by a second-year quarterback, avoiding those crushing mistakes was critical for the team.
Once again, I think Washington will have a chance to dodge turnovers. That will be difficult with the team playing against Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson, and Budda Baker, but if the team can operate efficiently as they did last week, it will be possible, especially if Haskins’ accuracy is better early in the game.
That said, I’m not anticipating another win in the turnover battle. As good as Washington’s defensive line was at forcing Carson Wentz into bad throws and getting pressure on him, they’ll have trouble doing the same with Kyler Murray. He simply is hard to sack and if they pressure him, he has the mobility to escape and either make plays or throw the ball away.
It would be nice to see Washington continue to win the turnover battle, but if they can break even without committing a turnover, that would be a welcome sight as well. Both teams have a chance to play cleanly in this one, so we’ll call for a turnover-free contest in this one.
The NFL saw only one turnover-free game in Week 1 (Panthers vs. Raiders).