Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 12, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Tennessee Titans at FedEx Field.
Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Cardinals
—Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is aggressive. In Week 3 against the 49ers, Arizona had fourth and inches from its own 45 in the first quarter. Arians decided to go for it and made it on a Drew Stanton quarterback sneak.
—It looks like Drew Stanton will be the Cards’ starting QB since he has passed the NFL’s concussion protocol. It’s hard to tell what to make of him. He has completed less than half of his passes (48.6%) and he averages six yards per attempt (to compare, the league average is 63.7% completions and 7.3 per attempt). But he makes some nice throws and the Cardinals won his first two starts and they were hanging with Denver until Stanton went out in the third quarter with a concussion.
—Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald is having an off year. He is on pace to catch 52 passes for 650 yards; both would be career lows by a substantial margin. I suppose part of this is a product of having Stanton as his QB for most of the year. But he’s still capable of busting out with a big game, the Redskins had better not sleep on him.
—Darrel Young, the only fullback on the roster, was added to the injury report yesterday as he apparently suffered a strained hamstring during the Saturday walkthrough. He has only been used on about 23 percent of the Redskins’ offensive snaps but we shouldn’t underestimate the impact of his possible absence. Young helps get Alfred Morris rolling and the Cardinals’ tough rushing defense might be a bit harder to penetrate without the fullback. Still, tight ends Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul can fill in so they will be able to function.
—The Cardinals have some celebrated cornerbacks in the very rich Patrick Peterson (signed a 5-year, $70 million contract extension this summer) and Antonio Cromartie. But wide receivers have been having field days against Arizona the last two weeks. Stevie Johnson (9 rec., 103 yds.) and Michael Crabtree (10/80 and a TD) had big days against them and Demaryius Thomas set a Broncos record with 226 yards against them. Emmanuel Sanders got 7/101 in that game. The possibility of big games for DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, and/or Andre Roberts having big days is out there.
—Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Cardinals, 4:25 p.m., FOX
—Days until: Titans @ Redskins 7; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 15; Redskins @ Vikings 21
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