Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 8, four days before the Washington Redskins go to Arizona to play the Cardinals.
5 questions on Redskins vs. Cardinals
Who will QB the Cards? It could be Drew Stanton, if he gets cleared after leaving Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a concussion. It could be Carson Palmer, if he and his doctors solve a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder. Or, if neither of them can go, it could be Logan Thomas, a rookie out of Virginia Tech who has a strong but scattershot arm. Stay tuned as the week progresses.
How badly will the defense miss Calais Campbell? A Cardinals defense that was already hit by injuries and free agent defections before the season even started took another blow when it lost defensive end Campbell for a few weeks to a knee injury. The defense was a strength of the team last year and this loss will make them dig into their depth a little bit more.
How will the Redskins contain Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd? This may be as talented a pair of wide receivers as the Redskins will face all year. Floyd is averaging 21.6 yards on his 12 catches and Fitzgerald is one of the big, physical receivers that tends to give Washington fits.
Can they keep Andre Ellington’s rushing average down? The Arizona running back led the NFL among qualified backs with an average of 5.5 yards per carry. This year he is down to a very pedestrian average of 3.8. Obviously, if they can make him into a player more like this year’s version rather than the 2013 Ellington their chances of controlling the Cardinals offense will be much better.
Can the defense sack whoever the quarterback is? Arizona has given up nine sacks in four games (they have already had their bye). A lot of the pressure comes through right tackle Bobbie Massie, so Ryan Kerrigan could have himself a day.
If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.
—Today’s schedule: Kirk Cousins news conference 11:05; Open locker room player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)
—Days until: Redskins @ Cardinals 4; Titans @ Redskins 11; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 19
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