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Snap Chat: Preston Smith makes the most of his limited playing time

Snap Chat: Preston Smith makes the most of his limited playing time

Here is my weekly look at playing time for the Redskins during their win over the Raiders:

—Defensively, the Redskins were in nickel a lot. Slot corner Kendall Fuller played 46 of the 51 defensive snaps. That generally means that they are playing fewer defensive lineman and indeed, nose tackle Ziggy Hood played only 18 snaps.

Junior Galette played only 15 snaps, down from 19 against the Rams. He did get half a sack.

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—It was surprising to see that Preston Smith got only 23 snaps. That is by far a season low but it’s hard to argue with the strategy. He was very effective with his limited snaps, getting a sack and tackling Marshawn Lynch for no gain on a third and two play.

—Rookie OLB Ryan Anderson is getting worked into the lineup more and more. He got 24 snaps on defense, one more than he had in the first two games combined, and another eight on special teams.

—The two defensive players who were in for 100 percent of the 51 defensive snaps were S D.J. Swearinger and ILB Zach Brown. CB Josh Norman played 47 snaps and ILB Martrell Spaight, Fuller, and CB Bashaud Breeland played 46 each.

—On offense, Josh Doctson (36) got more playing time than Ryan Grant (34) for the first time this year.

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—Between Kirk Cousins and the five starting offensive linemen, only Shawn Lauvao missed any of the 68 plays run. Lauvao came out for one play to have his helmet fixed.

—TE Jeremy Sprinkle made his NFL debut, getting seven snaps.

—Besides Colt McCoy, the only player who was active who did not get into the game was rookie ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins Schedule: Week 15 vs. Cardinals game time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch and Betting Odds

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Redskins Schedule: Week 15 vs. Cardinals game time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch and Betting Odds

Heading into Week 15 for a lot of Washington Redskins, the burning question is no longer about the team's outside chance of getting to the playoffs.

It's now about how well the Redskins could do in the 2018 NFL Draft

The Redskins' awful 30-13 loss on the road to the Los Angeles Chargers ended any hope Washington had of winning out and getting some help from other teams to make the playoffs. The Redskins dropped to 5-8 and still have three more games on the schedule vs. the Cardinals, Broncos and Giants. 

First up are the Cardinals, who will take on the Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday. Maybe a home crowd is what they need to light a little fire under them so they can finish the season strong, even if it'd be for empty victories. 

Washington's defense will have to play better than it has to stop the combination of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. Plus, in case you forgot, Adrian Peterseon is leading the Cardinals rushing offense, and he's always a threat.

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But before the Week 15 Redskins-Cardinals matchup, here's everything you need to know going into the game, including start time, TV channel, how to stream it and betting odds. 

Week 15 Redskins vs. Cardinals

Who: Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

What: Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season

When: Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (Try for free)

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Betting Odds: According to OddsShark.com, the Washington Redskins are 4.5-point favorites over the Cardinals. 

Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Eagles (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Rams (1-1)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Raiders (2-1)

Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): 29-20 loss at Chiefs (2-2)

Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK

Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): 26-24 win vs. 49ers (3-2)

Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): 34-24 loss at Eagles (3-3)

Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): 33-19 loss vs. Cowboys (3-4)

Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): 17-14 win at Seahawks (4-4)

Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): 38-30 loss vs. Vikings (4-5)

Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): 34-31 OT loss at Saints (4-6)

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): 20-10 win vs. Giants (5-6)

Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): 38-14 loss at Cowboys (5-7)

Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): 30-13 loss at Chargers (5-8)

Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m. 

Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.

Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. 

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Cardinals

Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Cardinals

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 17, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field.

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Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff, noon, NBC Sports Washington; Redskins vs. Cardinals, 1 pm, FOX

Days until:

—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 7
—Redskins @ Giants (12/17) 14
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 130

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Cardinals

Key news and information:

Home field: The Cardinals are 2-4 on the road this year with the two wins coming against the 3-11 Colts and the 3-10 49ers. But the Redskins haven’t exactly torn it up at FedEx Field, going 3-3 with none of the wins coming over teams that have winning records. There are tickets selling for as little as six bucks on StubHub; you can get into the lower bowl for $14. Although there is not likely to be a Cardinals fan takeover, the Redskins could have some trouble generating much noise to support them.

Run game: The matchup the Redskins should be most concerned about is their running game against the Cardinals rushing defense. In the standard stats, Arizona is seventh in rushing yards allowed and fourth in yards per attempt. If you want to go advanced stats, Football Outsiders says that their rushing defense is third in the league as measured by DVOA. The Redskins are 4-24 under Jay Gruden when they rush for less than 90 yards. The Cardinals have allowed over 90 yards rushing five times this season, although it should be noted that they have given up at least 108 yards in each of their last three games.

Cousins bounce back: Kirk Cousins had arguably his worst game as a starter against the Chargers last week. He passed for 151 yards, his lowest total in any career game that he started and finished. Cousins didn’t appear to see some open receivers and he frequently was off target when he did find guys with some separation. The Redskins need him to come up big. He doesn’t necessarily have to be great for his team to win, just competent.

Other keys to a win:

  • Don’t let Blaine Gabbert beat you. He has been sacked 15 times in his last two games. The Cardinals are 2-2 in his four starts and he has thrown two interceptions in each of the losses. The Redskins, who have a defense that mostly is healthy, need to get the sacks and the picks to keep the Arizona offense at bay.
  • Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones has 14 sacks, nearly half of Arizona’s total of 31. He has been steady, with at least one sack in 11 of the Cardinals’ 13 games. Jones usually lines up on the right side so it will be up to Trent Williams or, if he can’t go, Ty Nsekhe to slow him down.

Prediction: Earlier this week on the Redskins Talk podcast (you can listen to it below) I predicted a fairly easy win for the Redskins. The more I think about it, the more I’m not so sure. A Redskins rout is possible if the defense can do its part with sacks and takeaways. But nothing comes easy for the 2017 Redskins. I think they’ll win the game but if I was concerned about the point spread for entertainment or other purposes I might take the visitors and the four points.

Redskins 17, Cardinals 14

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