We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, the Arizona Cardinals. 

Week 1, September 9, in University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

2017 Cardinals: 8-8, third in NFC West, 0-1 vs. Redskins

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 5.5

Key additions: QB’s Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen, WR Brice Butler, OL Justin Pugh

Key losses: DB Tyrann Mathieu, WR John Brown

Notable: 2016 All-Pro running back David Johnson returns after missing all but one game last year with a wrist injury.

Biggest questions: 

  • Will the injury-prone veteran Bradford or rookie Rosen start at quarterback? 
  • Will Johnson quickly revert to his All-Pro form?
  • How will a defense that has lost key members such as Mathieu and Calais Campbell in the past two years perform? 

Key matchup: Redskins’ revamped rushing defense vs. Johnson

Series history

Redskins lead the all-time series 76-46-2

Series notables

The first time: September 24, 1937, Griffith Stadium—Sammy Baugh brought the Redskins back twice, but the defense couldn’t hold the Chicago Cardinals out of the end zone in the fourth quarter as the visitors won 21-14.

The last time: December 17, 2017, FedEx Field—The Redskins built a 14-3 lead in the second quarter on Kirk Cousins’ TD passes to Jamison Crowder and Kapri Bibbs. The defense kept the Cardinals out of the end zone, but the offense couldn’t put them away. The Redskins had to hold off one last drive that reached their own 21 to escape with a 20-15 win. 


The best time: December 16, 1984, RFK Stadium—In the regular season finale, the Redskins needed a win to take the NFC East title and Art Monk needed seven catches to break the record for receptions in a season. Monk got the record with a key catch that set up a field goal. With 2:40 left to play and the Redskins down by a point, he caught a third and 19 pass to keep alive a drive that set up Mark Mosley’s 37-yard field goal to put the Redskins up 29-27. They survived a late field goal attempt that was short and wide and got the win. 

The worst time: November 16, 1975, Busch Stadium—All the older generation Redskins fans only need a name to remember this game—Mel Gray. The Redskins were up 17-10 late in the game when Jim Hart fired a fourth-down pass to Gray in the end zone. The receiver had the ball for a fraction of a second before Pat Fisher knocked it out. At first, the pass was (properly) called incomplete but after an endless huddle of the officials—there was no replay review then—it was called a touchdown. The Redskins lost in overtime and missed out on the playoffs by the margin of the one lost (stolen?) game. 

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