The Redskins and Cardinals highlight the Week 13 schedule with a showdown in the desert with heavy NFL playoff implications on the line.
If the Redskins (6-5-1) can score a victory over the Cardinals (4-6-1), the team can move closer to solidifying one of the top two Wild Card spots in the NFC playoff race.
Despite the Redskins' difficult Week 12 loss to the Cowboys, Kirk Cousins is playing the best football of his career as of late, and earned the NFC Player of the Month honors for his efforts.
While running back Robert Kelley did have a slip-up against the Cowboys, the team's run game still looks vastly improved from the early season, which allows the passing game to thrive even more. Jamison Crowder continues to impress, and although Jordan Reed will miss the Cardinals game with an injury, Vernon Daivs has proven to be an excellent option for Cousins.
The most entertaining matchup of Week 13 might be Redskins DB Josh Norman vs. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, but the most important matchup will undoubtedly be the Redskins defensive line vs. Cardinals RB David Johnson.
Johnson trails just DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott -- who finished with 83 yards and one TD in Week 12 -- in total rushing yards with 920 and trails just Elliott and Legarrett Blount in rushing touchdowns with 10. The Redskins rank 25th in rushing defense, and have given up an average of 108 rushing yards in their last five games.
Redskins vs. Cardinals kicks off at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 4 on FOX. Redskins Kickoff gets things started at 3:00 p.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)
CSN is providing all the live updates, stats, scores, highlights, videos and analysis from Redskins vs. Cardinals. Got a comment on the game? Be sure to let us know in the comment section and join Santana Moss and Sebastian Salazar at halftime for the Facebook Live Q&A.
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7:22 p.m.: Dagger? Carson Palmer hits a long touchdown to put the Cardinals up 31-23. It's up to the offense to score a touchdown and get a two-point conversion to stay alive.
7:11 p.m.: Dustin Hopkins hits a 53-yard field goal to cut the Cardinal lead to 24-23. Now it's up to the defense to get a stop.
6:59 p.m.: Back and forth they go. Cardinals score another touchdown thanks to a 25-yard catch and run by David Johnson and they retake the lead. It's 24-20 Arizona early in the fourth quarter.
6:44 p.m.: And the Redskins offense recovers, of course. They drive for a response touchdown thanks to a Cousins pass to Jamison Crowder. It's 20-17 Washington with 1:06 left in the third quarter.
6:32 p.m.: A Redskins fumble set up first and goal for the Cardinals, who cash in. They score on a Carson Palmer touchdown pass to Michael Floyd and its' 17-13 Arizona late in the third quarter.
6:26 p.m.: Another Redskins offensive lineman is down. Left tackle Ty Nsekhe leaves the game and in comes Vinston Painter.
6:13 p.m.: Spencer Long is downgraded to OUT. He was evaluated for a concussion when he was taken out of the game.
6:10 p.m.: And the Redskins take the opening drive of the second half and take the lead. After a long pass to DeSean Jackson to set up first and goal, Kirk Cousins sneaks it in on third down to give the Redskins a 13-10 advantage.
5:49 p.m.: Cardinals come back with a field goal just before the end fo the second quarter, and lead 10-6 going into halftime.
5:37 p.m.: Redskins again have to settle for a field goal, cutting the Cardinals lead to 7-6 with 1:52 left in the half.
5:36 p.m.: Ouch.
Vernon Davis takes a foot to the beans pic.twitter.com/vAGLH1oRw1— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 4, 2016
5:25 p.m.: Redskins center Spencer Long is coming out of the game with an apparent injury. Here comes veteran John Sullivan.
5:16 p.m.: Robert Kelley did work on that last drive. Redskins need to #FeedFatRob to balance out the offense.
That R Kelley jump cut was a thing of beauty. pic.twitter.com/Iu2dZlgqJz— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) December 4, 2016
5:15 p.m.: And the Redskins are on the board after settling for a 47-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal. It's 7-3 with 9:48 left in the first half.
4:58 p.m.: That was close. A little too close.
4:36 p.m.: Cardinals cap their opening drive with a touchdown run from David Johnson, and the Redskins are quickly down 7-0 in the first quarter.
4:34 p.m.: Tough start for the Redskins' defense as the Cardinals are going down the field on their opening drive. One interesting development is that Josh Norman is shadowing Larry Fitzgerald, even in the slot. Something worth watching.
3:00 PM: We know Jordan Reed isn't playing. Who else is out? Read the full inactives list, right here.
2:25 PM: Before the game, Redskins Insider JP Finlay checks in from out in the desert.
10:30 AM: Game Preview: The five things you need to know before Redskins vs. Cardinals.
1. Keep it moving
2. Missing in action
3. Consider the source
4. Problems don't go away
5. Harder they fall
10:15 AM: Be sure to follow CSN Insiders J.P. Finlay and Rich Tandler, who are at University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Ari. Also, give our CSN Redskins Twitter account too. Come for the analysis, stay for the dank memes.
10:00 AM: Welcome to CSNMA's live updates blog of Week 13 Redskins vs. Cardinals. As always, I am Troy Machir and today I will be your online guide to Redskins vs. Cardinals football in the painted desert of the southwest. If you have an issue with me, you can cuss me out on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. It's fun.