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Redskins vs. Cardinals preview: Stats, history, connections and more

The fact sheet for this Week 6 matchup.

Patrick Smith

The 3-1 Arizona Cardinals will host the 1-4 Washington Redskins. Let's look at some of the facts of this game.


The two teams used to be in the same division. The Cardinals have played the Redskins more than any other team in the NFL except the New York Giants. Arizona is 44-75-2 all-time against Washington. At home, the Cardinals are 26-30-2. That means they have been terrible in Washington (18-45).

Arizona hasn't beaten Washington since the year 2000, a 16-15 win at home that many feel was the tipping point for Arizona voters approving the ballot measure for University of Phoenix Stadium.

They last played in 2011, when the Redskins came away with a 22-21 win. Arizona had a chance to win the game on a final drive, but Chansii Stuckey fumbled the ball away and Kevin Kolb never had a chance to rally the team.


The biggest connection is Washington receiver Andre Roberts. he played with Arizona for four seasons and was drafted by Arizona in the third round in 2010. He signed with the Redskins this past offseason.

Arizona has a couple of former Redskins. Guard Paul Fanaika spent five games with the team in 2009, but was inactive all five games. Running back Robert Hughes was on the Washington practice squad for one week in 2012.

Washington head coach Jay Gruden interviewed with the Cardinals after the 20012 season for the job Bruce Arians eventually got.


After a 41-20 loss, the Cardinals are scoring and allowing 21.5 points per game. The scoring offense ranks 21st in the league and the scoring defense ranks 13th. Only the Broncos scored more than 17 points against Arizona.

Washington averages 22.4 points per game (19th) and allows over 27 (26th).

The Cardinals are 29th in the league in offensive yardage, averaging 306.5 yards per game. They are near the bottom of the league (26th) in rushing yardage with 88.5 yards per game and 22nd in passing yardage with 217 per game. Washington gains 393.6 yards per game, good for seventh in the league. They gain almost 105 yards per game on the ground (21st in the league) and almost 289 yards per game passing the ball (fifth in the league).

Defensively, Arizona is 24th in yardage, allowing over 302 yards per game (31st) and less than 77 on the ground (fifth). Washington's defense is 10th in the league in yardage, giving up 340 yards per game. They are allowing over 114 yards per game, but under 226 yards in the air.

Arizona is +4 in turnovers and Washington is -5.

Arizona is the only team in the league who has not thrown an interception.

Arizona kicker Chandler Catanzaro has made all 11 of his field goal attempts.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has a 20-point drop in his passer rating when he is blitzed. Opponents blitz him 28 percent of the time and his rating is 67.8. Arizona loves to blitz, having done so on 43 percent of opponents' dropbacks. They did so over 50 percent of the time in 2013.

Arizona has yet to allow a team to rush for 100 yards in a game this season. In 20 games with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, they have held opponents under 100 yards rushing 14 times. Only one running back has gained 100 yards against the Cardinals in the last 20 games -- Frank Gore, who gained 101 yards on 25 carries in Week 6 of 2013.

Arizona receiver Michael Floyd is tied for first in the NFL with 21.6 yards per catch.

Arizona is 8-2 under head coach Bruce Arians at home. The Cardinals are 6-0 against teams not in the NFC West.

Since 2006, opponents have been called for 116 false start penalties at University of Phoenix Stadium. That is the most opponent false start penalties in any stadium in that time period.