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AZ/WAS Matchups (Sponsored by State Farm Insurance)

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Head to head position comparisons and advantages:

QB AZ—-Sam Bradford—-WAS—-Alex Smith (*WAS—-Smith, mobility)

RB1 AZ—-David Johnson—-WAS—-Adrian Peterson (*AZ—-Johnson, versatility)

RB2 AZ—-Chase Edmonds—-WAS—-Chris Thompson (*WAS—-Thompson, speed)

WR1 AZ—-Larry Fitzgerald—-WAS—-Jamison Crowder (*AZ—-Fitzgerald, hands)

WR2 AZ—-Chad Williams—-WAS—-Paul Richardson (*WAS—-Richardson, speed)

WR3 AZ—-Christian Kirk—-WAS—-Josh Doctson (*AZ—-Kirk, quickness)

LT AZ—-D.J. Humphries—-WAS—-Trent Williams (*WAS—-Williams, polish)

LG AZ—-Mike Iupati—-WAS—-Shawn Lauvao (*AZ—-Iupati, strength)

C AZ—-Mason Cole—-WAS—-Chase Roullier (*WAS—-Roullier, experience)

RG AZ—-Justin Pugh—-WAS—-Brandon Scherff (*WAS—-Scherff, Pro Bowler)

RT AZ—-Andre Smith—-WAS—-Morgan Moses (*WAS—-Moses, athleticism)

TE AZ—-Ricky Seals-Jones—-WAS—-Jordan Reed (*WAS—-Reed, hands)

Redskins: 8 Cardinals 4

LDE—-AZ—-Markus Golden—-WAS—-Ryan Kerrigan (*WAS—-Kerrigan—-strength)

LDT—-AZ—-Corey Peters—-WAS—-Da’Ron Payne (*AZ—-Peters—-strength)

RDT—-AZ—-Robert Nkemdiche—-WAS—-Jonathan Allen (*WAS—-Allen—-strength)

RDE—-AZ—-Chandler Jones—-WAS—-Preston Smith (*AZ—-Jones—-production)

LILB—-AZ—-Josh Bynes—-WAS—-Mason Foster (EVEN)

RILB—-AZ—-Deone Bucannon—-WAS—-Zach Brown (*AZ—-Bucannon, speed)

NCB—-AZ—-Budda Baker—-WAS—-Fabian Moreau (*AZ—-Baker, playmaking)

LCB—-AZ—-Patrick Peterson—-WAS—-Josh Norman (*AZ—-Peterson, speed)

SS—-AZ—-Antoine Bethea—-WAS—-Montae Nicholson (*AZ—-Bethea, polish)

FS—-AZ—-Tre’ Boston—-WAS—-D.J. Swearinger (*WAS—-Swearinger, pop)

RCB—-AZ—-Jamar Taylor—-WAS—-Quinton Dunbar (EVEN)

Cardinals: 6 Redskins: 3


K—-AZ—-Phil Dawson—-WAS—-Dustin Hopkins (*WAS—-Hopkins, accuracy)

P—-AZ—-Andy Lee—-WAS—-Tress Way (*AZ—-Lee, polish)

LS—-AZ—-Aaron Brewer—-WAS—-Nick Sundberg (*WAS—-Sundberg, polish)

KR—-AZ—-T.J. Logan—-WAS—-Danny Johnson (*AZ—-Logan, speed)

PR—-AZ—-Christian Kirk—-WAS—-Jamison Crowder (*WAS—-Crowder, experience)

Redskins: 3 Cardinals: 2

Total: Redskins: 14 Cardinals: 12

Toughest Matchup on Offense for Cardinals: LDE Ryan Kerrigan vs. RT Andre Smith.

Toughest Matchup on Defense for Cardinals: LB Josh Bynes vs. RB Adrian Peterson.

Toughest Matchup on Offense for Redskins: LG Shawn Lauvao vs. DT Robert Nkemdiche.

Toughest Matchup on Defense for Redskins: LB Mason Foster vs, RB David Johnson.

Team Effort:

On offense, the Cardinals need to mix the run and pass effectively, so as to keep the Redskins’ impressive front 4 honest.

On defense, the Cardinals need to tackle well versus Peterson and Thompson and they need to contain and disrupt the mobility of Alex Smith.

On special teams, the Cardinals need to get good hang time on the punts to put the squeeze on Jamison Crowder.

Prediction: I am superstitious—-I don’t dare to predict or bet on Cardinals’ games—-I, like many of you, am a long-time Cardinals’ fan—-I’m nervous and hopeful before every game.

The State Farm/Steve Wilks chapter of Cardinals’ football begins!