We wanted to get Redskins fans some inside intelligence on the Arizona Cardinals so we went to a prime source for it. Scott Allen covers the Cards for Raising Zona, one of the top Cardinals blogs out there. He was good enough to take a few minutes to answer some questions about the team traveling to FedEx Field to play the Redskins on Sunday.
Rich Tandler: Let's get this out of the way from the start--Cam Newton with 422 yards? What happened?
Scott Allen: Who knows? What happened to NFL defenses in general? Four 400+yard passers in one week for the first time ever, including Newton. I think the Cards defensive secondary is new. Their top vet is out for the season, they traded another to Philly, and another guy is a rookie, albeit a highly touted rookie in Patrick Peterson. I would not be surprised to see Rex Grossman go off on them either.
RT: We know that the Redskins will have to put their best corner, another defensive back, a linebacker, and a quality control coach on Larry Fitzgerald (pictured). If the Redskins do manage to contain Fitzgerald, what other receiver could have a big day on Sunday?
SA: Early Doucet. It happened last Sunday against the Panthers. Fitz was double-teamed and it left Doucet open, including a 70- yard TD catch. Fitz will still get some catches, but Kevin Kolb will need to find other guys.
RT: We've seen Tim Hightower for a preseason plus a game. You have watching him for three years. What can you tell us about him both on and off the field?
SA: Just watch for the fumbles. He's a hard runner and can run over people. His biggest issue has always been hanging on to the football, especially in crucial situations. He's been a drive killer every now and then over the past couple of seasons. I think though he will be great for the Skins.
RT: Give me a player on each side of the ball who most Redskins fans don't know who might make a big play on Sunday.
SA: On defense - defensive end David Carter. On offense - receiver Andre Roberts.
RT: Who's going to win and why?
SA: Skins 31-27. I think the Cards make scoreboard, but their secondary leaves a lot to be desired. Go get Skins receivers on your fantasy team now if you haven't already.
Thanks to Scott for the info. Check out www.RaisingZona.com for the scoop on the Cardinals.