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1:23—A video review could put the Redskins in victory formation here. The Cardinals completed a pass but it looks a fumble. And the review goes in the Redskins’ favor. The will go to 2-0.
1:45—Gano gives the Redskins the lead with a 34-yard field goal, but there is a lot of time left. Way too early to celebrate.
5:17—Some onions shown by Rex as he tosses a 18-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss on fourth and three. The two-point conversion attempt fails and the Redskins trail 21-19. Nice drive with a good mix of runs and passes. It goes without saying that the defense needs to stop the Cardinals here.
10:58—London Fletcher smacks Kolb but he gets there a fraction too late. He launches a bomb to Larry Fitzgerald, who was all alone. 21-13 Cardinals, still plenty of time left.
11:20—This goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. The Redskins sure could use the field goal that was blocked and the one they did not get to try after Rex’s interception on their first drive.
11:30—After getting the ball in Arizona territory, the Redskins drive for a field goal to cut it to 14-13. A three-yard loss on first and 10 at the 11 torpedoed it. Roy Helu had a couple of nice runs on the drive.
Summary—The Cardinals came out spreading the field and it has been very effective. It is giving Wells room to run and Kolb has had time to throw. Wells had three carries for 6 yards at halftime and now he has over 80. Redskins will be getting the ball back in Cardinal territory after a punt to start the fourth.
2:47—Arizona completes the 90-yard drive with a one-yard Beanie Wells run. They carved up the Redskins defense on that nine-play drive. The Redskins are going to have to put the ball in the end zone another time or two if they are going to pull this one out.
5:38—First Josh Wilson goes out with a back injury, then Kevin Barnes goes out. That means that Byron Westbrook and rookie Brandyn Thompson are playing meaningful snaps. So far, the Cardinals have moved from their own 10 to near the Washington 20.
9:18—London Fletcher’s diving interception of a tipped pass kills a Cardinal drive that at least threatened to tie the game if not put Arizona in the lead. Credit on the play also goes to Orakpo, who flushed Kolb out of the pocket, and Kerrigan who tipped the pass.
Summary—While the Redskins are in the locker room lamenting their missed opportunities, they are still in control of the game. Any time don’t punt in a half and you have the ball inside the other team’s fifteen yard line four times and have only 10 points, that is certainly cause for concern. But as long as the Redskins continue to hold the ball, they should be in good shape.
0:34—The Redskins leave some more points on the field as a 30-yard field goal attempt is blocked. They are a fluke play away from trailing a game they have dominated.
3:04—A 33-yard gain on a screen pass was the big play on a Redskins scoring drive. Washington is now in the lead after a one-yard touchdown pass from Grossman to Fred Davis. Six play, 80 yards. Redskins 10, Cardinals 7
6:00—Brian Orakpo single-handedly stops a Cardinal drive that had reached Redskins territory. On second down he goes through Kolb to get a sack and strip, sending the ball flying into the air. The Cards recovered the ball but then Orakpo batted down Kolb’s third down pass attempt and Arizona had to punt.
10:29—Second and goal at the three becomes fourth and goal at the eight. Not the way you want to finish the drive but Graham Gano’s 26-yard field goal gets the Redskins on the board. 7-3 Cardinals.
14:00—Hightower has a lot of runs where it doesn’t look like he is picking up much but he finds a crack and pushes the pile a bit and ends up with three or four. He has 56 yards on 11 carries.
Summary—The Cardinals have yet to stop the Redskins yet the lead 7-0. Grossman is getting some pressure put on him but neither interception was due to the rush. He had all day on the one near the goal line and enough time to find Armstrong on the second one. The Redskins are on the move again, nearing midfield on their third possession of the game.
3:54—It took just two Kolb passes for the Cardinals to cash in, with the payoff coming on a 21-yard pass to tight end Jeff King.
4:32—Another nice drive, another pick. This one wasn’t really Rex’s fault as Richard Marshall grabbed the ball after Anthony Armstrong tipped a catchable ball into the air. It looks like Armstrong was held as he made his cut, but no flag and the Redskins have nothing to show and the Cardinals have the ball in Washington territory at the 37.
8:40—The Cardinals get on first down after the interception but no more. The Redskins got some heat on Kevin Kolb, who looked a bit confused. London Fletcher got the pressure on third down and the pass was nearly intercepted by Kevin Barnes.
10:04—The Redskins waste a nice drive. After converting three third downs, Grossman was picked off on a third and goal at the six. Bad decision, bad throw, that’s all there is to it. Redskins waste a golden opportunity.
12:30—My friend @sdo1 on Twitter said that this was a “trap” game. I see what he is saying but I have a hard time buying it. To me, a trap game is one where a good team gets complacent and potentially loses a game it should win. This just in, the Redskins have no proven that they are a good team. If only good teams can face trap games then the Redskins can’t be facing one. If they lose it would be because the Cardinals are either better or they teams are about even and the breaks fell Arizona’s way.
12:15—A warm and sunny day shaping up at FedEx Field. The Redskins inactives are Terrence Austin, LaRon Landry, Keyaron Fox, Markus White, Willie Smith, Leonard Hankerson and Darrion Scott. That means that Brian Orakpo will play. It also means that Donte Stallworth is active after being on the shelf last week. Austin, who got a few snaps at wide receiver last week, will sit today. Mike Shanahan said that it who will be active at the wide receiver spot will be a week-to-week competition and it looks like he is keeping his word.