AZ/WAS Matchups (Sponsored by State Farm Insurance)

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    • AZ/WAS Matchups (Sponsored by State Farm Insurance)

      Head to head position comparisons and advantages:QB AZ—-Sam Bradford—-WAS—-Alex Smith (*WAS—-Smith Womens David Johnson Jersey , 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 4LDE—-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: 3STs: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 Cheap Larry Fitzgerald Jersey , speed)PR—-AZ—-Christian Kirk—-WAS—-Jamison Crowder (*WAS—-Crowder, experience)Redskins: 3 Cardinals: 2Total: Redskins: 14 Cardinals: 12Toughest 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!Big game in Big D: What to watch for against the Cowboys Sunday’s game in Dallas is a big one鈥?well, as big as a preseason game can be, anyway. Even though the two teams no longer play in the same division, Cardinals fans still have a lingering distaste for the Cowboys. The game is also the Sunday night game this week, meaning it will be nationally televised. But, most importantly, it’s also the “dress rehearsal” game, so we’ll likely see the starters play the entire first half. This is as close to regular season football as we’ll get until September.With that in mind, there will be a lot of eyes on the Cardinals this week. So, what should Cardinals fans be on the lookout for in Big D? I’ve identified five things to key on for this third—and most important—preseason game.1. Sam BradfordThis is an easy one. How our new starting QB looks is critical to our season prospects. Bradford had a cup of coffee in the first game against the Chargers and little more than a cameo last week against the Saints. But he has looked good in limited playing time—7/7 for 67 yards and two TD drives in four series. His last drive against the Saints was especially impressive—completion for 15 yards, completion for 12 yards, completion for 17 yards , completion for 6 yards, easy David Johnson rushing TD.Facing a weaker defense than either Los Angeles or New Orleans, he should be able to keep the momentum going. Obviously he won’t complete 100% of his passes again, but 65% is a good target. (Although note that he was a 70% passer during his time in Minnesota.) It will also be worth monitoring how he distributes the ball—against the Saints, each of his completions was to a different receiver. This is especially important given the uncertainty about the WR depth chart behind Fitz.2. The WRs Behind Larry FitzgeraldIt’s been hard to gauge the WR depth chart thus far this preseason for a few reasons. One is that the presumptive #2, Brice Butler, has barely played—9 snaps against the Chargers and none against the Saints as he dealt with a foot injury. (Butler was back at practice on Wednesday and is expected to play against his old team this weekend.)The most impressive WR this preseason, rookie Christian Kirk, figures to mostly play in the slot, a position occupied on most downs by Fitz, which further complicates things. The other two WRs who seem to be locks for the final 53—J.J. Nelson and Chad Williams—have been up and down thus far. (Although both had nice games against the Saints.) Jalen Tolliver and Trent Sherfield have both had their moments this preseason, but neither are a sure thing to make the regular season roster. (Greg Little has鈥?little chance of making the roster after an unimpressive first two preseason contests.)The game in Dallas will be the first time we’ll have our full complement of WRs available for extending playing time. If Butler can move the chains a couple times, Nelson makes a splash play or two, and Williams builds on his encouraging performance last week, I’ll feel a lot better about our WR depth. If not, newly reinstated GM Steve Keim might have to dip into the free agent pool after the September cutdown.3. Run BlockingThe Redbirds O-line has done an admirable job protecting our QBs this preseason, only giving up 2 sacks thus far (including none last week on 32 attempts). Run blocking has been a different story, however. After an dominant first series against the Chargers, it’s been tough going for the Redbirds offensive line since then—our RBs have totaled 93 yards on 45 carries since then (a Chris Johnson-esque 2.1 YPC). A lot of that is the backups, yes Womens Larry Fitzgerald Jersey , but 1) O-linemen get hurt so backups are important, and 2) DJ went for 6 carries and only 22 yards last week (3.7 YPC). We want our RBs to have nice, clear running lanes, not have to body surf over ineffective blockers.While it’s clear that our O-line is still gelling in the running game, the Cowboys will be a good test (8th in total rushing yards against but 18th in YPC).