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Next Up: Redskins-Cardinals

What a gorgeous day for football. I have a feeling the Skins will end up with close to a full roster on the injury front, including at wide receiver. Around 11:40 or so, we should get the inactive lists.

The more I think about this game, the more I think back to past games against Dallas, the Giants, other good passing teams. In those cases it's usually Carolos Rogers and a safety over the top against the top WR - Larry Fitzgerald in this case - with Shawn Springs locked up in man coverage, and no safety net, against the second option, particularly when the No. 2 is a physical, bigger dude. Anquan Boldin certainly fits that description.

I could see the Skins playing more Cover-2 on third downs, a pattern this season, but going with their standard man coverage scheme in the base set (and sometimes with their three CB/one safety look--"Penny" ), with LaRon Landry shaded to Fitzergald's side off the snap.

The Cards shouldn't pose much of a running threat, and I'm not sure how tackle Levi Brown will handle Jason Taylor, another key matchup.

For the Skins, finding a way to plug up Dockett on the interior, and control LaBoy on the outside will be vital. I can see the Cards trying to blitz a fair amount.

Should be an entertaining game and, again, you couldn't ask for a better day for football.


Remember the grief Ed Hochuli took over his call on the Broncos-Norv game? Mark Maske took a look at how referees are graded. Give it a read.


Check out Les Carpenter's piece on No. 55. Mike Wise talked to Chris Cooley's mom about how you-know-what ended up on the internets.


And, should you decide to enjoy the final day of summer by doing something other than watching fubball (an impulse I strongly urge you to ignore), you can follow us on Twitter (RedskinsInsider) or sign up for mobile text alerts -- text "REDSKINS" to WPOST (97678) -- so you won't be clueless when someone asks you how your team is doing...

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 21, 2008; 10:56 AM ET
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Hey JLC, what's your take on the Ravens giving Willis McGahee a $40 mil contract and $7.5 mil signing bonus only to see him eat himself into a seat on the bench less then a year later. Any criticism for the front office on that one? ...or is stuff like that far less important then a GM talking on the radio for a couple hours a week.

Posted by: Ted | September 21, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Even if Hochuli hadn't made the bad call, I'm certain that Norv would have found another way to blow that game.

Posted by: #44 | September 21, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: greg | September 21, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Ted, J Canfora gets paid to cover the Redskins, not the Ravens and McGahee. (Though I bet if you e-mailed him he'd give you his [strong] opinion on it.) Don't want you to be confused on that front.

Posted by: Stevie in gp | September 21, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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