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Cards-Skins in Review

The Cards and Skins will meet Sunday for the third time since 2005. The most recent games were both a little quirky.

In the desert in 2005, the Cards couldn't hold onto the ball, turning it over four times on six possessions in the first half, but the Skins still trailed 10-3 at the half. It ultimately took a kickoff return TD from Antonio Brown, blowing kisses as he dashed down the sidelines, for the Skins to win the game.

Last year the Cards outproduced Washington in most categories but lost, 21-19. Arizona had three turnovers to one for the Skins, and the game finished with some zany stuff. The Cards used three quarterbacks in the final 30 seconds, scored a TD, blew a two-point conversion, recovered an onside kick, and left in anguish as Pro Bowl kicker Neil Rackers missed from 55 yards in the dying seconds.

The Skins produced just 160 yards of offense - to 364 for Arizona - and held the ball for roughly eight fewer minutes than the Cards, but those turnovers kept them in the game. Joe Gibbs was as conservative as ever, making it clear he believed smashmouth football was the way to go, even against a vulnerable secondary.

Jason Campbell threw just 18 passes for just 96 yards, while the Skins ran the ball 28 times. Arizona's front seven was stout, but its offensive line sagged (a familiar refrain for the club).

The game ended up having major tie-breaking implications for both clubs, and at 9-7 the Skins reached the playoffs, while Arizona stayed home at 8-8. Had Rackers made that kick, the teams would have flip-flopped. To me, these conference games at home are huge. A team needs all the tiebreakers it can get, and even if the Skins end up being the third-best team in the NFC East, if they take care of business in the other 10 games and win a few within the division, well, they could be in the hunt for the playoffs.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 16, 2008; 2:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

Campbell to Moss

Posted by: Ben | September 16, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

primero

Posted by: joeblazin | September 16, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I would not say that, but I do remember seeing a picture of a white supremacist rally where one guy was holding a sign saying Jason Campbell sux. I made fun of him and he tried to throw something at me and missed by 50 feet, which was sad I was standing 10 feet away.

And if you have a problem with that joke then you need serious help getting that Bagger out of your @$$...

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 16, 2008 1:15 PM+++

I don't have a problem with that "joke," but you do. It's confusing and wordy. Is it "pro-Jason or anti-Jason? Hard to tell.

This is better:

Jason Campbell saw a guy with sign: "Jason Campbell sucks." He threw a rock at him and missed by fifty feet.

Short. Clear. Pithy. Be sure to submit some more material when you have a sense of humor.

Posted by: Milton Berle | September 16, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think we'll get at least two picks on Warner this Sunday. I remember Fletcher and Taylor had one a piece last year against him.

Laron get's one and so does Springs...

Posted by: joeblazin | September 16, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I could still torch that Rogers fella.....

Posted by: Roy Green | September 16, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Madden himself pointed out why he wont see an NFL field for at least 2 years when he threw one of the ugliest passes know to man, not the spiral or pass it self but his form on the throw. Madden said Zorn would never let a guy thats gonna throw with that form on the field. I watched those same games and saw promise from him that is not what all this ive been describing is about. He showed promise(thats it) for down the road he should in no way be considered for a QB role right now.

Posted by: Stu | September 16, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

A team needs all the tiebreakers it can get, and even if the Skins end up being the third-best team in the NFC East, if they take care of business in the other 10 games and win a few within the division, well, they could be in the hunt for the playoffs.

By Jason La Canfora | September 16, 2008; 2:00 PM ET

Could be in the hunt for the playoffs?!?!?!

Who are you and what have you done with Jason La Canfora!?!?!?!

Posted by: dcsween | September 16, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I still think the kid may be able to play in 3-4 seasons

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 16, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

in review? Do you mean in PREview?

Posted by: arenas | September 16, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"A team needs all the tiebreakers it can get, and even if the Skins end up being the third-best team in the NFC East, if they take care of business in the other 10 games and win a few within the division, well, they could be in the hunt for the playoffs."

JlaC clearly obviously has an axe to grind against the Redskins by stating they could be in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Posted by: Me again | September 16, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I still think the kid may be able to play in 3-4 seasons

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 16, 2008 2:22 PM

I would say in two seasons. But I have been on the Colt band wagon since before the draft.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 16, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Stu - I heard Madden say the EXACT OPPOSITE. He said the unconventional throwing style was actually more common than acknowledged and that he reminded him of Thiesmann. Good company indeed.

Colt then rapidly fired off two very nice passes into coverage placing the ball exactly where it needed to be.

Bottom line, the only evidence you have is his performance against 2nd & 3rd stringers with 2nd & 3rd string tools at his disposal. You have no more idea than I do.

So why so down on your future, Stu? If Soup plays like last week most of the time we'll be fine & on schedule!

Go Skins!

Posted by: Dik | September 16, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

dam, I got beeped...from previous...

Greg it wasn't the playbook, or are you lying to forward your agenda? I kid I kid......so yeah fine the guy a bit...whateves...P diddy said best media is changing so bosses act accordingly...

bottom line is Cooley rules, his blog rules, its great for the fans, its funny and fresh and its fun to root for guys like Portis and Cooley who dont talk coach speak all the time and have a personality....its what we all loved about the glory years right, Riggo the Hogs, Fun bunch....not to mention Cooley backs it up on the field (hello 2nd and 22 in 4th quarter in our own end...)

Let your freak flag fly, thats what america is all about gawd darnit!!!!!!

F the No Fun League!

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 16, 2008 2:26 PM

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 16, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Seems the Cards are like a lot of teams. Some strengths (as Greg knows, their WRs are outstanding) and some talent (Adrian Wilson) in other places and a lot of in between stuff.

When we beat Miami in OT in the opener last year, we thought it was a good win. Turns out needing OT to beat Miami was an indicator of a problem. AZ just crushed Miami, and thats what good teams do.

Put me in the camp of thinking that putting pressure on Warner is hugely important. Tipped passes could also make a difference. Seems like this is a game for Jason Taylor and/or Andre Carter to shine.

Shutting down the AZ run attack is very doable. Be interesting to see if our DTs can dominate the interior.

On offense, we've got a lot of pieces that came together in week 2. Our WRs are very thin, but Santana looks like he's back to being a major playmaker and Portis is running strong. Expect to see a lot of Mike Sellers leading the way. Don't really know much about the AZ defense.

AZ is 2-0, they are a game in front of SF, who they already beat, and already 2 games ahead of Seattle. To me, it looks like AZ could lead the NFC West wire to wire. I'm sure they are looking at this game to see if they are for real, or if they are 2-0 because of weak competition. No doubt, they will see this game as huge.

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | September 16, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

beep hamsters beep

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

LL pick 6

Posted by: Nickels | September 16, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

If you were a Jason Campbell ringtone what song would you be?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

PLAYOFFS? Don't talk about PLAYOFFS!!

Posted by: Jim Mora | September 16, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I left my heart in San Francisco

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

All this talk of Colt -- and he's not even the #2 quarterback on this team right now! I don't think we'd see him this season unless we were eliminated from playoff contention, or (God forbid) injuries.

I should make it clear that I DO hope Colt grows into a capable starting QB in this league. I hope Zorn has an opportunity to establish this offense over several seasons, and Campbell and Brennan both have an opportunity to excel in it. I hope Brennan is established enough to replace Todd as #2 on the roster (as soon as next season maybe?). And I also hope Campbell continues an upward trajectory to consistent success and is firmly established as the starter.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 16, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

An email sent to me :) :

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This is a fascinating find and I will be doing a detailed write-up shortly that I hope to publish in either the New-England Journal of Medicine or Sports Illustrated.

For now, please understand that we are forging ahead in a new fronteer, and its too early to say if this is a permanent or temporary effect.

-JLC's Doctor

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 16, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

honk honk

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Alex35332, the comedy thing is not working and this blog does not have an unpost button.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

+++Uh, Stu - I heard Madden say the EXACT OPPOSITE. He said the unconventional throwing style was actually more common than acknowledged and that he reminded him of Thiesmann. Good company indeed.+++-DIK

Madden pointed out his "pretty ballerina" style on one pass, and they showed it in replay, with a camera focusing on his footwork, which looked like a toddler learning to walk.

It's not the arm that's his problem, it's his footwork. I've heard many an expert point out how critical that is for a thrower, just as the legs provide the power to a pitcher.

Repitition, muscle memory, experience, etc is what he needs. Zorn knows that too.

He picked the kid, specifically, he's not about to throw him to the wolves, unless both guys ahead of him are hurt or ineffective. I think Zorn can do for Brennan what Spurrier refused to do for Ramsey. Bring him along, let him learn.

.

Posted by: Corkczar | September 16, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Campbell to Moss

Posted by: Gfunk | September 16, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Colt Brennan needs at least a year on the bench before he's ready to start running NFL offenses. If Sunday is any indication, Brennan won't see the field anytime soon.

Posted by: Jeff B. | September 16, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins Rule. Dallas sucks donkey ding dong

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Campbell to Moss

Posted by: Ben | September 16, 2008 2:05 PM

Campbell to the ground and Moss to IR

Go Cards

Posted by: Cardsfan | September 16, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The Cardinals have a much better defense than the Saints. This will be a difficult game for the Redskins. They are deeper and more prepared under second year head coach Ken Whisenhunt than last season.

Posted by: Samie | September 16, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Warner to Fitzgerald

then,

Warner to Boldin

Posted by: ktmhanson | September 16, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

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