May 29, 2014; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1) talks with Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) during organized team activities at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Week six will be the third home game on the year and the Arizona Cardinals will face RG3 and the Washington Redskins, again the defense will have their hands full against a read option quarterback.
The Redskins are coming off their worse season in 52 years when they ended last year 3-13, and quarterback Robert Griffin coming off a sub-par season from his knee injury the previous season.
The Redskins have cleaned house in the coaching staff by firing Mike Shanahan and replacing him with Jay Gruden and his staff.
The Redskins will look to turn the reins over to RG3, and the Cardinals will need to have their defensive issues at line-backer iron out by this point and be in position to control the “read option” offense.
Wide receiving will be exciting in this game on both teams as the Redskins have added some weapons for RG3 to throw to, most noted newly signed free agent Desean Jackson, favorite target Pierre Garcon, along with ex- Cardinal Andre Roberts, who will make his return to University of Phoenix Stadium since his leaving to free agency this summer. Of course we know the Cardinals receiving tandem and the threat they pose, this should be exciting to watch.
The Redskins look deadly fast on paper and already possess an element that is up in the air for the Cardinals, and that is a consistent running game. The tandem of Alfred Morris and Roy Helu rushed for a combined 1549 yards last year and will be a tall task for the Cards defensive front,which may be up for it since they retained most of their players that were part of the number one rush defense a year ago.
This again will be where the game will hang in the balance, can the Cardinals generate a consistent running attack to keep the Redskins defense off balance. A Skins defense that looks improved in the secondary adding ex-Steeler Ryan Clark along with bringing back good cover man DeAngelo Hall, not to mention a Super-Bowl MVP Tracey Porter.
Carson Palmer will have to be very accurate and quick with the ball and the running attack will have it’s opportunities against this defensive front, which will open up the passing game. Look for a bounce back game with the advantage being the home crowd and improved offensive line giving Palmer time to dissect the Redskins defense.
But this game can also be a nail bitter because of the uncertainty of the Cardinals wholes on defense, and could be another offensive shootout. Cards will improve to 3-2 with the home win in a close seven point win with the defense making the key stop at the end of the game, you heard it here first.