The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 for the first time since 2015 as they knocked off the Washington Football Team 30-15 at State Farm Stadium on Sunday in Week 2. They got big plays from their offense and their defense.
Quarterback Kyler Murray rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes and scored a touchdown. The defense sacked Dwayne Haskins four times and took the ball away once.
Special teams forced a turnover.
There was a lot to like. There were also some big plays made by Washington as well.
Washington will have a distinct disadvantage in defending DeAndre Hopkins.
The Arizona Cardinals will have a distinct advantage in the passing game when they face the Washington Football Team this afternoon. They released their inactive list for the game and their top cornerback, Kendall Fuller, is among them. He misses his second game in a row with a knee injury.
Fuller was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, according to Washington’s injury reports, but on Friday was downgraded to limited and was listed as questionable for the game.
Here is Washington’s list of inactives.
QB Alex Smith
CB Kendall Fuller
RB Bryce Love
LB Cole Holcomb
T David Sharpe
T Saahdiq Charles
WR Isaiah Wright
Holcomb was ruled out with a knee injury on the final injury report of the week.
Without Fuller, the Football Team will have a challenge defending Cardinals receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Hopkins, playing against one of the best corners in the game last week in Richard Sherman, caught a career-high 14 passes for 151 yards in Week 1.
The Arizona Cardinals play their home opener Sunday afternoon and hope to improve to 2-0 against the Washington Football Team, giving them their first loss of the season. The Cardinals had a 24-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers, while Washington rallied from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles at home 27-17, sacking Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz eight times.
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When and where
The game kicks off at 4:05 p.m. Eastern (1:05 p.m. Arizona time) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. There will be no fans in the stadium.
TV, streaming, coverage map, broadcasters
The game will air on FOX. It will air only regionally. You can see where it will air locally on the coverage map from 506 Sports. The game will air in the area in teal.
Dick Stockton will call play-by-play with Brady Quinn doing analysis and Sara Walksh on the sideline.
While Washington is mostly healthy, a pair of defensive starters are officially questionable for the game.
The Washington Football Team has released its final injury report of the week and could be at full strength on both offense and defense. They ruled out only player, although a pair of defensive starters are questionable for their Week 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals on the road this weekend.
They ruled out reserve linebacker Cole Holcomb, who has a knee injury. After being limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, he was unable to participate in Friday’s practice.
Cornerback Kendall Fuller and linebacker Thomas Davis, who both missed Washington’s season opener, are officially questionable for the game.
Davis, who has a calf injury, was a full participant in practice all week. Based on that, it would seem likely he will play. However, Fuller, who has a knee injury, went from practicing fully on Wednesday and Thursday to only limited on Friday.
If Fuller is unable to play, that will present a great challenge to the Washington secondary, as he would likely be the player assigned most often to cover Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who set a career-high with 14 receptions in Week 1.
Dan Arnold will get more playing time on Sunday and Lamont Gaillard will start in Cole’s place.
The Arizona Cardinals will play the Washington Football Team without a pair of offensive starters. In the final injury report of the week, center Mason Cole and tight end Maxx Williams were both ruled out of the Cardinals’ Week 2 game.
Cole suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 and missed practice all week. Williams has an ankle injury and also was unable to practice all week.
Lamont Gaillard will start in place of Cole at center, while Dan Arnold will get more playing time in Williams’ place, while Darrell Daniels should see more playing time.
As teams can also promote up to two players from the practice squad, it would not be surprising if Jordan Thomas, one of their three protected practice squad players this week, were promoted to the active roster as an extra body for gameday, even if he gets only limited snaps.
Outside linebacker Kylie Fitts and rookie tackle Josh Jones are both questionable for the game. Jones was limited all week and Fitts was limited Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday.
HC Kliff Kingsbury says it is nothing more than COVID insurance if kicker Zane Gonzalez were to suddenly not be available.
The Arizona Cardinals added a kicker to their team on Friday. The team announced it signed veteran kicker Mike Nugent to the practice squad.
Nugent is 38 years old and has been in the league since 2005. He even has played for the Cardinals in 2009 for two games, replacing an injured Neil Rackers and making two field goals and two extra points.
According to head coach Kliff Kingsbury, it has been “something in the works for the last month.” He indicated it is simply a precaution the team is taking so they have a specialist on call in case kicker Zane Gonzalez were to land on the COVID-19 reserve and not be able to play. The Cardinals would have someone who could kick extra points and do kickoffs.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have another kicker on the roster to push Gonzalez, even as a reminder that NFL jobs can be temporary. Gonzalez, after missing only four kicks all last season, missed two field goals in Week 1 in the Cardinals’ 24-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
In his career, Nugent has converted 258-of-319 (80.9%) field-goal attempts and 378-of-393 extra-point attempts for 1,152 career points. He has also played in five postseason contests and made 7-of-8 field-goal attempts and all five extra points he attempted.
Washington forced the Eagles into a number of 3rd-and-a-mile situations.
As quarterback Kyler Murray progressed through his rookie season in 2019, there was one thing that head coach Kliff Kingsbury was consistent about in what Murray needed to do to improve. He had to cut down on negative plays.
Kingsbury praised him for staying on schedule in Week 1.
It will be critically important they avoid negative plays when the Cardinals take on the Washington Football Team this weekend at State Farm Stadium.
Why? Washington has a tremendous defensive line.
“They have a great front. There’s no doubt. It was pretty nerve-wracking watching their film – the eight sacks, causing turnovers, causing fumbles,” Kingsbury told reporters on Wednesday. “They were really, really good, so we just have to have a great week of practice, and like we’ve done playing the 49ers, you’ve got to have a plan for those edge rushers.”
The Washington defensive line has five first-round picks in their room.
“They’ve got Chase Young, who’s going to be one of the top players in the league.” Kingsbury added. “You’ve got (Montez) Sweat. You’ve got (Ryan) Kerrigan. You’ve got to know where they’re at, have a plan for them and try to neutralize them in different ways, but it will be a very tall task.”
The Cardinals more than did their job against the San Francisco 49ers, who have some of the best edge rushers in the league and very good defensive line play as well.
Kingsbury knows what the Cardinals have to do to neutralize what Washington did so well against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1.
“Obviously, first and second down, we cannot take sacks,” he said. “Going through the cutups, Philadelphia was in third-and-25, third-and-23, third-and-17, third-and-15, and you’re playing right into their hands. So, we have to stay on schedule.”
quarterback Kyler Murray will have to get the ball out quickly.
“If he can get out and make plays with his feet, get out, get down and make positive yards, but I think more than anything, get the ball out on time, be in rhythm and keep us ahead of the chains.”
If they do that, let’s not forget that the Eagles jumped out to a 17-0 lead. If the Cardinals do that, the Football Team doesn’t stand a chance because they will run the ball more.