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Rich Tandler's game day blog of the game vs. the Cardinals.

1st Quarter

14:56—We have a new press box announcer and it seems that the PR staff is making a great effort to get the information that is spoken over the PA correct. That has been a challenge in the seven-plus seasons I've been sitting here and probably beyond that.

13:24—A great WCO-style pass from Campbell to Portis. It was a short dart that hit the target in stride for a first down.

11:49—I guess you have to be a tough sucker to survive if you're the size of Santana Moss. He just got knocked and tossed around like a rag doll and bounced right up after picking up 10 and a first down.

9:08—The Redskins are in all-white today and the Cardinals have those red jerseys. I thought that the Saints' black shirts had something to do with them fading in the fourth quarter last week, maybe we'll see the same effect here.

8:28—Nice opening drive. 11 plays, 62 yards, 6:32

Portis 3 run (Suisham kick)
Redskins 7, Cardinals

8:28—Five different Redskins caught passes on that drive—Moss, Portis, Cooley, Randle El and Yoder. Excellent distribution, a sign of a maturing QB who isn't locking in on one receiver.

8:20—On the replay, I noticed that Samuels didn't drive block on that TD run. He set up as if to pass block, apparently knowing that the DE was going to take an outside route. He did and Portis had a nice opening with the OT at the point of attack barely doing anything besides get in the way.

6:36—The Cardinals are on the move on the ground with Edge tearing off about five yards a pop.

4:27—The Cards are going on fourth and one from the Skins 40. Delay of game torpedoes that idea (which probably was the plan all along).

3:39—Moss was back to receive that punt, which went for a touchback. The thinking was that Santana would just return from around midfield, but apparently ARE has been yanked from the role.

1:39—Offsetting PI calls, something you rarely see, called on a deep sideline pass to Thomas. I think it was a copout by the Zebras.

1:28—Stephon Heyer is down on the field. It's a little puzzling since he's way off on the numbers on the right and the play went to the left. He was helped up but made it off the field OK. Jansen is in at RT.

1:04—Heyer headed into the locker room, he's walking without a limp under his own power.

0:12—The drive died after the sack for a loss of 12. Still, they moved the ball and flipped field position.

0:12—Durant Brooks to punt. Short but high and a fair catch. 35 yards on the punt. Not great, but not fatal.

0:00—Redskins get the ball back after a fumble. First down at around the 35 of Arizona.

Second Quarter

15:00—We'll see here how Zorn reacts to a takeaway in opponent's territory. I like going for the TD right off the bat.

14:49—Devin Thomas now has two passes thrown to him and two PI calls. No offsetting call here and it's first and 20. Zorn didn't go for it all but It was a deep out.

FG Suisham 48
Redskins 10, Cardinals 0

Turn the takeaway into points. Not maximizing the opportunity but not bad.

12:15—Larry Fitzgerald is a monster. He completely blocked my view of the DB on a slant for a first down.

11:33—Speaking of monsters, Golston just engulfed Warner for a seven-yard loss on a sack.

10:42—ARE back to return the punt this time. He did his usual zigzag and got his average of six yards on the return.

9:21—Campbell was off target a couple of times in that three and out.

9:09—45-yard punt by Brooks. He's not in danger of getting cut at halftime now.

7:35—Arizona on the move on the ground again. Their vaunted passing attack hasn't done much, but they are moving the chains with James and Hightower.

3:33—Weak PI call on Rogers. He barely made contact with Fitzgerald and the pass seemed to be uncatchable anyway.

Boldin 4 pass from Warner (Rakers kick)
Redskins 10, Cardinals 7

2:38—A chance for a statement drive here. Arizona gets the kickoff so a score here would be big.

2:00—After two runs, it's third and one. The offense has been reasonably efficient, why not get out there throwing and get downfield? Now if the Skins don't convert the Cardinals get the ball back with plenty of time.

1:55—Another run up the gut has them doing a measurement. It looks like he's short by a yard. I don't get it. I guess the statement was that our QB can't get it done.

1:14—Great boot by Brooks and a penalty has Arizona back at the three. Let's see if the Skins use their timeouts if they hold them.

1:06—Yes, they use their first after a first-down gain of about three.

0:56—Arizona gets a first down on three runs so they'll come out in the hurry-up. They do have a timeout left.

Halftime

Redskins 10, Cardinals 7

Third Quarter

To bring out a Capt. Obvious cliché here, it's anyone's ballgame. Campbell seems to have cooled off since completing his first eight passes. He's a streaky passer and if he can get it going, the Skins will be fine. If his hot streak isn't due until next week or before the Cards lay a couple of TD's on the board, it's trouble.

14:54—Devin Thomas down there on kickoff coverage, doing a nice job.

13:59—A huge play there for Arizona, a 14-yard pass to convert third and long and a 15-yard roughing the passer flag on top of it. All of a sudden they're in Redskin territory.

12:30—They're still grinding it out with James, moving right downfield.

12:04—Griffin is down on the field, he gets up and walks off under his own power.

12:04—Another third-down chance for the defense. Jason Taylor gives it to them by jumping offside. A third and seven becomes a third and two.

11:57—Springs tips it but Boldin hauls it in anyway. First down at the 20.

10:57—OK, let's try this again. Third and nine at the 19.

10:21—Wow, it was right at the line to gain but they didn't measure. First and goal Arizona.

9:28—One more time. Third and goal at the nine.

9:25—This time they get it done as Taylor tips his second straight pass. Rackers will try a field goal to tie it up.

FG Rackers 26
Redskins 10, Cardinals 10

A 15-play drive, 72 yards, 5:40. The Redskins have to respond. The offense hasn't been on the field for about 40 minutes of real time, so they should be fired up. We'll see if Jansen or Heyer comes in at tackle.

9:20—It's Heyer going back in.

8:42—Five straight handoffs to Portis now going back to the end of the first half and it's third and five.

7:40—Cooley knew right where to go to pick up a first on third and five. Not that it was that hard, they were working after a touchback and he knew where to find the 30.

5:40—I like throwing deep on second and one but there's also something about powering for about seven like Betts just did that is appealing as well.

4:30—Pulling out the bag of tricks with an end around to Thomas and an option pass by Randle El. The first was good for 16, the latter for 11.

3:21—The tight end screen to Cooley had Samuels looking for someone to block and not finding anyone until the play had already gained 12 yards. The 16-yard gain sets up first and goal at about the two and a half.

Yoder 2 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick)
Redskins 17, Cardinals 10

An ungodly play fake to Portis had everyone fooled and Yoder got wide open.

That was a perfect and needed response to a similar Arizona drive to start the half. We're at about three minutes to go in the third and each team has had the ball just once.

Fitzgerald 62 pass from Warner (Rackers kick)
Redskins 17, Cardinals 17

Three plays, 85 yards and it's tied up. I'm not sure where deep center fielder Landry was on that play, I'll check the replay.

Warner had time and Fitzgerald was able to make a double move. Landry thought the pass was going shorter and he didn't realize until it was too late and Doughty was trying to chase Fitzgerald.

1:41—Campbell tries to answer immediately, but Moss was double covered on the deep sideline pattern and he didn't have a shot.

End of third quarter
Redskins 17, Cardinals 17

Fourth Quarter

14:55—Not a great punt by Brooks, but good for 35 and no return.

13:34—Another offside on Taylor buys Arizona a down. Instead of third and eight after a five-yard pass it's second and eight.

12:59—Who says that Rogers has no hands. A great pick after a nice tip by Torrence. Not a bad runback either, 42 yards.

12:10—The slip screen to Moss gets the TD. Just some great, vintage Moss, slippery running to pick his way into the end zone. Oh yeah, a lead escort from Randy Thomas to pave the winding path.

Moss 17 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick)
Redskins 24, Cardinals 17

That was a big-time play by Rogers, the play of the game if the Skins hang on here. I trust his detractors will take note.

I think the Redskins will need another score to win this game.

10:36—A coverage sack for a loss of six. Warner had nowhere to go and after about five seconds McIntosh nailed him.

10:01—Good stand by the defense after Arizona got into Redskins territory quickly. I'm not worried about the Redskins milking the clock here, they just need to score and put this one away.

8:38—A game-ending TD was nullified by a personal foul on Heyer. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

7:54—Campbell to Moss for 20 gets a first down after the first and 25. No problem.

6:26—The Redskins are snapping the ball with a good 8-10 seconds left on the play clock. If this comes down to the last second, remember that.

5:40—The Redskins are just grinding this one out.

4:00—After a third-down sack, the Redskins are on the edge of field goal range, it would be about 50 yards. I'd pooch punt it and try to pin them back.

Zorn disagrees, he's sending out Suisham.

3:29—It's wide left and the Cardinals have a shot.

2:46—Alexander bats down a second-down pass.

2:39—Fourth down and four, Arizona will punt. Two first downs will seal it as the Cardinals have two timeouts and the two-minute warning.

2:10—That's one of them. Portis runs for nine. Arizona let several seconds burn off before deciding to call the timeout. You have to know what you're going to do before the snap.

2:00—Second and seven and Arizona has no timeouts left.

Miami 38, New England 13, final. Just when you think you have it all figured out. . .

1:50—Zorn does it again. A pass when everyone thought it was a run to send the Redskins into victory formation.

Final Score

Redskins 24, Cardinals 14

Rich Tandler blogs about the Skins at RealRedskins.com and he is the author of the upcoming book The Redskins Chronicle. You can reach Rich by email at rich.tandler+real@gmail.com

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