NFL PREVIEW: WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-0) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 76-46-2
STREAKS: Washington has won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Washington 24 at Cardinals 6
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/9/18
QB DWAYNE HASKINS passed for 178 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs for 82.5 rating in Week 1. • RB PEYTON BARBER had 2 rush TDs last week, his 3rd career game with 2+ rush TDs. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Az. (11/10/19 w/ TB). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 5 receptions & 61 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. WR STEVEN SIMS had 50 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 3rd career TD catch last week. • DE CHASE YOUNG (rookie) had 1.5 sacks & FF in NFL debut in Week 1. DE RYAN KERRIGAN had 2 sacks & FR last week, his 18th career game with 2+ sacks. Has 2.5 sacks, 4 TFL, 3 PD & FF in 5 career games vs. Az. Is 1 of 5 with 90 sacks (92) since 2011. DT MATT IOANNIDIS had 1.5 sacks in Week 1. Has 6 sacks in his past 6 on road. Had sack, FF & FR in last meeting. DT DARON PAYNE had 0.5 sacks & FF last week, his 2nd career FF. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 8th career sack & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with TFL. LB JON BOSTIC tied for team-lead with 8 tackles & had sack in Week 1. Has 6+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 games on road. S LANDON COLLINS had 5 tackles & 2 TFL last week. Since 2015, leads all DBs with 33 TFL. S TROY APKE had career-high 8 tackles in Week 1. CB FABIAN MOREAU had 5th career INT last week. CB JIMMY MORELAND had 1st career INT in Week 1.
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 230 yards with TD vs. INT & had 91 rush yards & rush TD last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his 8 career starts at home. • RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for 60 yards & TD in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row with rush TD. Has 426 scrimmage yards (106.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 4 career home games with Az. RB CHASE EDMONDS had 2nd career TD catch last week. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in Az. debut last week, his 10th career game with 10+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with rec. TD. Since 2013, ranks 3rd in receptions (646) & rec. yards (8,753). WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 4 receptions last week. Has 52 catches for 674 yards (84.3 per game) & 3 TDs in 8 career games vs. Was. Ranks 2nd in NFL history in receptions (1,382) & rec. yards (17,117). Has catch in 244 consecutive games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history (HOFer JERRY RICE – 274 games). • LB CHANDLER JONES had sack in Week 1. Had 7 sacks in 8 home games last season. Has 3 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. Was. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack. Leads NFL with 61 sacks since 2016. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 7 tackles in Az. debut last week. S BUDDA BAKER tied his career high with 15 tackles last week. Had 5+ tackles in all 8 of his home games last season. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. CB PATRICK PETERSON had PD last week. Had sack in last meeting. CB BYRON MURPHY had 2 PD in Week 1, his 2nd career game with 2+ PD.
Washington has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between these teams, including each of the last two in 2017 and 2018. The starting quarterbacks in the 2018 game in Arizona — a 24-6 Washington win in Week 1 — were Alex Smith and Sam Bradford.
Washington overcame an early 17-0 deficit to defeat the Eagles at home last week, 27-17. They will look to open 2-0 for the first time since 2011; among current franchises, the only teams to go longer without a 2-0 start are the Browns (last done in 1993), Titans (2008) and Colts (2009).
Arizona had lost four straight season openers before Sunday’s 24-20 win at San Francisco. It was the Cardinals’ ninth game since the start of last season decided by six or fewer points (4-4-1 record), tied for second most in the NFL (Lions, 10).
DeAndre Hopkins had a career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in Week 1. That’s tied for the most receptions in NFL history by a player in his debut with a team; Jamison Crowder also had 14 in his debut with the Jets last season.
Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four interceptions in 22 attempts in his first two games last year, both off the bench. In his eight starts since then he’s been intercepted just three times in 212 attempts, with none in his last three games.
The Cardinals are 5-1 over the last two seasons when gaining 400 or more net yards (as they did last week), versus 1-10-1 when not. Their 29 first downs in Week 1 were their most in any game since Week 13 of the 2015 season at St. Louis (also 29).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Was), 83 (AZ) | XM: 380 (Was), 225 (AZ)