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Two 1-0 teams that everyone thought would be winless are unpredictable against each other, but those Cardinals look like they have turned a corner and will take care of Washington by at least a touchdown.
Cardinals -6.5 (-110)
|Washington vs Cardinals Information|
|What||Washington Football Team vs Arizona Cardinals|
|Where||State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ|
|When||Sunday, September 20, 2020; 4:05 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
In Week 1, the Washington Football Team was able to overcome an early 17-point deficit and come back for the win over division rival Philadelphia Eagles, an upset that surprised both fans and experts in the NFL world.
And talk about shocking, the Arizona Cardinals took care of last year’s NFC Champs, the San Francisco 49ers, by four points in Week 1, the addition of playmaking wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins proving to be a critical offseason get for the Arizona passing attack.
These two NFC teams have met each other 124 total times so far, with the Arizona Cardinals winning 46 of those games and the Washington Football Team winning 76 of them, in addition to two ties. Check out our weekly NFL betting bonuses!
Washington’s new head coach Ron Rivera was finally fired from the Carolina Panthers last season in December after a disappointing 5-7 start, but all that seems behind him now that he has taken over the pro football reigns in the nation’s capital.
His first test was in Week 1 against division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, and Rivera figured out how to bring his team back from a 17-point deficit and make the Washington Football team a 1-0 franchise.
How long they can stay undefeated is a major question that Arizona may or may not answer for them, but it would certainly make the NFC East a lot more fun and competitive if Rivera’s new team is finally ready and able to win football games.
Nobody was exactly sure why the Houston Texans unloaded wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins during the offseason, but they traded him away and now the Arizona Cardinals cannot believer fortune.
Last week in the Cardinals unlikely win against the 49ers, Hopkins caught 14 passes for 151 yards and averaged 10.79 yards per reception, numbers that will keep Arizona’s offense more potent than it was last season.
Washington cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Kendall Fuller will have their hands full covering Hopkins on Sunday and may require some double coverage help from safeties Landon Collins and Troy Apke, which is good news for the Cardinals other superstar receivers Larry Fitzgerald, who would love some single coverage, finally.
One of the players the Washington Football team is most excited about in 2020 is their first pick in the most recent NFL draft, former OSU defensive end Chase Young, a 264-pound beast of a player expected to make an immediate impact.
Which he did in Week 1, posting 4 total tackles, a forced fumble, and a hit on the opposing quarterback, proving that he is ready to play at an NFL level, even as a rookie.
Against the Cardinals, Young will be an important factor in the defensive game plan that will most likely be designed to slow down QB Kyler Murray, a smaller sized player with speed and mobility that Young will have in his sights the entire game.
The Cardinals won in Week 1, but quarterback Kyler Murray did not post his most impressive game, at least statistically speaking.
Murray completed 26-of-40 for 230 total passing yards and a touchdown plus an interception, and on top of that, he was sacked twice, something that the QB who led the league in that category last season is most likely a bit concerned about.
Keeping Murray safe will be key to a win against Washington and given they will be rushing rookie Chase Young all game, that is a big order for the Cards’ front line to fill.
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