Washington Football Team: 5 Keys to Watch Against the Arizona Cardinals

In week one The Washington Football Team had a fantastic come from behind victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. The team trailed 17-7 at the half. They came out in the second half and just made the Eagles look like they were still babies in an egg. In week 2, Washington travels to take on the Arizona Cardinals. This should be a better test for the young team in Washington. Here are a few keys that you will want to watch for in-order for Washington to get a win.

Dwayne Haskins

Haskins in week one only had 178 yards passing and 1 TD on 17 completions. The bigger key though was that he did not turn the ball over. He managed the game quite well. He even gave the halftime speech while Coach Ron Rivera was getting an IV treatment. The kid stepped up in week one. He will have to do the same thing in week two if Washington is going to stay in this game.

Defense

This is the bread and butter of the 2020 Washington Football Team. Last week’s performance was eye-opening. They came out slow but once the engine got warm, they took off. Washington’s defense amassed 8 sacks, 2 INTs, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are a bit more elusive. If the defense can contain him and the rest of the Arizona Cardinals offense, Washington could find themselves 2-0.

Third Down

Washington has to find a way to stay on the field on offense. Third down is especially important. IN week one, Washington was 5-18 on third down. That can lead to a tired defense. The offense is going to have to do a better job of converting third down in hopes of staying in this game.

Running Game

Washington had 80 yards last week against the Eagles. They averaged only 2.2 ypc. This is going to have to improve. Not only for Sunday but also for the rest of the season. Arizona allowed 123 yards in their week one win over the San Francisco 49ers. Scott Turner will need to do a better job of trying to establish the run early and often so that Washington can keep the Cardinals defense away from Haskins.

Momentum

Washington should use the momentum it played with for the last two and a half quarters in week one against the Cardinals. The Cardinals will be a tougher opponent. However, their defense does have some weaknesses that Turner and Haskins can exploit. The defense will have to keep Murray in the pocket and not let him make big plays with his legs.

I like Washington’s chances in this game. Starting the season 2-0 can be a huge lift for this young football team. It will show that the team is already buying into the message that Coach Rivera is trying to send. Look for the team to come out fired up and walk away with a 24-13 win.

What do you feel are keys for a Washington victory on Sunday in the desert? Leave a comment below.

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