At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, Oct. 22, 2007; Pages E13-16
Monday, Oct. 22, 2007; Pages E13-16
Getting InvolvedRedskins fullback Mike Sellers did not get many chances during last week's loss at Green Bay, touching the ball just four times. But during one first-quarter drive yesterday, Sellers -- who has lobbied to be a bigger part of the offense -- carried the ball three times for 10 yards and caught two passes for three yards.
By the Numbers7: Defensive backs the Redskins used during one Cardinals possession in the second quarter after cornerbacks Fred Smoot and LaRon Landry were injured on the same play.
By the Numbers, Part II22: Victories over the Cardinals for Joe Gibbs, the most against one team for the Redskins coach.
A New HighSean Taylor's first-quarter interception of Kurt Warner gave the Redskins safety five interceptions before the season's midway point. The interception came when Warner badly overthrew Anquan Boldin over the middle, and the ball landed in Taylor's arms. Taylor's previous single-season high for interceptions was four in 2004, his rookie season.
NEXT UP: Vs. New England Patriots (7-0)When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Where: Gillette Stadium.
The Skinny: The Patriots (7-0) are on pace to become the most prolific offense in NFL history behind QB Tom Brady. New England has an abundance of options on offense, most notably WRs Randy Moss, Donte' Stallworth and Wes Welker. The defense has been stout with the offseason addition of LB Adalius Thomas.
Tip DrillThe Cardinals set up their second-quarter touchdown with an interception by linebacker Calvin Pace. But Pace was able to secure the interception thanks to a heady play by defensive end Bertrand Berry, who batted Jason Campbell's pass near the line of scrimmage. The ball caromed right to Pace, who returned it 14 yards to the Redskins 23.
Seeing YellowCardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald drew a pair of penalties against the Redskins during Arizona's final drive of the third quarter. The first was a helmet-to-helmet hit delivered by safety LaRon Landry, and the other was a taunting call against linebacker London Fletcher. Both calls came on third down and extended the Cardinals' possession.
Playing HurtDespite a left elbow injury, quarterback Kurt Warner threw two touchdown passes against a Washington secondary that had allowed only two scoring passes all season. Backup Tim Rattay also threw one, marking the first time the Redskins yielded more than one touchdown pass since the second-to-last game of the 2006 season, a span of seven games.
By the Numbers, Part Three1: Catch by Redskins wide receivers other than Santana Moss or Antwaan Randle El. It was the fourth time this season the Redskins failed to get at least two receptions from their non-starting wide receivers, who have eight catches through six games.
Quotable"That's no class." -- Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt, yelling on the field to no one in particular after Redskins CB Carlos Rogers bumped PK Neil Rackers on a blocked extra-point attempt just before halftime. Rogers and Rackers were called for offsetting penalties for grabbing each other's face masks.
Quotable, Part II"No man, a kicker is nobody I even pay attention to on the field. Waste of my time." -- Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers, when asked if he had ever fought a kicker. Rogers and PK Neil Rackers briefly scuffled at the end of the first half.
Busy DayIt was an eventful afternoon for Neil Rackers, who missed an extra point in the first half, got called for a face-mask penalty, booted a brilliant onside kick that Arizona recovered in the final minute and then missed a 55-yard field goal by inches that would have won the game.