Worst Quarter: It's difficult to imagine a sloppier first quarter than the one the Redskins and Cardinals played. It featured five turnovers, all on alternating possessions beginning with the Cardinals' first of the game.
Worst Quarterback: After a torrid first half of the season in which he emerged as one of the league's most efficient quarterbacks, the Redskins' Mark Brunell has regressed into performances such as yesterday's: 18 of 28 for 122 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. His rating was 34.2.
Best Receivers: The Cardinals feature perhaps the best wide receiving tandem in the NFL, with apologies to Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne of the Colts. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin each has more than 1,000 yards this season, and the Cardinals appear set at the position for many years to come.
Best Punter: The Redskins were sound on special teams, including punter Derrick Frost. The second-year player averaged 43 yards on five kicks, including one inside the Cardinals 20-yard line.
Worst Injuries: The Redskins were missing linebacker LaVar Arrington, cornerback Walt Harris, wide receiver James Thrash and defensive tackle Joe Salave'a, all starters who did not make the trip to Arizona.
Best Assist: Tailback Clinton Portis scored on a 15-yard run in the third quarter, and H-back Mike Sellers helped by more than just blocking downfield. Portis appeared to slip on his way to the end zone, but he grabbed the back of Sellers's jersey to help maintain his balance. Then Portis stuck the ball across the goal line for the touchdown before stepping out of bounds.
Worst Running Game: The Cardinals entered with the league's worst rushing offense, and they lived up to their standing with 62 yards and a 3.4 average per carry. The Cardinals showed their complete lack of faith in the run when, late in the game on third down and one, they threw a wide receiver screen to Fitzgerald. The play wound up losing one yard.
Best Return: After the Cardinals took a 13-10 lead with 3 minutes 40 seconds to play in the third quarter, Antonio Brown took the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Brown broke away so far from the pack that he was able to blow kisses around the Arizona 20-yard line.
Best Resolve: Portis got his final seven yards mostly via sheer determination, moving a pile of Cardinals on a carry on third down and six. Portis kept his legs churning in the middle of the pile over the last few yards, and the Redskins were able to kneel to end the game. Portis finished with 105 yards on 26 carries.
-- Gene Wang