Washington defensive tackle A.J. Francis (64) congratulates running back Kapri Bibbs (39) after Bibbs scored a second-quarter touchdown. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

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Postgame reading

Get caught up with the best of The Post’s Redskins reporting from Sunday’s win over Arizona:

• Redskins rebound from back-to-back blowout losses to squeak past Cardinals, 20-15

• Brewer: The Redskins weren’t impressive, but they weren’t a disaster. That’s progress.

Jay Gruden says he isn’t ready to shut down Trent Williams for the season just yet

• ‘I feel like I dodged a bullet there’: Kirk Cousins unharmed after big hit in fourth quarter

• Best and worst moments from the Redskins’ win over the Cardinals

• It’s just one big ‘IF’: The Redskins 2018 roster is in a massive state of flux

Game analysis

Washington holds off Cardinals on final drive, win 20-15

The Redskins improved to 6-8 with the win, which was sealed on a late stop by the defense. Blaine Gabbert’s pass attempt for Larry Fitzgerald fell incomplete on fourth down, giving Washington the win.

The Redskins’ victory wasn’t all that impressive, and getting to face Blaine Gabbert was the key. But the Redskins undoubtedly will take it. A .500 season remains within reach, and that would be a decent accomplishment, given the circumstances.

Redskins add a field goal to go up 20-15 with 4:35 remaining

Washington drove 30 yards on eight plays and added three points to its lead, as the Cardinals take over with less than five minutes remaining, down 20-15.

Phil Dawson’s fifth field goal of the game brings Redskins’ lead to 17-15

Arizona once again found some success moving the ball downfield, only to be forced to settle for another field goal. Phil Dawson made his fifth of the day, cutting the Redskins’ lead to 17-15 with 11:13 remaining in regulation.

Cardinals cut Redskins’ lead to 14-12, but Redskins add field goal to go back up five

After Washington failed to field the second-half kickoff, Phil Dawson converted his fourth field goal of the game with 13:39 remaining in the third quarter. Washington answered with a field goal of its own after an 11-play, 88-yard drive to go up 17-12.

This game means nothing in the standings. But it could be psychologically important to the Redskins. If they can win out — actually a possibility, with the Broncos and Giants to follow — and finish at .500, there’s a better argument to be made for keeping things somewhat intact by retaining Jay Gruden as coach and at least attempting to keep Kirk Cousins in the fold. An 8-8 record actually could feel like an accomplishment, with the way things have gone this season.

Washington defense holds off Cardinals at end of half, forces field goal

Arizona advanced the ball down to the Redskins’ 1-yard line, but was unable to punch it in for a touchdown. The Cardinals settled for Phil Dawson’s third field goal of the game as time expired in the first half, bringing the score to 14-9 in favor of Washington.

So the Redskins have the lead after a first half in which their offense was mostly unproductive. They had no running game whatsoever and Kirk Cousins had nine passing attempts. The Cardinals were very generous with the turnovers and the terrible defense on the Redskins’ screen-pass touchdown. This has been all about the quality of the opponent so far for the Redskins.

Redskins intercept Blaine Gabbert, then give the ball right back on Vernon Davis fumble

The Cardinals were threatening the Washington defense with a drive deep into Redskins’ territory, when linebacker Preston Smith picked off Arizona quarterback Blaine Gabbert. But on the ensuing play, Vernon Davis fumbled after catching a pass from Kirk Cousins, and Cardinals defensive back Tramon Williams recovered and returned it to the Washington 33-yard line.

Cardinals cut into lead with another field goal

Phil Dawson’s 35-yard field goal cut Arizona’s deficit to 14-6, after another lengthy Cardinals scoring drive. They took 5:52 off the clock with 11 plays and 57 yards, but had to settle for the field-goal attempt.

Redskins extend lead following screen pass for touchdown

Washington is up 14-3 with 13:27 left in the second quarter following Kapri Bibbs’ 36-yard touchdown catch off a screen pass from Kirk Cousins.

The questions coming in were about the Redskins’ preparation and effort level. They seem to be playing hard and they seem to be prepared. Of course, it’s a little easier to look prepared going against the Cardinals, with the current state of their offensive line. The Redskins had three first-quarter sacks and should be able to keep the pressure on Blaine Gabbert all afternoon.

We’re not sure how much credit the Redskins get for that touchdown, however. Yes, it’s a good design and a well-executed play. But mostly, that’s just bad defense.

Cardinals cut into deficit with field goal

The Redskins now lead 7-3 following Arizona’s scoring drive, which was capped by a 40-yard field goal by Phil Dawson. The Cardinals took nine minutes and 43 seconds off the clock with the 16-play, 60-yard drive.

Redskins take an early lead following strip sack

Washington took an early 7-0 lead on Kirk Cousins’ 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder with 13:30 to go in the first quarter. The Redskins gained possession after defensive lineman Anthony Lanier sacked Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert and forced a fumble, which was recovered by linebacker Preston Smith.

Check back for live analysis from the Redskins’ game against the Cardinals after kickoff.

Arizona Cardinals (6-7) at Washington Redskins (5-8)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET, FedEx Field
TV: Fox
Radio: 980 AM; 92.7 and 94.3 FM
SiriusXM: SIRI 157 or 146, Internet 831
Streaming: NFL MobileReddit NFL streaming thread
Line: Redskins by 4, o/u 41
Box score: Updates every 60 seconds here
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Injury report and inactives

Zach Brown is the latest key Redskins player to miss time due to injury. He will sit out Sunday’s game, while Jordan Reed will miss the rest of the season due to lingering toe and hamstring issues.

Trent Williams, who was listed as questionable before the game with a knee injury, is inactive. Morgan Moses and Chase Roullier were questionable themselves for Washington’s ever-banged-up offensive line, but will play Sunday. Montae Nicholson, a bright spot earlier this season in Washington’s secondary, remains out with a concussion.

You can read more on each injury coming into today’s game and potential impact here.