What happened: Campbell marched the Redskins on an 11-play, 60-yard drive and Portis punched it on a three-yard run off left tackle, his 38th touchdown run of his Washington career, tying him with Terry Allen for third on the Redskins’ all-time list. James gouged the Redskins’ defense for two six yard runs and a five-yard scamper, but a delay of game penalty on a fourth and one stalled the Cardinals’ opening drive at the Washington 41 yard line. On the final play of the opening quarter, Rocky McIntosh forced James to fumble and Carlos Rogers pounced on the loose ball.
Analysis: Campbell looked efficient running the offense on the opening scoring drive and Portis ran with power. James’ early success on the ground was disheartening, but with a 7-0 lead and the ball in their hands to begin the second quarter, the Redskins were in a good position to build on their lead.
What happened: Redskins capitalized on the Cardinals’ first turnover of the 2008 season with a 48 yard-field by Shaun Suisham that put Washington up 10-0. Golston sacked Warner for a loss of seven on the Cardinals’ next possession, but Moss dropped a pass from Campbell on third down and Washington was forced to punt. Arizona settled in for an 84-yard scoring drive that was abetted by a third down pass interference call on Rogers and a tricky wide receiver pass play that went for 18 yards. Boldin scored on a 4-yard slant pattern and Neil Rackers converted the PAT to put the Cardinals within three.
Analysis: After completing his first eight passes, Campbell failed to complete a pass play for positive yardage and finished the half 9-for-14 with 70 yards. Hightower led the Cardinals with 55 all purpose yards.
What Happened: The Redskins had the Cardinals pinned on their opening drive of the second half, but Warner found Boldin on third and seven for a 14- yard gain, and a personal foul penalty on Fred Smoot tacked on another 15 yards. Warner found receivers on third down twice more on the 13-play, 72-yard drive, but could not convert on a third and goal from the Washington nine yard line. Rackers evened the score at 10 with a 26-yard field goal. The Redskins’ offense began to click again as Thomas took an end-around for a substantial gain and Cooley turned a short screen pass from Campbell for 16 yards. On first and goal, Campbell found Yoder off a bootleg for a two-yard scoring strike. Warner struck back with a 62-yard bomb to Fitzgerald to tie the game at 17.
Analysis: The secondary floundered in the third quarter, allowing Warner and the Cardinals 115 yards through the air. Campbell shook off his shaky second quarter effort and was a perfect 6-for-6 for 40 yards and a touchdown on the Skins’ 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive.
What Happened: The Redskins secondary came up with a big play on the first drive of the final quarter, as Leigh Torrence tipped a pass intended for Breaston to Rogers who returned the interception 42 yards to the Arizona 19-yard line. Two plays later, Campbell found Moss for a 17-yard touchdown that pushed the Skins ahead by a score. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Heyer expunged another long touchdown pass by Campbell, and Suisham missed a 52-yard field goal wide left with 3:24 seconds left to play. The defense held firm, forcing a three-and-out and putting the Washington offense in position to run down the clock.
Analysis: After a moribund third quarter, the secondary rose to the challenge and held Warner and Co. when it mattered most, forcing another Cardinals turnover. The offense did just enough to ensure the Redskins’ second straight victory.