- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2008

1 p.m.

Where: FedEx Field

TV: Chs. 5, 45

Radio: AM-980, AM-730, AM-570, AM-1260, FM-94.3, FM-92.7




WR89Santana Moss

WR82Antwaan Randle El

LT60Chris Samuels

LG66Pete Kendall

C61Casey Rabach

RG77Randy Thomas

RT74Stephon Heyer

TE47Chris Cooley

RB26Clinton Portis

FB45Mike Sellers

QB17Jason Campbell


DE99Andre Carter

DT96Cornelius Griffin

DT64Kedric Golston

DE55Jason Taylor

OLB52Rocky McIntosh

MLB59London Fletcher

OLB53Marcus Washington

CB24Shawn Springs

CB22Carlos Rogers

FS30LaRon Landry

SS37Reed Doughty


K6Shaun Suisham

P14Durant Brooks

PR82Antwaan Randle El

KR31Rock Cartwright

KR46Ladell Betts


Questionable: WR Malcolm Kelly (ankle), WR James Thrash (ankle), LB Marcus Washington (hamstring), LB Khary Campbell (thigh), S Kareem Moore (hamstring).

Probable: FB Mike Sellers (hamstring), LB H.B. Blades (knee), CB Carlos Rogers (groin), CB Fred Smoot (hip), DE Jason Taylor (knee).




WR11Larry Fitzgerald

WR81Anquan Boldin

LT69Mike Gandy

LG74Reggie Wells

C63Lyle Sendlein

RG76Deuce Lutui

RT75Levi Brown

TE82Leonard Pope

RB32Edgerrin James

FB45Terrelle Smith

QB13Kurt Warner


DE94Antonio Smith

NT97Bryan Robinson

DT90Darnell Dockett

DE55Travis LaBoy

OLB56Chike Okeafor

MLB54Gerald Hayes

OLB58Karlos Dansby

CB26Roderick Hood

CB25Eric Green

FS24Adrian Wilson

SS21Antrel Rolle


K1Neil Rackers

P9Dirk Johnson

PR15Steve Breaston

KR15Steve Breaston

KR26J.J. Arrington


Doubtful: TE Jerame Tuman (hamstring).

Questionable: DE Travis LaBoy (ankle).

Probable: OT Levi Brown (knee), WR Steve Breaston (hamstring), DT Gabe Watson (knee).



LaBoy is the pass rusher Jim Zorn singled out twice this week as the Redskins’ coach devised a game plan to keep Jason Campbell in rhythm and the offense moving down the field.

“He’s probably their most versatile defensive end,” Zorn said. “He’ll line up in a two-point stance, and they’ve dropped him into a fire zone, and they’ve rushed him. He’s crafty and compact and can change direction really well. He’s a very impressive guy.”

A fifth-year player from Hawaii, he had 19.5 sacks with Tennessee before joining the Cardinals in free agency. LaBoy wasn’t even a starter at the start of training camp, but he had two sacks and four tackles for lost yardage in a preseason game to assume the “predator” spot (combo defensive end/linebacker) in the Cardinals’ scheme.

In the regular-season opener, LaBoy had two sacks, three tackles and a forced fumble and recovery. He was blanked against Miami, but his speed could pose problems for Samuels and, occasionally, tight end Chris Cooley.

Samuels has had his usual strong start to the season, not allowing a sack in two games. In these kind of matchups, he generally doesn’t need any double-team help.

Also on the Cardinals’ line is defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who has six tackles this season.

“It starts with their front group,” Zorn said. “We have to be good in our pass protection.”


1. Improve the return game

The Redskins need to get more from their punt returns. They rank 27th in the NFL, and Antwaan Randle El averages only 4.2 yards a game. Special teams coach Danny Smith said during the week Santana Moss will be considered in some situations - and he should be because the Redskins could use a boost.

2. Improve red zone offense

The Redskins should have put away New Orleans last week in the first half, but they failed to score a touchdown in four trips inside the red zone and settled for nine points. Against an Arizona offense seventh in yards allowed, the Redskins must get touchdowns and not settle for field goals.

3. Ride Nos. 47 and 89

Jason Campbell completed passes last week to nine players. But this offense is at its best when Campbell consistently goes to tight end Chris Cooley and receiver Santana Moss. Using them more will result in more touchdowns than failed third downs.



Jim Zorn opened up the playbook against New Orleans, giving Jason Campbell more responsibility in the passing game and the quarterback had one of his finest games as a pro (24-for-36, 321 yards). Campbell has found a decent comfort zone with Santana Moss (12 catches, two touchdowns), Antwaan Randle El (11 catches) and, in the second half last week, Chris Cooley (six catches). Clinton Portis has gained 180 tough yards in two games, and the more defenses respect Campbell’s arm, the more room should be available for Portis. Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and safety Adrian Wilson lead Arizona’s defense, which has four takeaways and six sacks.

Edge: Redskins


Arizona’s offense is all about big plays in general, especially in the passing game. Kurt Warner is off to a great start - 70.4 completion percentage and 558 yards. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin have receptions of 20, 21, 27, 37, 75 and 79 yards this season. That’s the key for the Redskins’ secondary - Fitzgerald and Boldin are going to get their catches, but limiting those 12-yard completions to 15 yards, not 55 yards, is crucial. Moving Warner around through a pass rush by Jason Taylor and Andre Carter could produce takeaways. The Redskins have forced four turnovers (three interceptions) this season.

Edge: Cardinals


It’s bounce back time for the Redskins, who missed one field goal, missed another because of a bad hold and gave up a punt return for a touchdown. Durant Brooks needs to punt better, and he knows it - the pressure to perform is on. He also needs to hold on to the field goal/extra point snaps. It will be interesting to see how - or whether - the Redskins use Santana Moss on punt returns. Steve Breaston is a solid returner for Arizona, and veteran Neil Rackers is back for another season as the kicker, going 4-for-5 on field goals.

Edge: Cardinals

- Ryan O’Halloran

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