NFL Sneak Peek – Week 6 – Redskins vs. Cardinals

The Cardinals play their second game following a bye week and first battle back at home. Arizona is 2-0 at the University of Phoenix Stadium and were 6-2 at home last year. The Redskins are on the road for the first time since narrowly falling at Philadelphia in week three. This is a short week for Washington after Monday’s night’s loss to Seattle. The Skins are 1-1 against the spread on the road this season after going 2-6 in such contests last year.

The Cardinals play their second game following a bye week and first battle back at home. Arizona is 2-0 at the University of Phoenix Stadium and were 6-2 at home last year. The Redskins are on the road for the first time since narrowly falling at Philadelphia in week three. This is a short week for Washington after Monday’s night’s loss to Seattle. The Skins are 1-1 against the spread on the road this season after going 2-6 in such contests last year.

Three of Arizona’s first four games this year came against teams that made the playoffs last year. After going 10-6 last season including 10-5-1 against the spread, the Cardinals are back to playing good ball and winning their fans money. Starting this week, the competition begins to lessen. Five of their next six opponents failed to earn a postseason spot last year. In 2013, the Cards went 7-1 against non-playoff teams, winning their final seven after falling at St. Louis on opening day. The seven wins came by an average of ten points.

Washington hopes that past results will be an indicator of present performance. The Skins have won eight straight games in this series dating back to 2000 and have lost just once in Arizona since 1998. The eight wins have come by an average of 6.5 points with the last six match-ups all decided by one score or less. Washington’s two road games this year, a 17-6 loss at Houston and a 37-34 setback in Philadelphia, follow last year’s 1-7 road mark. Washington last started 0-3 on the road in 2009. In Washington’s last game – a 27-17 loss at home to the powerhouse Seahawks – quarterback Kirk Cousins rebounded somewhat from his horrendous week four performance against the Giants. Gainst Seattle, Cousins threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns on 21/36 completions. More importantly, he did not throw any interceptions.