Campbell sharp as Redskins top Cardinals 24-17

After dropping their opener to the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins have rebounded over the past two weeks. The Skins notched their second game of the year, beating the Arizona Cardinals 24-17 on Sunday.

It was over when…
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell made a play-fake and completed a 26-yard pass on second-and-7 with just under 2 minutes remaining in the game. The first down enabled Washington to go into the victory formation and kill the rest of the clock.

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Campbell was sharp for the second straight week as he made several clutch third-down throws, tossed two touchdowns and also showed impressive scrambling ability, twice extending drives by rushing for a first down. He finished 22-of-30 through the air for 193 yards and added 26 on the ground.

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As is often the case in close games, the difference proved to be turnovers. The Redskins had two takeaways, while the Cardinals failed to force a single turnover. Washington scored 10 points off of its

Santana Moss became the first Redskins receiver to catch a touchdown in six consecutive games going back to Bobby Mitchell in 1961. … Each team had a long touchdown taken away by penalty. The Cardinals were called for delay of game on what appeared to be a first-quarter touchdown on fourth-and-1, and the Redskins were called for unnecessary roughness on what seemed to be a 68-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. … Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has three 100-yard receiving games in his last four outings stretching back to last season. … Each team had a receiver complete a pass. Arizona’s Jerheme Urban had an 18-yard completion and Washington’s Antwaan Randle El tossed an 11-yarder.

After their loss to New York, it looked like it would take an entire season for QB Jason Campbell and the Redskins to learn Jim Zorn’s West Coast Offense. But they’ve turned things around since and actually look pretty sharp. Washington was supposed to be the worst of the NFC East, but in New Orleans and Arizona, they’ve beaten two decent teams in back to back weeks now.

After beating the 49ers and Dolphins, this was the Cards first real test of the season. They didn’t fail by any means, but the defense didn’t play as well Sunday as it did in their previous weeks. But the encouraging thing is that the Kurt Warner (192 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) and the offense looks pretty sharp in the early going and the NFC West can be had.

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