Washington Football Team vs. Arizona Cardinals Matchup Preview (9/20/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
You might be surprised to see these teams both 1-0 for this matchup, as the Washington Football Team heads to Arizona. In hindsight maybe it wasn’t so crazy for these two teams to pull off wins. They both went against teams that were starting the season banged up and have vastly improved with key additions over the offseason. Arizona is certainly the more flashy team on the offensive side and will be a test for this Washington defense that looked very good this past Sunday. Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray will square off for the first time in their NFL career as both were selected from the 2019 Draft Class. Oddsmakers have established Arizona as the far better team making them touchdown favorites. They seemingly value that offense quite a bit, and I don’t blame them. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2020
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
TV Coverage: FOX
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Washington Football Team: Kendall Fuller (Q), Thomas Davis (Q)
Arizona Cardinals: Josh Jones (Q), DJ Humphries (Q), Mason Cole (Q), Jalen Thompson (Q)
Washington Football Team Analysis
Washington was able to pull off an upset this past Sunday with timely turnovers and getting to Carson Wentz. Offensively they only had 239 yards and, but also had zero turnovers and capitalized on good field position at times. This will be a different task as the Cardinals offense is in much better shape to put up big numbers. Kyler Murray is also going to be a headache to deal with. Chase Young started out his rookie campaign with four combined tackles and 1.5 sacks. This front seven is very good but the secondary leaves a little to be desired. This group of wide receivers will be far different from what they faced against Philadelphia.
The running backs are going to need to figure things out in terms of being more efficient. It was also a three-headed nightmare for those playing fantasy. J.D. McKissic saw 44% of the team snaps, Peyton Barber 41%, and Antonio Gibson 26%. Gibson is the most talented out of the three, but his usage is likely tied to his lack of experience. His snaps and touches will be worth monitoring again. As far as the tight end position, Logan Thomas played 74% of the snaps, and also led the team in targets (8). Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims dominated snaps at wide receiver, while Dontrelle Inman saw 51% of the snaps.
After Week 1, Washington ranks 27th in pass protection and that could spell trouble against a couple of strong pass-rushers on Arizona like Chandler Jones. Washington ranked 31st in pass protection last season and was also one of the worst offensive lines for running backs. This could be where Washington struggles this week, especially with the running backs not being able to create much on their own at this point. This is an advantage that goes to the Cardinals and is one of the reasons they should win this week.
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Arizona Cardinals Analysis
After getting down to an early deficit, the Cardinals managed to keep the game close before scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter. Kyler Murray second half really stood out in all of Week 1. The Cardinals had a lot of success running the ball and Murray had 91 yards on his own, while Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds combined for 86 yards and a score. Arizona managed over 400 yards against a stingy 49ers defense and Murray was only sacked twice. They will face another very good front seven, as Washington was able to get to Carson Wentz eight times. However, Arizona has a healthier offensive line and Murray is a tough guy to bring down.
Within the passing game, it was DeAndre Hopkins who dominated in targets. He had 16 targets while nobody else on the team had more than five. Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and Chase Edmonds all had five each. Kirk was targeted in longer routes, with an aDOT of 14. Nobody else had over seven. Hopkins was also used in various screen plays as he had 67 yards after the catch as well. Drake saw a total of 58 snaps to Edmonds 28, meaning Drake had over 70% of the team snaps.
This is a game the Arizona defense can build some more momentum on. Washington doesn’t have a lot of threats outside of Terry McLaurin, and the Arizona defense looked much improved in Week 1. This team can get to the quarterback and they had the 7th-best adjusted sack rate of Week 1 and also got to Jimmy Garoppolo three times. The Cardinals offensive line held their own against a very good pass rush.
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Betting Corner: Cardinals -6.5
Spread: ARI -6.5
Moneyline: ARI -290 / WAS +240
Public money is on Arizona this week, which isn’t a surprise given they looked great against the 49ers. DeAndre Hopkins is a different weapon for the Cardinals and the defense looked improved even against a weakened 49ers offense. As for Washington, they had a very defensive Week 1, but the big question will be can they put up some points if the Cardinals are able to move the ball? Washington averaged just 3.4 yards per play in Week 1, while Arizona was over five. If we date back to last season, they have won three of their last four games after losing the prior six. Washington has been a competitive team and are 5-1 ATS in their meetings with the NFC West. I do favor Arizona’s offense in this one and believe they will be able to limit Washington’s offense as well. I will take the Cardinals and the points.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
The volume DeAndre Hopkins had in Week 1 was everything that was we wanted to be. Kyler Murray leaned on him heavily throwing to him 16 times. He hauled n 14 of them for 151 yards. There isn’t a corner that can guard Hopkins on the Washington side, and he is a great DFS play on all three sites as a pay up option. Outside of that, there was not a clear cut number two, although Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald are a cheap dart throw at best. It is a tough matchup for the running backs on both sides, but Kenyan Drake is a great tournament play given Kingsbury is someone who can get him in the right gameplan against tougher defenses. We have seen it before and I am willing to look his way while most will pass him for other options. On the Washington side, Terry McLaurin is the only receiver I will have interest in all season. He has the highest volume and is the most talented skill position player on the roster.