Redskins - Cardinals today

October 04, 1992|By Vito Stellino

Site: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz., 4 p.m.

TV: Channels 11, 9

Radio: WTEM (570 AM), WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Redskins by 10

Last week: Both teams had a bye. The previous week, the Redskins beat the Detroit Lions, 13-10, and the Cardinals lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-20.

The series: The Redskins have a 60-33-2 edge in a series that dates to 1932, when the Redskins were in Boston and the Cardinals in Chicago. The Redskins have won seven straight, 14 of 15 and 19 of the past 21 in the series.

Last meeting: The Redskins rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit to edge the Cardinals, 20-14, last December. Mark Rypien passed for 256 yards and Earnest Byner ran for 116.

On the sidelines: Joe Gibbs has a 132-58 record in his 12th season with the Redskins, while the Cardinals' Joe Bugel, a former Redskins assistant, is 9-24. Bugel is 0-4 against Gibbs, who was 4-0 against another former Redskins assistant, Dan Henning, when he was head coach in Atlanta and Seattle.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Get into the game. It's easy to take the Cardinals lightly, and they did last December when they fell behind 14-0 at halftime. And that's when they were on a Super Bowl pace. If they take the game that lightly again, they could be in trouble. If they take it seriously, they should be able to run Earnest Byner and get their long passing game going against a team that has given up bombs of 87 and 71 yards this year.

What the Cardinals have to do to win: Last week, Bugel said, "We need some lucky breaks." That's what it has come down to for this team that has lost 11 straight regular-season games. They'll take some breaks. Mainly, they need some turnovers if they're to spring a major upset. They also hope that young defensive lineman Eric Swann can dominate veteran center Jeff Bostic and open some running room up the middle.

Injury report: Redskins: WR Stephen Hobbs (knee) is doubtful; WR Gary Clark (hamstring) probable. Cardinals: LB David Braxton (shoulder) is questionable; G Lance Smith (ribs), C Danny Villa (ribs), TE Butch Rolle (heel) are probable.

Outlook: The Cardinals are surprisingly upbeat going into this game as they come off the bye week. They think they can catch the Redskins napping. If they can, they can make it interesting. If not, the Redskins should win easily. The real question is not whether the Redskins can beat the Cardinals, but whether they can beat the spread for the first time this year.

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