Ari­zona over WASH­ING­TON by 3

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

The Skins were throt­tled for the sec­ond straight week and they can’t even blame it on los­ing a start­ing QB like the myr­iad of other teams around the league. In­stead, Kirk Cousins was con­sis­tently ha­rassed by the fe­ro­cious Charger pass rush and ended up with just 151 yards through the air and now won­ders if he has any fu­ture at all in Wash­ing­ton. HC Jay Gru­den says the team’s prepa­ra­tion is not the prob­lem, but DB D.J. Swearinger ve­he­mently dis­agreed in the locker fol­low­ing the em­bar­rass­ing de­feat, say­ing that sev­eral “blah” prac­tices dur­ing the week caused many Red­skins to be un­pre­pared to play. Over the last five weeks, Wash­ing­ton has al­lowed more points than any team in the NFL and is ranked 27th in yardage given up over that pe­riod. The Skins have now posted a 7-17-2 ATS mark against NFC West op­po­nents, in­clud­ing 1-9 ATS at home, and are also 0-8 ATS in the first of con­sec­u­tive home games when fac­ing a sub .500 op­po­nent. Add to that the Cards’ re­cent suc­cess in this se­ries, cov­er­ing three straight, and a 6-7 record some­how still good enough to keep them in the play­off hunt. Ari­zona is one of sev­eral NFL teams down to their third QB, but the bot­tom line to­day is the Red­skins ap­pear to have raised the white flag while the red­birds are still in flight and alive in the NFC Wild Card race.

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