2020 Week 2 Analysis: Washington @ Cardinals (By Ross Jacobs)
-I feel like this game went right according to script. The Cardinals are the better all-around team and controlled this game start to finish. The Redskins have a deep and dangerous defensive line that's creating problems for opponents, but it's not enough to win them games.
-What did I say about the key to the Cardinals offense being Kyler Murray running more? Every time the offense was stymied in the redzone by the Washington defense, Murray seemed to come up with a great run right through the middle as the Washington pass rushers took off straight up the field looking for the sack. There are simply too many threats to guard when Murray is a threat to take off every play. It's like trying to stop Lamar Jackson and the Ravens except Murray is a better natural passer than Lamar. This is a dangerous offense, and the defense just needs a few stops to give them a great shot to win every game.
-The Cardinals defense played very well here, locking down the Redskins until some garbage time 4th quarter scoring that didn't affect the game. I like that Arizona is aggressively coming after the QB. That's the kind of defense they need to play, because they aren't good enough to just lock better offenses down. They need to create pressure and cause turnovers and let the offense just outscore the other team. We'll see how they do against some better offenses, but they don't play a really high-powered attack until week 6 against the Cowboys.
-Last week I was certainly impressed with the Washington defensive line, but I thought the performance was a bit overrated. This week I was much more impressed. They really gave the Cardinals line fits all game. Murray was constantly under pressure and being forced to move. Granted Arizona doesn't have a great offensive line, but they are much better than that patchwork group the Eagles fielded week 1. Either way this defensive line is absolutely for real. They are a holy terror to deal with and will help make Washington tough to play against.
-RC and I both discussed Alex Smith taking over for Haskins sooner rather than later, and I'm even more adamant about it now. Washington could absolutely win this division if they had a decent QB. Their offensive line is solid, they have very good WR's, serviceable RB's, and we already talked about how nasty the d-line is. It's not a perfect group, but this team has too much talent to waste losing games because Dwayne Haskins can barely complete a pass 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.
-Please keep running Kyler. I have this sick feeling he's going to stop once they have a solid 4-1 or 5-0 record, but hopefully that feeling is wrong. Kyler can compete with anyone in fantasy so long as he keeps this up.
-If Kyler is running though that means Kenyan Drake's upside is capped. He's getting solid work otherwise, but the lack of TD's is really going to hurt.
-Terry McClaurin is soooo good. He bailed Haskins out multiple times this game, and probably had 80% of his yards after the catch. He is such a technically sound receiver but also possess legit speed and acceleration. Alex Smith isn't going to suddenly make him a WR1, but he helps more than Haskins. I really hope for McClaurin's sake he can get a QB soon that suits his talent. There's a lot of upside not being tapped into here.
-Steven Sims is a heck of a receiver in his own right, but again there's just not enough here to work consistently for fantasy. Maybe someday.
-So long as Haskins is the QB keep targeting Washington with your fantasy defenses.
-The Arizona passing game is almost all Hopkins and Fitzgerald right now. Kirk and Isabella are lucky to see a target or two. Kirk needs to be traded soon, and Isabella should really be getting more targets. Is it really that hard to throw him a screen or two to see if he can break one?