Palmer, Johnson lead Cardinals past Redskins

Joy Montgomery
December 6, 2016

Kirk Cousins had a quarterback sneak for a touchdown. "If we want to get to that next step and have another chance to get to the playoffs, we have to handle our business".

Practice and film sessions should be fun for Washington's players this week.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) celebrates his touchdown against the Washington Redskins with tackle D.J. Humphries during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.

No risk it, no biscuit.

"They're fun when they work", Arians added with a smile.

The Redskins haven't won in Arizona since 2005, but that's mostly a function of how infrequently these teams play.

The Arizona Cardinals will return home after a two-game road trip to host the 6-4-1 Washington Redskins.

Johnson wasn't the only one mentioned among the game's greats after Sunday's contest.

With his 10 catches and 78 yards, Fitzgerald moved past Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison into third on the NFL's career receptions list (1,106). "I don't know", Gruden said.

He finished with 84 rushing and 91 receiving yards, giving him 175 combined yards for the game.

Cousins was 21 for 37 for 217 yards with a touchdown pass and interception. As he has done all season.

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With his 12th straight game accumulating more than 100 yards from scrimmage, Johnson can now tie former Cardinals' back Edgerrin James next week for the longest streak in league history of 100-yard games from scrimmage to open the regular season. "You know you're in it, your team is up there every week as a potential guy, but you've got to win games". "Everything after that is just a testament to everyone who has helped me get there". Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said it was "probably" the most angry he's seen Gruden.

"What's the point of playing it safe?"

"I've had a few drops", Nelson said.

But as the season has progressed, Johnson has evolved. Fitzgerald has caught a pass in 190 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in National Football League history.

"I feel like we underachieved today", he said after the Cardinals' 31-23 victory, "and that's very frustrating". "I just wasn't sure which way he was going to break it, and when he broke in, I felt the rush and had to kind of force it in earlier than I wanted to". Carson Palmer led the game in passing, completing 30 of 46 attempts for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Calais Campbell had one of his best games of the year, making a mess often up front and coming up with a strip sack that led to a Michael Floyd touchdown catch.

Crowder ran down the seam and beat Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson on that touchdown play.

Instead, the Redskins (6-5-1) came out and struggled to contain the Cardinals (5-6-1), whose desperation showed itself in a handful of gutsy late-game decisions. They jumped the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles, both at 5-7 on the season.

They travel to Miami next week.

This game was definitely a learning experience for the Redskins, and Jay Gruden is going to have to use it to teach them.

FITZGERALD'S STATS: Larry Fitzgerald keeps climbing among the elite receivers of the game. "We just have to execute better".

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