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Should the Redskins be worried about the Arizona Cardinals?

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In the first in a series, Tom looks at how worried the Redskins should be by their non-division opponents in 2018

Arizona Cardinals v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Team: Arizona Cardinals

2017 Record: 8-8 (3rd, NFC West)

Outlook: The Cardinals won their last two games of the 2017 season to rally for a .500 finish in Bruce Arians’ swan song. Considering the instability at quarterback (Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert, and Drew Stanton each started at least four games), and the injury to stud running back David Johnson in the season opener, a break-even year wasn’t bad.

Now, the Cardinals are banking on Sam Bradford bringing some consistency under center. Larry Fitzgerald is back after one of the best years of his career at age 34. The defense has solid personnel, led by All-Pro Chandler Jones.

The big question, though, is how much time it will take for the Cardinals to gel under Steve Wilks’ new coaching regime (not to mention with a new quarterback). The Redskins beat this team last year in Landover by a 20-15 score.

How Worried Should We Be?: Somewhat worried, but no need to panic. The game is on the road, and David Johnson scares me a lot. Not great. On the other hand, the Cardinals thought to themselves, “We need stability at quarterback” and their solution was to go out and sign a guy who has missed 42 games since 2013. I also think getting the Cardinals early helps the Redskins, as Arizona is likely to improve over the course of the year as they become more comfortable with Bradford and the new staff finds its way.