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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2007 2:52 am | Updated: 7:17 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Cardinals keys to victory: 1. Protect the quarterback: This is especially true if Kurt Warner is in the game. One slight hit could cause a fumble. One big hit could end Warner’s season and maybe the Cards’ as well.

Kickoff: 10 a.m.

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

TV/Announcers: Ch. 10/Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan

Radio: KTAR (620 AM, 92.3 FM)

Records: Cardinals, 3-3; Redskins, 3-2

Series: Dating back to 1937, the Redskins lead 68-42-1, including 42-18 at home.

Line: Redskins by 8 1/2

Cardinals keys to victory:

1. Protect the quarterback: This is especially true if Kurt Warner is in the game. One slight hit could cause a fumble. One big hit could end Warner’s season and maybe the Cards’ as well. And if Tim Rattay goes out, that could put the Cardinals down to their fourth QB this season. Then their season almost certainly would be done.

2. Be disciplined on defense: The Cardinals have to stay in their lanes to prevent big runs by Clinton Portis or Ladell Betts. One or two big plays could be the difference.

3. Win the kick return game: The Redskins are known for solid special-teams play. The The Cardinals must match or exceed them. This figures to be a low-scoring game. The team that has better field position to start drives has a leg up in putting together precious scoring drives.

THE INTRIGUE

These two appear to be about as average as you can get, even in a league that traditionally emphasizes averageness. The Cardinals looked better than that until their quarterback drama unfolded, but now their fortunes seem to change weekly. This is a critical game. A win would give them a 4-3 record heading into their bye week. The Redskins also are a mystery. Their 3-2 record includes a squeaker over the hapless Dolphins. But their defense has been outstanding, their special teams are well regarded and they have a rising young quarterback in Jason Campbell. This may be the year when Joe Gibbs makes a decision on whether to keep his NFL return going for a while.

INJURY REPORT

Arizona

Out: S Aaron Francisco (knee), LB Karlos Dansby (knee) Questionable: QB Kurt Warner (elbow), DE Joe Tafoya (hamstring), S Adrian Wilson (hamstring) Probable: WR Anquan Boldin (hip), T Levi Brown (ankle), WR Sean Morey (concussion).

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Out: G Randy Thomas (triceps) Questionable: T Stephon Heyer (hamstring), CB Shawn Springs (personal), LB Marcus Washington (hamstring) Probable: G Pete Kendall (hamstring), WR Santana Moss (hamstring), T Todd Wade (groin), C Casey Rabach (groin).

WHEN THE CARDINALS HAVE THE BALL

The mystery will be who will step in at quarterback and for how long. Maybe Tim Rattay will start, relieved by Kurt Warner in the hurry-up offense. Then again, maybe Warner will start, though that would prompt the question of whether Warner can stay healthy. In any case, the Cards will be boosted by the return of Anquan Boldin at receiver. They’ll face a Redskins defense that tries to take away the deep pass.

Cardinals offense

WR: 11 Larry Fitzgerald

LT: 69 Mike Gandy

LG: 74 Reggie Wells

C: 50 Al Johnson

RG: 76 Deuce Lutui

RT: 75 Levi Brown

TE: 82 Leonard Pope

WR: 81 Anquan Boldin

QB: 13 Kurt Warner

RB: 32 Edgerrin James

FB: 45 Terrelle Smith

Redskins defense

LE: 93 Phillip Daniels

LT: 96 Cornelius Griffin

RT: 94 Anthony Montgomery

RE: 99 Andre Carter

SLB: 53 Marcus Washington

MLB: 59 London Fletcher

WLB: 52 Rocky McIntosh

LCB: 24 Shawn Springs

RCB: 21 Carlos Rogers

SS: 30 LaRon Landry

FS: 21 Sean Taylor

WHEN THE REDSKINS HAVE THE BALL

Campbell is big and strong and thus able to shake off defenders and make plays while moving out of the pocket. He can hand off to either Clinton Portis or LaDell Betts. His favorite targets are wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and tight end Chris Cooley. They’ll face a Cardinals defense that likely will be without standout linebacker Karlos Dansby.

Redskins offense

WR: 89 Santana Moss

LT: 60 Chris Samuels

LG: 66 Pete Kendall

C: 61 Casey Rabach

RG: 77 Rick Delmulling

RT: 69 Jason Fabini

TE: 47 Chris Cooley

WR: 82 Antwaan Randle El

QB: 17 Jason Campbell

RB: 26 Clinton Portis

FB: 45 Mike Sellers

Cardinals defense

LDE: 94 Antonio Smith

NT: 98 Gabe Watson

DT: 90 Darnell Dockett

RDE: 92 Bertrand Berry

SLB: 97 Calvin Pace

MLB: 54 Gerald Hayes

WLB: 50 Monty Beisel

LCB: 26 Rod Hood

RCB: 25 Eric Green

SS: 24 Adrian Wilson

FS: 42 Terrence Holt

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