Jay Gruden goes on tirade after Washington loss at Arizona


Dec 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) signals to teammates during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

In Week 14, Arizona will head down to Miami to face the Dolphins. The Redskins' offense responded with a three-and-out on its first drive, finishing the series with a yard lost on three plays because of two false start penalties and a sack.

Speaking of taking chances, with a 24-23 lead late in the fourth quarter, Palmer threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to receiver J.J. Nelson to increase the lead to 31-23.

Cousins threw behind Jamison Crowder, who was open, on the blitz and the ball fell into Peterson's lap.

But that sample size isn't so small anymore with just four games remaining.

The Cardinals (5-6-1) certainly understand.

It's the first time Sullivan has entered the game as a backup in his eight-year career that includes 93 career starts.

Here is my report card on various aspects of the Redskins 31-23 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. When they did go to the air, they either went right back to Johnson, or to one of the greatest wide receivers of this generation in Larry Fitzgerald.

Arizona's Johnson finished with two touchdowns, 84 rushing yards and 91 receiving yards. And don't forget that one other Arizona third-down try in the fourth quarter got them close enough to go for it on fourth down and they just about sealed up the game on David Johnson's run. On the season, the Redskins are dead last in third down defense, allowing the opposing team to convert 48 percent of the time.

Fitzgerald now has more than 1,100 catches in his career, and his outstanding level of play during the closing stages of his National Football League career is one of the main reasons why Arizona still has a chance to secure a playoff berth in a jumbled NFC.

The Cardinals used play-action to Johnson - of course - although cornerback Quinton Dunbar had decent coverage.

After citing the litany of things that angered him about his team's performance, Gruden said: "A lot is going to happen in these last four games".

Crowder ran down the seam and beat Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson on that touchdown play. Washington's red-zone struggles continued as Cousins was unable to complete a third-down pass from the 1-yard line to receiver DeSean Jackson, and was forced to settle for a field goal.

Cousins was pressured by the Cardinals defense all day, though he settled in in the second half, outside of one big play.

In the third quarter, Cousins was stripped of the ball by Calais Campbell, and Markus Golden returned the fumble 20 yards to set up Palmer's 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. The Cardinals' overall longest play of the season was David Johnson's 58-yard touchdown in Week 2 that traveled 3 yards in the air and 55 yards on the ground. "That's not the way we want to come out of a football game, getting ready for a good team on the road". Kirk Cousins had a quarterback sneak for a touchdown.