Washington vs. Arizona Cardinals NFL Pick – Week 2

A pair of surprising 1-0 teams will face-off during the second slate of Sunday action during NFL Week 2, as Washington heads west to do battle with the high-flying Arizona Cardinals.

After going down 17-0, the Washington Football Team stormed back to score 27 unanswered points. Their defense was elite in the second half, and their pass rush created all kinds of problems for Carson Wentz and Philly’s offensive line. Whether or not that defense can hound Kyler Murray in the same manner, is definitely something worth watching on Sunday.

For the Cards, an impressive win in San Francisco should have this young and hungry group entering Week 2 riding a wave of extreme confidence. Their defense was stellar, and their game-changers on offense made key plays late. It was undoubtedly a sign of things to come, and put the rest of the league on notice.

Can Arizona continue that torrid pace against such a ferocious defensive front? It will certainly be quite the matchup of contrasting styles in Week 2, and for a more detailed look at this game, continue reading beneath the posted odds for our take and prediction on Arizona vs. Washington on Sunday.

Washington vs. Arizona Cardinals Betting Odds:

Washington +7 (-110)
@ Arizona -7 (-110)

Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Washington vs. Arizona Pick:

It sure is exciting to see such a talented receiver like DeAndre Hopkins paired with Kyler Murray. Though he had Deshaun Watson back in Houston, Murray and this Cardinals’ offense allows his true skill-set to shine through. We saw evidence of that last week in San Francisco, and he should continue to make big plays against the Washington secondary here in Week 2.

One aspect that really helped Murray last week was the improved play of his offensive line. Giving him time and space to survey downfield is crucial for a young QB, and his protection unit offered just that. Washington can and should generate immense amounts of pressure, though Murray offers an element that Carson Wentz did not last week – mobility. Murray is elusive, and also has excellent pass-catching backs to check down to. Don’t expect Washington’s pressure to be the story of this game.

For about half the game last week, Washington looked comically bad on offense. When things did open up and begin to go their way, it can be attributed to finding some luck downfield, some good penalty calls, and the fact that Philadelphia offered very little within their secondary. The Cardinals won’t be as forgiving.

This week won’t be as easy as the Cardinals have really improved their defense, especially in the middle of the field. Rookie Isaiah Simmons was dynamite in Week 1 vs. San Francisco, and offers excellent protection against short passes. Meanwhile, Patrick Peterson remains one of the best cover corners in the game and should be able to completely blanket Terry McLaurin. The depth of Washington falls off significantly, so don’t expect Dwayne Haskins to have too many options come Sunday.

Look for the Cardinals’ to weather the Washington pressure, and Kyler Murray to just continue making plays. Washington’s offense will receive a much stiffer test this week, and will definitely struggle to move the chains. Expect the Cardinals to keep their momentum going in a rout.

My Pick
Cardinals -7
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.