Young Cardinals back David Johnson joining elite company

No risk it, no biscuit.

The Washington Redskins got kicked in the gut by the Arizona Cardinals during the game and then chewed out by their own coach afterward.

In situations where the vast majority of National Football League coaches -okay, maybe every National Football League coach - would have made more conservative, traditional calls, Arians put his money where his mouth is to help the Cardinals jump back into the playoff race in the NFC.

With 2:03 to play and the two-minute warning staring the Cardinals' offense right in the face, Arians called for the deep shot on second down and 10, and the gamble paid off.

Cousins was still able to find some success, completing 21 of his 37 passes for 271 yards and two total touchdowns.

Going into Sunday's game against the Cardinals, the Redskins were slated as the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs and were in control of their destiny. Now? "But he's got the ball in his hands, he's got to make those split-second decisions, which are easier said than done sometimes". Almost on his own, Johnson kept the Cardinals in the playoff hunt, thanks to his 12th straight game of more than 100 yards from scrimmage. 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.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton (51) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.

Johnson registered his 12th game with 100 or more scrimmage yards, joining Edgerrin James as the only two players to accomplish the feat in their first 12 games to start a season.

Just one minute into the third quarter, Cousins connected with Jackson for a 59-yard reception into the red-zone.

Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 78 yards, moving past Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison into third on the NFL's career receptions list.

Fitzgerald's connection with Palmer has been the saving grace for a Cardinals' offense that has received very little production from its wide receiver corps this season.

The Washington Post's Mike Jones tweeted that Gruden could be heard from outside the locker room after the game.

Each team was missing a key player - the Redskins were without star tight end Jordan Reed and the Cardinals were without play-making safety Tyrann Mathieu.

The Arizona Cardinals finally looked like the team they expected to be, even if it took a dozen games to get there.

In the third quarter, Cousins was stripped by Calais Campbell, and Markus Golden returned the fumble 20 yards to set up Palmer's 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd.

After a mid-game lull, the Cardinals clicked again late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth.

Washington will travel to the City of Brotherly Love for a Week 14 matchup against a divisional foe in the Philadelphia Eagles. However, they are now in real danger of missing the playoffs and a lot of fingers are pointed at quarterback Carson Palmer, who hasn't come close to duplicating his 2015 season in 2016. "We're trying to win the next game", Gruden said.

Other teams would have ran the ball to run out the clock.

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