Silver linings: Cardinals at Redskins

The facts: The Cardinals fell to 1-1 after suffering a 22-21 defeat to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Week 2.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Larry Fitzgerald's 73-yard scoring reception extended the Cardinals' fourth-quarter lead while giving Fitzgerald 66 touchdown catches for his career, tying Roy Green's franchise record. Fitzgerald had seven catches for 133 yards.

  • Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals made the Redskins pay for an early interception, with Kolb finding tight end Jeff King for a 21-yard touchdown on the second play following the turnover. King now has two touchdowns in as many games with Arizona.

  • Beanie Wells ran hard and effectively, gaining 93 yards on 14 carries. He outran a defensive back to the edge on one play. He flashed the stiff-arm seldom seen from him since the 2009 season. There were signs in the second half that Arizona's offensive line was taking command of the game. Guard Daryn Colledge plays with attitude.

  • Kolb passed for 251 yards and two touchdowns with a 92.5 NFL passer rating.

  • Cornerback Richard Marshall and safety Adrian Wilson picked off passes to end the Redskins' first two drives.

  • Patrick Peterson had a 29-yard punt return.

  • Safety Kerry Rhodes blitzed and collected a sack.

  • Defensive end Calais Campbell blocked a field-goal attempt for the third time in his career.

  • Early Doucet made a tough third-down grab over the middle when the Cardinals needed a conversion.

  • The Cardinals allowed only two touchdowns on the Redskins' seven possessions in the red zone, allowing Arizona to remain competitive despite losing battles over time of possession and yardage.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals open their NFC West schedule with a trip to Seattle in Week 3.