The Washington Redskins will take on the Arizona Cardinals in a homecoming game for Trent Murphy, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz.
TM emerged at Brophy Prep in high school before moving on to a terrific collegiate career at Stanford. And now amid his best professional season, Trent is excited to go home and show what he can do.
“It’s awesome to go back,” Trent said. “All of my family’s from there. It’s a big home welcoming for me.”
He has more than 30 tickets sent out to his family members, and even more have bought tickets to come watch No. 93 of the Redskins. But Trent isn’t worried about the potential distractions that’ll come this weekend.
“Gameday is a different vibe for me,” Trent says. “It’s the one day I can lock everything out, turn my phone off and lock in.”
It’s an enormous contest for the Redskins. Despite a loss last week in Dallas, Trent and his teammates still control their own destiny. If they can take care of business in Arizona and for the rest of the season, they’ll have a Wild Card spot awaiting them.
“We’re in a good position” linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “All we have to worry about is ourselves. We don’t have to scoreboard watch, if we take care of business on our end then we’ll be just fine. That’s what we plan on doing, we’re just going to worry about us.”
For Trent, everything starts up front against this dangerous Arizona offense. Several Cardinal offensive linemen have been banged up or out of commission completely. As a result, Carson Palmer has been sacked 32 times this season—taking an average of nearly three sacks per game.
“When a team has injuries on the O-Line, you know they’re struggling, you have to go into the game drooling,” Trent said. “It’s just the mentality you have to have. You have to take advantage of the opporuntity. That’s when you have to come alive and really bring your A-game.”
Much has been made this week over shutting down dynamic Cardinals running back David Johnson, who seems to be the key to the Arizona offense. Johnson has 921 rushing yards and 10 TDs on 210 carries through 11 games this season. However, if Trent and Co. can control the offensive front, they can control the game.
“The biggest challenge is getting after the quarterback consistently,” Trent said. “When teams have done that, he has gotten frustrated and struggled, and they’ve been able to take over the game. I think we’ve shown flashes in games, but if we can be consistent from first quarter to fourth quarter and get after the quarterback, I think it’s going to be a good day for us.”
The Redskins and Cardinals will kick off from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday at 4:25 on FOX.