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Hightower would love to deck Cards

September 17, 2011

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Tim Hightower is so pumped about facing his old team, he can already taste the victory.“We’re going to win this game,” he said as the Washington Redskins prepared early this week for the Arizona Cardinals. ¿I want to win this game. This one means a lot to me.¿Because that kind of stuff makes good bulletin board material, Hightower had to come back a couple of days later and say his statement wasn¿t a guarantee.¿I think anyone that has lived long enough in life knows there¿s nothing in life guaranteed,¿ he said. ¿Tomorrow¿s not guaranteed, so for me to guarantee something, that¿s not in my control. But with that being said, I wouldn¿t aim for anything less than the best. That doesn¿t make sense for me not to expect to win, for me not to want to win. I¿m not going to apologize for the way that I feel about it. I¿m very passionate about what I do.¿There¿s no denying that Hightower¿s passion will have some extra kick today as the Redskins (1-0) host the Cardinals (1-0). Wanting to be an every-down back after three years in the desert, Hightower was traded for backup defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday shortly after the end of the NFL lockout.¿I know he wanted to be ‘the guy,¿¿ said Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, who has Beanie Wells in the backfield and drafted the now-injured Ryan Williams in the second round, ¿and part of it was giving him that opportunity.¿If his first game in Washington is any indication, Hightower is getting his wish. He had a career-high 25 carries in the season-opening win over the New York Giants, albeit for a modest 72 yards. He said the pedestrian 2.9 average might have been the result of his ¿kid in the candy store¿ excitement that kept him from sleeping well the night before.¿I wasn¿t in sync at times. Sometimes I was too slow, sometimes that I was too fast. It was kind of one of those things where I didn¿t quite get into a rhythm,¿ he said. ¿I like to think I can play a little bit of basketball. Some days, your jumper is not quite right, and that¿s why you shoot so many times, and that¿s why you practice.¿Then again, yards on the ground might not matter as much any more, if the NFL keeps going the way it is. Week 1 was a cornucopia of passing, and Kevin Kolb and Rex Grossman fit right in.Arizona¿s Kolb threw for 309 yards against Carolina, while Washington¿s Grossman hit 305 against New York. Normally that would put them both near the top of the charts; instead they were in a pack of 14 quarterbacks topping the 300-yard mark.¿We know they want to try to throw the ball,¿ Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. ¿They didn¿t bring in Kevin Kolb and pay him all that money just to sit back and hand the ball off.¿Meanwhile, Grossman has to be itching to test an Arizona secondary that allowed Carolina No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton to throw for 422 yards, setting the record for a rookie in his NFL debut. Starting cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson were playing in their first NFL game, setting the Cardinals up to be an even more prolific part of the league¿s passing weekend.¿I know we certainly contributed to that,¿ Whisenhunt said. ¿Ours was because of self-inflicted wounds. We¿re trying to learn a new defensive scheme. We haven¿t had a lot of time to do that. We¿re playing with some young players in the back end. I can imagine some of the other teams are experiencing the same things we are.¿The thought of 300-yard passing games becoming the new norm rankles many defensive players and coaches, but not Hall. The way he figures it, more passes mean more interceptions.¿This is an offensive league — so more opportunities,¿ he said. ¿I hope a team sits back and throws it 50 times a game. That sounds good to me.¿

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