The Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray are still looking for their first win of the season. In week one the Cardinals looked all too much like the team of 2018. The offense was stagnant and the defense could not stop anything the Lions were doing. As the first half of that game came to a close, the Cardinals only had about 60 yards on offense, and were down 17-3. At the start of the second half, something happened. Kyler Murray and the offense started to click, and the defense started to make stops when it really mattered. Ultimately, Murray ended up throwing 29-54 completed passes with 308 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The Cardinals fought back and ended up tying with the Lions in overtime.
Going into week two the expectations weren’t very high for the Cardinals as they were going to be facing off against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens just a week after they had put a beating on the Miami Dolphins. All week leading up to the game the hope in Arizona was to just keep things competitive and not let the game get out of hand. Well competitiveness is exactly what they showed. The Cardinals once again started out slow on offense, but not nearly as bad as in week one. Kliff and Kyler looked like they may have finally figured this NFL thing out, unfortunately though their offensive line seemed as though they hadn’t figured it out. Murray was rushed for most of the game, but some of his best passes came against the rush, one of which saw a 50+ yard pass and gain to old faithful himself Larry Fitzgerald. For the first time in his career Fitz put up over 100 receiving yards within the first two weeks of the season. Yes, you read that right! Never had he done this before, which is kind of mind-blowing. Murray did lead the offense downfield and into the red zone numerous times, but unfortunately they couldn’t convert for touchdowns and had to settle for field goals on 3 occasions which definitely helped in determining the out come of the game. The Cardinals fought hard for four quarters and even in their last two drives had a chance to pull out the win on the road. Unfortunately, there were miscommunications with the offensive line on both drives and the Cardinals suffered their first defeat of the season losing 23-17.
In week two Kyler Murray went 25-40 passing and put up 349 yards. In doing so, he became only the second rookie Quarterback ever to throw for over 300 yards within his first two games. The only other Quarterback to accomplish this feat was Cam Newton in 2011.
After a fair performance in Baltimore the Cardinals face off at home against the Carolina Panthers in week 3. The Panthers will be without QB Cam Newton whom is out nursing a foot injury. Kyle Allen will take over as the starting Quarterback for Carolina. With Kyle Allen starting this adds a whole new storyline to this matchup. Not only is Allen a hometown boy as he played for Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, but he also once beat out Kyler Murray for the starting Quarterback job at Texas A&M which ultimately led to Murray leaving for Oklahoma. The Cardinals are favored in this game by 2.5 points, and with how things have started to come together for the Cardinals lately it may be a fair assessment. With the Panthers starting out the season at 0-2 they can’t be counted out though because they will be playing hard and they are desperate to not start 0-3. I believe this game might have the makings of a fight till the end nitty gritty matchup that we love to watch in the NFL, even with Cam Newton being out.
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