Kyler Murray had moments where it looked like he was in a video game. Murray was running away from the pocket to his left and made a throw to an open Rondale Moore for a touchdown before the first half.
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When pressured, Murray was six of ten, for 140 yards, two touchdowns and 1 interception. Fast forward to the fourth quarter, Kyler Murray threw off his back foot on a fourth-down downfield to Christian Kirk, very reminiscent of his throw to Kirk against the Titans last week.
The Cardinals proceeded to kick a field goal to make it a 34-33 lead. The Vikings started their drive with 4:25 minutes left in the fourth quarter. An offensive holding pushed the Vikings back 10 yards, and the Cardinals forced a three-and-out.
On first down, Murray strangely ran out of bounds to stop the clock. Then, Danielle Hunter sacked Murray for a loss of 10 yards. The Cardinals were forced to check down to Chase Edmonds on third down and the Vikings forced Arizona to punt.
The Vikings managed to get to their own 48 with one minute and 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter. On a third down, Cousins went to his favorite receiver, Adam Thielen, for 12 yards.
Kirk Cousins and company got the ball to the 19, and the reliable kicker Greg Joseph went to kick the field goal. Remember, Joseph made two 50+yard field goals in this game already.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal at the end of regulation to give the Cardinals the jaw-dropping victory. Announcer Gus Johnson gave us a classic call and moment that no Cardinals fan will ever forget.
The Cardinals are now 2-0 and with 34-33 victory and the mood should feel therapeutic in the locker room after that nerve-racking game.
They will head to Jacksonville for Week 3.
Murray’s Historic Start
With his third passing touchdown against the Vikings, Kyler Murray is the 1st player in NFL history with three-plus touchdown passes and one rushing score in each of his team’s first two games of a season.
Now, Murray wasn’t exactly perfect in this game. The only touchdown in the second half for the Vikings was a pick-six by Nick Vegill. Murray threw another interception to Xavier Woods, but he was a tad late and hit as he threw it.
Nonetheless, Murray had a great rapport with his playmakers, most notably Rondale Moore and a surprising player in tight end Maxx Williams. Williams caught seven passes for 94 yards.
“Look at Kyler,” said Williams. “Look what he’s doing right now. It’s fun. I’m loving it.”
Oh, Murray is fun alright. You can’t find a better celebration on Week 2’s NFL slate than Murray’s baby yoda pose from Star Wars.
Kyler Murray threw for 400 yards with an 80.6% completion percentage, four total TDs and a QB rating of 117.6.
Cardinals Were Fortunate
Through two games, the Cardinals have the second-highest point differential in the NFL with plus 26 points. That obviously has a lot to do with their 38-13 victory. But as much of a great win it was against the Vikings, they got extremely lucky.
Dalvin Cook was mowing down the defense and ran for 131 yards on 22 carries. Kirk Cousins for most of the day had ample time in the pocket, including the last drive which got them into field-goal range. He had three touchdowns and no interceptions.
To top that off, Maxx Williams caught an Immaculate Reception-like pass that was tipped by the line of scrimmage, then by a linebacker and into his arms for a huge gain.
We’re sorry for sounding like Debbie Downers. But on the bright side, an ugly win is better than a beautiful loss. This was a game where Hopkins wasn’t targeted in the second half.
There’s many aspects that can get cleaned up for Arizona in the film room this week. Byron Murphy’s blown coverage in the second play of the game, the defensive line getting better against the run and above all, the Cardinals need to clean up their communication and clock management.
The Cardinals could’ve quit at the same time after losing 20-7. But all in all, the Cardinals look to be a fierce team and should always be in games.