Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense went through the Titans’ defense throughout their 38-13 win over Tennessee at Nissan Stadium.
Murray, who last season became the second player in NFL history to throw at least 25 touchdown passes and rush for at least 10, completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns against Tennessee , as well as five rushes for 20 yards and a score. He completed 15 of 22 201-yard passes and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
Six of Murray’s accomplishments went to first-team three-time All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who had 83 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the game. One of those connections was a 5-yard stunt touchdown in the second quarter, when Murray rushed to his right and found Hopkins, who tiptoed for the score.
Outside of Murray’s rush on the ground, Arizona starting running back Chase Edmonds had 12 carries for 63 yards, and substitute James Conner had 16 carries for 53 yards. Several viewers were impressed with Arizona’s offensive performance, including former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler.
Here are some of the other highlights of the Cardinals’ victory.
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Hopkins gives Arizona a good start
Arizona was hot throughout Sunday’s game, finishing with 416 offensive yards versus Tennessee’s 248.
The Cardinals started the game with an eight-play, 45-yard practice that ended with a 34-yard field goal from kicker Matt Prater. The streak included a 38-yard pass from Murray to Hopkins in Arizona’s first offensive play, moving her inside the 25-yard line.
After Hopkins’ acrobatic score that gave the Cardinals a 10-0 lead with 8:11 left in the first quarter, he recorded a 17-yard touchdown after spinning Tennessee goalie Kevin Byard on a second play. and 9.
Murray works his magic
During Arizona’s last halftime practice, Murray made 4 of 6 assists, including the third and 10 assists in which he darted from one side of the field to the other before locating the wide Rondale Moore for an 18 yard completion. Murray ended that practice with a two-yard touchdown, giving Arizona a 24-6 halftime lead.
Murray’s only mistake
Murray’s only big mistake of the game came during the Cardinals’ first practice in the third quarter, in which he tried to find tight end Demetrius Harris for what appeared to be a 30-yard pass on the third and third. However, the pass was picked up by Byard, who returned the ball to the Arizona 32-yard line and established the Titans’ lone touchdown in the second half.
Murray, who was rolling to his left on the play, knocked down Harris, leading the pick. Murray had 12 interceptions apiece in his first two career seasons, and that was his only blunder in an otherwise stellar outing.
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Christian Kirk completes the Titans
Outside of Murray’s choice in the third quarter, he made 6 of 9 assists for the remainder of the game, preventing the Tennesee from making a comeback.
After Murray’s pick, Arizona ran for 75 yards in six games early in the third quarter, which ended with his third touchdown pass to wide receiver Christian Kirk.
Find out how Murray fell on his heels and Kirk located the soccer ball as he trotted through the end zone.
The Cardinals scored three goals in their next streak, but Kirk scored his second touchdown with 3:06 left in the third quarter, catching up against Byard.
Arizona missed a field goal early in the fourth quarter and completed their last practice, scoring 25 yards on eight games in 6:19.
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Chandler Jones’ big day
Outside of Arizona’s offensive offense, defensive end Chandler Jones had an incredible individual performance.
He recorded five sacks – including three in the first quarter – including four loss tackles and two forced fumbles. It helped the Cardinals’ offense kick off and grabbed the attention of notable viewers on Twitter.
I repeat. CHANDLER JONES goes for DPOY !!!! My God
– LeBron James (@KingJames) September 12, 2021
Here are some of Jones’ best Sunday afternoon highlights.