3 things that worked for the Arizona Cardinals vs Panthers

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 22: quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball in front of defensive back Tre Boston #33 of the Carolina Panthers in the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carolina Panthers won 38-20. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 22: quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball in front of defensive back Tre Boston #33 of the Carolina Panthers in the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carolina Panthers won 38-20. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver KeeSean Johnson #19 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by linebacker Shaq Thompson #54 of the Carolina Panthers after a reception during the first half of the NFL football game at State Farm Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver KeeSean Johnson #19 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by linebacker Shaq Thompson #54 of the Carolina Panthers after a reception during the first half of the NFL football game at State Farm Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Third down efficiency

It got progressively worse as the game wore on, however they started 4-5 on third down conversions on Sunday.  They ended up 9-17 on the afternoon.

Any day they can finish over 50 percent on third down conversions has to be considered a win by fans.  The Cardinals have had a lot of issues over the past couple of seasons continuing drives.

A lot of previous third down failures was the norm, a trend that had continued into the start of the 2019 season.  They were only 5 of their last 12 third down attempts but it was still something overall they can take as a positive into their matchup against the Seattle Seahawks next week.

The Seahawks held the New Orleans Saints to 3-11 on third down conversions on Sunday even though they ended up losing 33-27.  Their two previous opponents also were not very good on third down.

The Cincinnati Bengals were just 6-15 on third downs in week 1 and the Pittsburgh Steelers were also 3-11 on third downs in week 2 against the Seahawks.  This should be a point of emphasis this week in meetings.

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