Arizona Cardinals interesting 4th down calls
The Arizona Cardinals went 2-2 on fourth down on Sunday in victory over the Washington Football Team
The Arizona Cardinals sure do like taking chances. On Sunday, they took a chance on fourth down in going for it twice.
One of the times going for it they were on their own 27-yard line. Up 20-0 at the time right after first half, it wasn’t something that was Earth shattering. However, the decision should be questioned.
Yes, you’re up 20 at the time. However should the Cardinals not have converted the fourth and one, Washington is already in scoring range. It was gutsy but ill-advised.
The play call on fourth down was even more of a head scratcher. I get the Cardinals want to used quarterback Chris Streveler in these types of situations but calling a reverse?
Receiver Christian Kirk was the recipient of the reverse hand off. He ended up getting three yards but it could have been more and easily could have been less.
Kirk didn’t turn up field immediately. He got it but that drive ended up going nowhere anyway. Quarterback Kyler Murray threw an intentional grounding on the next play.
The other fourth down made a little more sense to go for it. The Cardinals were in Zane Gonzalez field goal range. It would have been a 54-yard try from the Washington 37 yard-line.
However the Cardinals went for it and Murray found receiver Larry Fitzgerald for 12-yards. That drive eventually put the Cardinals in the end zone on a Murray 21-yard run.
The Cardinals scored two touchdowns in the first and had nothing but field goals on the scoreboard since, so going for it there near the end of the third quarter was a better decision. Coach Kliff Kingsbury at least showed on Sunday no matter the situation he is not afraid to take chances.