Arizona Cardinals MVP: Week 3 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Byron Murphy
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Byron Murphy /

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy finished with two interceptions, two pass breakups, and three tackles on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After a rough start in the first half, the Arizona Cardinals came away with a 31-19 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday thanks to two big interceptions from cornerback Byron Murphy.

This was the first time in his career where Murphy had two interceptions in one game, with one coming in the first quarter and then he grabbed a pick-six in the third quarter. These were also the first interceptions he’s come up with since the 2019 season.

One of his interceptions came when Jacksonville was in the red zone and threatening to score. But the throw from Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence bounced off his receiver’s hands and landed right into Murphy’s, setting the Cardinals up for a chance to score. Unfortunately, Arizona ended up punting it back to Jacksonville.

In their Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Arizona struggled to get to the quarterback, but they had no problem getting to Lawrence twice on Sunday thanks to Jordan Hicks and Markus Golden.

Kirk and Green shine for Arizona Cardinals in win over Jacksonville Jaguars

Cardinals receiver Christian Kirk had a few clutch catches that helped the offense convert on third down against the Jaguars. Some of his plays helped put the team in a better field position to score. He finished with seven receptions for 104 yards, and he is currently the team’s leading receiver in yards, and second in catches.

For fellow Arizona receiver A.J. Green, his best game of the season so far came in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville, where he caught five passes for a team-high 112 yards. It was the first time this season that he finished with at least 100 receiving yards and the first time since October of 2018.

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Next week, the undefeated Cardinals will head to California to take on another unbeaten division rival in the Los Angeles Rams, who crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.