Arizona Cardinals MVP: Week 4 win over the Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports) Kliff Kingsbury
(Photo by Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports) Kliff Kingsbury /

The Arizona Cardinals finished with 486 yards of total offense vs. the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, with 268 passing yards coming from Kyler Murray, and Chase Edmonds rushing for 120.

Arizona Cardinals head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, was brilliant with his play-calling, resulting in his – and the Cardinals – first-ever win against Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams in a 37-20 victory.

Kingsbury ended the eight-game losing streak by mixing in a plethora of screens, runs, RPOs, and deep balls to throw off the Rams’ defense. The successful offense went on to score the most points the Rams have allowed all season, and the first time they allowed 30 points in a regular-season game since Week 3 last year.

Kyler Murray dominated throughout the game, completing 24 of his 32 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. It was also the first game he did not throw an interception, despite facing the best defense the Cardinals have faced all season – allowing only 20 points combined through three games.

After the Cardinals went up 24-13 heading into halftime, which was the first time the Cardinals led at the half in the McVay era, they would go on to outscore L.A. 13-0 to close out the game before the Rams scored one last touchdown in the final minute of the game.

Arizona Cardinals defense continues to dominate

The passing defense of the Arizona Cardinals has been exceptional all season long, where they rank seventh in the league in yards per game allowed (202). Sunday’s win was no different, as it held Matthew Stafford to 280 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Stafford’s interception went to last week’s NFC Defensive Player of the Week Byron Murphy, who picked him off on the second drive in the first quarter, making it his third interception this season.

Murphy’s three interceptions through the first four games was also the first time that happened for the Arizona Cardinals since 1980.

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The Cardinals will take their 4-0 record back to the desert next week, where they will face the divisional rival San Francisco 49ers.