Arizona Cardinals MVP: Week 6 vs. Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) J.J. Watt
(Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) J.J. Watt /

J.J. Watt finished with a season-high five tackles, a pass deflection, and a strip-sack for the Arizona Cardinals in their win over the Cleveland Browns.

Despite losing head coach Kliff Kingsbury to a positive COVID-19 test, the Arizona Cardinals managed to throttle the Cleveland Browns on Sunday by a final score of 37-14 thanks to the defensive efforts of J.J. Watt and company.

Watt got his first sack of the season in the second half, where he stripped Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield which was recovered by Devon Kennard. Watt was close to getting a sack in each of the last six games, but was unable to bring the quarterbacks down in his efforts.

Watt was not the only Cardinals player on defense to get a sack in Sunday’s victory either, as linebackers Jordan Hicks and Markus Golden each finished with two sacks. Arizona’s five sacks were the most in a game since Week One against the Tennessee Titans, where it finished with six.

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With Kingsbury out from calling the offensive plays, it was up to wide receivers coach Spencer Whipple – who had never called plays in his coaching career – to run the offense. As expected, the receiving group had one of the best games of the season.

A.J. Green finished with five receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown; Christian Kirk had five receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown, and DeAndre Hopkins scored twice on three receptions.

Despite Kyler Murray throwing for a season-low 229 yards, he completed 20 of his 30 passes and added four touchdowns to his total. This is also the third straight game Murray did not throw an interception after throwing at least one in the first three games this season.

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The 6-0 Arizona Cardinals will now head back to the desert for the next two games to take on the Houston Texans (1-5) and Green Bay Packers (5-1) before making their way to San Francisco.