Arizona Cardinals MVP: Week 7 vs. the Houston Texans

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Kyler Murray
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Kyler Murray /

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray finished with 261 yards and a touchdown with only eight incompletions in Sunday’s 31-5 win over the Houston Texans.

Arizona Cardinals starting signal-caller Kyler Murray was back to playing on an MVP level after completing 71 percent of his passes and throwing for nearly 300 yards against the Texans. While the Texans are one of the worst teams in the league, it was a good day for him to take it easy before a big test against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday.

Murray connected with Christian Kirk, DeAndre Hopkins, and newly acquired Arizona Cardinal Zach Ertz for touchdowns. Ertz and A.J. Green tied for a team-high 66 yards on three receptions, while Hopkins had a team-high seven receptions in the game.

The run game was also unstoppable, as Chase Edmonds (81) and James Conner (64) finished with a combined 145 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Murray also rushed for 10 yards on six carries.

Markus Golden had another big day for the Arizona Cardinals

Golden was a key player in both the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans games when pass-rusher Chandler Jones missed both games due to positive coronavirus testing. Golden finished with three tackles and two sacks in Sunday’s win, while he finished with five tackles and two sacks against the Browns.

While there have been trade rumors about Jones possibly leaving the Cardinals or being traded before the end of the season because of contract issues, it is safe to say Golden is a good replacement in the pass rush game. He is only one sack behind Jones so far this season after a five-sack performance by Jones in Week 1 put him ahead of the rest of the team early.

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Golden and the defense will be needed again on short notice this week, as the Arizona Cardinals (7-0) try to remain unbeaten as the Packers come to town Thursday night. The Packers have not beaten the Cardinals in Arizona since the last game of the regular season in 2010.