Arizona Cardinals are looking for their first win of the season
The defense came up big on the game’s first drive, with second-year Cardinal Zaven Collins picking off Derek Carr and setting his offense up at the 43-yard line.
A handful of receptions byA.J.. Green and Marquise Brown got the Cards down to the 8-yard line before former teammate Chandler Jones blew up James Conner in the backfield to send the offense to an opening drive 4th-and-goal. Saved again by Kyler Murray’s legs, the Cardinals scored. Cardinals 7-0.
Now with the ball, the Raiders couldn’t get much going against the visitor’s defense and were forced to punt, giving the Cardinals a chance on offense to build a true lead.
Unfortunately, the opportunity was squandered, and Murray threw his fourth pick of the season to Jayon Brown on a pass intended for Brown. A.J.. Green went down with a minor injury on this drive, and Rondale Moore moved up the depth chart to replace him.
Luckily, the Raiders were unable to capitalize, and the ball was again in Murray’s hands. The run game was not working, the Cards were forced into the air, and a 53-yard connection to Brown got them down to the 12-yard line.
Murray couldn’t take advantage, throwing three straight incompletions, and Matt Prater came out for a chip-shot field goal. Cardinals 10-0.
Carr walked the ball down the field but couldn’t quite get there, leading the Raiders to settle for a field goal of their own to cut into the lead. Cardinals 10-3.
It’s two-minute drill time! Showing off his arms and legs, Murray led the offense down the field and, with seven seconds to spare, threw a beautiful cross-body pass to Brown to extend the lead. Cardinals 17-3.
On to the second half!