Arizona Cardinals use the second half to separate themselves from the Raiders
Disappointing. A three-and-out to start the half was not great. On the punt, Dennis Gardeck forced a fumble that he failed to recover, and the Raiders got their chance on offense.
Unable to make anything happen, a Raiders punt gives the ball right back with plenty of time in the third quarter remaining.
A Rondale Moore fumble on the 18-yard line gave the home team a perfect scoring opportunity, and they capitalized. A Demarcus Robinson touchdown narrows the lead. Cardinals 17-10.
Rookie Trey McBride got his first NFL reception on the next drive, and Conner was worked back into the game plan. Moore redeemed himself of his earlier fumble by hauling in a 57-yard catch ending in a touchdown to push the Cardinals further in front. Cardinals 24-10.
Another Raiders punt gave Arizona great field position past the 50, and Murray returned to a tight end, this time Maxx Williams, who took it all the way down to the 4-yard line. A pass intended for Ertz bounced off his hands right into the waiting arms of Marquise Brown, who scored for the second time in the evening. Cardinals 31-10.
Looking totally unable to get any offense going, the Raiders give the ball back yet again, and Murray and Co. methodically move down the field before yet another goal-line toss to Brown, giving him three on the night. Cardinals 38-10.
Another Raiders punt and a few short runs later, Murray is kneeling to close out the Week Two matchup in Las Vegas.
A massive win for the Cardinals gets the squad back on the right track and gives them a 1-1 record on the season.
Here are some of the key offensive stats:
- Kyler Murray | 19/27, 340 yards, 4T.D.ss, 1 INT, 46 rushing yards, one rushing TD
- James Conner | 17 carries, 35 yards, 2.0 ypc
- Marquise Brown | six rec, 72 yards, 3 TDs
- Rondale Moore | five rec, 112 yards, 1 TD
- Zach Ertz | three rec, 61 yards
- Maxx Williams | one rec, 48 yardsA.J.. Green | two rec, 29 yards