Arizona Cardinals: 5 who impressed vs Lions

Ross Houston
September 11, 2019

The Cardinals are 33-28-5 all-time against the Lions, but Detroit has won the last two contests, a 35-23 victory in Detroit in 2017, followed by a 17-3 win in Arizona previous year.

The Cardinals trailed 24-6 in the fourth quarter, but Murray rallied the Cardinals to a 24-24 tie thanks in part to heroics from - who else - Larry Fitzgerald. When you're the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon, watching a double-digit lead over the Arizona Cardinals crater away and having to settle with knowing you didn't win a game you should have.

Murray citing defensive lineman Damon Harrison's absence is interesting. A sure Lions win became a knuckle-crunching overtime game where even a 27-27 tie with the Cardinals feels like a loss.

The Cardinals win the toss and Kyler Murray completes a 45-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald, his eighth of the game, and the Cardinals get inside the 10. David Johnson benefited too; he hauled in six passes for 55 yards and a score (as a receiver).

After going 3-13 in 2018 with Josh Rosen under center, the Cardinals fired coach Steve Wilks on New Year's Eve, hired Kingsbury eight days later and later drafted Murray.

The Arizona Cardinals will also hope for a better turnout in the regular season after losing three straight to finish the preseason, including a 20-7 loss to Denver to finish the preseason at 1-3. Murray was 6 for 15 for 41 yards with one throw-it-up-for-grabs interception and two balls batted back in his face. It stalls again and Zane Gonzalez connects from 43 yards to make it 17-6.

The Arizona offense continues to struggle and then the defense starts to erode.

There were some rough performances over the first two-three quarters. The Lions go 95 yards for the touchdown, coming on a nine-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golladay.

A month before Hockenson was making huge plays for the Lions in the regular season, he was trying to find his footing in training camp, which was a bit of an adjustment as he told Michael Rothstein of

For three quarters, it looked like a desert disaster.

The Lions score first not quite one minute into the second quarter. Trent Sherfield and Kevin Peterson are unable to down the punt and it is touchback.

Through three offensive possessions for both teams, the defenses are shining. It would've been nice to be able to play better in the first half. Jones has 42 sacks in 49 career games with the Cardinals, including at least one sack in all four season openers since joining the franchise in 2016. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Stitcher Radio.

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