Kyler Murray stands tall, but comeback comes up just short of a win

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Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray showed everyone what their new offense is supposed to look like. It just took them three quarters to get warmed up.

Kingsbury, the new head coach who thought Murray as first overall pick was the perfect quarterback to help him bring his ballyhooed system from college football to Arizona, helmed a disorganized offense for three quarters today against the Lions. But in the fourth quarter and overtime, that offense was outstanding. The final result was a 27-27 tie.

The Cardinals’ first six drives of the Kingsbury/Murray era went punt, interception, punt, punt, punt, punt. For much of the game, the offense was a mess, and in the fourth quarter Detroit had a 24-6 lead and appeared to be in total control.

But in the fourth quarter Murray finally threw a touchdown pass, to David Johnson, and things started to get interesting. Murray made plays with both his arm and his feet, and the offense began to look the way it was envisioned when Kingsbury got the job and Murray was drafted.

It helped Arizona’s cause that the Lions failed to clinch the victory because of some bonehead mistakes. First, they appeared to gain a game-clinching first down with a perfectly executed pass after the Cardinals were out of timeouts — only to have it waved off because offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had inexplicably called timeout just before the snap. Then, after the timeout, Stafford threw an incomplete pass to stop the clock. On the next play, the Lions punted, and their punt was blocked.

That set Murray up with the ball and the chance to be a hero, down 24-16 at the two-minute warning. Murray marched the Cardinals’ offense down the field and hit Larry Fitzgerald for a touchdown, then hit a two-point conversion pass, to make it 24-24. In the fourth quarter, Murray was 15-for-19 for 154 yards, with two touchdowns.

In overtime, Murray kept it going, driving the Cardinals deep into Lions territory and eventually settling for a field goal and a 27-24 lead.

The Lions responded with a drive of their own, ending with a Matt Prater field goal that tied the game 27-27. That was the final, in the weirdest game of Week One.

46 responses to “Kyler Murray stands tall, but comeback comes up just short of a win

  1. Both teams deserved to win this game. Both teams also deserved to lose it. A tie is the perfect outcome.

  2. Boy, they sure looked better today, didn’t they? How’d Seattle look? Was I right about Seattle being overrated?

  3. You’re an embarrasment, Detroit. Fan since 60’s. Coaching inept and ownership the problem. We deserve this.

  4. The Lions went into the “prevent you from winning” defense when they were up 24-6. AZ scored an easy TD and Murray got some confidence. It worked Patricia, pathetic.

  5. A coach from the Belicheat coaching tree doesn’t get ref help to win the games as they do in Foxboro…..not shocked at all.

  6. That game was a classic…… a classic way to blow a 24-6 lead in a game you should easily win. How many years have we seen the prevent defense allow a.team that is down and giving up, to co.e back? I don’t understand how professional coaches can’t see what is wrong with that? You never see most of the great teams lay down and let their opponents score. Not a fan of either team, but I am less of a fan of horrible football.

  7. That game was a classic…… a classic way to blow a 24-6 lead in a game you should easily win. How many years have we seen the prevent defense allow a.team that is down and giving up, to co.e back? I don’t understand how professional coaches can’t see what is wrong with that? You never see most of the great teams lay down and let their opponents score. Not a fan of either team, but I am less of a fan of horrible football.

  8. 3yardsndust says:
    September 8, 2019 at 8:47 pm
    Kyler gave the Cards a chance to win even with a terrible O line.
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    You obviously didn’t watch the game. Arizona’s OL looked pretty good and that’s with a backup RT in, not great but NFL average. Murray had all day to throw several times. Arizona was a lot of things in this game but their OL wasn’t an eye sore by any means.

  9. Not only prevent defense but an Uber conservative offense as soon as you are up by two scores? Not gonna cut it. Classic lions choking away a 24-6 lead against a team that had 3 wins last year (no offense, just the facts) and is starting a rookie qb.

  10. The Lions coaching staff is a sick laugh. Their HC was a D coach without a clue, and this stuff is way over his head.
    Long season ahead. HC will be gone by end of year, bevel too.Doing the same wrong thing over and over in prevent D and expecting a diff result each time is insanity.

  11. Patricia will be fired with in 18-24 months or less.

    Been saying this since he was hired.

  12. Unbelievably classic way to snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory.

    Hope continues to sink… is it too late to bring back Caldwell???

    Thanks so much Coach Patricia, for faithfully continuing the same pattern of the last 40 years of painful Lions football.

    So brain dead… and then it rubbed off on Amendola in OT.

  13. The Lions laid a win out there on a platter for the Cards but obviously they didn’t want it!

  14. Kingsbury: I’m trying to give this game away.
    Patricia: Hold my beer.
    Beavell: Here’s my keg for you guys to hold.

  15. All the Cardinals points were in garbage time the Lions just didn’t know how to end the ballgame

  16. And you guys steadily put down Jim Caldwell. At least he got them 2 playoff berths in a short amount of time. How many past and present Detroit coaches can say that?

  17. Special Teams, Defense, and the Veteran leadership of Larry Fitzgerald, DJ, Chandler Jones, Suggs, Swearinger saved the Cards from being complete garbage by keeping them in the game long enough to pump Murray and Kingsbery up with enough confidence to get in the game. The “secret” KK offense that is suppose to take the NFL by storm and revolutionize the league remains a secret…alas! Lucky for the Cards that Fitzgerald didn’t retire and remains the player the team depends on to ride in and save the day! Too bad the Cards didn’t use the #1 pick to help fill out the roster and take the sixth rounder the Jags got for a QB who was amazing and actually looked like he knew what he was doing.

  18. Overall a very sloppy game that no one deserved to win, and no one did. A tie is only good for end of season tie breakers, and no one cares. Both teams look to lose next week.

  19. My Vikings were the only team to make a statement, the rest of the division flopped. It looked like preseason football on Thursday night and this game was a disaster for the Lions. I will say the new TE the Lions drafted looks very promising.

  20. Bwevel’s to reminds me of the overtime game when Morningweg was the Lions’ coach. Lions won the toss in ot and Morningweg decided to kickoff rather than take the ball.

    That is so Lions.

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