Kyler Murray goes for 253 yards passing, 93 yards rushing in first win

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Kyler Murray is finding his sea legs. And his running legs.

Murray ran 10 times for 93 yards and a touchdown, by far the most impressive rushing effort of his young career, as the Cardinals earned their first victory of the season, beating the Bengals 26-23.

Murray also completed 20 of 32 passes for 253 yards in a fine performance that should take some heat off himself and Kliff Kingsbury, whose new offense had taken some criticism in the first month of the season. The 1-3-1 Cardinals are still a work in progress, but they’re making progress.

The same can’t be said for the 0-5 Bengals, who have a young coach of their own in Zac Taylor. Cincinnati looks like one of the worst teams in the league.

Neither of these teams appear to be going anywhere this year, but with Murray in place, the Cardinals have a lot more reason for optimism than the Bengals do.

26 responses to “Kyler Murray goes for 253 yards passing, 93 yards rushing in first win

  1. Yaaaaaaay! The first pick in the nfl draft finally did what he was supposed to do 4 games ago…….

  2. Wow, he disn’t carve up the Chiefs or Pats for crying out loud. He was average. Against a bottom tier Defense.

  3. Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    October 6, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    Yaaaaaaay! The first pick in the nfl draft finally did what he was supposed to do 4 games ago……
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    He would’ve in Week 1 if it wasn’t for a dropped pick in field goal-range.

  4. Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    October 6, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    Yaaaaaaay! The first pick in the nfl draft finally did what he was supposed to do 4 games ago…….

    He is still a rookie. You can’t just expect a 22 year old to be amazing in his first couple games against professional athletes. Your expectations are ridiculous. Do better

  5. Way to go! We dominated the Bengals (23-7 AZ over CIN, 4th Qtr), but we need more pass rush from Jones/Suggs & Better Red Zone offense from Murray & Kingsbury. Too many missed opportunities & FG attempts. We need to score against a team that has lost the locker room and Dan Quinn will be fired after a 1-5 start with a loss at Glendale, AZ. Let’s get Peterson a pick in his return againsrt the rookie Jones & New York Giants, GO CARDINALS, let’s be up for primetime vs the 49ers (Thursday Night Football)!

  6. The Bengals are awful but I’d rather go 2-14 potentially than the 6-10 they’ve done the past 3 years. If you do that it’s a top 5 pick which potentially puts you in position for Herbert or Tua whoever Miami doesn’t want. All things indicate that Miami wants Tua. The problems are glaring. Bad slow linebackers that can’t tackle, an average qb, and two turnstiles at tackle. There are a lot of issues they need to get sorted out and it will take 2-3 good drafts to fix this team. But I have no faith in the Bengals to draft because their last 5 first rounders have not planned out too well. You can’t give up 250+ rushing yards and expect to win in the NFL.

  7. All week long every “expert” out there was picking the Bengals to win this game….
    Looks like they’ve been underestimating just how bad the Bengals really are.

  8. Coach Kliff still has no idea what to do in the red zone. Cardinals won despite his calls and despite the total collapse of their defense in the last 4 minutes of the game. Murray is the real deal.

  9. omniscient48 says:
    October 6, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    Coach Kliff still has no idea what to do in the red zone. Cardinals won despite his calls and despite the total collapse of their defense in the last 4 minutes of the game. Murray is the real deal.
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    Has nothing to do with Kingsbury’s playcalling, Arizona is top 5 in the league in red zone attempts. Arizona sucking in the redzone has everything to do with not having enough talent, outside of Fitz and David Johnson name one legit NFL Receiver out there on the field today for Arizona. Christian Kirk? He was out, sprained ankle. Arizona is a young team, they still have a lot of building to do.

  10. youngnoize says:
    October 6, 2019 at 4:53 pm
    Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    October 6, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    Yaaaaaaay! The first pick in the nfl draft finally did what he was supposed to do 4 games ago……
    ——————————————————————————————–
    He would’ve in Week 1 if it wasn’t for a dropped pick in field goal-range.
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    It wouldn’t have been close had the Lions D not laid down and taken a nap in the 4 quarter!

  11. My god that was hard to watch… two teams going absolutely nowhere…

    Thank goodness for the Red Zone, can you imagine having to watch the entire game? Lol

  12. Wow…

    All the article said was that he was getting better.. and the internet warriors attacking millenials, him being elected to Canton, and all the other crap.

    Pretty sad…

  13. arizonasdj says:
    October 6, 2019 at 4:56 pm
    Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    October 6, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    Yaaaaaaay! The first pick in the nfl draft finally did what he was supposed to do 4 games ago…….

    He is still a rookie. You can’t just expect a 22 year old to be amazing in his first couple games against professional athletes. Your expectations are ridiculous. Do better

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    If he’s the first pick in the draft, yes, I expect him to be amazing. For all of the hype this guy got, he hasn’t come close to living up to it. He beat a bad team today.

  14. I’ve never seen to many in the media rooting so hard against a rookie QB and Rookie Head Coach. So many without a dog in the fight want them to fail.

    Why?

    Serious Question: Is it because Murray is short and has the stones to be confident? Is it because Kliff Kingsbury is young and handsome, whereas many of the “experts” are not?

  15. hawkkiller says:
    October 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    omniscient48 says:
    October 6, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    Coach Kliff still has no idea what to do in the red zone. Cardinals won despite his calls and despite the total collapse of their defense in the last 4 minutes of the game. Murray is the real deal.
    ==============================================

    Has nothing to do with Kingsbury’s playcalling, Arizona is top 5 in the league in red zone attempts. Arizona sucking in the redzone has everything to do with not having enough talent, outside of Fitz and David Johnson name one legit NFL Receiver out there on the field today for Arizona. Christian Kirk? He was out, sprained ankle. Arizona is a young team, they still have a lot of building to do.
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    It is Steve Keim’s fault the talent isn’t there, but when you have it on the 2 yard line and instead of giving it to DJ or Edmonds, you throw a pass to Fitz who is tackled immediately for a 1 yard gain, you are not calling good plays. Before today’s game, the Cards were ranked 30th in red zone efficiency at 35.71%. They were 1/6 in the red zone today.

  16. bengalsfan20 says:
    October 6, 2019 at 5:01 pm
    The Bengals are awful but I’d rather go 2-14 potentially than the 6-10 they’ve done the past 3 years. If you do that it’s a top 5 pick which potentially puts you in position for Herbert or Tua whoever Miami doesn’t want. All things indicate that Miami wants Tua. The problems are glaring. Bad slow linebackers that can’t tackle, an average qb, and two turnstiles at tackle.
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    Go draft a QB with a top 5 pick and ignore the linebackers and O-line problems. You’ll have the same top 5 pick in 2021. 2-3 drafts is probably right, but DO NOT start with the QB unless that QB is a sure thing. Build the team the right way, not the “take whatever QB Miami doesn’t want” way. That average QB is good enough if they build the team around him, and if not, then go get someone else. Jonah Williams isn’t a bust, but Billy Price sure looks like one. I’d love to see them spend on a proven tackle.

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