Kliff Kingsbury’s fourth-down call was springboard to Cardinals’ first win

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Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez leads the NFL in a stat that isn’t necessarily a good one.

Gonzalez is 8-for-8 on field goals in the 20-29-yard range, easily the most of any kicker in the league. No other kicker has attempted more than four field goals from 20-29 yards. Obviously, that means the Cardinals are often stalling in goal-to-go situations and settling for field goals.

On Sunday, that changed. And not coincidentally, the Cardinals got their first win.

On Arizona’s first drive at Cincinnati, the Cardinals faced fourth-and-2 at the Bengals’ 6-yard line. Kingsbury eschewed the 24-yard field goal and decided to go for it, and quarterback Kyler Murray ran around the left end, picked up the first down and then lunged toward the pylon and scored the touchdown to give Arizona a 7-3 lead.

The four-point difference between a touchdown and field goal would prove extremely important in a game the Cardinals won 26-23. Perhaps Kingsbury will see how well it worked, and stop settling for all those short field goals.

26 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury’s fourth-down call was springboard to Cardinals’ first win

  1. So let me see if I got this straight, ok?

    The difference in this game was a decision to go for it on 4th and 2 in THE OPENING DRIVE OF THE GAME, in the first quarter. That’s what made the difference in a 26-23 game. And furthermore, all future decisions to kick a FG or go for it on 4th down should hinge on this.

    I never dreamed being an NFL HC required such advanced, elevated mental prowess. These concepts elude me.

  2. magnumpimustache says:
    October 8, 2019 at 9:38 am
    There has been a lot of bad football this year.

    Really bad, almost unwatchable bad.

    mostly Thursday night

  3. Murray is gonna be a star….mark my words. Dude is a gamer. He just needs a little help on the offensive line.

  4. Murray looks about 5’6″ running around out there.

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    Yeah, funny how teams can’t stop him from completing 63% of his passes, huh?

  5. carloswlassiter says:
    October 8, 2019 at 9:41 am
    Murray looks about 5’6″ running around out there.

    ++++++++++++++++++

    Hey, easy there… dwarfs have rights too, you know. Don’t be a bully.

  6. No. Playing the Bengals was a springboard to your first win.

    Sincerely,

    A Bengals Fan
    (God Help Us)

  7. Keep patting yourself on the back. You, your height challenged QB, and your gimmick offense will be out the league in 3 years.

  8. 63% is what your riding on? not the 50.9 QBR i see or 80% rating.. good nitpick dotard

    ImpeachtheDotardforHighCrimes says:
    October 8, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Murray looks about 5’6″ running around out there.

    ———
    Yeah, funny how teams can’t stop him from completing 63% of his passes, huh?

  9. ImpeachtheDotardforHighCrimes says:
    October 8, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Murray looks about 5’6″ running around out there.

    ———
    Yeah, funny how teams can’t stop him from completing 63% of his passes, huh?

    *****************************************************************
    It’s amazing what a 6 yard per attempt will do to completion percentage.

  10. The Cards beat the Bengals, it is like a round robin of the 5 worse teams in the league of who isn’t worse, though this year their seems to be competition to be the worse; Miami, Washington, Arizona, Jets and Bengals. It may become 6 with the “all talk team” Browns trying to reclaim their coveted spot of the worse team in football.

  11. The haters just can’t wrap their heads around the fact that the Cardinals are improving every week. I’m soooooooo sorry Kyler and Kliff didn’t win the Super Bowl in Week 1 to meet your unrealistic expectations.

    He has been great despite Keim’s poor roster decisions.

  12. ImpeachtheDotardforHighCrimes says:
    October 8, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Murray looks about 5’6″ running around out there.

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    Yeah, funny how teams can’t stop him from completing 63% of his passes, huh?
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    I didn’t say he wasn’t good, just that he’s not even close to 5’10” or whatever they list him at.

  13. I didn’t say he wasn’t good, just that he’s not even close to 5’10” or whatever they list him at.
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    Lol you certainly were implying that he is too short to play, just like all the other haters. Will it matter how tall Jimmy G is when he can’t play because he is hurt again? Probably not.

  14. If you are going to have a bad team anyway, at least be EXCITING and GO FOR IT!”

    Love it. Great post. Give the fans hope and excitement. Remember football is entertainment. As long as the fans think you will do whatever you can to win, they will tune in.

  15. Kingsbury’s decision to go for it on 4th down was a good call but his playcalling in the red zone has otherwise been bad. I’d also give him credit for relying more on the running game against Cincinnati instead of the pass-happy attack used in prior games.

  16. C. M. says:
    October 8, 2019 at 10:50 am
    63% is what your riding on? not the 50.9 QBR i see or 80% rating.. good nitpick dotard

    ImpeachtheDotardforHighCrimes says:
    October 8, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Murray looks about 5’6″ running around out there.

    ———
    Yeah, funny how teams can’t stop him from completing 63% of his passes, huh?
    ****************************************************************************
    LOL. Yes – his QB rating is 50.9 which ranks him 16th and AHEAD of Carr, Brissett, Rivers, Winston, Goff, Bridgewater, and Mayfield. Also, his 6.6 yds/attempt ties him with Wentz. Please note that none of the above are rookies (on otherwise lousy teams).

  17. My gosh, people act like this guy is the next (short) coming of Manning or Brady. The fact of the matter is that he is playing for a bad team and a worse GM. Until that changes, I don’t think this experiment will work out in AZ. Point to Russel Wilson if you like, but there isn’t another in the NFL doing what he does, not even Kyler.

  18. carloswlassiter says:
    October 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    ImpeachtheDotardforHighCrimes says:
    October 8, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Murray looks about 5’6″ running around out there.

    ———
    Yeah, funny how teams can’t stop him from completing 63% of his passes, huh?
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    I didn’t say he wasn’t good, just that he’s not even close to 5’10” or whatever they list him at.
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    Look at him standing next to Russell Wilson, who’s a hair under 5″11. They’re about the exact same height, Murray just looks small on an NFL field around giants. It called perception. A child could figure that out.

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