Kyler Murray’s five total TDs, Chandler Jones’ five sacks lead Cardinals to dominating win

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Good things apparently come in fives.

Quarterback Kyler Murray threw four touchdown passes and ran for another, and Chandler Jones sacked Ryan Tannehill five times as the Cardinals opened the 2021 season by putting everyone on their schedule on notice. Arizona dominated the Titans every which way, winning easily 38-13.

It’s only one game, but the Cardinals looked every bit like Super Bowl contenders against a 2020 playoff team.

Murray had never thrown four touchdown passes in a game, with Carson Palmer the last quarterback in franchise history to do so when he threw four against the Bengals in 2015. Murray’s touchdown throws covered 5 and 17 yards to DeAndre Hopkins and 26 and 11 yards on Christian Kirk.

Murray also scored on a 2-yard run.

Murray went 21-of-32 for 289 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. He now has 50 career touchdown passes. Combined with his 16 rushing touchdowns, Murray joins Daunte Culpepper as the only players in NFL history with 50 or more touchdown passes and 15 or more rushing touchdowns in their first 33 games.

Hopkins caught six passes for 83 yards, and Kirk added 70 yards on five catches. Rondale Moore (4-68), Chase Edmonds (4-43) and A.J. Green (2-25) also contributed.

Jones’ five sacks tied the franchise single-game record. Haason Reddick had five against the Giants last Dec. 13. Jones made his case for a new contract while also contributing six tackles and two forced fumbles.

The Titans crowd booed offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who couldn’t block Jones, when he returned after a brief absence in the second half to treat leg cramps. The Titans allowed six sacks and turned it over three times.

The Cardinals gained 416 yards to 248 for the Titans, holding Derrick Henry to 58 yards on 17 carries.

11 responses to “Kyler Murray’s five total TDs, Chandler Jones’ five sacks lead Cardinals to dominating win

  1. That was an absolute butt whipping…

    And to think it could have been considerably worse had the Cardinals not continually shot themselves in the foot with offensive penalties

  2. The only thing that stopped Murray today were a ton of offensive penalties. He was un-solvable. Looked like young Russell Wilson again today.

    And C Jones got himself a Defensive Player of the Week and a huge contract.

  3. Taylor Lewan makes 16 mil a year. His check will be in his locker tomorrow. He may want to wear a ski mask to work.

  4. Every “expert” before this game: The Titans will win easily.

    Every “expert” after this game: -Eating large bowls of Crow-

    Either the Cardinals are a lot better than you thought, or the Titans are highly overrated. Or Both.

    I pick both.

  5. Titans werent prepared but will play better against the Seahawks. The offensive line will use this film as motivation.

  6. The best part about this win was the Cards whipping a physical Titans team. Win in the trenches on both sides. Cards being able to run the ball is a bonus. K1 had a lot of time, something Tannehill didn’t

  7. I was saying all summer that the Cardinals would be great this year. The NFC west is the toughest division in the NFL this year.

  8. To all those East Coast NFL analyst who disrespected the Cardinals in their preseason power rankings… AHEM! AZ just held the NFL leading RB from last year (avg. 127/game) to less than 10 yards into the 3rd Qtr! I know, just a coincidence.

  9. I have no idea why any team would let Todd Downing be their coordinator after what happened in Oakland.

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