Cardinals overcome another slow start, beat Panthers 26-16

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The Cardinals were outscored 56-13 in the first halves of their first three games and their trend of slow starts continued in Carolina on Sunday, but the second half turned out much better for the NFC West team.

Kyler Murray threw two touchdowns and ran for another as the Cardinals scored 23 straight points after trailing the Panthers 10-3 at halftime. The 26-16 win moves the Cardinals to 2-2 on the season and they’ll try to be the first team to beat the Eagles when Philly pays them a visit next weekend.

Murray’s first touchdown pass tied the game in the third quarter and the Cardinals finally moved in front on a Matt Prater field goal early in the fourth quarter. Baker Mayfield had a batted ball intercepted on the Panthers’ next offensive play and Murray’s rushing touchdown helped push things firmly in Arizona’s favor.

It was a rough day all around for Mayfield, who was 22-of-36 for 197 yards. He threw an interception in the first half as well and 82 of his passing yards came on a fourth quarter touchdown drive that kicked off after the Cardinals had stretched their lead to 26-10.

Christian McCaffrey caught that touchdown and had a 34-yard catch to help set it up, but managed just eight carries for 27 yards as the Panthers offense failed to ignite in any aspect of the game.  They will be at home to face the 49ers next weekend and another loss there feels like it will make head coach Matt Rhule’s job security a weekly topic of conversation.

Murray was 13-of-20 for 90 yards and an intereption in the first half, but went 10-of-12 for 117 yards in the second half as the Cardinals found better offensive footing. James Conner and Eno Benjamin combined to run for 91 yards with Conner getting heavy use as the team ran out the clock in the final five minutes.

That ending was a good one, but the Cardinals still need to figure out how to start faster if they want to consistently win games this season.

14 responses to “Cardinals overcome another slow start, beat Panthers 26-16

  1. Time for them to get Darnold back in the fold. He may suck too but at least he looked competent when McCaffrey was on the field and can make some plays.

    I was so wrong about Baker turning it around in CAR. He just ain’t it and every other pass attempt of his is deflected by a D-Lineman.

  2. Oh goodie! Now everyone gets to hear how Kyler Murray “took over the game”. Then when they lose again he’ll be the quickest one pointing at everybody else. Can’t root for the Cardinals as long as he’s their Quarterback. Not that they or anybody else cares….

  3. Does anybody know anybody that ever wins any money on Sunday ,because I sure don’t !

  4. Time for a reboot of the Panthers. Maybe in 3 years they can recover from dumb decisions.
    The Defense can only carry a game for so long.

  5. harrytootsie says:
    October 2, 2022 at 7:35 pm
    Does anybody know anybody that ever wins any money on Sunday ,because I sure don’t
    The book wins every week

  6. Baker is washed time for Darnold to be QB1 again. He’s terrible way too many turnovers. THe AZ CArds are a terrible team too the score doesn’t indicate how poorly they played. Fire Rhule tonight if possible he was a really poor choice from the beginning

  7. The Panthers are a mess. Baker Mayfield’s accuracy is terrible. At least 9 balls batted down at the line of scrimmage, overthrows, underthrows, and not leading the receiver enough. As a Panthers fan, I dread every 3rd down because they just cannot convert. Time for a new Rhuler !

  8. Dang. My man Baker just ain’t gettin it done. Wish Carolina would push the panic button right now. Get Ruhle outta there and try someone else at QB. Anyone else. Start the rebuild.

  9. Baker makes poor decisions and doesn’t see the open man. It’s frustrating to watch.

  10. The only time that offense works is when they throw it to McCaffrey…

    Yet.. it took Mayfield till the game was over to figure that out

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