After consecutive losses, the 2-2 Arizona Cardinals have a golden chance to get back over .500 against the 0-4 New York Jets. It is a matchup that on paper looks like a sure thing, but the cliché that anything can happen on “any given Sunday” is a saying for a reason.
This could be a telling game for where the Cardinals stand after the first game of the second quarter of the season. Game time is 10 a.m. PST.
Follow for live updates and analysis from the opening kick until the final whistle.
No edge rusher Devon Kennard today, who also missed last week’s game against Carolina with a calf injury. He is tied for the team lead in sacks, a sizable loss for the pass rush.
Safety Chris Banjo was previously questionable, but won’t play today after he hurt his hamstring in Week 3. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and tight end Darrell Daniels were questionable as well, but both are active today.
As previously known, quarterback Sam Darnold is out with a shoulder injury, which means the veteran Joe Flacco is in. Flacco is a former Super Bowl MVP, but that was back in the 2012 season and he has not started a game since Week 8 last year.
He will be without his starting left tackle Mekhi Becton.
15:00: The Cardinals kick off to the Jets. New York will start on its own 25.
14:00: Cardinals force three-and-out. Arizona to start on own 17.
12:10: Cardinals go three-and-out and punt it right back. Jets to start on the 27.
10:56: Still no first downs. Cardinals stuff the Jets and get the ball back on their own 11. Both teams have a combined 23 yards.
10:15: Cardinals get a first down. Kyler Murray finds Christian Kirk for an eight-yard gain.
9:08: Murray takes off for the first time for 16 yards.
7:33: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Chase Edmonds hits his stride for a 29-yard score. Extra point is good. 7-0 Cardinals.
Note – Edmonds must like playing at Met Life Stadium. He had a career-high 126 yards last year when the Cardinals visited the Giants.
6:46: Jets get their first first down.
4:52: Cardinals get the ball back on their own 34.
Note-Jets DB Brian Poole being tended to on the field.
2:02: Cardinals give the ball back on the Jets eight-yard line.
End of the first: Cardinals up 7-0
9:00: Cardinals stuff the Jets on fourth-and-one on the Arizona 13. Big tackle from De’Vondre Campbell.
7:48: Interception. Avery Williamson intercepts Murray’s pass after it was batted at the line of scrimmage. Jets to start on the Cardinals 10.
7:04: Field goal Jets. Sam Ficken hits from 26 yards. 7-3 Cardinals.
Note – Chandler Jones is heading to the locker room.
4:42: Murray finds Christian Kirk for 24 yards. First-and-goal from the 10. Good drive here from the Cardinals.
2:41: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Murray runs it in from two yards out. Extra point is good. 14-3 Cardinals.
That was Murray’s fifth touchdown run this year.
0:53: Cardinals get the ball back on their own 19. Can they extend the lead before the half?
0:08: Field goal Cardinals. Zane Gonzalez hits from 47 yards. 17-3 Cardinals.
Note – Slight error here:
Halftime: Cardinals up 17-3.
– Cardinals have 273 yards in the first half. Murray has 198 yards.
– Six Cardinals have catches with Kirk and Edmonds leading with four.
– Cardinals defense has been strong on third down. Jets are 1/7. New York is also 0/2 in the red zone.
– Murray has four rushes for 31 yards and his fifth touchdown in five games.
– Chandler Jones is out for the game (biceps).
Start of second half.
15:00 Cardinals start with the ball.
11:57: Cardinals punt to the Jets 21.
10:22: Jets go three-and-out. Arizona starts on their own 32.
9:50: Cardinals commit sixth flag of the game. This has been an issue throughout the season.
8:03: Cardinals punt despite a crazy 13-yard gain from DeAndre Hopkins on first-and-long. Hopkins caught a screen, had nowhere to go and reversed field to pick up the yards. Jets to start on their own 17.
5:51: TOUCHDOWN Jets. Flacco finds Jamison Crowder for 11 yards and the score. Extra point is good. 17-10 Cardinals.
That was a six-play, 74-yard drive.
0:15: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Kenyan Drake punches it in from the two. Extra point it good. 24-10 Cardinals.
Solid drive for the running game after it struggled throughout the game.
End of the third. Cardinals lead 24-10.
Note – Cardinals DT Rashard Lawrence is down on the field.
11:28: Jets fail to convert on a measly third-and-27. Cardinals get it back on their own three after a flag.
10:06: Hopkins did a Hopkins thing:
8:35: Hopkins did another thing. TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Murray hits Hopkins for 37 yards. Hopkins holds on despite getting held and hit at the end. Two-point conversion no good. 30-10 Cardinals.
Update on Lawrence:
4:45: Jets turn the ball over. Cardinals with a chance to run the clock out.
Two Minute Warning
2:00: Cardinals kneel.
Ball Game. Cardinals improve to 3-2 with a 30-10 win.
Murray finishes with 380 passing yards, a career high.