The Arizona Cardinals’ offense awoke and the New Orleans Saints offered them some points, Kliff Kingsbury’s group won 42-34 for their third win of the season Thursday night at Glendale.
The highlight of the game came late in the first half when Saints quarterback Andy Dalton threw two sixes that completely shifted the momentum to the Cardinals sideline.
After Kyler Murray went 13 plays on the field and saw Keaontay Ingram rush for a two-yard touchdown, the Cardinals defense was ready to play. Dalton’s second play was a pass to Marquez Callaway that was in his hands, but he couldn’t catch it.
Instead, second-year cornerback Marco Wilson pulled him out of the air and dove into the end zone to give the Cardinals a 21-14 lead.
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Then, five plays later, Isaiah Simmons was the only player close as Dalton threw another ball down the middle, and he carried it 56 yards, showing his blistering speed at center linebacker.
This ended the half with the Cardinals holding a 28-14 lead, and the Saints unable to come back.
They also had the lead to start the match. Rashid Shaheed scored his second career touchdown on a 53-yard catch-and-run on just the fourth play of the game. Then, despite an interception in the end zone, Andy Dalton would find Taysom Hill for a three-yard catch on the Saints’ third drive of the game, making it 14-6 in their favor.
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But the Cardinals’ offense has also revived, thanks in part to the return of DeAndre Hopkins, the team’s top receiver, from his PED suspension. Marchioness “Hollywood” Brown went to the IR on Thursday, so Hopkins had to step in immediately, and he did just that.
Although he didn’t find the end zone, Hopkins finished his season debut with 10 catches for 103 yards.
Murray was effective in this one, throwing for 204 yards on 20 for 29 through the air with a touchdown. He also had help from Eno Benjamin in the backfield, as he worked his way into the end zone for the team’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap a night with 12 carries for 92 yards. .
Dalton would finish with four touchdowns and three interceptions on 30 for 47.
Alvin Kamara, the Saints’ big running threat, was blocked with 11 carries for 49 yards and no score. On the other hand, rookie receiver Chris Olave, catching seven receptions for 106 yards. He was Dalton’s favorite target of the night with 14 targets.
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Juwan Johnson also finished the game with two touchdowns, both of which came in the fourth quarter. He had five catches for 32 yards.
The Cardinals are enjoying a long break after Thursday night’s game as they head into their bye week. Once that stage is complete, they will face a strong Minnesota Vikings team on the road on October 30.
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As for the Saints, they also reached their bye week before returning to action on October 30 against the Las Vegas Raiders at the Superdome in New Orleans.