Live Blog: Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Updates and Analysis

Alex Weiner

NFL Football returns to the Valley as the Arizona Cardinals take on the Washington Football Team at 1:05 p.m. PT.

Follow along for live updates, big plays and tweets from before, during and after the action from the AllCardinals staff. We encourage discussion in the comments.

Pregame:

Cardinals inactives:

Washington's inactives: 

  • QB Alex Smith
  • CB Kendall Fuller
  • RB Bryce Love
  • LB Cole Holcomb
  • T David Sharpe
  • T Saahdiq Charles
  • WR Isaiah Wright

Washington's projected starters:

Cardinals going all red this week.

The Cardinals win the coin toss and elect to defer to the second half. The defense is up first. 

We are underway. 

First Quarter

13:43: Cardinals force a three-and-out on Washington's first drive. They will start with the ball on the Washington 48. 

Larry Fitzgerald makes some history with a catch: 

9:09: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. DeAndre Hopkins gets his first Cardinals touchdown, four yards out from Kyler Murray. 7-0 Cardinals. 

Hopkins has the most receiving touchdowns

8:10: First sack of the game comes from Corey Peters. Loss of nine slows the momentum of a developing drive. Two plays later, the Cardinals stop Washington on third down. 

First injury update for the Cardinals:

5:30: Kyler Murray throws an interception deep in Cardinals territory. Washington will start in the red zone on the 19. 

4:14: Cardinals get the ball right back. Jordan Phillips forces a fumble recovered by Chandler Jones. 

2:44: The Cardinals force another fumble on the Washington punt return after a three-and-out. Darrell Daniels forced the fumble. Neither team wants the ball evidently. Cardinals start in Washington territory. 

0:00: Cardinals TOUCHDOWN. Kyler Murray runs in from 14 yards on a designed run. 14-0 Cardinals. 

End of the first quarter. Cardinals out-gained Washington 106-24 in the first. 

Second Quarter

Entering the Cardinals first drive of the second quarter, Hopkins has four catches. He needs two more to break the NFL record for most receptions through the first two weeks with a new team. 

13:26: Murray finds Andy Isabella for a 54-yard gain. Great touch on the deep ball. 

11:29: Field goal Cardinals. Zane Gonzalez barely sneaks the ball inside the right upright to extend the lead to 17-0 Cardinals. 

8:44: The Cardinals still have not allowed a first down on third down, but Washington converted on a fourth-and-one. Washington is driving in Cardinals territory. 

6:35: Haason Reddick with a sack on third down stunts the drive. Washington punts and downs the ball within the 10. 

3:22: Murray finds Christian Kirk for a 49-yard gain along the sideline. 

1:49: Field goal Cardinals. Gonzalez drills it from 33 yards away. 20-0 Cardinals. 

0:35: Washington right guard Brandon Scherff goes down with a leg injury. He was helped off the field. 

End of the first half. Cardinals lead 20-0. 

Key stats: 

- The Cardinals gained 244 yards to Washington's 96.

- Arizona was 5/9 on third down. Washington was 1/7. 

- The Cardinals have four sacks and two forced fumbles and recoveries.

- First Cardinals shut out in the first half since 2017 (per ESPN).

Injury update: 

Scherff has since been ruled out. 

Third Quarter

13:15: Cardinals go three-and-out to start the half. 

10:55: Hopkins makes history:

9:30: Cardinals convert on fourth-and-one. Chris Streveler came in at quarterback, he ran right and flipped the ball to Kirk on the reverse. Penalties killed the drive. 

3:14. Field goal Washington. The visitors had first down on the Cardinals five-yard line, but the Cardinals held them to three. 20-3 Cardinals. 

End of the third quarter. The Washington Football Team outscores the Cardinals 3-0, but Arizona is threatening on the Washington 12. Cardinals up 20-3. 

Fourth Quarter

14:17: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Kyler Murray scrambles for 21 yards and the score. 27-3 Cardinals. 

Another angle:

Murray has 65 rushing yards and two touchdown runs today. Per ESPN, Murray is the first Cardinals quarterback since 2004 with multiple rushing scores in a game. 

12:20: TOUCHDOWN Washington. Haskins finds Terry McLaurin for a 24-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good. 27-9 Cardinals. 

6:49: The Cardinals forced a Washington fourth-down in Arizona territory, but Ron Rivera challenged whether there were 12 men on the field for the defense on third down. He won the challenge, giving Washington another crack on third down. 

They converted and have the ball on the Cardinals 11. 

6:38: TOUCHDOWN Washington. Antonio Gibson runs it in from 11 yards out. The two-point conversion attempt failed again. 27-15 Cardinals. 

First career NFL touchdown for Gibson. 

3:30: Cardinals sharing the wealth on a strong drive. First down catches for Hopkins, Isabella and Dan Arnold plus a 16-yard run for Kenyan Drake. 

0:26: Field goal Cardinals. Gonzalez caps off the drive with a 28-yard field goal. 30-15 Cardinals. 

Final: Cardinals win 30-15 to improve to 2-0 on the season. 

Murray finishes 26/38 with 286 passing yards and 67 rushing yards. He had three total touchdowns and an interception. 

Hopkins was his top receiver with eight catches for 68 yards. 

The Cardinals finished with 438 yards and 6.0 yards per play. Their glaring weakness was penalties. Arizona committed 11 for 97 yards. 

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