Winners and Losers From Cardinals at Bengals
Kyler Murray: The rookie play caller didn’t do much in terms of passing the ball (20/32 for 253 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions) but he did plenty on the ground. He totaled 93 yards on the ground and scored one touchdown. More importantly though, he was only sacked once all game.
The Run Game: Chase Edmonds made his 8 carries count and raked in 68 yards and a touchdown on a long 37-yard run. David Johnson had 17 carries and 91 yards, but most importantly he looked to be benefiting from Edmonds’ production as he lined up as a receiver a few times throughout the game while Edmonds was the primary back. If this duo keeps this up, we may see an even more versatile offense with two capable running backs.
Zane Gonzalez: After missing two field goals last week, Gonzalez missed another field goal during the opening quarter of this game. He shook it off however and nailed his next four in a row, the final being a game winning 31-yard make. Looks like Gonzalez avoided the yips that Cardinals fans are too familiar with and got a big confidence boost.
Wide Receivers: With Christian Kirk being sidelined Larry Fitzgerald is the only receiver on this roster that has logged any significant playing time and it showed on Sunday. The Cardinals barely got a win against a now 0-5 Bengals team and is asking too much of their young receiving corps. Outside of Fitzgerald, no other receiver caught more than three passes. He came in second in terms of receiving yards today and David Johnson led all players with 65-yards receiving.
Cardinals Defense: Joe Mixon started hot, gaining 65 yards on the ground during the opening position and the Cardinals couldn’t stop the run early on. They eventually bottled him up and only gave him 33 yards for the rest of the game. After only giving up 6 points in the first half, the defense looked to be showing some poise on the road, even if it was against a struggling team. Then we saw what we have been seeing all season with this defense when they allowed the Bengals to come back, allowing Andy Dalton to complete 13-of-14 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth. The already thin secondary also lost Tramaine Brock Sr. to a shoulder injury.
Kliff Kingsbury’s Offense: The Cardinals netted 514 yards of total offense; this is what we expected out of his high scoring offense. Unfortunately, the offense seemed to flow better with two back or one back, one tight end sets rather than the 10-personnel that has been synonymous with this offense. Hopefully Kingsbury realizes the weapons he has on offense allow for more offensive mix ups.