Cardinals Costly Turnovers Caused Loss to Buccaneers
The matchup against the Arian's coached Buccaneers ended with the Cardinals losing 27-30. The Cardinals played a strong offensive game in the passing game. Kyler Murray had 27 completions on 44 attempts. He threw for 324 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He rushed on 3 carries for 38 yards. Christian Kirk had 6 receptions for 3 touchdowns.
The Cardinals run game was a different story with Kyler's 38 yards being the lead. The lack of a rushing attack should come as no surprise. The Buccaneers run defense currently leads the NFL. David Johnson was unproductive having multiple runs go for negative or no gain. He finished with only 5 carries for 2 yards. Kenyan Drake showed a little more, with 10 carries for 35 yards, but he was still bottled up for the entire game. Cardinals fans need to wonder what exactly is going on with David Johnson. A big game against the Buccaneers defense wasn't expected, but Johnson has looked sluggish and he misses holes, which is nothing like the David Johnson of the past. This was his first game back from injury and that may have had a bigger impact on his performance, but it is unknown. Fans can only hope that this game is not indicative of Johnson's playstyle going forward.
The game was tied at 20 late in the third quarter. The Buccaneers have the ball on their 10-yard line. Winston drops back and throws. The ball is tipped by Buddha Baker and Jordan Hicks was able to jump forward and snag it. The first big turnover happened on the Cardinals' drive from the interception. It would have benefitted greatly to break the tie going into the fourth quarter. Kyler passes the ball down the middle to Johnson. He starts to run down but a defender tackles him and the ball comes loose. The defender recovers the ball, but the refs called that Johnson was down by contact, but upon review, they determined that it was a fumble. David Johnson fumbled the ball on his only receptive play of the game. The Buccaneers were able to break the tie with a field goal on their drive after the fumble recovery. Remember that the Cardinals lost by three points.
The Cardinals had one final shot to score points to end the game. They were at the 15-yard line, the Cardinals were up by 4 points, 27-23. On 2nd and 10, Kyler drops back and throws the ball down to the right, aiming for Trent Sherfield. Sherfield trips over himself and Buccaneers CB, Jamel Dean, was able to leap forward and intercept the ball.
The Buccaneers got the ball back and marched down the field into the endzone. They ran a lot of time off the clock, leaving very little chance for the Cardinals to come back, either scoring or tying the game with a field goal. The Cardinals could not come back and the game ended 27-30. Kyler still looks great. He set the rookie record for attempts without an interception. The record now holds at 212. He makes amazing throws week after week. But despite how well Kyler continues to play, these two turnovers still cost the game for the Cardinals.