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LIVE BLOG: Cardinals Visit Browns in High-Stakes Contest

After fighting through COVID battles all week, the Cardinals will be a little short-staffed on Sunday afternoon.

Welcome to AllCardinals' live blog of the Week 6 game between the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns. Stay here for live updates, analysis, insight and more as the Cardinals look to remain unbeaten in Cleveland. 

Fourth Quarter

Colt McCoy enters the ball game and Arizona will knee the rest of the clock out. The Arizona Cardinals improve to 6-0 on the season. Stay tuned to for more postgame coverage from the win in Cleveland.

The two minute warning hits after Arizona gains a first down.

2:26- The Cardinals opt to choose clock, leading to a fourth down as the two minute warning nears. Jonathan Ward sees his first taste of action at running back. 

3:54- The Browns go 4-and-out. Arizona takes over at the CLE 33.

4:20- Case Keenum is in the game for Cleveland, as Mayfield is now a bystander on the sideline thanks to the score. 

TD Cardinals! Green 14-yard reception. Cardinals 37, Browns 14. 

4:48- After running the ball so much, A.J. Green beats his man off the line for a great go route, with Murray placing the ball beautifully in the bucket. That's the nail in the coffin. 

5:30- The clock continues to bleed through the legs of Conner, who again moves CLE defenders for another first down. Under five minutes remain. 

7:07- James Conner bowls over a Browns defender on 2nd-and-short to gain a first down. Conner has continuously churned through tough yardage today. That's followed by a 16-yard run from Conner. 

9:09- Christian Kirk makes a great catch through contact to pick up a first-down for Arizona. 

9:54- Murray tries to make magic with a quarterback keeper but drops the ball for about the fourth time today. Murray recovers the ball, thankfully. 

The Cardinals take their first timeout of the half. 1st-and-20 awaits Arizona. Kareem Hunt now being carted off after going down earlier. 

11:24- Murray hits Kirk to move the sticks and keep valuable time churning. On the following play, Hopkins is flagged for offensive pass interference. 

Running back Kareem Hunt is down on the field. 

12:10- J.J. Watt bats down a third-down pass from Mayfield before giving a Dikembe Mutumbo finger wave. Cleveland, on fourth-and-four from the seven-yard line, again target Beckham but OBJ drops the ball after contact made from Alford. Cardinals football. 

14:22- The Browns convert another third-down through the talents of Beckham, who has 5 receptions for 79 yards. 

Third Quarter

That's the end of the third quarter. Cleveland is driving and threatening to make it a one-score game. Second-and-8 for the Browns at the AZ 37 when action resumes.

1:24- The Browns go for it and convert a 4th-and-1 with a play-action pass to tight end Austin Hooper. 

Jordan Hicks has played a phenomenal game, spotted everywhere in pass-rush, run support and coverage as well.  

2:44- The Browns target rookie Marco Wilson, who plays tight defense on OBJ. Cleveland wanted a flag but none thrown. 

Mayfield trots back onto the field for the next Browns possession. 

TD Cardinals! Hopkins 9-yard reception. Cardinals 30, Browns 14

2:56- DeAndre Hopkins could not have been more wide open for his second touchdown of the day. Lapse in coverage against one of the best receivers in the league. 

4:15- Murray, on third-and-inches, keeps the ball and slides to the CLE 8 for a first-and-goal. A touchdown would do wonders here.

Mayfield spotted going back to the blue medical tent for a second time. 

6:00- Facing a third-and-long, Murray is finally able to connect with a receiver, hitting A.J. Green for a 34-yard gain. Green drags a defender down inside the 20-yard line and the Cardinals are back in business.

6:26- J.J. Watt gets his first sack as a Cardinal! Devon Kennard picks up the fumble and it's Arizona ball. Mayfield landed harshly on his shoulder and is down on the field. 

7:56- 13-yard reception by Peoples-Jones again moves the chains, and the Browns are now in enemy territory. Peoples-Jones now has 4 receptions for 101 yards and 2 TD.

9:24- Beckham returns to action and immediately shows off his route-running skills against Byron Murphy, picking up a first-down. The Cleveland crowd currently chanting "OBJ! OBJ!" 

10:22- Cardinals going up-tempo on their second drive of the third quarter. Christian Kirk with back-to-back drops to again send Andy Lee out. Two straight three-and-outs. This is where having guys such as Kingsbury and Turner would pay dividends to help Kyler and the rest of the offense regroup. 

12:42- Markus Golden picks up his second sack of the day on Cleveland's first play of the second half. Two plays later, Hicks again finds Mayfield for his second sack of the day as well. Watt also with pressure. Cleveland will punt the football. J.J. Watt mouthed "You can't block me" to the FOX cameras after the punt. 

Not great, Bob!

13:30- The Browns are able to force a three-and-out, and punter Andy Lee trots on for the first time today. 

14:46- Murray and company take the field for the first play of the second half, who's sacked by Myles Garrett.

Halftime Thoughts

Aside from the final play of the half, the Cardinals have played extremely well. They've proven capable of moving the ball in both facets of the game while also stepping up on the defensive side of the ball, forcing two turnovers which led to six points. 

Murray's shoulder looks fine, as he's hit receivers across all parts of the field today.

It's clear Cleveland won't go down without a fight, however. Leaders on the Arizona sideline need to ensure the next two quarters are executed in similar fashion. 

Halftime! The Cardinals lead the Browns 23-14. Arizona will receive the ball to begin the second half. 

Notable Stats:

Murray: 12/18, 119 yards, 2 TD- 0 INT
Mayfield: 12/18, 171 yards, 2 TD- 1 INT

Cardinals are 6-9 on 3rd Down. Browns are 2-5. 

Second Quarter

TD Browns! Peoples-Jones 57-yard reception. Cardinals 23, Browns 14

0:00- On the final play of the half, Mayfield launches a Hail Mary to Peoples-Jones for a 57-yard touchdown. Three Cardinals were poorly positioned around Peoples-Jones. 

Cardinals Field Goal. Prater 33-yards. Cardinals 23, Browns 7

0:43- The Cardinals play it conservatively and force Cleveland to burn timeouts while settling for a field goal. 

Two minute warning. It will be first-and-ten for Arizona at the CLE 23 when play resumes. 

2:36- Murray finds an open Hopkins on the right side of the field on a deep crossing route for a 33-yard pick-up. Kyler's shoulder looks fine. 

3:35- Rondale Moore's speed paying dividends, taking a short pass and beating a Cleveland defender to the sideline for another third-down conversion. Arizona is now 5-7 on third-down. 

The Browns found success getting back to the basics on the ground during that drive. Early in the game, it felt as if Cleveland was weary of their two tackles being out and their ability to run the football, which led to Mayfield shouldering a lot of the workload. 

With OBJ jogging to the locker room and Jarvis Landry already out, that may lead more of a run-heavy approach for Cleveland the rest of the way. It will be interesting to see if the Browns keep the up-tempo pace on their next possession. 

TD Browns! Peoples-Jones 11-yard reception. Cardinals 20, Browns 7

5:06- Peoples-Jones bowls over Alford for Cleveland's first TD of the day. Browns take advantage of an obvious not-so-great run defense and convert their first third-down of the game for their first score. 

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Odell Beckham spotted heading to the blue tent.

6:47- Hunt bursts through for a eleven yards and the Browns now find themselves in great scoring position. Gains of 17 and 11 yards the last two plays for Hunt. 

9:15- Mayfield finds Beckham on a slant to pick up a first-down on the opening play of the drive. Odell heads to the sideline with discomfort in the right shoulder area.

It's a library in Cleveland at the moment. Absolutely no momentum for the Browns as they receive possession back.

Cardinals Field Goal. Prater 51-yards. Cardinals 20, Browns 0

10:07- Jadeveon Clowney drops Murray for a sack on third-down, setting Matt Prater up for a 51-yard field goal, which he converts to extend Arizona's lead. 

11:26- Mayfield sails a ball on third-down and Robert Alford easily intercepts the ball, who returns the ball down to the CLE 4. Instant replay is reviewing whether or not Alford stepped out at the 28-yard line. Replay confirms Alford stepped out. 

The Cardinals, 3.5 point underdogs and missing key parts of their team in all facets, hold a three possession lead on the road against Cleveland. I think the right word for the crowd in Cleveland might be shocked, especially given the circumstances the Cardinals have endured in the last three days. 

Cardinals Field Goal. Prater 36-yards. Cardinals 17, Browns 0

13:02- After falling on a dropped snap, the Cardinals can't convert on a third-and-15 and on comes kicker Matt Prater to kick into 20 MPH winds. Jadeveon Clowney is flagged for encroachment and five more yards of wiggle room is added. which sees Prater send the ball through the uprights.  

13:53- After dancing around the pocket, Mayfield is strip-sacked by Markus Golden on a great burst of second effort following his first miss of a sack on the play. Michael Dogbe recovers and the Cardinals have 1st-and-10 in the red zone. 

TD Cardinals! Hopkins 13-yard reception. Cardinals 14, Browns 0

14:49- On a third-down, Hopkins catches and runs past four defenders in the open field to reach the goal line and give Arizona a two possession lead. What an effort. 

First Quarter

That's the end of the first quarter. 7-0 Cardinals but Arizona is knocking on the door of scoring once more. Cleveland penalized six times for 58 yards in the opening quarter of play. Arizona has picked up nine first-downs to Cleveland's three.

The Cardinals take their second timeout of the half. 

0:06- Kyler Murray scrambles in on the quarterback keeper but Josh Jones is called for holding, negating the score. First-and-goal at the 18-yard line.

0:11- Another Browns penalty. Roughing the passer on Malik McDowell AGAIN, who shoves Murray down to the ground harshly following his departure of the ball. 

1:20- McDowell is called for a personal foul (facemask) tackle on Rondale Moore which puts Arizona at first-and-goal. 

1:26- Another flag against Denzel Ward, who clung onto Hopkins on the long third-down for Arizona. The chains move at the expensive of Ward for the second time this drive. 24-yard penalty brings Arizona inside the 20-yard line. 

Cardinals take their first timeout of the half. 2nd-and-10 for the Cardinals at the CLE 47.

2:08- Denzel Ward flagged for pass interference on DeAndre Hopkins, who saw his first target of the day. Ward had his arm wrapped around Hopkins but the home fans obviously disagree.

3:46- James Conner picks up another first-down for the Cardinals. Business as usual it seems for the Cardinals offense without two major coaches on the sideline.

4:30- Mayfield isn't able to gain a first down after being forced out of the pocket and Jordan Hicks sacks Mayfield on a fourth-down call to regain possession for Arizona. The Cardinals brought the house and immediately pressured Mayfield, who had nowhere to go. Arizona ball at their own 22-yard line.

The Cardinals have done a great job of not allowing Baker valuable time in the pocket, even in the absence of Chandler Jones.

6:11- Donovan Peoples-Jones makes up for his holding penalty on the play before and picks up a first-down reception for the Browns. A personal foul (facemask) penalty on the recently brought-up Jonathan Ledbetter adds onto the yardage for Cleveland, who takes over at Arizona's 20-yard line.

8:15- Baker Mayfield finds Odell Beckham Jr. at midfield for Cleveland's first first-down of the game

TD Cardinals! Christian Kirk 21-yard catch. Cardinals 7, Browns 0

The Cardinals went 3-3 on the 9 play, 74-yard drive for the score. 

8:34- Max Garcia snaps the ball when Murray was looking away and the quarterback is forced to recover the snap deep into the backfield. 3rd-and-21 brought a Christian Kirk toe-tapping touchdown in the left side end zone. The play is under review and the call stands. 

10:34- Christian Kirk catches a pass over the middle from Kyler to again convert on third-down. First-and-10 for Arizona at the 12-yard line.

12:35- Chase Edmonds gashes Cleveland on a third-down for a 40-yard gain, putting the ball into Browns territory. Great check by Kyler who saw two deep safeties on the third-down.

13:34- A third-down conversion by Cleveland on their opening drive was negated by a penalty. The Browns couldn't convert a third-and-11 and Arizona will get the ball thanks to pressure from J.J. Watt. Pass break-up by Byron Murphy. Rondale Moore takes the punt to AZ's 26-yard line and Kyler Murray takes the field for the first time.

The Arizona Cardinals win the toss (and are now 6-6 this season) and defer. Cleveland will get the ball to begin the game.


Browns Inactives:

RB Nick Chubb

CB A.J. Green

LB Malcolm Smith

T Jedrick Wills Jr.

T Jack Conklin

DT Tommy Togiai.

The Threads

Cardinals are rocking the all white uniforms.

Cleveland in their typical home brown with white pants.

Pregame Notes

If you haven't already, check out Alex Weiner's Game Day Morning Notebook that has a wealth of information that arrived in the morning on the game. 

We learned more about how the Cardinals plan to navigate their recent COVID outbreak, got a better idea of who's in and out for the game before official injury reports were released and more. 

Arizona remains the lone unbeaten team in the NFL at 5-0, and a win would improve the team to 6-0 for the first time since 1974. The Cardinals currently hold a four-game winning streak over the Browns that dates back to 2007. 

Sunday morning also brought additions to the Reserve/COVID list, as defensive lineman Corey Peters tested positive and became the fifth member of the organization (not including general manager Steve Keim) to be added to the list. He joins outside linebacker Chandler Jones, defensive end Zach Allen, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterbacks coach Cam Turner.

The fits:

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James Conner Producing Well at Goal Line

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