Kyler Murray's comeback bid for Cardinals comes up short vs. Ravens

USA Today Sports 2 months ago

Cardinals insider Bob McManaman offers a breakdown of Sunday’s game between the Cardinals and Ravens at M&T Stadium in Baltimore:

Recap: A week after earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had a second straight stellar performance by rushing for 120 yards and passing for 272 more with two touchdowns during a 23-17 victory over the Cardinals at M&T Stadium.

Jackson, Baltimore’s second-year star from Louisville, threw a 27-yard touchdown to tight end Mark Andrews in the first quarter and a 1-yard scoring strike to tight end Hayden Hurst in the second. Kicker Justin Tucker, meanwhile, kicked field goals of 33, 28 and 51 yards. Jackson completed 24 of his 37 passes and was not intercepted.

The Ravens relied mostly on big plays to improve to 2-0, using 19 plays of 10 or more yards to hand the Cardinals (0-1-1) their first loss. Andrews caught eight passes for 112 yards. Rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown caught eight passes for 86 yards.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was 25-of-40 for 349 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of his wide receivers finished with more than 100 yards – Christian Kirk (six catches, 114 yards) and Larry Fitzgerald (five catches, 104 yards).

Turning point: Facing a third-and-11 at the 44-yard line and holding a six-point lead with just three minutes left in regulation, the Ravens were in danger of letting the Cardinals get the ball back and take the lead with a touchdown.

Instead, Jackson fired the ball deep down the right sideline to Brown for a huge, game-saving 41-yard gain. That allowed Baltimore to run down the clock, take the knee and seal the victory.

Star player: Between passing the ball and running with it, Jackson nearly accounted for 400 yards (393). Eleven of his completions went for 10 or more yards as did six of his keepers. At times, it looked like he was toying with the Cardinals on some of his scrambles.

Key injuries: Running back David Johnson missed a good chunk of the first half with a left wrist injury, but was able to return. Johnson missed the final 15 games of the 2017 season because of a fractured left wrist. Left guard Justin Pugh (illness) was a late addition to the injury list Sunday morning, but was able to start and finish the game.

Up next: The Cardinals return home for a game Sunday against the Carolina panthers at State Farm Stadium. It’s the first of two straight home games for Arizona, which hosts Seattle on Sept. 29. Kickoff is 1:05 p.m. for both games.


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