All week there was talk around the Arizona Cardinals that Sunday’s game against the New York Jets was a “must-win.”
For a 2-2 team in early October, it seemed a bit hyperbolic. But for the Cardinals, it wasn’t. They needed to beat the winless Jets, one of the worst teams in football to stay relevant in the brutally tough NFC West and they needed to do it in a convincing fashion to prove they have what it takes to keep chasing a playoff berth this season.
Then second-year quarterback Kyler Murray went to work.
Murray helped the Cardinals (3-2) prevent a three-game winning streak with his arm and legs, throwing for a career-high 380 yards in a 30-10 win against the Jets (0-5), a week after he threw for 133 yards.
He diced apart the Jets’ second with a variety of throws, including a 37-yard touchdown throw to wideout DeAndre Hopkins with 8:35 left in the game that was as beautiful as it was accurate. Of Murray’s 380 yards, 131 went to Hopkins, who had his third 130-yard game as a Cardinal. He didn’t have any last season.
Murray also showed off his touch in the third quarter with a perfectly placed pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who hauled it in with one hand.
Murray wasn’t just productive, he was accurate, completing 27 of 37 passes for one touchdown and an interception.
The win keeps Arizona in the hunt for the postseason, including a shot at the NFC West title.
Describe the game in two words: Rebound game. The Cardinals came off two bad losses with a fairly good all-round showing, but Sunday’s game showed there’s still work to be done if Arizona wants to keep the
Talk about starting the PBA bubble off with a bang.
Roger Pogoy and Jayson Castro turned in big-time performances for an undermanned TNT side that escaped Alaska 100-95 for the first win of the 2020 Philippine Cup restart Sunday at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.
Pogoy wasted no time putting on a show by firing a career-high 45 points built around 10 triples before ceding the spotlight in the final minutes to Jayson Castro (28 points), whose heroics late in the game helped the Tropang Giga complete a comeback from 17 down against the Aces.
The duo were the only players to score in double figures for TNT, which dealt with the exit of the debuting Poy Erram, who was ejected late in the third quarter, and Troy Rosario, who fouled out after just 23 minutes. Ray Parks also missed the season opener with a calf strain.
“We’re lucky we won this game. We barely survived this game,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena after the game.
TNT’s offense fired blanks in the first quarter and made only five of 20 shots before letting Alaska take a 32-15 lead early in the second frame.
In search of answers, the Tropang Giga found one in the form of a red-hot Pogoy.
After going scoreless in the first 12 minutes, Pogoy exploded for 21 points on 5-for-9 threes in the following period. That included eight straight to give TNT
Pennel collected a career-best 10 tackles (five solo) Monday versus the Patriots.
Pennel saw a significant bump toa 61 percent snap percentage share on defense Monday with Chris Jones (groin) sidelined and took advantage of the opportunity with a massive tackle total. While he’s not the pass-rushing threat that Jones is, Pennel could be in line for a hefty snap count again next week if Jones remains unavailable.
Mooney caught five passes for 52 yards in the Bears’ 19-11 loss to the Colts on Sunday.
With Nick Foles getting his first start as the Chicago quarterback, it was clear that the coaching staff wanted to use Mooney as a downfield threat, and although he had an impressive 33-yard reception, he was also targeted deep on two other occasions, but in each case, the pass was uncatchable. Since the start of the season, he’s seen the most wide receiver snaps on the team after Allen Robinson, and there’s a chance that the increased volume he seen the last two weeks could lead to the rookie breaking out soon.