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NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 37-34 OT WIN VS. SEATTLE (10/25/20)

2020.10.27 23:41 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 37-34 OT WIN VS. SEATTLE (10/25/20)

The Cardinals defeated the previously unbeaten Seattle Seahawks 37-34 in overtime at State Farm Stadium on Sunday Night Football.
With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 5-2 in 2020 and matched their win total from all of last season. It marks just the third time since 1988 (6-1 in 2014; 5-2 in 2015) Arizona has at least five wins in the first seven games of a season. • The win over Seattle on Sunday Night Football was the Cardinals 14th primetime victory dating back to 2008. In 38 seasons between 1970-2007, the Cardinals had 10 total primetime wins. Arizona is 2-0 in primetime this season with victories over Dallas on Monday Night Football (Week 6) and vs. Seattle on Sunday Night Football.
The 2020 season marks the first time in franchise history the Cardinals have won on Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football in consecutive weeks.The Cardinals trailed by 10 points with under three minutes left in regulation on Sunday. Prior to Arizona’s comeback win over the Seahawks, NFL teams trailing by 10+ points with under three minutes left in regulation had lost 255 straight games. • Arizona has now won primetime games in consecutive weeks for just the fourth time in franchise history – and for the first time since 2016 (Week 5 @ SF on TNF; Week 6 vs. NYJ on MNF).
• With the victory, the Cardinals snapped a seven-game winless streak at home against the Seahawks and earned their first win over Seattle at State Farm Stadium since 2012.
Arizona handed the Seahawks just their eighth loss in 40 primetime games under Pete Carroll. Seattle entered Sunday’s game with a 31-7-1 record in primetime games and their .808 winning percentage was the best in the NFL. • Dating back to Week 5 of the 2019 season, Seattle is 0-2 against the Cardinals and 13-3 against the rest of the NFL.

A RARE COME-FROM BEHIND VICTORY OVER WILSON AND THE SEAHAWKS

• Seattle entered Sunday’s game with a 30-0 record when leading by 10+ points at halftime in the regular season since Russell Wilson took over as the starter in 2012. Arizona handed Wilson and the Seahawks their first loss in such a game.
• Cardinals QB Kyler Murray now joins Tom Brady as the only QBs to throw 3+ TD passes and overcome a 4th quarter deficit of 10+ points against Wilson. Brady accomplished the feat in Super Bowl XLIX at State Farm Stadium. • Sunday’s game marked just the fourth time in Wilson’s 134 career starts that he threw at least three INTs in a game. Arizona became the first team to record at least three INTs off Wilson since the Jaguars had three on 12/10/17 in Jacksonville.
• Wilson entered Sunday’s game having thrown just three INTs on 169 pass attempts this season.
• In his first 8 career games against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium, Wilson threw 12 TDs and just 1 INT on 245 pass attempts. He hadn’t thrown an INT against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium since his rookie season in 2012 – the first game of his NFL career.
Wilson had attempted 251 consecutive pass attempts without an INT against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium before he was picked off by Budda Baker in the second quarter on Sunday. He threw 3 INTs in his final 33 pass attempts on Sunday.

CARDINALS HAND DIVISION-LEADING SEAHAWKS FIRST LOSS OF 2020

With the victory over Seattle, the Cardinals improved to 5-2 heading into their bye week. That includes a 2-0 record in divisional matchups, and leaves Arizona just a half-game back of Seattle in the NFC West. The Cardinals have started a season 2-0 in the division for the first time since 2014.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Seattle 5 1 203 172 3-0 2-1 0-1 3-1
Arizona 5 2 203 146 2-1 3-1 1-0 4-2
L.A. Rams 5 2 176 124 3-0 2-2 0-1 5-1
San Francisco 4 3 181 136 1-3 3-0 1-1 2-2

AZ WINS YET ANOTHER ONE IN OVERTIME

• In defeating the Seahawks in OT on Sunday night, the Cardinals earned their 37th all-time OT victory. In NFL history, only Denver (28) has more OT wins than Arizona (27).

NFL History – Total OT Victories

Rnk Team Wins
1 Denver 28
2 Arizona 27
3t Washington 25
3t Chicago 25
5 NY Jets 24
The win over Seattle gives the Cardinals a .617 win percentage (27-16-4) in their 47 overtime contests. That is the best OT winning percentage in NFL history.

NFL History – Total OT Victories

Rnk Team Win% Record
1 Arizona .617 27-16-4
2 Denver .604 28-18-2
3 Washington .591 25-17-2
4 Buffalo .583 21-15-0
5 NY Giants .575 22-16-2
• Dating back to 2007, the Cardinals are 11-2-2 in their last 15 OT games. They are 4-0-2 in OT games since 2013.

KINGSBURY’S OFFENSE HAS ANOTHER MONSTER PERFORMANCE

Six days after posting 38 points in a win over the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, the Cardinals finished Sunday night’s win over the Seahawks with a season-high 519 total net yards (360 passing; 159 rushing) and 37 points. *It marks the ninth time – and fifth time this season – Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 23 games under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once in 32 games over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to his arrival.Yesterday’s game marked the first time since 11/10/96 at Washington (615 yards; 37 points) the Cardinals posted 500+ net yards and 35+ points in a game. • In a span of 20 years between 1999-2018, the Cardinals had 500+ total yards in a game just three times. Arizona has now posted 500+ yards twice in 23 games under Kingsbury (10/6/19 at Cincinnati – 514).
• Through the first seven games, the Cardinals have 2,934 total net yards on offense (1,809 passing; 1,125 rushing). Arizona’s 2,934 total yards represent the second-highest total in franchise history through the first seven games of a season.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 7 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1948 2,977
2 2020 2,934
3 1984 2,913
4 2015 2,848
5 1988 2,827
The 2020 season marks the first time in franchise history the Cardinals have at least 1,800 passing yards and 1,100 rushing yards through the first seven games of a season. • The Seahawks (572) and Cardinals (519) featured 1,091 combined total yards, the most in a regular-season NFL game since the Raiders and Eagles combined for 1,102 yards in Week 9 of the 2013 season. • Arizona ranks second in the NFL averaging 419.1 total yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Total Offense (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/G
1 Seattle 425.2
2 Arizona 419.1
3 Dallas 418.0
4 L.A. Chargers 405.8
5 Tennessee 401.3

CARDS REACH 10 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 21+ POINTS

• Sunday night’s victory over the Seahawks (37 points) was the 10th consecutive game the Cardinals have scored at least 21 points. Only two teams have longer active streaks than Arizona.

Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts (Active)

Rnk Team Gms
1 Kansas City 18
2 New Orleans 13
3 Arizona 10
4 Seattle 7
5t Pittsburgh 6
5t Detroit 6
• There has only been one streak in franchise history longer than the Cardinals current one. The team scored 21+ in 11 consecutive games between 1983-84.

Franchise Record - Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts

Rnk Year(s) Gms
1 1983-84 11
2t 2019-20 10
2t 2007-08 10
2t 1948-49 10
5 1975-76 9
• The Cardinals have scored 21+ points in 17 of 23 games under Kingsbury. Arizona scored 21+ points in an NFL-low 9 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (2017-18).
• The Cardinals have scored 30+ in each of their last three games, all wins. Only once in franchise history (4 straight in Games 3-6, 1988) have the Cardinals had a longer streak of games in which it scored 30+ points. • Arizona has scored 203 points in 2020. That represents the fifth-highest total in franchise history through the first seven games of a season.

Franchise Record – Points Thru 1st 7 Games

Rnk Year Pts
1 1948 250
2 2015 229
3 1984 215
4 1967 207
5 2020 203

GROUND GAME CONTINUES TO PILE UP YARDS AND TOUCHDOWNS

• The Cardinals ran for 159 yards and a TD on 33 carries (4.8 avg.) in the victory over Seattle on Sunday. Arizona has now rushed for 100+ yards in all seven games this season – and in 17 of 23 games under Kingsbury.
• The 2020 season marks just the second time (1984) in the last 47 years (1974-20) that the Cardinals rushed for 100+ yards in each of the first seven games of a season. • The Cardinals have now rushed for 1,125 yards and 12 TDs on 216 carries (5.2 avg.) in 2020. Arizona’s 1,125 rushing yards are the most through the first seven games of a season since the team had 1,188 rushing yards through seven games in 1976.
Through Week 7, Arizona ranks second in the NFL averaging 160.7 rushing yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards/Game (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/Gm Att Avg TD
1 Baltimore 164.3 181 5.45 7
2 Arizona 160.7 216 5.21 12
3 Cleveland 157.0 216 5.09 8
4 New England 155.0 187 4.97 8
5 Tennessee 145.2 186 4.68 8
• After rushing for seven TDs over the last three games, the Cardinals are now tied for the NFL lead with 12 rushing TDs in 2020

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Team TDs
1t Arizona 12
1t San Francisco 12
3t L.A. Rams 9
3t Dallas 9
3t New Orleans 9

DEFENSE COMES THROUGH IN THE SECOND HALF

• Arizona’s unforgettable comeback on Sunday wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of the defense in the second half. The Cardinals outscored Seattle 20-7 in the second half/OT as the defense held the Seahawks high-powered offense to just one TD on their final seven possessions, which went as follows:
• Punt
• INT
• TD
• Punt
• Punt
• INT • The Cardinals defense was at its best in the most crucial time – the OT period. On the Seahawks two OT possessions, Arizona’s defense recorded 2.0 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits, an INT and held Seattle to minus-6 rushing yards.

TURNOVER TALE:

After forcing just three turnovers (2 FR, INT) through the first five games, Arizona’s defense has seven takeaways (5 INT, 2 FR) over the last two games. The Cardinals have turned those seven takeaways into 27 points.

FITZGERALD REACHES 1,400 RECEPTIONS AND SETS STADIUM RECEPTION RECORD

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 62 yards in the win over Seattle on Sunday. With his first reception of the game, Fitzgerald became just the second player in NFL history to reach 1,400 receptions in his career. Now with 1,407 catches in his career, Fitzgerald joins Jerry Rice – the NFL’s all-time receptions leader with 1,549 – as the only players in league history to reach the milestone.

NFL All-Time Receptions Leaders

Rnk Player (Years) Rec
1 Jerry Rice (1985-04)+ 1,549
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-)* 1,407
3 Tony Gonzalez (1997-13)+ 1,325
4 Jason Witten (2003-17; 19-)* 1,222
5 Marvin Harrison (1996-08)+ 1,102
+Hall of Fame Inductee *Active Player • Fitzgerald reached 1,400 receptions at 37 years, 55 days old while playing in his 257th career game. Rice reached 1,400 receptions at 40 years, 7 days old while playing in his 260th career game.
• Fitzgerald’s 1,407 catches are nearly 2.5 times the second-place total on the franchise all-time receptions list – Anquan Boldin (586).

Franchise Record—Career Receptions

Rnk Player (Years) Rec Difference
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 1,407 -
2 Anquan Boldin (2003-09) 586 -821
3 Larry Centers (1990-98) 535 -872
4 Roy Green (1979-90) 522 -885
5 Frank Sanders (1995-02) 493 -914
• His 1,400th catch came exactly 5,888 days (16 years, 1 month, 14 days) after he first career reception. In his NFL debut vs. the Rams (9/12/04), Fitzgerald caught a 37-yard pass from Josh McCown on a flea flicker that came on the first offensive play of the game.
• Fitzgerald’s 1,400th reception came on a pass from QB Kyler Murray, who was 7 years, 1 month and 5 days old the day Fitzgerald had his first catch in the NFL.
• Fitzgerald’s first reception on Sunday night was also his 647th career catch at State Farm Stadium. He has more receptions at State Farm Stadium than any other player in NFL history at a single venue. He surpassed the previous record held by Jerry Rice (646 at Candlestick Park).

NFL History – Receptions By Stadium

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Stadium
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 654 State Farm Stadium
2 Jerry Rice (SF) 646 Candlestick Park
3 Andre Johnson (Hou) 560 NRG Stadium
4 Cris Carter (Min) 531 Mall of America Field
5 Marvin Harrison (Ind) 515 RCA Dome
• Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 250 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 250 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. Fitzgerald has at least one reception in 256 of 257 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 250 11/7/04 – 10/11/20 15 years, 11 months, 18 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 250 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place total: Julio Jones (123 games).

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streaks)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 250 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 123 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 121 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 117 Sept. 9, 2013
5t Travis Kelce (KC) 102 Sept. 7, 2014
5t Jarvis Landry (Cle) 102 Sept. 14, 2014
• Last night’s contest against the Seahawks was Fitzgerald’s 257th career game with the Cardinals. In NFL history, only seven players have appeared in more games with a single team. The only offensive players in NFL history to appear in more games with a single team are OL Bruce Matthews (296 w/Titans), QB Tom Brady (285 w/Patriots) and OL Jackie Slater (259 w/ Rams).

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE) 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 257
9 LS David Binn (SD) 256
10t QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10t TE Jason Witten (Dal) 255
• Yesterday’s game also represented Fitzgerald’s 91st consecutive start dating back to 2014. That is the longest starts streak among active WRs and the sixth-longest active streak among offensive players in the NFL.

MURRAY SHINES AGAIN UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS WITH FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PERFORMANCE

• QB Kyler Murray completed 34-of-48 pass attempts (70.8%) for 360 yards, 3 TDs and a 104.5 passer rating in the win over the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. His 34 completions are a new career high. He also added 67 rushing yards and a TD on 14 carries. • With his performance on Sunday, Murray became the first player in NFL history to throw for 350+ yards and 3+ TDs while also rushing for 50+ yards and a TD in a single game.Murray also became the first player in franchise history with 300+ passing yards and 50+ rushing yards in a game.
Through seven games in 2020, Murray has 1,847 passing yards and 437 rushing yards. His current pace has him finishing with 4,222 passing yards and 999 rushing yards this season. No player in NFL history has ever thrown for 4,000+ yards and rushed for 1,000+ yards in a season. • In three career primetime starts, Murray has completed 60-of-96 pass attempts (62.5%) for 789 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT and a 108.4 passer rating. He also rushed for 175 yards and 2 TDs in those contests.

Murray in Primetime

Opponent Att Com Yds TD INT Rate Rush Yds TD
10/25/20 vs. Sea (SNF) 48 34 360 3 1 104.5 14 67 1
10/19/20 @ Dal (MNF) 24 9 188 2 0 93.7 10 74 1
10/31/19 vs. SF (TNF) 24 17 241 2 0 130.7 5 34 0
Totals 96 60 789 7 1 108.4 29 175 2Yesterday’s win vs. Seattle was Murray’s seventh career game with both a passing and rushing TD, including his sixth such performance in seven games this season. Only two players in franchise history had more games with both a passing and rushing TD in their career than Murray has in his first 23 career games.

Franchise Record – Games w/ Rushing & Pass TD (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Jim Hart (1966-83) 11
2 Ernie Nevers (1929-31) 8
3t Kyler Murray (2019-20) 7
3t Charley Johnson (1961-69) 7
5 Paul Christman (1945-49) 6
Murray’s six games with a passing and rushing TDs in 2020 are the most in a single season in franchise history.
He is the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat six times in the first seven games of a season. The NFL record for most games with both a passing and rushing TD in a single season is eight.

NFL Record – Games w/ Pass & Rush TDs (Season)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Year
1t Cam Newton (Car) 8 2011
1t Daunte Culpepper (Min) 8 2002
1t Steve Grogan (NE) 8 1976
4t Cam Newton (Car) 7 2015
4t Michael Vick (Phi) 7 2010
4t Kordell Stewart (Pit) 7 1997
7t Kyler Murray (AZ) 6 2020
7t Josh Allen (Buf) 6 2019
7t Cam Newton (Car) 6 2013
7t Cam Newton (Car) 6 2012
7t Jack Kemp (LAC) 6 1960
7t Tobin Rote (GB) 6 1956
• Murray’s five-yard TD run in the third quarter on Sunday was his seventh rushing TD of the season. Just seven games into the 2020 campaign, Murray has already established a franchise single-season record for rushing TDs by a QB. He surpassed the previous record of six, established by Jim Hart in 1968.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs by Quarterback (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2020) 7 7
2 Jim Hart (1968) 6 13
3t King Hill (1959) 5 11
3t Lamar McHan (1956) 5 12
5t Kyler Murray (2019) 4 16
5t Jake Plummer (1998) 4 16
5t Charley Trippi (1952) 4 11
5t Charley Trippi (1951) 4 12
5t Arnie Horween (1922) 4 11
Murray and Cam Newton (7 in 2011) are the only QBs in the Super Bowl era with at least seven rushing TDs through the first seven games of a season.
• Only two players in team history (at any position) had more rushing TDs through the first seven games of a season.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs Thru 1st 7 Games (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TD
1t David Johnson (2016) 8
1t MacArthur Lane (1970) 8
3t Kyler Murray (2020) 7
3t Beanie Wells (2011) 7
3t Donny Anderson (1973) 7
3t Johnny Roland (1967) 7
3t John David Crow (1962) 7
• Including his team-high 67 rushing yards vs. Seattle, Murray has now rushed for 437 yards in 2020. Despite being just seven games into the season, his 437 rushing yards are the fourth-most by a QB in a single season in franchise history.

Franchise Record - Rushing Yards By QB (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 Kyler Murray (2019)* 544
2 Charley Trippi (1951) 501
3 Timm Rosenbach (1990) 470
4 Kyler Murray (2020) 437
5 Charley Trippi (1952) 350
*Rookie Season
• Sunday night’s game marked the 12th time in his career – and fourth time in the last five games - Murray has thrown for multiple TD passes in a game. It marked Murray’s fourth career game with three TD passes.
Murray now has 33 TD passes in his career, the most in a player’s first two seasons in franchise history.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 2 NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) TDs
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 33
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 32
3 Jim Hart (1966-67) 19
4 Paul Christman (1945-46) 18
5 Lamar McHan (1954-55) 17
• After throwing three TDs against the Seahawks on Sunday, Murray now has 13 TD passes in 2020. Only two players in team history had more TD passes in the first seven games of a season.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 7 Games (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 Carson Palmer (2015) 16
2 Kurt Warner (2008) 14
3t Kyler Murray (2020) 13
3t Charley Johnson (1965) 13
3t Charley Johnson (1963) 13
• Murray’s outing against Seattle marked his seventh career game with 300+ passing yards – and his second in the last three games. No other QB in franchise history had more than four games with 300+ passing yards in their first two NFL seasons.

Franchise Record – Games w/ 300+ Passing Yards in 1st 2 Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 7
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 4
3 Charley Johnson (1962-63) 3
4t Ryan Lindley (2012-14) 2
4t John Skelton (2011-12) 2
4t Timm Rosenbach (1989-90) 2
4t Jim Hart (1966-67) 2

ANOTHER PINPOINT PERFORMANCE FOR KYLER:

Murray completed 70.8% of his pass attempts last night vs. Seattle (34-48). It was his seventh career game above 70% and third in last four weeks. If you take away the four spikes to stop the clock at end of 4th/OT, last night was the second most accurate performance of his career at 77.3%.

O-LINE KEEPS KYLER CLEAN ON SUNDAY NIGHT

Despite 48 pass attempts on Sunday, Kyler Murray was not sacked once by Seattle. The Seahawks did not register a single QB hit in Sunday’s game.
Sunday’s game marked the first time since 12/23/07 (Kurt Warner at QB – 52 pass attempts) that the Cardinals allowed no sacks in a game they had at least 45 pass attempts.
• Below is a look at what the Cardinals have been able to accomplish in both the run game and passing game this season behind the offensive line.

Keeping Kyler Clean in the Passing Game

QB Kyler Murray has been well-protected behind the line of scrimmage this season. Through 6 games in 2020, the Cardinals rank:
• 8th in the NFL in sacks allowed (9)
• t-5th in the NFL in total QB pressures (37)
• 3rd in the NFL in sack percentage (3.4)
• 2nd in the NFL in sack yardage (38)

Helping the Run Game Succeed

The Cardinals have one of the NFL's top run games in 2020. Arizona ranks:
• 3rd in runs of 20+ yards (10)
• 3rd in rushing average (5.21)
• 2nd in rushing yards per game (160.7)
• 2nd in runs of 10+ yards (33)
• t-1st in rushing TDs (12)
• 1st in rushing average before contact (4.30) • With the win on Sunday, the Cardinals improved to 6-3 over the last two seasons 92019-20) in games they allow one sack or fewer. Arizona has won three such games in a row. The Cardinals are 3-0 during that stretch when they don’t allow a sack.

HOPKINS GOES FOR 100+ FOR FOURTH TIME THIS SEASON

• WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a TD in the Cardinals victory over the Seahawks on Sunday. It was his fourth game with 100+ receiving yards in 2020 and his third game with 10+ receptions. Through seven games, Hopkins now has 57 receptions for 704 yards and three TDs. He leads the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and first down receptions in 2020.
• Hopkins is currently on pace for 130 receptions and 1,609 receiving yards in 2020. Both of those totals would represent franchise single-season records. They would also represent career highs for the three-time 1st-team All-Pro. His current career highs for both receptions (115) and receiving yards (1,572) came in 2018.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (2020) NFL Leaders – Receiving Yards (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 57 1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 704
2 Amari Cooper (Dal) 53 2 Robby Anderson (Car) 640
3t Stefon Diggs (Buf) 48 3 Calvin Ridley (Atl) 615
3t Tyler Boyd (Cin) 48 4 Stefon Diggs (Buf) 603
5t Robby Anderson (Car) 46 5 Amari Cooper (Dal) 583
5t Alvin Kamara (NO) 46

NFL Leaders – 1st Down Receptions (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) 1st
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 36
2 Tyler Boyd (Cin) 33
3t Calvin Ridley (Atl) 32
3t Amari Cooper (Dal) 32
5t 5 players tied 28
Hopkins set an NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first seven games with a team. The previous record of 52 was set by Eric Metcalf (Atlanta) in 1995.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 7 Games with a Team

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 57 2020
2 Eric Metcalf (Atl) 52 1995
3 Terance Mathis (Atl) 51 1994
4t Brandon Marshall (Chi) 50 2012
4t Brandon Marshall (NYJ) 50 2015
• Hopkins’ 57 receptions also established a franchise record for receptions in the first seven games of a season. J.T. Smith (54 in 1989) held the previous mark.

Franchise Record – Receptions in 1st 7 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 57
2 J.T. Smith (1989) 54
3t Larry Fitzgerald (2009) 47
3t Larry Centers (1996) 47
5t Larry Fitzgerald (2016) 46
5t Larry Fitzgerald (2015) 46
5t Larry Fitzgerald (2007) 46
5t David Boston (2011) 46
• Hopkins caught his third TD pass of the season when he hauled in a 35-yard reception from Kyler Murray in the first quarter. It was his 57th career TD catch, the most among active NFL players dating back to his rookie season in 2013.

Active NFL Leaders – Receiving Touchdowns (2013-20)

Rnk Player (Current Team) TD
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 57
2 Mike Evans (TB) 54
3 Jimmy Graham (Chi) 53
4 Odell Beckham (Cle) 51
5 Davante Adams (GB) 48
• Sunday’s game also marked Hopkins 34th career 100-yard outing – and fourth in seven games with Arizona. He becomes the fourth player in franchise history with at least four 100-yard receiving performances in the first seven games of a season.

Franchise Record – 100+ Receiving Yard Outings in 1st 7 Games

Rnk Player (Year) Gms
1t DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 4
1t Larry Fitzgerald (2008) 4
1t David Boston (2001) 4
1t J.T. Smith (1989) 4
5t 7 players tied 3
• Dating back to his first NFL season in 2013, only two players have more 100-yard games than Hopkins.

NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Receiving Yards (2013-20)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Julio Jones (Atl) 48
2 Antonio Brown (TB) 39
3 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 34
4 T.Y. Hilton (Ind) 28
5t Odell Beckham (Cle) 26
5t Mike Evans (TB) 26
Dating back to 2017, Hopkins (21) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (22) are the only players in the NFL with at least 20 games of 100+ receiving yards.
• Hopkins now has at least one reception in all 117 games played in his career. His streak of 117 consecutive games with a catch is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streaks)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 250 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 123 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 121 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 117 Sept. 9, 2013
5t Travis Kelce (KC) 102 Sept. 7, 2014
5t Jarvis Landry (Cle) 102 Sept. 4, 2014

TOUCHDOWNS COMING IN BUNCHES FOR KIRK

• WR Christian Kirk had five receptions for 37 yards and two TDs in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks. Combined with his two TD catches in Week 6 at Dallas, Kirk became just the fifth different player in franchise history to have multiple TD receptions in back-to-back games. No player in team history has had multiple TD catches in three straight games.

Cardinals w/ Multiple TD Catches in Consecutive Games

Gms Player (Year) TDs Opponents
2 Christian Kirk (2020) 4 2 at Dal (10/19); 2 vs. Sea (10/25)
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2015) 5 3 at Chi (9/20); 2 vs. SF (9/27)
2 Anquan Boldin (2007) 4 2 at Bal (9/23); 2 at Was (10/21)
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004) 4 2 vs. StL (12/19); 2 at Sea (12/26)
2 Sonny Randle (1960-61) 5 3 vs. Pit (12/18/60); 2 at Cle (9/24/61)
2 Mal Kutner (1948) 4 2 at Det (11/25); 2 vs. GB (12/5)
• Despite having played in just six games in 2020, Kirk has already established a career high with five TD receptions this season. His five TD catches are a team high.
• After recording six total TD receptions in his first 27 career games, Kirk now has five TD catches in his last four games this season.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES WITH A PICK FOR BUDDA

• S Budda Baker posted a game-high 14 tackles, his second INT of the season, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed in the win over Seattle on Sunday. It was a fitting end to a remarkable six-day stretch on the national stage in which the All-Pro was named a team captain, totaled 21 tackles, 2 INTs (one returned 90 yards), 1.0 sack, 2 passes defensed, 2 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits, a forced fumble and an NFC “Defensive Player of the Week” Award (Week 6).
After going without an INT in his first 50 career games, Baker now has an INT in each of the last two games. He tallied his first career INT off Cowboys QB Andy Dalton on Monday Night Football in Week 6. Prior to the last two-game stretch, the last time Baker had an INT in consecutive games was in his sophomore year at the University of Washington in 2015 when he had an INT at Stanford (10/24) and vs. Arizona (10/31).
• Despite playing the last three games with a cast on his thumb from a surgery that forced him to miss a game, Baker has registered 59 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 2 INTs, 3 passes defensed and a forced fumble in 2020. His 59 tackles are tied for the team lead (Jordan Hicks), as are his 2 INTs (Patrick Peterson). • Baker’s 59 tackles lead all NFL DBs in 2020, despite him having played fewer games than any other player in the top-5 on the list.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles by a DB (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Tackles GP
1 S Budda Baker (AZ) 59 6
2t S Jeremy Chinn (Car) 56 7
2t S Josh Jones (Jax) 56 7
4 S Jordan Poyer (Buf) 55 7
5 S Vonn Bell (Cin) 53 7

PETERSON SNAGS CAREER INTERCEPTION #27

• CB Patrick Peterson collected his second INT of the season when he picked off Russell Wilson in the Cardinals end zone early in the third quarter. It was the 27th INT of Peterson’s career, and second in the last four games. Only five players in team history – including four Hall of Famers - have more career INTs than Peterson.

Franchise Record – Career Interceptions

Rnk Player (Years) INTs
1 Larry Wilson (1960-72)* 52
2 Aeneas Williams (1991-2000)* 46
3 Roger Wehrli (1969-82)* 40
4 Night Train Lane (1954-59)* 30
5 Pat Fischer (1961-67) 29
6t Patrick Peterson (2011-20) 27
6t Adrian Wilson (2001-12) 27
8 Kwamie Lassiter (1995-2002) 24
9 Norm Thompson (1971-76) 22
10t Jerry Davis (1948-51) 21
10t Ray Ramsey (1950-53) 21
*Hall of Fame Inductee • Dating back to his rookie season in 2011, only three players have more INTs than Peterson.

Active NFL Leaders – Interceptions (2011-20)

Rnk Player (Team) INTs
1 Richard Sherman (SF) 35
2t Reggie Nelson (FA) 29
2t Marcus Peters (Bal) 29
4 Patrick Peterson (AZ) 27
5t Stephon Gilmore (NE) 25
5t Earl Thomas (FA) 25
• Peterson’s INT on Sunday was his third career INT against the Seahawks and second pick of Wilson.

REDDICK SETS NEW CAREER HIGH WITH 5.0 SACKS IN 2020

• Fourth-year LB Haason Reddick continued his breakout performance this season with one of the most productive games of his career in the victory over Seattle on Sunday. He finished with 11 tackles, a sack, 3 tackles for loss and 3 QB hits – with his 3 QB hits and 3 tackles for loss setting career highs for a single game.
• Reddick came up with a big sack on the Seahawks opening possession of the OT period, taking down Russell Wilson for a six-yard loss. He now has 5.0 sacks in 2020, a new career high. All 5.0 sacks have come in the last six games, including 3.0 in the last two games.
• Reddick now joins Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs as the only Cardinals defenders in the last three seasons (2018-20) to post at least 5.0 sacks in a season.

FIRST ROUND PICK MAKES PLAY OF THE GAME IN CARDINALS WIN

• Rookie LB Isaiah Simmons – the #8 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Clemson – only played five defensive snaps on Sunday but that’s all it took for him to come up with the play that led to the Cardinals game-winning FG in OT. With Arizona having just missed a potential game-winning FG, Seattle took over on the ensuing possession and with just over a minute remaining in OT they faced a 3rd-n-14 at their own 48-yard line. Russell Wilson attempted a pass over the middle to Tyler Lockett that Simmons intercepted and returned 12 yards to the SEA 49-yard line. Six plays later – with just 0:15 remaining – the Cardinals kicked the game-winning 48-yard FG.

EDMONDS COMES UP BIG FOR CARDINALS IN COMEBACK

• RB Chase Edmonds finished Sunday’s game with 145 scrimmage yards (87 receiving; 58 rushing) on 12 total touches. He established career highs for receptions (7) and receiving yards (87) in the Cardinals victory. Of his 145 total yards on Sunday, 124 came in the second half/OT. • In the second half/OT, Edmonds had 10 total touches (5 rush; 5 reception) and 124 yards (66 receiving; 58 rushing). Of those 10 touches, seven went for first downs and six covered at least 10 yards. He had receptions of 21, 18, 13 and 11 yards and runs of 12 and 32 yards.

ZANE KICKS CARDS INTO OT AND ALSO KICKS GAME-WINNER

• K Zane Gonzalez made 3-of-4 FG attempts in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks, including a 44-yarder as time expired in regulation to send the game into OT and a 48-yarder to win it in OT.
• Gonzalez’s 48-yard FG in OT was the third game-winning kick of his career and the first to come in OT. He had game-winners at Green Bay in 2018 and in Cincinnati in 2019.
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2020.10.27 17:42 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Week 7

The Cardinals defeated the previously unbeaten Seattle Seahawks 37-34 in overtime at State Farm Stadium on Sunday Night Football.
With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 5-2 in 2020 and matched their win total from all of last season. It marks just the third time since 1988 (6-1 in 2014; 5-2 in 2015) Arizona has at least five wins in the first seven games of a season.
• The win over Seattle on Sunday Night Football was the Cardinals 14th primetime victory dating back to 2008. In 38 seasons between 1970-2007, the Cardinals had 10 total primetime wins. Arizona is 2-0 in primetime this season with victories over Dallas on Monday Night Football (Week 6) and vs. Seattle on Sunday Night Football.
The 2020 season marks the first time in franchise history the Cardinals have won on Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football in consecutive weeks.
The Cardinals trailed by 10 points with under three minutes left in regulation on Sunday. Prior to Arizona’s comeback win over the Seahawks, NFL teams trailing by 10+ points with under three minutes left in regulation had lost 255 straight games.
• Arizona has now won primetime games in consecutive weeks for just the fourth time in franchise history – and for the first time since 2016 (Week 5 @ SF on TNF; Week 6 vs. NYJ on MNF).
• With the victory, the Cardinals snapped a seven-game winless streak at home against the Seahawks and earned their first win over Seattle at State Farm Stadium since 2012.
Arizona handed the Seahawks just their eighth loss in 40 primetime games under Pete Carroll. Seattle entered Sunday’s game with a 31-7-1 record in primetime games and their .808 winning percentage was the best in the NFL.
• Dating back to Week 5 of the 2019 season, Seattle is 0-2 against the Cardinals and 13-3 against the rest of the NFL.

A RARE COME-FROM BEHIND VICTORY OVER WILSON AND THE SEAHAWKS

• Seattle entered Sunday’s game with a 30-0 record when leading by 10+ points at halftime in the regular season since Russell Wilson took over as the starter in 2012. Arizona handed Wilson and the Seahawks their first loss in such a game.
• Cardinals QB Kyler Murray now joins Tom Brady as the only QBs to throw 3+ TD passes and overcome a 4th quarter deficit of 10+ points against Wilson. Brady accomplished the feat in Super Bowl XLIX at State Farm Stadium.
• Sunday’s game marked just the fourth time in Wilson’s 134 career starts that he threw at least three INTs in a game. Arizona became the first team to record at least three INTs off Wilson since the Jaguars had three on 12/10/17 in Jacksonville.
• Wilson entered Sunday’s game having thrown just three INTs on 169 pass attempts this season.
• In his first 8 career games against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium, Wilson threw 12 TDs and just 1 INT on 245 pass attempts. He hadn’t thrown an INT against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium since his rookie season in 2012 – the first game of his NFL career.
Wilson had attempted 251 consecutive pass attempts without an INT against the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium before he was picked off by Budda Baker in the second quarter on Sunday. He threw 3 INTs in his final 33 pass attempts on Sunday.

CARDINALS HAND DIVISION-LEADING SEAHAWKS FIRST LOSS OF 2020

With the victory over Seattle, the Cardinals improved to 5-2 heading into their bye week. That includes a 2-0 record in divisional matchups, and leaves Arizona just a half-game back of Seattle in the NFC West. The Cardinals have started a season 2-0 in the division for the first time since 2014.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Seattle 5 1 203 172 3-0 2-1 0-1 3-1
Arizona 5 2 203 146 2-1 3-1 1-0 4-2
L.A. Rams 5 2 176 124 3-0 2-2 0-1 5-1
San Francisco 4 3 181 136 1-3 3-0 1-1 2-2

AZ WINS YET ANOTHER ONE IN OVERTIME

• In defeating the Seahawks in OT on Sunday night, the Cardinals earned their 37th all-time OT victory. In NFL history, only Denver (28) has more OT wins than Arizona (27).

NFL History – Total OT Victories

Rnk Team Wins
1 Denver 28
2 Arizona 27
3t Washington 25
3t Chicago 25
5 NY Jets 24
The win over Seattle gives the Cardinals a .617 win percentage (27-16-4) in their 47 overtime contests. That is the best OT winning percentage in NFL history.

NFL History – Total OT Victories

Rnk Team Win% Record
1 Arizona .617 27-16-4
2 Denver .604 28-18-2
3 Washington .591 25-17-2
4 Buffalo .583 21-15-0
5 NY Giants .575 22-16-2
• Dating back to 2007, the Cardinals are 11-2-2 in their last 15 OT games. They are 4-0-2 in OT games since 2013.

KINGSBURY’S OFFENSE HAS ANOTHER MONSTER PERFORMANCE

Six days after posting 38 points in a win over the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, the Cardinals finished Sunday night’s win over the Seahawks with a season-high 519 total net yards (360 passing; 159 rushing) and 37 points. *It marks the ninth time – and fifth time this season – Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 23 games under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once in 32 games over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to his arrival.
Yesterday’s game marked the first time since 11/10/96 at Washington (615 yards; 37 points) the Cardinals posted 500+ net yards and 35+ points in a game.
• In a span of 20 years between 1999-2018, the Cardinals had 500+ total yards in a game just three times. Arizona has now posted 500+ yards twice in 23 games under Kingsbury (10/6/19 at Cincinnati – 514).
• Through the first seven games, the Cardinals have 2,934 total net yards on offense (1,809 passing; 1,125 rushing). Arizona’s 2,934 total yards represent the second-highest total in franchise history through the first seven games of a season.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 7 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1948 2,977
2 2020 2,934
3 1984 2,913
4 2015 2,848
5 1988 2,827
The 2020 season marks the first time in franchise history the Cardinals have at least 1,800 passing yards and 1,100 rushing yards through the first seven games of a season.
• The Seahawks (572) and Cardinals (519) featured 1,091 combined total yards, the most in a regular-season NFL game since the Raiders and Eagles combined for 1,102 yards in Week 9 of the 2013 season.
Arizona ranks second in the NFL averaging 419.1 total yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Total Offense (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/G
1 Seattle 425.2
2 Arizona 419.1
3 Dallas 418.0
4 L.A. Chargers 405.8
5 Tennessee 401.3

CARDS REACH 10 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 21+ POINTS

• Sunday night’s victory over the Seahawks (37 points) was the 10th consecutive game the Cardinals have scored at least 21 points. Only two teams have longer active streaks than Arizona.

Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts (Active)

Rnk Team Gms
1 Kansas City 18
2 New Orleans 13
3 Arizona 10
4 Seattle 7
5t Pittsburgh 6
5t Detroit 6
• There has only been one streak in franchise history longer than the Cardinals current one. The team scored 21+ in 11 consecutive games between 1983-84.

Franchise Record - Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts

Rnk Year(s) Gms
1 1983-84 11
2t 2019-20 10
2t 2007-08 10
2t 1948-49 10
5 1975-76 9
• The Cardinals have scored 21+ points in 17 of 23 games under Kingsbury. Arizona scored 21+ points in an NFL-low 9 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (2017-18).
• The Cardinals have scored 30+ in each of their last three games, all wins. Only once in franchise history (4 straight in Games 3-6, 1988) have the Cardinals had a longer streak of games in which it scored 30+ points.
• Arizona has scored 203 points in 2020. That represents the fifth-highest total in franchise history through the first seven games of a season.

Franchise Record – Points Thru 1st 7 Games

Rnk Year Pts
1 1948 250
2 2015 229
3 1984 215
4 1967 207
5 2020 203

GROUND GAME CONTINUES TO PILE UP YARDS AND TOUCHDOWNS

• The Cardinals ran for 159 yards and a TD on 33 carries (4.8 avg.) in the victory over Seattle on Sunday. Arizona has now rushed for 100+ yards in all seven games this season – and in 17 of 23 games under Kingsbury.
• The 2020 season marks just the second time (1984) in the last 47 years (1974-20) that the Cardinals rushed for 100+ yards in each of the first seven games of a season.
The Cardinals have now rushed for 1,125 yards and 12 TDs on 216 carries (5.2 avg.) in 2020. Arizona’s 1,125 rushing yards are the most through the first seven games of a season since the team had 1,188 rushing yards through seven games in 1976.
Through Week 7, Arizona ranks second in the NFL averaging 160.7 rushing yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards/Game (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/Gm Att Avg TD
1 Baltimore 164.3 181 5.45 7
2 Arizona 160.7 216 5.21 12
3 Cleveland 157.0 216 5.09 8
4 New England 155.0 187 4.97 8
5 Tennessee 145.2 186 4.68 8
• After rushing for seven TDs over the last three games, the Cardinals are now tied for the NFL lead with 12 rushing TDs in 2020

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Team TDs
1t Arizona 12
1t San Francisco 12
3t L.A. Rams 9
3t Dallas 9
3t New Orleans 9

DEFENSE COMES THROUGH IN THE SECOND HALF

• Arizona’s unforgettable comeback on Sunday wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of the defense in the second half. The Cardinals outscored Seattle 20-7 in the second half/OT as the defense held the Seahawks high-powered offense to just one TD on their final seven possessions, which went as follows:
• Punt
• INT
• TD
• Punt
• Punt
• INT
The Cardinals defense was at its best in the most crucial time – the OT period. On the Seahawks two OT possessions, Arizona’s defense recorded 2.0 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits, an INT and held Seattle to minus-6 rushing yards.

TURNOVER TALE:

After forcing just three turnovers (2 FR, INT) through the first five games, Arizona’s defense has seven takeaways (5 INT, 2 FR) over the last two games. The Cardinals have turned those seven takeaways into 27 points.

FITZGERALD REACHES 1,400 RECEPTIONS AND SETS STADIUM RECEPTION RECORD

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 62 yards in the win over Seattle on Sunday. With his first reception of the game, Fitzgerald became just the second player in NFL history to reach 1,400 receptions in his career. Now with 1,407 catches in his career, Fitzgerald joins Jerry Rice – the NFL’s all-time receptions leader with 1,549 – as the only players in league history to reach the milestone.

NFL All-Time Receptions Leaders

Rnk Player (Years) Rec
1 Jerry Rice (1985-04)+ 1,549
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-)* 1,407
3 Tony Gonzalez (1997-13)+ 1,325
4 Jason Witten (2003-17; 19-)* 1,222
5 Marvin Harrison (1996-08)+ 1,102
+Hall of Fame Inductee *Active Player
• Fitzgerald reached 1,400 receptions at 37 years, 55 days old while playing in his 257th career game. Rice reached 1,400 receptions at 40 years, 7 days old while playing in his 260th career game.
• Fitzgerald’s 1,407 catches are nearly 2.5 times the second-place total on the franchise all-time receptions list – Anquan Boldin (586).

Franchise Record—Career Receptions

Rnk Player (Years) Rec Difference
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 1,407 -
2 Anquan Boldin (2003-09) 586 -821
3 Larry Centers (1990-98) 535 -872
4 Roy Green (1979-90) 522 -885
5 Frank Sanders (1995-02) 493 -914
• His 1,400th catch came exactly 5,888 days (16 years, 1 month, 14 days) after he first career reception. In his NFL debut vs. the Rams (9/12/04), Fitzgerald caught a 37-yard pass from Josh McCown on a flea flicker that came on the first offensive play of the game.
• Fitzgerald’s 1,400th reception came on a pass from QB Kyler Murray, who was 7 years, 1 month and 5 days old the day Fitzgerald had his first catch in the NFL.
• Fitzgerald’s first reception on Sunday night was also his 647th career catch at State Farm Stadium. He has more receptions at State Farm Stadium than any other player in NFL history at a single venue. He surpassed the previous record held by Jerry Rice (646 at Candlestick Park).

NFL History – Receptions By Stadium

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Stadium
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 654 State Farm Stadium
2 Jerry Rice (SF) 646 Candlestick Park
3 Andre Johnson (Hou) 560 NRG Stadium
4 Cris Carter (Min) 531 Mall of America Field
5 Marvin Harrison (Ind) 515 RCA Dome
• Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 250 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 250 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. Fitzgerald has at least one reception in 256 of 257 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 250 11/7/04 – 10/11/20 15 years, 11 months, 18 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 250 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place total: Julio Jones (123 games).

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streaks)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 250 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 123 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 121 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 117 Sept. 9, 2013
5t Travis Kelce (KC) 102 Sept. 7, 2014
5t Jarvis Landry (Cle) 102 Sept. 14, 2014
• Last night’s contest against the Seahawks was Fitzgerald’s 257th career game with the Cardinals. In NFL history, only seven players have appeared in more games with a single team. The only offensive players in NFL history to appear in more games with a single team are OL Bruce Matthews (296 w/Titans), QB Tom Brady (285 w/Patriots) and OL Jackie Slater (259 w/ Rams).

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE) 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 257
9 LS David Binn (SD) 256
10t QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10t TE Jason Witten (Dal) 255
• Yesterday’s game also represented Fitzgerald’s 91st consecutive start dating back to 2014. That is the longest starts streak among active WRs and the sixth-longest active streak among offensive players in the NFL.

MURRAY SHINES AGAIN UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS WITH FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PERFORMANCE

• QB Kyler Murray completed 34-of-48 pass attempts (70.8%) for 360 yards, 3 TDs and a 104.5 passer rating in the win over the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. His 34 completions are a new career high. He also added 67 rushing yards and a TD on 14 carries.
With his performance on Sunday, Murray became the first player in NFL history to throw for 350+ yards and 3+ TDs while also rushing for 50+ yards and a TD in a single game.
Murray also became the first player in franchise history with 300+ passing yards and 50+ rushing yards in a game.
Through seven games in 2020, Murray has 1,847 passing yards and 437 rushing yards. His current pace has him finishing with 4,222 passing yards and 999 rushing yards this season. No player in NFL history has ever thrown for 4,000+ yards and rushed for 1,000+ yards in a season.
• In three career primetime starts, Murray has completed 60-of-96 pass attempts (62.5%) for 789 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT and a 108.4 passer rating. He also rushed for 175 yards and 2 TDs in those contests.

Murray in Primetime

Opponent Att Com Yds TD INT Rate Rush Yds TD
10/25/20 vs. Sea (SNF) 48 34 360 3 1 104.5 14 67 1
10/19/20 @ Dal (MNF) 24 9 188 2 0 93.7 10 74 1
10/31/19 vs. SF (TNF) 24 17 241 2 0 130.7 5 34 0
Totals 96 60 789 7 1 108.4 29 175 2
Yesterday’s win vs. Seattle was Murray’s seventh career game with both a passing and rushing TD, including his sixth such performance in seven games this season. Only two players in franchise history had more games with both a passing and rushing TD in their career than Murray has in his first 23 career games.

Franchise Record – Games w/ Rushing & Pass TD (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Jim Hart (1966-83) 11
2 Ernie Nevers (1929-31) 8
3t Kyler Murray (2019-20) 7
3t Charley Johnson (1961-69) 7
5 Paul Christman (1945-49) 6
Murray’s six games with a passing and rushing TDs in 2020 are the most in a single season in franchise history.
He is the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat six times in the first seven games of a season. The NFL record for most games with both a passing and rushing TD in a single season is eight.

NFL Record – Games w/ Pass & Rush TDs (Season)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Year
1t Cam Newton (Car) 8 2011
1t Daunte Culpepper (Min) 8 2002
1t Steve Grogan (NE) 8 1976
4t Cam Newton (Car) 7 2015
4t Michael Vick (Phi) 7 2010
4t Kordell Stewart (Pit) 7 1997
7t Kyler Murray (AZ) 6 2020
7t Josh Allen (Buf) 6 2019
7t Cam Newton (Car) 6 2013
7t Cam Newton (Car) 6 2012
7t Jack Kemp (LAC) 6 1960
7t Tobin Rote (GB) 6 1956
• Murray’s five-yard TD run in the third quarter on Sunday was his seventh rushing TD of the season. Just seven games into the 2020 campaign, Murray has already established a franchise single-season record for rushing TDs by a QB. He surpassed the previous record of six, established by Jim Hart in 1968.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs by Quarterback (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2020) 7 7
2 Jim Hart (1968) 6 13
3t King Hill (1959) 5 11
3t Lamar McHan (1956) 5 12
5t Kyler Murray (2019) 4 16
5t Jake Plummer (1998) 4 16
5t Charley Trippi (1952) 4 11
5t Charley Trippi (1951) 4 12
5t Arnie Horween (1922) 4 11
Murray and Cam Newton (7 in 2011) are the only QBs in the Super Bowl era with at least seven rushing TDs through the first seven games of a season.
• Only two players in team history (at any position) had more rushing TDs through the first seven games of a season.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs Thru 1st 7 Games (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TD
1t David Johnson (2016) 8
1t MacArthur Lane (1970) 8
3t Kyler Murray (2020) 7
3t Beanie Wells (2011) 7
3t Donny Anderson (1973) 7
3t Johnny Roland (1967) 7
3t John David Crow (1962) 7
• Including his team-high 67 rushing yards vs. Seattle, Murray has now rushed for 437 yards in 2020. Despite being just seven games into the season, his 437 rushing yards are the fourth-most by a QB in a single season in franchise history.

Franchise Record - Rushing Yards By QB (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 Kyler Murray (2019)* 544
2 Charley Trippi (1951) 501
3 Timm Rosenbach (1990) 470
4 Kyler Murray (2020) 437
5 Charley Trippi (1952) 350
*Rookie Season
• Sunday night’s game marked the 12th time in his career – and fourth time in the last five games - Murray has thrown for multiple TD passes in a game. It marked Murray’s fourth career game with three TD passes.
Murray now has 33 TD passes in his career, the most in a player’s first two seasons in franchise history.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 2 NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) TDs
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 33
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 32
3 Jim Hart (1966-67) 19
4 Paul Christman (1945-46) 18
5 Lamar McHan (1954-55) 17
• After throwing three TDs against the Seahawks on Sunday, Murray now has 13 TD passes in 2020. Only two players in team history had more TD passes in the first seven games of a season.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 7 Games (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 Carson Palmer (2015) 16
2 Kurt Warner (2008) 14
3t Kyler Murray (2020) 13
3t Charley Johnson (1965) 13
3t Charley Johnson (1963) 13
• Murray’s outing against Seattle marked his seventh career game with 300+ passing yards – and his second in the last three games. No other QB in franchise history had more than four games with 300+ passing yards in their first two NFL seasons.

Franchise Record – Games w/ 300+ Passing Yards in 1st 2 Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 7
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 4
3 Charley Johnson (1962-63) 3
4t Ryan Lindley (2012-14) 2
4t John Skelton (2011-12) 2
4t Timm Rosenbach (1989-90) 2
4t Jim Hart (1966-67) 2

ANOTHER PINPOINT PERFORMANCE FOR KYLER:

Murray completed 70.8% of his pass attempts last night vs. Seattle (34-48). It was his seventh career game above 70% and third in last four weeks. If you take away the four spikes to stop the clock at end of 4th/OT, last night was the second most accurate performance of his career at 77.3%.

O-LINE KEEPS KYLER CLEAN ON SUNDAY NIGHT

Despite 48 pass attempts on Sunday, Kyler Murray was not sacked once by Seattle. The Seahawks did not register a single QB hit in Sunday’s game.
Sunday’s game marked the first time since 12/23/07 (Kurt Warner at QB – 52 pass attempts) that the Cardinals allowed no sacks in a game they had at least 45 pass attempts.
• Below is a look at what the Cardinals have been able to accomplish in both the run game and passing game this season behind the offensive line.

Keeping Kyler Clean in the Passing Game

QB Kyler Murray has been well-protected behind the line of scrimmage this season. Through 6 games in 2020, the Cardinals rank:
• 8th in the NFL in sacks allowed (9)
• t-5th in the NFL in total QB pressures (37)
• 3rd in the NFL in sack percentage (3.4)
• 2nd in the NFL in sack yardage (38)

Helping the Run Game Succeed

The Cardinals have one of the NFL's top run games in 2020. Arizona ranks:
• 3rd in runs of 20+ yards (10)
• 3rd in rushing average (5.21)
• 2nd in rushing yards per game (160.7)
• 2nd in runs of 10+ yards (33)
• t-1st in rushing TDs (12)
• 1st in rushing average before contact (4.30)
• With the win on Sunday, the Cardinals improved to 6-3 over the last two seasons 92019-20) in games they allow one sack or fewer. Arizona has won three such games in a row. The Cardinals are 3-0 during that stretch when they don’t allow a sack.

HOPKINS GOES FOR 100+ FOR FOURTH TIME THIS SEASON

• WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a TD in the Cardinals victory over the Seahawks on Sunday. It was his fourth game with 100+ receiving yards in 2020 and his third game with 10+ receptions. Through seven games, Hopkins now has 57 receptions for 704 yards and three TDs. He leads the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and first down receptions in 2020.
• Hopkins is currently on pace for 130 receptions and 1,609 receiving yards in 2020. Both of those totals would represent franchise single-season records. They would also represent career highs for the three-time 1st-team All-Pro. His current career highs for both receptions (115) and receiving yards (1,572) came in 2018.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (2020) NFL Leaders – Receiving Yards (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 57 1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 704
2 Amari Cooper (Dal) 53 2 Robby Anderson (Car) 640
3t Stefon Diggs (Buf) 48 3 Calvin Ridley (Atl) 615
3t Tyler Boyd (Cin) 48 4 Stefon Diggs (Buf) 603
5t Robby Anderson (Car) 46 5 Amari Cooper (Dal) 583
5t Alvin Kamara (NO) 46

NFL Leaders – 1st Down Receptions (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) 1st
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 36
2 Tyler Boyd (Cin) 33
3t Calvin Ridley (Atl) 32
3t Amari Cooper (Dal) 32
5t 5 players tied 28
Hopkins set an NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first seven games with a team. The previous record of 52 was set by Eric Metcalf (Atlanta) in 1995.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 7 Games with a Team

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 57 2020
2 Eric Metcalf (Atl) 52 1995
3 Terance Mathis (Atl) 51 1994
4t Brandon Marshall (Chi) 50 2012
4t Brandon Marshall (NYJ) 50 2015
• Hopkins’ 57 receptions also established a franchise record for receptions in the first seven games of a season. J.T. Smith (54 in 1989) held the previous mark.

Franchise Record – Receptions in 1st 7 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 57
2 J.T. Smith (1989) 54
3t Larry Fitzgerald (2009) 47
3t Larry Centers (1996) 47
5t Larry Fitzgerald (2016) 46
5t Larry Fitzgerald (2015) 46
5t Larry Fitzgerald (2007) 46
5t David Boston (2011) 46
• Hopkins caught his third TD pass of the season when he hauled in a 35-yard reception from Kyler Murray in the first quarter. It was his 57th career TD catch, the most among active NFL players dating back to his rookie season in 2013.

Active NFL Leaders – Receiving Touchdowns (2013-20)

Rnk Player (Current Team) TD
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 57
2 Mike Evans (TB) 54
3 Jimmy Graham (Chi) 53
4 Odell Beckham (Cle) 51
5 Davante Adams (GB) 48
• Sunday’s game also marked Hopkins 34th career 100-yard outing – and fourth in seven games with Arizona. He becomes the fourth player in franchise history with at least four 100-yard receiving performances in the first seven games of a season.

Franchise Record – 100+ Receiving Yard Outings in 1st 7 Games

Rnk Player (Year) Gms
1t DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 4
1t Larry Fitzgerald (2008) 4
1t David Boston (2001) 4
1t J.T. Smith (1989) 4
5t 7 players tied 3
• Dating back to his first NFL season in 2013, only two players have more 100-yard games than Hopkins.

NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Receiving Yards (2013-20)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Julio Jones (Atl) 48
2 Antonio Brown (TB) 39
3 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 34
4 T.Y. Hilton (Ind) 28
5t Odell Beckham (Cle) 26
5t Mike Evans (TB) 26
Dating back to 2017, Hopkins (21) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (22) are the only players in the NFL with at least 20 games of 100+ receiving yards.
• Hopkins now has at least one reception in all 117 games played in his career. His streak of 117 consecutive games with a catch is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streaks)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 250 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 123 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 121 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 117 Sept. 9, 2013
5t Travis Kelce (KC) 102 Sept. 7, 2014
5t Jarvis Landry (Cle) 102 Sept. 4, 2014

TOUCHDOWNS COMING IN BUNCHES FOR KIRK

• WR Christian Kirk had five receptions for 37 yards and two TDs in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks. Combined with his two TD catches in Week 6 at Dallas, Kirk became just the fifth different player in franchise history to have multiple TD receptions in back-to-back games. No player in team history has had multiple TD catches in three straight games.

Cardinals w/ Multiple TD Catches in Consecutive Games

Gms Player (Year) TDs Opponents
2 Christian Kirk (2020) 4 2 at Dal (10/19); 2 vs. Sea (10/25)
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2015) 5 3 at Chi (9/20); 2 vs. SF (9/27)
2 Anquan Boldin (2007) 4 2 at Bal (9/23); 2 at Was (10/21)
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004) 4 2 vs. StL (12/19); 2 at Sea (12/26)
2 Sonny Randle (1960-61) 5 3 vs. Pit (12/18/60); 2 at Cle (9/24/61)
2 Mal Kutner (1948) 4 2 at Det (11/25); 2 vs. GB (12/5)
• Despite having played in just six games in 2020, Kirk has already established a career high with five TD receptions this season. His five TD catches are a team high.
• After recording six total TD receptions in his first 27 career games, Kirk now has five TD catches in his last four games this season.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES WITH A PICK FOR BUDDA

• S Budda Baker posted a game-high 14 tackles, his second INT of the season, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed in the win over Seattle on Sunday. It was a fitting end to a remarkable six-day stretch on the national stage in which the All-Pro was named a team captain, totaled 21 tackles, 2 INTs (one returned 90 yards), 1.0 sack, 2 passes defensed, 2 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits, a forced fumble and an NFC “Defensive Player of the Week” Award (Week 6).
After going without an INT in his first 50 career games, Baker now has an INT in each of the last two games. He tallied his first career INT off Cowboys QB Andy Dalton on Monday Night Football in Week 6. Prior to the last two-game stretch, the last time Baker had an INT in consecutive games was in his sophomore year at the University of Washington in 2015 when he had an INT at Stanford (10/24) and vs. Arizona (10/31).
• Despite playing the last three games with a cast on his thumb from a surgery that forced him to miss a game, Baker has registered 59 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 2 INTs, 3 passes defensed and a forced fumble in 2020. His 59 tackles are tied for the team lead (Jordan Hicks), as are his 2 INTs (Patrick Peterson).
Baker’s 59 tackles lead all NFL DBs in 2020, despite him having played fewer games than any other player in the top-5 on the list.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles by a DB (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Tackles GP
1 S Budda Baker (AZ) 59 6
2t S Jeremy Chinn (Car) 56 7
2t S Josh Jones (Jax) 56 7
4 S Jordan Poyer (Buf) 55 7
5 S Vonn Bell (Cin) 53 7

PETERSON SNAGS CAREER INTERCEPTION #27

• CB Patrick Peterson collected his second INT of the season when he picked off Russell Wilson in the Cardinals end zone early in the third quarter. It was the 27th INT of Peterson’s career, and second in the last four games. Only five players in team history – including four Hall of Famers - have more career INTs than Peterson.

Franchise Record – Career Interceptions

Rnk Player (Years) INTs
1 Larry Wilson (1960-72)* 52
2 Aeneas Williams (1991-2000)* 46
3 Roger Wehrli (1969-82)* 40
4 Night Train Lane (1954-59)* 30
5 Pat Fischer (1961-67) 29
6t Patrick Peterson (2011-20) 27
6t Adrian Wilson (2001-12) 27
8 Kwamie Lassiter (1995-2002) 24
9 Norm Thompson (1971-76) 22
10t Jerry Davis (1948-51) 21
10t Ray Ramsey (1950-53) 21
*Hall of Fame Inductee
• Dating back to his rookie season in 2011, only three players have more INTs than Peterson.

Active NFL Leaders – Interceptions (2011-20)

Rnk Player (Team) INTs
1 Richard Sherman (SF) 35
2t Reggie Nelson (FA) 29
2t Marcus Peters (Bal) 29
4 Patrick Peterson (AZ) 27
5t Stephon Gilmore (NE) 25
5t Earl Thomas (FA) 25
• Peterson’s INT on Sunday was his third career INT against the Seahawks and second pick of Wilson.

REDDICK SETS NEW CAREER HIGH WITH 5.0 SACKS IN 2020

• Fourth-year LB Haason Reddick continued his breakout performance this season with one of the most productive games of his career in the victory over Seattle on Sunday. He finished with 11 tackles, a sack, 3 tackles for loss and 3 QB hits – with his 3 QB hits and 3 tackles for loss setting career highs for a single game.
• Reddick came up with a big sack on the Seahawks opening possession of the OT period, taking down Russell Wilson for a six-yard loss. He now has 5.0 sacks in 2020, a new career high. All 5.0 sacks have come in the last six games, including 3.0 in the last two games.
• Reddick now joins Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs as the only Cardinals defenders in the last three seasons (2018-20) to post at least 5.0 sacks in a season.

FIRST ROUND PICK MAKES PLAY OF THE GAME IN CARDINALS WIN

• Rookie LB Isaiah Simmons – the #8 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Clemson – only played five defensive snaps on Sunday but that’s all it took for him to come up with the play that led to the Cardinals game-winning FG in OT. With Arizona having just missed a potential game-winning FG, Seattle took over on the ensuing possession and with just over a minute remaining in OT they faced a 3rd-n-14 at their own 48-yard line. Russell Wilson attempted a pass over the middle to Tyler Lockett that Simmons intercepted and returned 12 yards to the SEA 49-yard line. Six plays later – with just 0:15 remaining – the Cardinals kicked the game-winning 48-yard FG.

EDMONDS COMES UP BIG FOR CARDINALS IN COMEBACK

• RB Chase Edmonds finished Sunday’s game with 145 scrimmage yards (87 receiving; 58 rushing) on 12 total touches. He established career highs for receptions (7) and receiving yards (87) in the Cardinals victory. Of his 145 total yards on Sunday, 124 came in the second half/OT.
• In the second half/OT, Edmonds had 10 total touches (5 rush; 5 reception) and 124 yards (66 receiving; 58 rushing). Of those 10 touches, seven went for first downs and six covered at least 10 yards. He had receptions of 21, 18, 13 and 11 yards and runs of 12 and 32 yards.

ZANE KICKS CARDS INTO OT AND ALSO KICKS GAME-WINNER

• K Zane Gonzalez made 3-of-4 FG attempts in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks, including a 44-yarder as time expired in regulation to send the game into OT and a 48-yarder to win it in OT.
• Gonzalez’s 48-yard FG in OT was the third game-winning kick of his career and the first to come in OT. He had game-winners at Green Bay in 2018 and in Cincinnati in 2019.
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2020.10.20 23:06 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 38-10 WIN AT DALLAS (10/19/20)

• The Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-10 at AT&T Stadium on Monday Night Football. The victory was the Cardinals third-ever road win on Monday Night Football and first since 1977. All three of Arizona’s road wins on MNF have come against Dallas: 11/14/77 @ Dal, 24-17; 11/16/70 @ Dal, 38-0
• Arizona is now 4-1 in its last five appearances on MNF. The Cardinals have as many wins in their last five MNF appearances (4) as they had in their previous 20 (4).
• With the win on Monday, the Cardinals improved to 5-1 in their last six games against the Cowboys and also improved to 2-0 all-time at AT&T Stadium.
• With a 4-2 record in 2020, Arizona is off to its best start since 2015 (also 4-2).

WINNING BIG IN 2020

• Following their 28-point victory on the road in Dallas on Monday, the Cardinals now have the second-best point differential (+54) in the NFC and the fourth-best in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Point Differential (2020)

Rnk Team Diff PF PA
1 Baltimore +75 179 104
2 Pittsburgh +62 156 94
3 Tampa Bay +55 177 122
4 Arizona +54 166 112
5 Kansas City +48 175 127
• Combined with their 30-10 win over the Jets in Week 5, the Cardinals have won consecutive road games by 20+ points for just the fifth time in franchise history. It marks just the second time in franchise history (Games 7-8 in 1949) the Cardinals have won road games by 20+ points in consecutive weeks.

Franchise History – Consecutive Road Wins By 20+ Points

Year Games
2020 Game 5 @ Jets (+20); Game 6 @ Dal (+28)
2015 Game 12 @ Rams (+24); Game 14 @ Eagles (+23)
2015 Game 2 @ Bears (+25); Game 5 @ Lions (+25)
1965 Game 2 @ Browns (+36); Games 4 @ Washington (+21)
1949 Game 4 @ Yankees (+45); Game 7 @ Lions (+23); Game 8 @ Packers (+22)
• Between 2017-19, the Cardinals had just one win decided by 20 points or more. The team has two such wins the last two weeks. Of Arizona’s four wins this season, three have come by 15+ points.
• Arizona (2) joins Baltimore (2) and Miami (2) as the only teams with multiple wins by 20+ points this season.

MOVING UP IN THE NFC WEST

• The Cardinals victory over Dallas – coupled with the Rams loss in San Francisco – means Arizona will enter its Week 7 showdown against the undefeated Seahawks tied for second place in the NFC West.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Seattle 5 0 169 135 3-0 2-0 0-0 3-0
Arizona 4 2 166 112 1-1 3-1 1-0 3-2
L.A. Rams 4 2 152 114 2-0 2-2 0-1 4-1
San Francisco 3 3 148 130 1-3 2-0 1-1 2-2
• The NFC West leads the NFL in wins (16), points scored (635) and fewest points allowed (491). It remains the only division in which every team has a record of .500 or better and in which every team has a positive point differential.

OFFENSE PUTS UP 38 POINTS IN DALLAS

• The Cardinals finished Monday’s game with a season-high 38 points to go along with 438 total net yards (261 rushing; 177 passing). It marks the eighth time – and fourth time this season – Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 22 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury*. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once in 32 games over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to his arrival.
Arizona (4) joins the L.A. Rams (4) and Dallas (4) as the only teams in the NFL this season with at least four games of 400+ total yards.
• Through the first six games, the Cardinals have 2,415 total net yards on offense (1,449 passing; 966 rushing). Arizona’s 2,415 total yards represent the fifth-highest total in franchise history through the first six games of a season – and the most since the team had 2,434 total yards in 2015.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 6 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1984 2,559
2 1948 2,493
3 1988 2,446
4 2015 2,434
5 2020 2,415
• The 2020 season marks the third time in franchise history the Cardinals have at least 1,400 passing yards and 900 rushing yards through the first six games of a season.

Franchise History – 1,400 Pass Yards & 900 Rush Yds Thru 6 Games

Year Pass Rush Total
2020 1,449 966 2,415
1988 1,647 912 2,559
1984 1,493 953 2,446
• Below is a look at the Cardinals offensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Rushing TDs (11) 1st
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (100.0) t-1st
4th Down Conv. Pct. (100.0) t-1st
Rushing 1st Downs (59) 1st
Red Zone TD Pct. (80.0) 2nd
Total 1st Downs (150) 2nd
Total TDs (21) t-2nd
Big Plays (47) t-2nd
Big Play Runs (29) 3rd
Rushing Yards/Game (161.0) 4th
Total Yards/Game (402.5) 5th
Total Plays (397) 6th
Sacks Allowed (9) 10th
Passing TDs (10) t-16th

CARDS REACH NINE STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 21+ POINTS

• Monday’s victory over the Cowboys marked the ninth consecutive game the Cardinals have scored at least 21 points. Only two teams have longer active streaks than Arizona.

Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts (Active)

Rnk Team Gms
1 Kansas City 17
2 New Orleans 12
3 Arizona 9
4 Seattle 6
5t Pittsburgh 5
5t Detroit 5
5t Miami 5
• The Cardinals current streak of nine straight games with 21+ points is the team's longest since 2007-08 (10) and is tied for the fourth-longest in franchise history.

Franchise Record - Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts

Rnk Year(s) Gms
1 1983-84 11
2t 2007-08 10
2t 1948-49 10
4t 2019-20 9
4t 1975-76 9
• The Cardinals have scored 21+ points in 16 of 22 games under Kingsbury. Arizona scored 21+ points in an NFL-low 9 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (2017-18).

ARIZONA RUNS FOR SEASON-HIGH 261 ON THE GROUND IN DALLAS

• The Cardinals ran for a season-high 261 yards and three TDs on 35 carries (7.5 avg.) in the win over the Cowboys on Monday. Arizona has now rushed for 100+ yards in all six games this season – and in 16 of 22 games under Kingsbury.
• The 2020 season marks just the third time in the last 46 years (1975-20) that the Cardinals rushed for 100+ yards in each of the first six games of a season.
• Monday’s victory over the Cowboys marked the second time the Cardinals rushed for 260+ yards in a game in the last two seasons (266 yards at Cincinnati, 10/6/19). That equals the number of games in which Arizona had 260+ yards in the previous 38 seasons: 11/27/11 at St. Louis (268) and 9/22/96 at New Orleans (267).
• The Cardinals have now rushed for 966 yards and 11 TDs on 183 carries (5.28 avg.) in 2020. Arizona’s 966 rushing yards are the most through the first six games of a season since the team had 1,088 rushing yards through six games in 1976.
• Through Week 6, Arizona ranks fourth in the NFL averaging 161.0 rushing yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards/Game (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/Gm Att Avg TD
1 Cleveland 169.5 194 5.2 8
2 New England 167.2 165 5.1 8
3 Baltimore 164.3 181 5.5 7
4 Arizona 161.0 183 5.3 11
5 Tennessee 157.8 163 4.8 7
After rushing for three TDs against the Cowboys on Monday, the Cardinals now have six rushing TDs in their last two games and an NFL-high 11 rushing TDs in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Team TDs
1 Arizona 11
2t L.A. Rams 9
2t Dallas 9
4t Cleveland 8
4t New Orleans 8
4t New England 8
4t Minnesota 8
4t San Francisco 8
• With three rushing TDs against the Jets in Week 5 and three more on MNF at Dallas, the Cardinals have rushed for 3+ TDs in consecutive games for the first time since 2016 – and for just the third time (2016, 2008) in the last 41 years (1980-2020).

DEFENSE HOLDS HIGH-SCORING COWBOYS TO 10 POINTS

• Facing the NFL’s #3 ranked scoring offense in Dallas on MNF, the Cardinals held the Cowboys (who entered the contest averaging 32.6 points/game) to season lows in points (10) and total TDs (1).
• The 10 points allowed are tied for the fewest for the Cardinals under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph – matching their total from Week 5 against the Jets. Yesterday’s game also marked the fifth time in the last eight games Arizona’s defense has allowed 20 points or fewer. With the win on MNF, the Cardinals improved to 4-0 this season when holding an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
The Cardinals defense is allowing just 18.7 points per game in 2020. That is the second-best total in the NFL behind only Baltimore (17.3).

NFL Leaders – Points Allowed/Game (2020)

Rnk Team PPG
1 Baltimore 17.3
2 Arizona 18.7
3t Pittsburgh 18.8
3t Miami 18.8
5 L.A. Rams 19.0
• The Cardinals (112) have allowed the fewest total points in the NFC – despite having already played six games in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Fewest Points Allowed

Rnk Team Pts Gms
1 Pittsburgh 94 5
2 Baltimore 104 6
3t Denver 110 5
3t New England 110 5
5 Arizona 112 6
• Arizona’s defense collected a season-high four takeaways (2 INT, 2 FR), 3.0 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 8 QB hits and a season-high 7 passes defensed against the Cowboys. The Cardinals scored 24 points (3 TD, 1 FG) off the Cowboys four turnovers.
• The Cardinals defense has allowed just two total TDs in the last two games (1 at NYJ; 1 at Dal). It marks just the second time in the last 16 seasons (2005-20) that Arizona allowed one TD or fewer in back-to-back road games: Games 12-13 in 2015.
• Below is a look at the Cardinals defensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Defensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (41.7) 1st
Points Allowed/Game (18.7) 2nd
Red Zone TD Pct. (41.7) 2nd
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-2nd
Total TDs Allowed (12) t-4th
QB Hits (37) t-6th
Sacks (17.0) t-6th
Yards Allowed/Play (5.15) 7th
3rd Down Pct. (36.5) 7th
Tackles for Loss (31) t-7th
Points/Drive Allowed (1.75) 8th
Passing Yards/Game (226.5) 11th
Total Net Yards/Game (346.2) 13th

MURRAY EARNS YET ANOTHER WIN AT AT&T STADIUM

• In leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Cowboys on MNF, QB Kyler Murray improved to 7-0 as a starter at AT&T Stadium dating back to his sophomore year of high school in 2012. Murray now has at least one win at AT&T Stadium at the high school (Allen HS), college (Oklahoma) and NFL levels.
• Murray threw for 188 yards and two TDs and also rushed for 74 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the win over Dallas. It was his sixth career game with both a passing and rushing TD. Only three players in franchise history had more games with both a passing and rushing TD in their career than Murray has in his first 22 career games.

Franchise Record – Games w/ Rushing & Pass TD (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Jim Hart (1966-83) 11
2 Ernie Nevers (1929-31) 8
3 Charley Johnson (1961-69) 7
4t Kyler Murray (2019-20) 6
4t Paul Christman (1945-49) 6
Monday’s win was Murray’s fifth game this season with both a passing and rushing TD. He is the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat five times in the first six games of a season. Murray (5) joins Jim Hart (5 in 1968) as the only players in franchise history with at least five such games in a single season.
• Murray threw for multiple TD passes in a game for the 11th time in his career. He has already established a franchise record for the most games with multiple TD passes in a player’s first two NFL seasons.

Franchise Record – Games w/ 2+ TD Passes (1st 2 Seasons)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 11
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 8
3 Sam Etcheverry (1961-62) 7
4t Jim Hart (1966-67) 6
4t M.C. Reynolds (1958) 6
4t Lamar McHan (1954-55) 6
• Murray’s 80-yard TD pass to WR Christian Kirk in the second quarter was his 30th career TD pass. He now needs just three more to pass Jake Plummer (32) for the most in franchise history by a player in his first two seasons.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 2 NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) TDs
1 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 32
2 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 30
3 Jim Hart (1966-67) 19
4 Paul Christman (1945-46) 18
5 Lamar McHan (1954-55) 17
• In the second quarter, Murray posted his sixth rushing TD of the season (and 10th of his career) on a one-yard run. Despite being just six games into the season, his six rushing TDs are tied for the franchise single-season record for rushing TDs by a QB. He matched the total put up by Jim Hart, who had six rushing TDs in 13 games in 1968.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs by Quarterback (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Gms
1t Kyler Murray (2020) 6 6
1t Jim Hart (1968) 6 13
3t King Hill (1959) 5 11
3t Lamar McHan (1956) 5 12
5t Kyler Murray (2019) 4 16
5t Jake Plummer (1998) 4 16
5t Charley Trippi (1952) 4 11
5t Charley Trippi (1951) 4 12
5t Arnie Horween (1922) 4 11
• No QB in the Super Bowl era has had more rushing TDs than Murray through the first six games of a season.
• Only Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (7) has more rushing TDs in 2020 than Murray (6).

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 RB Dalvin Cook (Min) 7
2t QB Kyler Murray (AZ) 6
2t RB Derrick Henry (Ten) 6
4t RB Todd Gurley (Atl) 5
4t RB Josh Jacobs (LV) 5
4t RB Aaron Jones (GB) 5
4t QB Cam Newton (Car) 5
4t RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 5
Murray is just the fifth player in NFL history with 30+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in their first two NFL seasons. He joins Daunte Culpepper (1999-01) as the only players in NFL history with 30+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in their first 22 career games.

NFL History – 30+ Pass TDs & 10+ Rush TDs in 1st 2 Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) Pass Rush Gms
1 Cam Newton (2011-12) 40 22 32
2 Dak Prescott (2016-17) 45 12 32
3 Lamar Jackson (2018-19) 42 17 31
4 Josh Allen (2018-19) 30 17 28
5 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 30 10 22

DRAKE SHINES AGAIN ON MONDAY NIGHT

• RB Kenyan Drake finished Monday’s game with 164 yards and two TDs on 20 carries (8.2 avg.), including TD runs of 1 and 69 yards. Yesterday’s game marked Drake’s sixth career 100-yard outing - and fourth in 14 games with Arizona. He has twice as many 100-yard performances with the Cardinals (4) than he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
• Drake has now rushed for 100+ yards in three of the last nine games.

Drake’s Career Games with 100+ Rushing Yards

Rnk Team Yds Opponent
1 Arizona 166 12/22/19 at Seattle
2 Arizona 164 10/19/20 at Dallas
3 Arizona 137 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
4 Miami 120 12/3/17 vs. Denver
5 Miami 114 12/11/17 vs. New England
6 Arizona 110 10/31/19 vs. San Francisco
• Drake now has 478 yards and four TDs on 105 carries in 2020. His 478 rushing yards rank fourth in the NFL this season.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds Att Avg.
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 588 123 4.8
2 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) 505 107 4.7
3 Dalvin Cook (Min) 489 92 5.3
4 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 478 105 4.6
5 Ronald Jones (TB) 472 97 4.9
• Since the Cardinals acquired Drake in Week 9 last season, he ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,121 rushing yards. His 12 rushing TDs during that span rank third in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards (Week 9 of 2019 – present)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 1,547
2 Joe Mixon (Cin) 1,245
3 Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 1,168
4 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 1,121
5 Nick Chubb (Cle) 1,091

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (Week 9 of 2019 – present)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 17
2 Aaron Jones (GB) 13
3 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 12
4t Dalvin Cook (Min) 11
4t Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 11
4t Christian McCaffrey (Car) 11
4t Todd Gurley (Atl) 11
• Of Drake’s six career 100-yard rushing performances, two have come in his three career games played on Monday Night Football. He now has 100+ rushing yards in each of his last two games played on MNF (had 114 yards vs. New England on 12/11/17 with Miami).
• In his three career appearances on MNF, Drake has 449 total yards (360 rushing; 89 receiving) and three total TDs. Among the TDs are runs of 69 and 66 yards.

Drake on Monday Night Football

Opponent Team Rush Yds TD Rec Yds
10/19/20 @ Dal AZ 20 164 2 0 0
12/11/17 vs. NE Mia 25 114 0 5 79
11/13/17 @ Car Mia 7 82 1 2 10
• Drake now has 12 rushing TDs in 14 games with Arizona, after he totaled nine rushing TDs in 54 games with Miami. Yesterday’s game was Drake’s third career outing with multiple rushing TDs. All three of those performances have come in his last nine games with the Cardinals. He never rushed for multiple TDs in his first 59 career games.

Drake Career Games w/ 2+ Rushing TDs

Opponent TD
12/15/19 vs. Cleveland 4
12/22/19 at Seattle 2
10/19/20 at Dallas 2

KIRK SCORES TWICE ON MONDAY – INCLUDING A CAREER-LONG 80-YARDER

• Like teammate Kyler Murray, WR Christian Kirk entered Monday’s game with experience playing at AT&T Stadium. He played three games at the venue during his time at Texas A&M, scoring six TDs in those contests. He added to that total on MNF, scoring his second and third TDs of the season on a pair of passes from Kyler Murray.
• Kirk’s first catch on Monday was a six-yard TD reception early in the second quarter. Two drives later, he hauled in a career-long 80-yard TD catch. Dating back to his college career at Texas A&M, Kirk now has eight TDs in four games played at AT&T Stadium.

Kirk TDs By Game at AT&T Stadium

Opponent Team TDs Type
10/19/20 @ Dallas Arizona 2 2 Rec (80 and 6 yards)
9/23/17 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 3 2 Rec (81 and 10 yards); 1 KOR (100 yards)
9/24/16 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 1 1 Rec (9 yards)
9/26/15 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 2 2 Rec (44 and 20 yards)
• Kirk’s 80-yard TD reception was his ninth career TD catch, four of which have covered 50+ yards (59, 69, 75 and 80 yards). Dating back to Kirk’s rookie season in 2018, only Tyreek Hill (6) and DeSean Jackson (5) have more TD receptions of 50+ yards.

NFL Leaders – TD Receptions of 50+ Yards (2018-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 Tyreek Hill (KC) 6
2 DeSean Jackson (Phi) 5
3t Christian Kirk (AZ) 4
3t A.J. Brown (Ten) 4
3t Stefon Diggs (Buf) 4
3t Mike Evans (TB) 4
3t Cooper Kupp (LAR) 4
3t D.J. Moore (Car) 4

A BIG DAY FOR BUDDA, INCLUDING HIS FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION

• Still wearing a cast on his hand due to a thumb injury suffered earlier this season, S Budda Baker had one of the best games of his career in the Cardinals win over Dallas on Monday. The Pro Bowler finished yesterday’s game with seven tackles, a sack, his first career INT, a tackle for loss, two QB hits, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.
Monday’s game in Dallas was Baker’s first as a team captain. He received the honor on Saturday evening, taking over the role LB *Chandler Jones** held prior to his season-ending injury.*
Baker became the first Cardinals player since 2003 (Renaldo Hill on 11/2 vs. Cincinnati) to record a sack, an INT and a forced fumble in the same game.
• In the fourth quarter on Monday, Baker dove in front of an Andy Dalton pass intended for Amari Cooper and intercepted it at the AZ 10-yard line. It was the first INT of his NFL career and first INT since his junior year at the University of Washington, when he intercepted a Luke Falk pass on 11/25/16 vs. Washington State.
• Through Week 6, Baker has 45 tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, three QB hits, his first-career INT, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in five games. He missed Arizona's Week 4 game against Carolina after thumb surgery but still ranks top-five among NFL DBs in tackles this year.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles by a DB (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkl GP
1 S Jordan Poyer (Buf) 50 6
2 S Jeremy Chinn (Car) 48 6
3 S Josh Jones (Jax) 47 6
4 S John Johnson (LAR) 46 6
5t S Budda Baker (AZ) 45 5
5t S Vonn Bell (Cin) 45 6

KIRKPATRICK PICKS UP 11TH CAREER INTERCEPTION – AND FOURTH ON MNF

• CB Dre Kirkpatrick recorded his 11th career INT when he picked off an Andy Dalton pass intended for WR CeeDee Lamb in the third quarter. It was his fourth INT in eight career MNF appearances. Among active players, only New England CB Devin McCourty (5 in 12 games) has more INTs while playing on MNF.

Active NFL Leaders – INTs on Monday Night Football

Rnk Player (Team) INTs Gms
1 Devin McCourty (NE) 5 12
2t Dre Kirkpatrick (AZ) 4 8
2t Marcus Peters (Bal) 4 7
4t Richard Sherman (SF) 3 11
4t Jason McCourty (NE) 3 6
4t Tyrann Mathieu (KC) 3 7
4t Xavien Howard (Mia) 3 3

MONDAY NIGHT NOTES

• Fourth-year LB Haason Reddick had one of the best games of his career against the Cowboys, recording five tackles, 2.0 sacks, two tackles for loss and a pass defensed. It was the first multi-sack performance of his career.
• Second-year CB Byron Murphy Jr. also had a career game in Dallas, finishing with eight tackles, a tackle for loss, two passes defensed and his first career fumble recovery.
• Playing just days after attending the funeral of his father, DL Jordan Phillips recorded two tackles, two QB hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against the Cowboys. Playing in his 82nd career game, it was the first time in his career Phillips recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game.
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2020.10.20 21:22 NFLPowerRankers Official r/NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

Week 6 Official NFL Power Rankings are here! With almost half of the top ten teams losing and almost half of bottom ten winning, look for shakeups galore. Who's ready to be mad? Discuss! 32/32 Reporting
# Team Δ Record Comment
1. Chiefs +2 5-1 The Chiefs bounced back in a big way against the Bills by...running the ball? Kansas City rushed for the most yards in a game since 2012, and this was the most rushing yards by an Andy Reid led team ever. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had an impressive night running the ball behind a patchwork offensive line that still had an amazing day. Nick Allegretti and Daniel Kilgore, especially, performed amazingly. If this rushing attack can continue and the defense can continue to also play well, the Chiefs will add another sorely needed dimension to their arsenal. An arsenal Le'Veon Bell is now powering up.
2. Seahawks -- 5-0 Week 6 saw the Seahawks become the only undefeated team left in the NFC. Look for that to continue this week in Arizona. Russell Unlimited is coming for that MVP vote baby. 😎
3. Ravens +1 5-1 5-1 going into the bye with an offense that does not look great, but the 20+ streak lives on another week. The Ravens really fought off some refball valiantly as the game ended, but that defense was ferocious, and the offense can keep experimenting as teams get HUMPED!!!!!
4. Steelers +2 5-0 Although the Steelers have one less game played for cumulative stats, even on average, the defense is near the top of the NFL in most categories. A depleted Browns team found that out the hard way when their promising start was interrupted with a rude wake-up call, courtesy of Pittsburgh's defense. Cleveland came into that game arguably the hottest rushing team in the league and were held to just 75 yards. Now, after 4 straight home games, the Steelers have to try and continue this pace with 4 of 5 on the road starting at Tennessee to decide who will potentially be left with a perfect record in the AFC.
5. Titans -- 5-0 Derrick Henry had another 200+ 2 TD rushing game and outgained the Jets, Bears, Giants, Browns and Packers in total yards on Sunday. All attention turns to the upcoming battle of two 5-0 teams against the Steelers.
6. Packers -5 4-1 apolgy for poor run d. when were you when aron threw pick6? i was at house eating dorito when phone ring. "aron is kil". "no"
7. Buccaneers +6 4-2 The Buccaneers played a romper stomper on Sunday, upsetting the undefeated Packers 38-10 (after starting down 10-0). Ronald Jones rolled through his third straight 100 yard rushing game, the defense generated 24 pressures on Aaron Rodgers (including 2 interceptions), and 0 penalties were committed. If this is the Buccaneer football the team produces for the rest of the year, they will be a contender deep into playoffs. Next up, the Las Vegas Raiders, where Center Rodney Hudson is expected to go AWOL in Tijuana the night before the big game.
8. Bills -1 4-2 The Bills are reeling off of two straight losses, and for the first time in years most of the blame can go on the defense. No semblance of a pass rush, and an anemic run D have plagued the team in two consecutive weeks now. With that being said: the Bills are 4-2, lead their division by a game, go into what should be a “gimme” against an awful Jets team, and Josh Allen is still a franchise QB. Things could be a lot better, but they could also be a whole lot worse.
9. Rams -1 4-2 The 2020 NLCS had it all: Close battles, big blowouts, amazing defensive plays, grand slams, TOOTBLANs, and best of all, blowing a 3-1 lead. The Dodgers are now headed to their third World Series in four years, and while immensely grateful to the Rays for eliminating the cheaters, after a decade of postseason pain, the mantra among Dodger fans is “please just win it this time.”
10. Bears +4 5-1 Have the Bears earned your respect yet? Their defense continues to flash hard hits, rattle quarterbacks, and keep teams out of the endzone. The Monsters rank in the top (bottom?) 6 in points allowed, yards/play allowed, touchdowns given up, and third down conversions. They lead the league in red zone defense too -- allowing opponents to score a touchdown on only 36%! of red zone possesions. The biggest weakness of this team is clearly the offensive line, which can't seem to find a way to open up room to run no matter who they're facing. The next three games (@LAR, NOS, @TEN) may determine for many if the Bears are contenders or simply good-but-not-great.
11. Raiders -1 3-2 The Raiders score points on 56% of their drives, averaging 3.04 points per drive, both of which are near, or tops in the league. They will need to keep scoring at a similar or better pace against the Bucs who are coming off a very strong win against the Packers this week. The Raiders have a few key players returning from injury this week which should help bolster their defense which is coming off a strong performance against the Chiefs their last time out. Holding them to only 8 points in the second half of the Raiders dominant win.
12. Saints -1 3-2 Much like how Fulcanelli, it's clear Sean Payton possesses great knowledge which can be used to improve his team, but he needs to ensure it doesn't get lost; as with Fulcanelli's knowledge after the Liberation of Paris. The Saints need to put the bye round to good use to ensure this team snaps out of the mire of mediocrity it's been stuck in to start the season lest the resurgent Bucs and Panthers overtake them.
13. Cardinals +3 4-2 That was one of the more memorable Monday Night Football games for Cardinals fans. The Red Rifle had Cardinal hunting in mind, but Budda Baker and the defense were having none of it as they mostly shut down the Cowboy offense and created 4 turnovers. On offense Murray's throws were a little off, but the team seemed much more balanced and fluid as Kenyan Drake had a huge game on the ground. Hopefully the team can use this as momentum as they'll face a well rested division leading Seahawks team next week.
14. Colts +1 4-2 The Colts dug themselves out from under a 21-0 deficit and managed to escape with a 31-27 victory on Sunday. The death of Phillip Rivers has been postponed temporarily; 17 made it happen in his best game as a Colt to date. Extra shout out to Jack Doyle for hauling in a beautiful TD. At 4-2, Indy looks to catch up with the resurgent Titans for control of the AFC South.
15. Browns -6 4-2 Browns fans have a lot to reflect on after the Steelers game. The Browns will take on the Bengals, at home, in a game everyone is sure to tune into.
16. 49ers +2 3-3 The return of Emmanuel Moseley changed the entire look of the defense. Instead of being a weakness, the secondary looked like the strength of the defense against the Rams this week. On the other side of the ball, the Offensive line played a flawless game, allowing 0 sacks on Jimmy G. Both sides of the football will have to be at the top of their game for the stretch of games ahead (@NE, @Sea, GB, @NO, @LAR).
17. Patriots -5 2-3 Hard to gauge what's going on with the team without practice, that being said they did not look great against the Broncos. Pats need a boring week of normalcy leading up to the Niners.
18. Dolphins +1 2-3 Between Mike Gesicki, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Christian Wilkins the Dolphins players are clearly representing the fanbase's excitement for the team very, very well! And while everyone is happy that we finally saw Tua on the field for a couple of passes in mop-up duty after another well won game over a bad team, it clearly meant something more for Tua to get on the field for the first time since his injury in college.
19. Panthers -2 3-3 For a lot of people, failing against the Bears will come as a "We are who they thought they were" moment for the Panthers. But a closer look reveals this: The Panthers have either been in control of or within one possession of every single game they've played in 2020. It's likely not our year, but that's an impressive feat for a team that was supposed to be one of the League's worst going into the season.
20. Chargers +1 1-4 The Chargers didn't blow it this weekend, and about six livers are probably thankful for it. Now the rest of the week can be spent worrying about how this team could shoot itself in the foot against the super spoopy Jaguars.
21. Broncos +5 2-3 242 yards. For a running back or a wide receiver, that'd be an all-time great game. For Brandon McManus, that's just another day at the office. On the leg of their longest-tenured active player, plus a little help from the active hands of Shelby Harris, the Broncos exited Massachusetts with their first win in Foxborough since Jake Plummer. A season not quite dead and not quite alive gets its next test when Mahomes comes to town on Sunday.
22. Lions +3 2-3 A Lions win delivers happiness, excitement, and confusion. Not that the Lions beat the lowly Jaguars, but the Lions dominated from the first snap. They held the lead for the entire game, and beat the Jaguars on both sides of the ball. HC Matt Patricia stated they would be "simplifying" the defense in order to have results NOW, and god damn it finally worked. Does this save his job? No, but consistent performances like that will definitely earn a second look. Next week at ATL, are the teams going to fight over who gets to blow the double digit lead first? Tune in next week!
23. Texans -- 1-5 From the beginning to the very last seconds the Texans were in the game and pushing to win. Aggression was their watchword and for the first time in a long time the Texans were undeniably entertaining to watch. The difference in the team since BoB's firing is obvious, and I think fans can be rightfully proud of this team again. When the worst part of a game was having to listen to Rich Gannon demonstrate loudly how little he knows about strategy, you know it's been a Sunday afternoon well spent.
24. Eagles -- 1-4-1 The Philadelphia Eagles Practice Squad did their best against the Ravens but were unable to complete the comeback. Injuries and losses continue to pile up with virtually no end in sight. The only saving grace: the NFC East is so historically bad that the Eagles, with 1 win in 6 games, sit in 2nd place.
25. Cowboys -5 2-4 The Dallas Cowboys have continued their drunken shuffle sideways, falling the least far from the top of shit mountain. They rotated out which key players were injured, so that was a nice change of pace. Fans have started to shift playoff expectations from a potential Superb Owl push to picking in the early 20s with a 5-11 record.
26. Falcons +4 1-5 Prospective employers are crossing Dan Quinn off in droves, whose incompetent body of work at this point is nothing short of a creative masterpiece. Under new leadership Atlanta looks as sleek as their new jerseys, holding a lead for the first win of the season. Meanwhile, fans have undergone the quickest 180 in recent memory, from Trevor tanking to 11-5 hopefuls in just under five business days.
27. Vikings -5 1-5 Justin Jefferson's stat line from Sunday: 9 catches, 166 yards, 2 TDs, 1 reason to live.
28. Bengals -1 1-4-1 How to lose close games and & alienate players. A memoir by Zac Taylor, coming soon.
29. Washington FT -1 1-5 Washington Football Team and the Giants both came in with aspirations of being the least in the east but when it came time to win the game, Washington showed true losing heart and just wanted it less.
30. Jaguars -1 1-5 The Jacksonville Jaguars are very bad at the sport of American football. Fans call for leadership changes, however it seems the beatings will continue until morale improves.
31. Giants -- 1-5 An ugly win is still a win. But boy, was this one ugly. Staredowns and inexplicable lobs into the air resulting in picks continue to plague Daniel Jones, and the offensive playcalling leaves much to be desired. Thankfully, the defense continues to (mostly) impress. The Giants have little time for celebration on their first win of the season, though, as they'll head to Philly on a short week to see who wants to lose the NFC East title more.
32. Jets -- 0-6 Immediately following the game in Miami, the Jets traded DL Steve McLendon to the Bucs, who promptly got into his car and drove straight to Tampa. We should all be so luc
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2020.10.20 21:02 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Week 6

• The Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-10 at AT&T Stadium on Monday Night Football. The victory was the Cardinals third-ever road win on Monday Night Football and first since 1977. All three of Arizona’s road wins on MNF have come against Dallas: 11/14/77 @ Dal, 24-17; 11/16/70 @ Dal, 38-0
• Arizona is now 4-1 in its last five appearances on MNF. The Cardinals have as many wins in their last five MNF appearances (4) as they had in their previous 20 (4).
• With the win on Monday, the Cardinals improved to 5-1 in their last six games against the Cowboys and also improved to 2-0 all-time at AT&T Stadium.
• With a 4-2 record in 2020, Arizona is off to its best start since 2015 (also 4-2).

WINNING BIG IN 2020

• Following their 28-point victory on the road in Dallas on Monday, the Cardinals now have the second-best point differential (+54) in the NFC and the fourth-best in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Point Differential (2020)

Rnk Team Diff PF PA
1 Baltimore +75 179 104
2 Pittsburgh +62 156 94
3 Tampa Bay +55 177 122
4 Arizona +54 166 112
5 Kansas City +48 175 127
• Combined with their 30-10 win over the Jets in Week 5, the Cardinals have won consecutive road games by 20+ points for just the fifth time in franchise history. It marks just the second time in franchise history (Games 7-8 in 1949) the Cardinals have won road games by 20+ points in consecutive weeks.

Franchise History – Consecutive Road Wins By 20+ Points

Year Games
2020 Game 5 @ Jets (+20); Game 6 @ Dal (+28)
2015 Game 12 @ Rams (+24); Game 14 @ Eagles (+23)
2015 Game 2 @ Bears (+25); Game 5 @ Lions (+25)
1965 Game 2 @ Browns (+36); Games 4 @ Washington (+21)
1949 Game 4 @ Yankees (+45); Game 7 @ Lions (+23); Game 8 @ Packers (+22)
• Between 2017-19, the Cardinals had just one win decided by 20 points or more. The team has two such wins the last two weeks. Of Arizona’s four wins this season, three have come by 15+ points.
• Arizona (2) joins Baltimore (2) and Miami (2) as the only teams with multiple wins by 20+ points this season.

MOVING UP IN THE NFC WEST

• The Cardinals victory over Dallas – coupled with the Rams loss in San Francisco – means Arizona will enter its Week 7 showdown against the undefeated Seahawks tied for second place in the NFC West.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Seattle 5 0 169 135 3-0 2-0 0-0 3-0
Arizona 4 2 166 112 1-1 3-1 1-0 3-2
L.A. Rams 4 2 152 114 2-0 2-2 0-1 4-1
San Francisco 3 3 148 130 1-3 2-0 1-1 2-2
• The NFC West leads the NFL in wins (16), points scored (635) and fewest points allowed (491). It remains the only division in which every team has a record of .500 or better and in which every team has a positive point differential.

OFFENSE PUTS UP 38 POINTS IN DALLAS

• The Cardinals finished Monday’s game with a season-high 38 points to go along with 438 total net yards (261 rushing; 177 passing). It marks the eighth time – and fourth time this season – Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 22 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury*. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once in 32 games over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to his arrival.
Arizona (4) joins the L.A. Rams (4) and Dallas (4) as the only teams in the NFL this season with at least four games of 400+ total yards.
• Through the first six games, the Cardinals have 2,415 total net yards on offense (1,449 passing; 966 rushing). Arizona’s 2,415 total yards represent the fifth-highest total in franchise history through the first six games of a season – and the most since the team had 2,434 total yards in 2015.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 6 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1984 2,559
2 1948 2,493
3 1988 2,446
4 2015 2,434
5 2020 2,415
• The 2020 season marks the third time in franchise history the Cardinals have at least 1,400 passing yards and 900 rushing yards through the first six games of a season.

Franchise History – 1,400 Pass Yards & 900 Rush Yds Thru 6 Games

Year Pass Rush Total
2020 1,449 966 2,415
1988 1,647 912 2,559
1984 1,493 953 2,446
• Below is a look at the Cardinals offensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Rushing TDs (11) 1st
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (100.0) t-1st
4th Down Conv. Pct. (100.0) t-1st
Rushing 1st Downs (59) 1st
Red Zone TD Pct. (80.0) 2nd
Total 1st Downs (150) 2nd
Total TDs (21) t-2nd
Big Plays (47) t-2nd
Big Play Runs (29) 3rd
Rushing Yards/Game (161.0) 4th
Total Yards/Game (402.5) 5th
Total Plays (397) 6th
Sacks Allowed (9) 10th
Passing TDs (10) t-16th

CARDS REACH NINE STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 21+ POINTS

• Monday’s victory over the Cowboys marked the ninth consecutive game the Cardinals have scored at least 21 points. Only two teams have longer active streaks than Arizona.

Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts (Active)

Rnk Team Gms
1 Kansas City 17
2 New Orleans 12
3 Arizona 9
4 Seattle 6
5t Pittsburgh 5
5t Detroit 5
5t Miami 5
• The Cardinals current streak of nine straight games with 21+ points is the team's longest since 2007-08 (10) and is tied for the fourth-longest in franchise history.

Franchise Record - Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts

Rnk Year(s) Gms
1 1983-84 11
2t 2007-08 10
2t 1948-49 10
4t 2019-20 9
4t 1975-76 9
• The Cardinals have scored 21+ points in 16 of 22 games under Kingsbury. Arizona scored 21+ points in an NFL-low 9 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (2017-18).

ARIZONA RUNS FOR SEASON-HIGH 261 ON THE GROUND IN DALLAS

• The Cardinals ran for a season-high 261 yards and three TDs on 35 carries (7.5 avg.) in the win over the Cowboys on Monday. Arizona has now rushed for 100+ yards in all six games this season – and in 16 of 22 games under Kingsbury.
• The 2020 season marks just the third time in the last 46 years (1975-20) that the Cardinals rushed for 100+ yards in each of the first six games of a season.
• Monday’s victory over the Cowboys marked the second time the Cardinals rushed for 260+ yards in a game in the last two seasons (266 yards at Cincinnati, 10/6/19). That equals the number of games in which Arizona had 260+ yards in the previous 38 seasons: 11/27/11 at St. Louis (268) and 9/22/96 at New Orleans (267).
• The Cardinals have now rushed for 966 yards and 11 TDs on 183 carries (5.28 avg.) in 2020. Arizona’s 966 rushing yards are the most through the first six games of a season since the team had 1,088 rushing yards through six games in 1976.
• Through Week 6, Arizona ranks fourth in the NFL averaging 161.0 rushing yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards/Game (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/Gm Att Avg TD
1 Cleveland 169.5 194 5.2 8
2 New England 167.2 165 5.1 8
3 Baltimore 164.3 181 5.5 7
4 Arizona 161.0 183 5.3 11
5 Tennessee 157.8 163 4.8 7
After rushing for three TDs against the Cowboys on Monday, the Cardinals now have six rushing TDs in their last two games and an NFL-high 11 rushing TDs in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Team TDs
1 Arizona 11
2t L.A. Rams 9
2t Dallas 9
4t Cleveland 8
4t New Orleans 8
4t New England 8
4t Minnesota 8
4t San Francisco 8
• With three rushing TDs against the Jets in Week 5 and three more on MNF at Dallas, the Cardinals have rushed for 3+ TDs in consecutive games for the first time since 2016 – and for just the third time (2016, 2008) in the last 41 years (1980-2020).

DEFENSE HOLDS HIGH-SCORING COWBOYS TO 10 POINTS

• Facing the NFL’s #3 ranked scoring offense in Dallas on MNF, the Cardinals held the Cowboys (who entered the contest averaging 32.6 points/game) to season lows in points (10) and total TDs (1).
• The 10 points allowed are tied for the fewest for the Cardinals under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph – matching their total from Week 5 against the Jets. Yesterday’s game also marked the fifth time in the last eight games Arizona’s defense has allowed 20 points or fewer. With the win on MNF, the Cardinals improved to 4-0 this season when holding an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
The Cardinals defense is allowing just 18.7 points per game in 2020. That is the second-best total in the NFL behind only Baltimore (17.3).

NFL Leaders – Points Allowed/Game (2020)

Rnk Team PPG
1 Baltimore 17.3
2 Arizona 18.7
3t Pittsburgh 18.8
3t Miami 18.8
5 L.A. Rams 19.0
• The Cardinals (112) have allowed the fewest total points in the NFC – despite having already played six games in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Fewest Points Allowed

Rnk Team Pts Gms
1 Pittsburgh 94 5
2 Baltimore 104 6
3t Denver 110 5
3t New England 110 5
5 Arizona 112 6
• Arizona’s defense collected a season-high four takeaways (2 INT, 2 FR), 3.0 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 8 QB hits and a season-high 7 passes defensed against the Cowboys. The Cardinals scored 24 points (3 TD, 1 FG) off the Cowboys four turnovers.
• The Cardinals defense has allowed just two total TDs in the last two games (1 at NYJ; 1 at Dal). It marks just the second time in the last 16 seasons (2005-20) that Arizona allowed one TD or fewer in back-to-back road games: Games 12-13 in 2015.
• Below is a look at the Cardinals defensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Defensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (41.7) 1st
Points Allowed/Game (18.7) 2nd
Red Zone TD Pct. (41.7) 2nd
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-2nd
Total TDs Allowed (12) t-4th
QB Hits (37) t-6th
Sacks (17.0) t-6th
Yards Allowed/Play (5.15) 7th
3rd Down Pct. (36.5) 7th
Tackles for Loss (31) t-7th
Points/Drive Allowed (1.75) 8th
Passing Yards/Game (226.5) 11th
Total Net Yards/Game (346.2) 13th

MURRAY EARNS YET ANOTHER WIN AT AT&T STADIUM

• In leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Cowboys on MNF, QB Kyler Murray improved to 7-0 as a starter at AT&T Stadium dating back to his sophomore year of high school in 2012. Murray now has at least one win at AT&T Stadium at the high school (Allen HS), college (Oklahoma) and NFL levels.
• Murray threw for 188 yards and two TDs and also rushed for 74 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the win over Dallas. It was his sixth career game with both a passing and rushing TD. Only three players in franchise history had more games with both a passing and rushing TD in their career than Murray has in his first 22 career games.

Franchise Record – Games w/ Rushing & Pass TD (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Jim Hart (1966-83) 11
2 Ernie Nevers (1929-31) 8
3 Charley Johnson (1961-69) 7
4t Kyler Murray (2019-20) 6
4t Paul Christman (1945-49) 6
Monday’s win was Murray’s fifth game this season with both a passing and rushing TD. He is the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat five times in the first six games of a season. Murray (5) joins Jim Hart (5 in 1968) as the only players in franchise history with at least five such games in a single season.
• Murray threw for multiple TD passes in a game for the 11th time in his career. He has already established a franchise record for the most games with multiple TD passes in a player’s first two NFL seasons.

Franchise Record – Games w/ 2+ TD Passes (1st 2 Seasons)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 11
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 8
3 Sam Etcheverry (1961-62) 7
4t Jim Hart (1966-67) 6
4t M.C. Reynolds (1958) 6
4t Lamar McHan (1954-55) 6
• Murray’s 80-yard TD pass to WR Christian Kirk in the second quarter was his 30th career TD pass. He now needs just three more to pass Jake Plummer (32) for the most in franchise history by a player in his first two seasons.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 2 NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) TDs
1 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 32
2 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 30
3 Jim Hart (1966-67) 19
4 Paul Christman (1945-46) 18
5 Lamar McHan (1954-55) 17
• In the second quarter, Murray posted his sixth rushing TD of the season (and 10th of his career) on a one-yard run. Despite being just six games into the season, his six rushing TDs are tied for the franchise single-season record for rushing TDs by a QB. He matched the total put up by Jim Hart, who had six rushing TDs in 13 games in 1968.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs by Quarterback (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Gms
1t Kyler Murray (2020) 6 6
1t Jim Hart (1968) 6 13
3t King Hill (1959) 5 11
3t Lamar McHan (1956) 5 12
5t Kyler Murray (2019) 4 16
5t Jake Plummer (1998) 4 16
5t Charley Trippi (1952) 4 11
5t Charley Trippi (1951) 4 12
5t Arnie Horween (1922) 4 11
• No QB in the Super Bowl era has had more rushing TDs than Murray through the first six games of a season.
• Only Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (7) has more rushing TDs in 2020 than Murray (6).

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 RB Dalvin Cook (Min) 7
2t QB Kyler Murray (AZ) 6
2t RB Derrick Henry (Ten) 6
4t RB Todd Gurley (Atl) 5
4t RB Josh Jacobs (LV) 5
4t RB Aaron Jones (GB) 5
4t QB Cam Newton (Car) 5
4t RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 5
Murray is just the fifth player in NFL history with 30+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in their first two NFL seasons. He joins Daunte Culpepper (1999-01) as the only players in NFL history with 30+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in their first 22 career games.

NFL History – 30+ Pass TDs & 10+ Rush TDs in 1st 2 Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) Pass Rush Gms
1 Cam Newton (2011-12) 40 22 32
2 Dak Prescott (2016-17) 45 12 32
3 Lamar Jackson (2018-19) 42 17 31
4 Josh Allen (2018-19) 30 17 28
5 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 30 10 22

DRAKE SHINES AGAIN ON MONDAY NIGHT

• RB Kenyan Drake finished Monday’s game with 164 yards and two TDs on 20 carries (8.2 avg.), including TD runs of 1 and 69 yards. Yesterday’s game marked Drake’s sixth career 100-yard outing - and fourth in 14 games with Arizona. He has twice as many 100-yard performances with the Cardinals (4) than he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
• Drake has now rushed for 100+ yards in three of the last nine games.

Drake’s Career Games with 100+ Rushing Yards

Rnk Team Yds Opponent
1 Arizona 166 12/22/19 at Seattle
2 Arizona 164 10/19/20 at Dallas
3 Arizona 137 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
4 Miami 120 12/3/17 vs. Denver
5 Miami 114 12/11/17 vs. New England
6 Arizona 110 10/31/19 vs. San Francisco
• Drake now has 478 yards and four TDs on 105 carries in 2020. His 478 rushing yards rank fourth in the NFL this season.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds Att Avg.
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 588 123 4.8
2 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) 505 107 4.7
3 Dalvin Cook (Min) 489 92 5.3
4 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 478 105 4.6
5 Ronald Jones (TB) 472 97 4.9
• Since the Cardinals acquired Drake in Week 9 last season, he ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,121 rushing yards. His 12 rushing TDs during that span rank third in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards (Week 9 of 2019 – present)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 1,547
2 Joe Mixon (Cin) 1,245
3 Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 1,168
4 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 1,121
5 Nick Chubb (Cle) 1,091

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (Week 9 of 2019 – present)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 17
2 Aaron Jones (GB) 13
3 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 12
4t Dalvin Cook (Min) 11
4t Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 11
4t Christian McCaffrey (Car) 11
4t Todd Gurley (Atl) 11
• Of Drake’s six career 100-yard rushing performances, two have come in his three career games played on Monday Night Football. He now has 100+ rushing yards in each of his last two games played on MNF (had 114 yards vs. New England on 12/11/17 with Miami).
• In his three career appearances on MNF, Drake has 449 total yards (360 rushing; 89 receiving) and three total TDs. Among the TDs are runs of 69 and 66 yards.

Drake on Monday Night Football

Opponent Team Rush Yds TD Rec Yds
10/19/20 @ Dal AZ 20 164 2 0 0
12/11/17 vs. NE Mia 25 114 0 5 79
11/13/17 @ Car Mia 7 82 1 2 10
• Drake now has 12 rushing TDs in 14 games with Arizona, after he totaled nine rushing TDs in 54 games with Miami. Yesterday’s game was Drake’s third career outing with multiple rushing TDs. All three of those performances have come in his last nine games with the Cardinals. He never rushed for multiple TDs in his first 59 career games.

Drake Career Games w/ 2+ Rushing TDs

Opponent TD
12/15/19 vs. Cleveland 4
12/22/19 at Seattle 2
10/19/20 at Dallas 2

KIRK SCORES TWICE ON MONDAY – INCLUDING A CAREER-LONG 80-YARDER

• Like teammate Kyler Murray, WR Christian Kirk entered Monday’s game with experience playing at AT&T Stadium. He played three games at the venue during his time at Texas A&M, scoring six TDs in those contests. He added to that total on MNF, scoring his second and third TDs of the season on a pair of passes from Kyler Murray.
• Kirk’s first catch on Monday was a six-yard TD reception early in the second quarter. Two drives later, he hauled in a career-long 80-yard TD catch. Dating back to his college career at Texas A&M, Kirk now has eight TDs in four games played at AT&T Stadium.

Kirk TDs By Game at AT&T Stadium

Opponent Team TDs Type
10/19/20 @ Dallas Arizona 2 2 Rec (80 and 6 yards)
9/23/17 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 3 2 Rec (81 and 10 yards); 1 KOR (100 yards)
9/24/16 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 1 1 Rec (9 yards)
9/26/15 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 2 2 Rec (44 and 20 yards)
• Kirk’s 80-yard TD reception was his ninth career TD catch, four of which have covered 50+ yards (59, 69, 75 and 80 yards). Dating back to Kirk’s rookie season in 2018, only Tyreek Hill (6) and DeSean Jackson (5) have more TD receptions of 50+ yards.

NFL Leaders – TD Receptions of 50+ Yards (2018-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 Tyreek Hill (KC) 6
2 DeSean Jackson (Phi) 5
3t Christian Kirk (AZ) 4
3t A.J. Brown (Ten) 4
3t Stefon Diggs (Buf) 4
3t Mike Evans (TB) 4
3t Cooper Kupp (LAR) 4
3t D.J. Moore (Car) 4

A BIG DAY FOR BUDDA, INCLUDING HIS FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION

• Still wearing a cast on his hand due to a thumb injury suffered earlier this season, S Budda Baker had one of the best games of his career in the Cardinals win over Dallas on Monday. The Pro Bowler finished yesterday’s game with seven tackles, a sack, his first career INT, a tackle for loss, two QB hits, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.
Monday’s game in Dallas was Baker’s first as a team captain. He received the honor on Saturday evening, taking over the role LB *Chandler Jones** held prior to his season-ending injury.*
Baker became the first Cardinals player since 2003 (Renaldo Hill on 11/2 vs. Cincinnati) to record a sack, an INT and a forced fumble in the same game.
• In the fourth quarter on Monday, Baker dove in front of an Andy Dalton pass intended for Amari Cooper and intercepted it at the AZ 10-yard line. It was the first INT of his NFL career and first INT since his junior year at the University of Washington, when he intercepted a Luke Falk pass on 11/25/16 vs. Washington State.
• Through Week 6, Baker has 45 tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, three QB hits, his first-career INT, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in five games. He missed Arizona's Week 4 game against Carolina after thumb surgery but still ranks top-five among NFL DBs in tackles this year.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles by a DB (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkl GP
1 S Jordan Poyer (Buf) 50 6
2 S Jeremy Chinn (Car) 48 6
3 S Josh Jones (Jax) 47 6
4 S John Johnson (LAR) 46 6
5t S Budda Baker (AZ) 45 5
5t S Vonn Bell (Cin) 45 6

KIRKPATRICK PICKS UP 11TH CAREER INTERCEPTION – AND FOURTH ON MNF

• CB Dre Kirkpatrick recorded his 11th career INT when he picked off an Andy Dalton pass intended for WR CeeDee Lamb in the third quarter. It was his fourth INT in eight career MNF appearances. Among active players, only New England CB Devin McCourty (5 in 12 games) has more INTs while playing on MNF.

Active NFL Leaders – INTs on Monday Night Football

Rnk Player (Team) INTs Gms
1 Devin McCourty (NE) 5 12
2t Dre Kirkpatrick (AZ) 4 8
2t Marcus Peters (Bal) 4 7
4t Richard Sherman (SF) 3 11
4t Jason McCourty (NE) 3 6
4t Tyrann Mathieu (KC) 3 7
4t Xavien Howard (Mia) 3 3

MONDAY NIGHT NOTES

• Fourth-year LB Haason Reddick had one of the best games of his career against the Cowboys, recording five tackles, 2.0 sacks, two tackles for loss and a pass defensed. It was the first multi-sack performance of his career.
• Second-year CB Byron Murphy Jr. also had a career game in Dallas, finishing with eight tackles, a tackle for loss, two passes defensed and his first career fumble recovery.
• Playing just days after attending the funeral of his father, DL Jordan Phillips recorded two tackles, two QB hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against the Cowboys. Playing in his 82nd career game, it was the first time in his career Phillips recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game.
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2020.10.14 18:23 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 30-10 VICTORY AT NEW YORK JETS (10/11/20)

• The Cardinals defeated the NY Jets 30-10 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. In doing so, Arizona earned its second-ever road win against the Jets and the first since 1975. • With the win, the Cardinals improved to 3-1 all-time at MetLife Stadium and have won three in a row at the venue.
• Sunday’s game (+20) marks the first time since a 23-0 victory over the NY Giants on 12/24/17 that the Cardinals won a game by at least 20 points. It was the first game since the 2016 finale at L.A. Rams (W, 44-6) that Arizona scored 30+ points in a game and allowed 10 points or fewer.
• After going 3-1 in Week 5, the NFC West (14) leads the NFL in wins in 2020. The NFC West remains the only division in which each team has a positive point differential.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Seattle 5 0 169 135 3-0 2-0 0-0 3-0
L.A. Rams 4 1 136 90 2-0 2-1 0-0 4-0
Arizona 3 2 128 102 1-1 2-1 1-0 2-2
San Francisco 2 3 124 114 0-3 2-0 0-1 1-2

OFFENSE GETS ROLLING IN NEW YORK

• The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game with a season-high 496 total net yards (369 passing, 127 rushing) and 28 first downs. It marks the seventh time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 21 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury*. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once in 32 games over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to his arrival.
• Through the first five games, the Cardinals have piled up 1,977 total net yards on offense (1,272 passing; 705 rushing). Arizona’s 1,977 total yards represent the fifth-highest total in franchise history through the first five games of a season – and the most since the team had 2,058 total yards in 1988.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 5 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1963 2,092
2 1984 2,082
3 1988 2,058
4 1948 2,016
5 2020 1,977
• The 2020 season marks the fourth time in franchise history the Cardinals have at least 1,200 passing yards and 700 rushing yards through the first five games of a season.

Franchise History – 1,200 Pass Yards & 700 Rush Yds Thru 5 Games

Year Pass Rush Total
2020 1,272 705 1,977
1988 1,208 850 2,058
1984 1,322 760 2,082
1963 1,250 842 2,092
• The Cardinals put up 496 total yards of offense and also averaged 7.3 yards per play against the Jets. It is the second time in 21 games under Kingsbury that Arizona has posted 450+ total yards and averaged 7.0+ yards per play in a game (Week 5 at Cincinnati in 2019 – 514 yards, 7.2 ypp). In the 22 years prior to his arrival, the team had just four such performances.
• Below is a look at the Cardinals offensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (100.0) t-1st
4th Down Conv. Pct. (100.0) t-1st
Red Zone TD Pct. (81.3) 2nd
Total 1st Downs (128) 2nd
Rushing TDs (8) t-3rd
Rushing 1st Downs (46) 4th
Big Play Runs (21) 4th
Total Plays (337) 5th
Big Plays (37) t-5th
Rushing Yards/Game (141.0) 6th
Total TDs (16) t-9th
Sacks Allowed (8) t-10th
Total Yards/Game (395.4) 11th
Passing TDs (8) t-14th

CARDS REACH EIGHT STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 21+ POINTS

• Sunday’s victory over the Jets marked the eighth consecutive game the Cardinals have scored at least 21 points. Only two teams have longer active streaks than Arizona.

Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts (Active)

Rnk Team Gms
1 Kansas City 16
2 New Orleans* 11
3 Arizona 8
4 Green Bay 7
5 Seattle 6
*Play on MNF in Week 5
• The Cardinals current streak of eight straight games with 21+ points is the team's longest since 2013 (8) and is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history.

Franchise Record - Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts

Rnk Year(s) Gms
1 1983-84 11
2t 2007-08 10
2t 1948-49 10
4 1975-76 9
5t 2019-20 8
5t 2013 8
5t 2008 8
• The Cardinals have scored 21+ points in 15 of 21 games under Kingsbury. Arizona scored 21+ points in an NFL-low 9 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (2017-18).

ARIZONA GRINDS OUT 127 RUSHING YARDS AND THREE TDS AGAINST THE JETS

• The Cardinals ran for 127 yards and three TDs on 30 carries (4.2 avg.) in the win over the Jets. Arizona has now rushed for 100+ yards in all five games this season – and in 15 of 21 games under Kingsbury.
• The 2020 season marks just the third time in the last 33 years (1988-20) that the Cardinals have rushed for 100+ yards in each of the first five games of a season.
• The Cardinals three rushing TDs vs. the Jets came from three different players: QB Kyler Murray, RB Chase Edmonds and RB Kenyan Drake. Yesterday’s game marked the first time since 12/20/09 vs. Detroit (RBs Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells and WR Anquan Boldin) that the Cardinals had three different players score a rushing TD in a game.
• Through Week 5, Arizona ranks sixth in the NFL averaging 141.0 rushing yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards/Game (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/Gm Att Avg TD
1 Cleveland 188.4 172 5.5 8
2 New England 179.8 140 5.1 7
3 Baltimore 160.8 144 5.6 5
4 Minnesota 160.6 154 5.2 8
5 Green Bay 150.8 119 5.1 4
6 Arizona 141.0 148 4.8 8
7 L.A. Rams 139.6 169 4.1 9
8 Pittsburgh 138.8 122 4.6 4
9t Tennessee 129.0 102 3.8 2
9t San Francisco 129.0 128 5.0 8

DEFENSE HOLD JETS TO 10 POINTS IN 20-POINT VICTORY

• The Cardinals defense allowed season-lows in points (10), total yards (285), passing yards (162), yards per play (4.5) and average yards per pass play (4.5) against the Jets on Sunday. • The 10 points allowed are the fewest for the Cardinals under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. It also marked the fourth time in the last seven games Arizona’s defense has allowed 20 points or fewer. With the win on Sunday, the Cardinals improved to 3-0 this season when holding an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
• Arizona held the Jets to 4-of-13 (31%) on 3rd down conversion attempts and 0-of-2 on 4th down attempts on Sunday. The Cardinals also held the Jets to just one TD on three red zone possessions and kept them out of the end zone in their only goal-to-goal possession.
• Below is a look at the Cardinals defensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Defensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (40.0) 1st
Red Zone TD Pct. (42.9) t-2nd
3rd Down Pct. (35.6) 4th
Points Allowed/Game (20.4) 5th
Passing Yards/Game (222.4) 5th
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-5th
Points/Drive Allowed (1.92) 7th
Sacks (14.0) t-7th
Tackles for Loss (24) t-7th
Total TDs Allowed (11) t-8th
QB Hits (29) t-9th
Total Net Yards/Game (346.6) 10th
• With LB Dennis Gardeck (2.0) and S Budda Baker recording their first sack of the season on Sunday, the Cardinals now have had nine different players post at least 1.0 sack in 2020. Baltimore (11) is the only team who has more players with at least 1.0 sack this season.

HOPKINS CONTINUES TO SHINE IN RECORD-BREAKING START WITH ARIZONA

• After catching six passes for 131 yards and a TD in yesterday’s win over the Jets, WR DeAndre Hopkins continues his record-breaking debut season with the Cardinals. Through five games, Hopkins has 45 receptions for 528 yards and two TDs.
Hopkins leads the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and first down receptions in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (2020) NFL Leaders – Receiving Yards (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 45 1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 528
2 Amari Cooper (Dal) 39 2 D.K. Metcalf (Sea) 496
3 Robby Anderson (Car) 36 3 Robby Anderson (Car) 489
4 Allen Robinson (Chi) 35 4 Calvin Ridley (Atl) 485
5 Darren Waller (LV) 34 5 CeeDee Lamb (Dal) 433

NFL Leaders – 1st Down Receptions (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) 1st
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 29
2t Tyler Boyd (Cin) 25
2t Calvin Ridley (Atl) 25
4 Amari Cooper (Dal) 23
5t Terry McLaurin (Was) 22
5t Travis Kelce (KC) 22
• Only three players in NFL history had more receptions through the first five games of a season than Hopkins has in 2020.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 5 Games of a Season

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1t Adam Thielen (Min) 47 2018
1t T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Cin) 47 2007
3 Michael Thomas (NO) 46 2018
4t DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 45 2020
4t Michael Thomas (NO) 45 2019
4t Wes Welker (NE) 45 2011
• Hopkins’ 45 catches set an NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first five games with a team. The previous record of 42 was set by Eric Metcalf (Atlanta) in 1995.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 5 Games with a Team

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 45 2020
2 Eric Metcalf (Atl) 42 1995
3 Terance Mathis (Atl) 40 1994
4 Andre Rison (Atl) 38 1990
5t Brandon Marshall (Mia) 37 2010
5t Brandon Marshall (NYJ) 37 2015
• Hopkins (45) also established a franchise record for receptions in the first five games of a season. J.T. Smith (44 in 1989) held the previous mark.

Franchise Record – Receptions in 1st 5 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 45
2 J.T. Smith (1989) 44
3t Larry Fitzgerald (2005) 36
3t Anquan Boldin (2005) 36
5t Larry Fitzgerald (2009) 35
5t Larry Centers (1996) 35
• Hopkins has 528 receiving yards in 2020. Only two players in franchise history had more receiving yards through the first five games of a season.

Franchise Record – Receiving Yards in 1st 5 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 J.T. Smith (1989) 549
2 Anquan Boldin (2005) 547
3 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 528
4 Larry Fitzgerald (2005) 504
5 Anquan Boldin (2003) 497
Sunday’s game marked Hopkins’ third with 130+ receiving yards this season. He is the first player in Cardinals history with at least three games of 130+ receiving yards in the first five games of a season. He joins Julio Jones (3 in 2015 with Atlanta) and Jimmy Graham (3 in 2013 with New Orleans) as the only players in the last 11 seasons to accomplish the feat.
• Following his 131-yard performance against the Jets, Hopkins now has 9,130 receiving yards for his career. Only three players in NFL history reached 9,000 receiving yards at a younger age than Hopkins (28 years, 127 days).

NFL History – Youngest Players to Reach 9,000 Receiving Yards

Player Age Years
Randy Moss 27 years, 310 days 1998-04
Calvin Johnson 28 years, 56 days 2007-13
Larry Fitzgerald 28 years, 81 days 2004-11
DeAndre Hopkins 28 years, 127 days 2013-20
Julio Jones 28 years, 326 days 2011-17
• Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 23 consecutive games played. In NFL history, Hopkins and Antonio Brown (36 straight) are the only players with 5+ receptions in at least 23 consecutive games.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2 DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 23* 2018-20
3t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
3t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
5 Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak • Hopkins has at least one reception in all 115 games played in his career. His streak of 115 consecutive games with a catch is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streaks)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 248 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 121 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 119 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 115 Sept. 9, 2013
5t Travis Kelce (KC) 100 Sept. 7, 2014
5t Jarvis Landry (Cle) 100 Sept. 14, 2014
• Yesterday’s game marked Hopkins 33rd career 100-yard outing – and third in five games with Arizona (151 @ SF in Week 1; 137 vs. Det in Week 3). Dating back to his first NFL season in 2013, only two players have more 100-yard games than Hopkins.

NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Receiving Yards (2013-20)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Julio Jones (Atl) 47
2 Antonio Brown (FA) 39
3 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 33
4 T.Y. Hilton (Ind) 28
5t Odell Beckham (Cle) 26
5t Mike Evans (TB) 26
• Dating back to 2017, Hopkins (20) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (21) are the only players in the NFL with at least 20 games of 100+ receiving yards.
• With his 131-yard performance on Sunday, Hopkins has gone over 100 yards receiving in all three career games against the Jets. In those three games, he had 419 yards and five TDs on 21 receptions.

Hopkins Career vs. the Jets

Date Rec Yds Avg. TD (Dist)
10/11/20 @ NYJ 6 131 21.8 1 (37)
12/15/18 @ NYJ 10 170 17.0 2 (45, 14)
11/22/15 vs. NYJ 5 118 23.6 2 (61, 20)
Totals 21 419 19.9 5 • Combined with his 116 yards against the Giants in 2014, Hopkins now has 100+ receiving yards in all three games he has played at MetLife Stadium (2 vs. Jets; 1 vs. the Giants)

Hopkins Career Games at MetLife Stadium

Date Rec Yds Avg. TD (Dist)
10/11/20 @ NYJ 6 131 21.8 1 (37)
12/15/18 @ NYJ 10 170 17.0 2 (45, 14)
9/21/14 vs. NYG 6 116 19.3 0
Totals 22 417 18.9 3

MURRAY THROWS FOR CAREER-HIGH 380 YARDS IN WIN OVER JETS

• In Sunday’s win over the Jets, QB Kyler Murray completed 27-of-37 pass attempts (72.9%) for a career-high 380 yards, a TD and a passer rating of 103.4. He also rushed for 31 yards and a TD on nine carries.
• Murray’s 380 passing yards on Sunday represent the highest total for a Cardinals QB since Carson Palmer threw for 421 yards on 10/18/15 at Pittsburgh. It was the most passing yards by a Cardinals QB in a win since Palmer threw for 419 yards in a 27-14 victory at Jacksonville on 11/17/13.
• With his 380 passing yards on Sunday, Murray surpassed 5,000 career passing yards (5,021). Combined with his 840 career rushing yards, Murray now joins Cam Newton (5,205 passing yards; 915 rushing yards) as the only players in NFL history with 5,000+ passing yards and 800+ rushing yards in their first 21 career starts.
• Through five games, Murray has completed 128-of-181 pass attempts for 1,299 yards and 8 TDs, while also rushing for 296 yards and five TDs on 41 carries. He joins Cam Newton (2011) and Kordell Stewart (1997) as the only players in NFL history with at least five passing and five rushing TDs through the first five games of a season.

NFL History – Players w/ 5 Pass & 5 Rush TDs Thru 5 Games

Year Player (Team) Pass Rush
2020 Kyler Murray (AZ) 8 5
2011 Cam Newton (Car) 7 5
1997 Kordell Stewart (Pit) 7 6
• After throwing for a career-high 380 yards against the Jets on Sunday, Murray now has six career 300-yard outings. No other QB in franchise history had more than four games with 300+ passing yards in their first two NFL seasons.

Franchise Record – Games w/ 300+ Passing Yards in 1st 2 Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 6
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 4
3 Charley Johnson (1962-63) 3
4t Ryan Lindley (2012-14) 2
4t John Skelton (2011-12) 2
4t Timm Rosenbach (1989-90) 2
4t Jim Hart (1966-67) 2
Yesterday’s game was Murray’s fifth with both a passing and rushing TD, including his fourth such performance in five games this season. Only four players in franchise history had more games with both a passing and rushing TD in their career than Murray has in his first 21 career games.

Franchise Record – Games w/ Rush & Pass TD (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Jim Hart (1966-83) 11
2 Ernie Nevers (1929-31) 8
3 Charley Johnson (1961-69) 7
4 Paul Christman (1945-49) 6
5t Kyler Murray (2019-20) 5
5t Jake Plummer (1997-02) 5
5t Charley Trippi (1947-55) 5
• Murray (4) joins Jim Hart (5 in 1968) as the only players in franchise history with at least four such games in a season.
• In just five games, Murray (5) has surpassed the number of rushing TDs he had in 16 games last season (4). Jim Hart (6 in 1968) is the only QB in franchise history who had more rushing TDs in a season than Murray has through five games in 2020.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs by Quarterback (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Gms
1 Jim Hart (1968) 6 13
2t Kyler Murray (2020) 5 5
2t King Hill (1959) 5 11
2t Lamar McHan (1956) 5 12
5t Kyler Murray (2019) 4 16
5t Jake Plummer (1998) 4 16
5t Charley Trippi (1952) 4 11
5t Charley Trippi (1951) 4 12
5t Arnie Horween (1922) 4 11
• Murray’s 37-yard TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter was his 28th career TD pass. He now needs just five more to pass Jake Plummer (32) for the most in franchise history by a player in his first two seasons.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 2 NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) TDs
1 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 32
2 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 28
3 Jim Hart (1966-67) 19
4 Paul Christman (1945-46) 18
5 Lamar McHan (1954-55) 17
On the Cardinals five scoring drives on Sunday, Murray completed 18-of-22 pass attempts (81.8%) for 290 yards and a TD while also rushing for 33 yards and a TD on five carries.

Murray Statistics on 5 Cardinals Scoring Drives

Drive Statistics
1. 4-4 for 41 yards; 1 rush for 16 yards
2. 3-5 for 57 yards; 3 rush for 15 yards and TD
3. 4-5 for 52 yards
4. 4-4 for 48 yards
5. 3-4 for 92 yards and a TD; 1 rush for 2 yards

FITZGERALD PLAYS IN 255TH CAREER GAME

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 35 yards against the Jets on Sunday while playing in his 255th career game. In NFL history, only eight players have appeared in more games with a single team. The only offensive players in NFL history to appear in more games with a single team are OL Bruce Matthews (296 w/Titans), QB Tom Brady (285 w/Patriots) and OL Jackie Slater (259 w/ Rams).

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 LS David Binn (SD) 256
9t WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 255
9t QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
9t TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
*Active Player
• The win over the Jets also represented Fitzgerald’s 89th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starting streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 229
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 133
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 133
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 99
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 94
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 89
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 86
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 85
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 85
10 QB Dak Prescott (Dal) 69
• After catching four passes against the Jets, Fitzgerald now has at least one reception in 248 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 248 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. Fitzgerald has at least one reception in 254 of 255 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 248 11/7/04 – 10/11/20 15 years, 11 months, 4 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 248 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place total: Julio Jones (121 games).

EDMONDS WITH ANOTHER BIG PERFORMANCE AT METLIFE STADIUM

• After becoming just the sixth player in NFL history with three TD runs of 20+ yards in a single game in the Cardinals Week 7 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium last season, RB Chase Edmonds broke off yet another long TD run against the Jets on Sunday. The third-year back scored the first TD of the game on a 29-yard run in the first quarter.
• Combined with his three rushing TDs (20, 20 and 22 yards) against the Giants in Week 7 last season, Edmonds now has four TDs in two career games at MetLife Stadium. Edmonds has 6 TDs in 32 career games played away from MetLife Stadium.
• Edmonds’ 29-yard TD run in the first quarter on Sunday was his fifth career TD run of 20+ yards. Only three players in franchise history had more TD runs of 20+ yards in their career than Edmonds.

Franchise Record – TD Runs of 20+ Yards

Rnk Player (Years) TD
1 Ottis Anderson (1979-86) 7
2 Elmer Angsman (1946-52) 6
3 Ollie Matson (1952-58) 6
4t Chase Edmonds (2018-20) 5
4t John David Crow (1958-64) 5
4t Terry Metcalf (1973-77) 5
Edmonds five TD runs of 20+ yards over the last two seasons (2019-20) are the most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1 Chase Edmonds (AZ) 5
2 Christian McCaffrey (Car) 4
3t Kyler Murray (AZ) 3
3t Saquon Barkley (NYG) 3
3t Nick Chubb (Cle) 3
3t Derrick Henry (Ten) 3
3t Lamar Jackson (Bal) 3
3t Aaron Jones (GB) 3
3t Raheem Mostert (SF) 3
• Edmonds finished Sunday’s game with 92 total scrimmage yards (56 receiving, 36 rushing) and a TD on eight touches. His 56 receiving yards set a career high.

GARDECK GETS TWO SACKS IN FIRST DEFENSIVE ACTION OF HIS CAREER

• Playing the first defensive snaps of his career, LB Dennis Gardeck – a special teams captain and standout who signed with the Cardinals as a rookie free agent out of the University of Sioux Falls in 2018 – recorded his first career sack when he took down Jets QB Joe Flacco for a nine-yard loss in the second quarter. It was Gardeck’s first sack since his senior year at Sioux Falls when he took down Augustana QB Gage McClanahan for a one-yard loss on 10/28/17.
• Gardeck added a second sack in the fourth quarter. With 2.0 sacks against the Jets, Gardeck now joins Chandler Jones (4x) and Terrell Suggs (1x) as the only Cardinals defenders in the last two seasons (2019-20) to record at least 2.0 sacks in a game.
• Gardeck finished with 2.0 sacks in just 10 defensive snaps against the Jets.

DRAKE SCORES AGAIN – NOW WITH 10 RUSHING TDS IN 13 GAMES WITH CARDINALS

• RB Kenyan Drake finished Sunday’s game with 60 rushing yards on 18 attempts and scored his second TD of the season on a one-yard run in the third quarter. It was Drake’s 10th rushing TD in 13 games played with Arizona. He now has nine rushing TDs in his last eight games.
• Drake has more rushing TDs in 13 games with Arizona (10) than he had in 54 games with Miami (9).
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2020.10.13 19:35 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Week 5

• The Cardinals defeated the NY Jets 30-10 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. In doing so, Arizona earned its second-ever road win against the Jets and the first since 1975.
• With the win, the Cardinals improved to 3-1 all-time at MetLife Stadium and have won three in a row at the venue.
• Sunday’s game (+20) marks the first time since a 23-0 victory over the NY Giants on 12/24/17 that the Cardinals won a game by at least 20 points. It was the first game since the 2016 finale at L.A. Rams (W, 44-6) that Arizona scored 30+ points in a game and allowed 10 points or fewer.
• After going 3-1 in Week 5, the NFC West (14) leads the NFL in wins in 2020. The NFC West remains the only division in which each team has a positive point differential.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Seattle 5 0 169 135 3-0 2-0 0-0 3-0
L.A. Rams 4 1 136 90 2-0 2-1 0-0 4-0
Arizona 3 2 128 102 1-1 2-1 1-0 2-2
San Francisco 2 3 124 114 0-3 2-0 0-1 1-2

OFFENSE GETS ROLLING IN NEW YORK

• The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game with a season-high 496 total net yards (369 passing, 127 rushing) and 28 first downs. It marks the seventh time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 21 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury*. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once in 32 games over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to his arrival.
• Through the first five games, the Cardinals have piled up 1,977 total net yards on offense (1,272 passing; 705 rushing). Arizona’s 1,977 total yards represent the fifth-highest total in franchise history through the first five games of a season – and the most since the team had 2,058 total yards in 1988.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 5 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1963 2,092
2 1984 2,082
3 1988 2,058
4 1948 2,016
5 2020 1,977
• The 2020 season marks the fourth time in franchise history the Cardinals have at least 1,200 passing yards and 700 rushing yards through the first five games of a season.

Franchise History – 1,200 Pass Yards & 700 Rush Yds Thru 5 Games

Year Pass Rush Total
2020 1,272 705 1,977
1988 1,208 850 2,058
1984 1,322 760 2,082
1963 1,250 842 2,092
• The Cardinals put up 496 total yards of offense and also averaged 7.3 yards per play against the Jets. It is the second time in 21 games under Kingsbury that Arizona has posted 450+ total yards and averaged 7.0+ yards per play in a game (Week 5 at Cincinnati in 2019 – 514 yards, 7.2 ypp). In the 22 years prior to his arrival, the team had just four such performances.
• Below is a look at the Cardinals offensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (100.0) t-1st
4th Down Conv. Pct. (100.0) t-1st
Red Zone TD Pct. (81.3) 2nd
Total 1st Downs (128) 2nd
Rushing TDs (8) t-3rd
Rushing 1st Downs (46) 4th
Big Play Runs (21) 4th
Total Plays (337) 5th
Big Plays (37) t-5th
Rushing Yards/Game (141.0) 6th
Total TDs (16) t-9th
Sacks Allowed (8) t-10th
Total Yards/Game (395.4) 11th
Passing TDs (8) t-14th

CARDS REACH EIGHT STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 21+ POINTS

• Sunday’s victory over the Jets marked the eighth consecutive game the Cardinals have scored at least 21 points. Only two teams have longer active streaks than Arizona.

Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts (Active)

Rnk Team Gms
1 Kansas City 16
2 New Orleans* 11
3 Arizona 8
4 Green Bay 7
5 Seattle 6
*Play on MNF in Week 5
• The Cardinals current streak of eight straight games with 21+ points is the team's longest since 2013 (8) and is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history.

Franchise Record - Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts

Rnk Year(s) Gms
1 1983-84 11
2t 2007-08 10
2t 1948-49 10
4 1975-76 9
5t 2019-20 8
5t 2013 8
5t 2008 8
• The Cardinals have scored 21+ points in 15 of 21 games under Kingsbury. Arizona scored 21+ points in an NFL-low 9 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (2017-18).

ARIZONA GRINDS OUT 127 RUSHING YARDS AND THREE TDS AGAINST THE JETS

• The Cardinals ran for 127 yards and three TDs on 30 carries (4.2 avg.) in the win over the Jets. Arizona has now rushed for 100+ yards in all five games this season – and in 15 of 21 games under Kingsbury.
• The 2020 season marks just the third time in the last 33 years (1988-20) that the Cardinals have rushed for 100+ yards in each of the first five games of a season.
• The Cardinals three rushing TDs vs. the Jets came from three different players: QB Kyler Murray, RB Chase Edmonds and RB Kenyan Drake. Yesterday’s game marked the first time since 12/20/09 vs. Detroit (RBs Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells and WR Anquan Boldin) that the Cardinals had three different players score a rushing TD in a game.
• Through Week 5, Arizona ranks sixth in the NFL averaging 141.0 rushing yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards/Game (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/Gm Att Avg TD
1 Cleveland 188.4 172 5.5 8
2 New England 179.8 140 5.1 7
3 Baltimore 160.8 144 5.6 5
4 Minnesota 160.6 154 5.2 8
5 Green Bay 150.8 119 5.1 4
6 Arizona 141.0 148 4.8 8
7 L.A. Rams 139.6 169 4.1 9
8 Pittsburgh 138.8 122 4.6 4
9t Tennessee 129.0 102 3.8 2
9t San Francisco 129.0 128 5.0 8

DEFENSE HOLD JETS TO 10 POINTS IN 20-POINT VICTORY

• The Cardinals defense allowed season-lows in points (10), total yards (285), passing yards (162), yards per play (4.5) and average yards per pass play (4.5) against the Jets on Sunday.
• The 10 points allowed are the fewest for the Cardinals under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. It also marked the fourth time in the last seven games Arizona’s defense has allowed 20 points or fewer. With the win on Sunday, the Cardinals improved to 3-0 this season when holding an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
• Arizona held the Jets to 4-of-13 (31%) on 3rd down conversion attempts and 0-of-2 on 4th down attempts on Sunday. The Cardinals also held the Jets to just one TD on three red zone possessions and kept them out of the end zone in their only goal-to-goal possession.
• Below is a look at the Cardinals defensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Defensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (40.0) 1st
Red Zone TD Pct. (42.9) t-2nd
3rd Down Pct. (35.6) 4th
Points Allowed/Game (20.4) 5th
Passing Yards/Game (222.4) 5th
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-5th
Points/Drive Allowed (1.92) 7th
Sacks (14.0) t-7th
Tackles for Loss (24) t-7th
Total TDs Allowed (11) t-8th
QB Hits (29) t-9th
Total Net Yards/Game (346.6) 10th
• With LB Dennis Gardeck (2.0) and S Budda Baker recording their first sack of the season on Sunday, the Cardinals now have had nine different players post at least 1.0 sack in 2020. Baltimore (11) is the only team who has more players with at least 1.0 sack this season.

HOPKINS CONTINUES TO SHINE IN RECORD-BREAKING START WITH ARIZONA

• After catching six passes for 131 yards and a TD in yesterday’s win over the Jets, WR DeAndre Hopkins continues his record-breaking debut season with the Cardinals. Through five games, Hopkins has 45 receptions for 528 yards and two TDs.
Hopkins leads the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and first down receptions in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (2020) NFL Leaders – Receiving Yards (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 45 1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 528
2 Amari Cooper (Dal) 39 2 D.K. Metcalf (Sea) 496
3 Robby Anderson (Car) 36 3 Robby Anderson (Car) 489
4 Allen Robinson (Chi) 35 4 Calvin Ridley (Atl) 485
5 Darren Waller (LV) 34 5 CeeDee Lamb (Dal) 433

NFL Leaders – 1st Down Receptions (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) 1st
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 29
2t Tyler Boyd (Cin) 25
2t Calvin Ridley (Atl) 25
4 Amari Cooper (Dal) 23
5t Terry McLaurin (Was) 22
5t Travis Kelce (KC) 22
• Only three players in NFL history had more receptions through the first five games of a season than Hopkins has in 2020.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 5 Games of a Season

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1t Adam Thielen (Min) 47 2018
1t T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Cin) 47 2007
3 Michael Thomas (NO) 46 2018
4t DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 45 2020
4t Michael Thomas (NO) 45 2019
4t Wes Welker (NE) 45 2011
• Hopkins’ 45 catches set an NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first five games with a team. The previous record of 42 was set by Eric Metcalf (Atlanta) in 1995.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 5 Games with a Team

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 45 2020
2 Eric Metcalf (Atl) 42 1995
3 Terance Mathis (Atl) 40 1994
4 Andre Rison (Atl) 38 1990
5t Brandon Marshall (Mia) 37 2010
5t Brandon Marshall (NYJ) 37 2015
• Hopkins (45) also established a franchise record for receptions in the first five games of a season. J.T. Smith (44 in 1989) held the previous mark.

Franchise Record – Receptions in 1st 5 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 45
2 J.T. Smith (1989) 44
3t Larry Fitzgerald (2005) 36
3t Anquan Boldin (2005) 36
5t Larry Fitzgerald (2009) 35
5t Larry Centers (1996) 35
• Hopkins has 528 receiving yards in 2020. Only two players in franchise history had more receiving yards through the first five games of a season.

Franchise Record – Receiving Yards in 1st 5 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 J.T. Smith (1989) 549
2 Anquan Boldin (2005) 547
3 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 528
4 Larry Fitzgerald (2005) 504
5 Anquan Boldin (2003) 497
Sunday’s game marked Hopkins’ third with 130+ receiving yards this season. He is the first player in Cardinals history with at least three games of 130+ receiving yards in the first five games of a season. He joins Julio Jones (3 in 2015 with Atlanta) and Jimmy Graham (3 in 2013 with New Orleans) as the only players in the last 11 seasons to accomplish the feat.
• Following his 131-yard performance against the Jets, Hopkins now has 9,130 receiving yards for his career. Only three players in NFL history reached 9,000 receiving yards at a younger age than Hopkins (28 years, 127 days).

NFL History – Youngest Players to Reach 9,000 Receiving Yards

Player Age Years
Randy Moss 27 years, 310 days 1998-04
Calvin Johnson 28 years, 56 days 2007-13
Larry Fitzgerald 28 years, 81 days 2004-11
DeAndre Hopkins 28 years, 127 days 2013-20
Julio Jones 28 years, 326 days 2011-17
• Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 23 consecutive games played. In NFL history, Hopkins and Antonio Brown (36 straight) are the only players with 5+ receptions in at least 23 consecutive games.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2 DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 23* 2018-20
3t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
3t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
5 Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak
• Hopkins has at least one reception in all 115 games played in his career. His streak of 115 consecutive games with a catch is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streaks)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 248 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 121 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 119 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 115 Sept. 9, 2013
5t Travis Kelce (KC) 100 Sept. 7, 2014
5t Jarvis Landry (Cle) 100 Sept. 14, 2014
• Yesterday’s game marked Hopkins 33rd career 100-yard outing – and third in five games with Arizona (151 @ SF in Week 1; 137 vs. Det in Week 3). Dating back to his first NFL season in 2013, only two players have more 100-yard games than Hopkins.

NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Receiving Yards (2013-20)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Julio Jones (Atl) 47
2 Antonio Brown (FA) 39
3 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 33
4 T.Y. Hilton (Ind) 28
5t Odell Beckham (Cle) 26
5t Mike Evans (TB) 26
• Dating back to 2017, Hopkins (20) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (21) are the only players in the NFL with at least 20 games of 100+ receiving yards.
• With his 131-yard performance on Sunday, Hopkins has gone over 100 yards receiving in all three career games against the Jets. In those three games, he had 419 yards and five TDs on 21 receptions.

Hopkins Career vs. the Jets

Date Rec Yds Avg. TD (Dist)
10/11/20 @ NYJ 6 131 21.8 1 (37)
12/15/18 @ NYJ 10 170 17.0 2 (45, 14)
11/22/15 vs. NYJ 5 118 23.6 2 (61, 20)
Totals 21 419 19.9 5
• Combined with his 116 yards against the Giants in 2014, Hopkins now has 100+ receiving yards in all three games he has played at MetLife Stadium (2 vs. Jets; 1 vs. the Giants)

Hopkins Career Games at MetLife Stadium

Date Rec Yds Avg. TD (Dist)
10/11/20 @ NYJ 6 131 21.8 1 (37)
12/15/18 @ NYJ 10 170 17.0 2 (45, 14)
9/21/14 vs. NYG 6 116 19.3 0
Totals 22 417 18.9 3

MURRAY THROWS FOR CAREER-HIGH 380 YARDS IN WIN OVER JETS

• In Sunday’s win over the Jets, QB Kyler Murray completed 27-of-37 pass attempts (72.9%) for a career-high 380 yards, a TD and a passer rating of 103.4. He also rushed for 31 yards and a TD on nine carries.
• Murray’s 380 passing yards on Sunday represent the highest total for a Cardinals QB since Carson Palmer threw for 421 yards on 10/18/15 at Pittsburgh. It was the most passing yards by a Cardinals QB in a win since Palmer threw for 419 yards in a 27-14 victory at Jacksonville on 11/17/13.
• With his 380 passing yards on Sunday, Murray surpassed 5,000 career passing yards (5,021). Combined with his 840 career rushing yards, Murray now joins Cam Newton (5,205 passing yards; 915 rushing yards) as the only players in NFL history with 5,000+ passing yards and 800+ rushing yards in their first 21 career starts.
• Through five games, Murray has completed 128-of-181 pass attempts for 1,299 yards and 8 TDs, while also rushing for 296 yards and five TDs on 41 carries. He joins Cam Newton (2011) and Kordell Stewart (1997) as the only players in NFL history with at least five passing and five rushing TDs through the first five games of a season.

NFL History – Players w/ 5 Pass & 5 Rush TDs Thru 5 Games

Year Player (Team) Pass Rush
2020 Kyler Murray (AZ) 8 5
2011 Cam Newton (Car) 7 5
1997 Kordell Stewart (Pit) 7 6
• After throwing for a career-high 380 yards against the Jets on Sunday, Murray now has six career 300-yard outings. No other QB in franchise history had more than four games with 300+ passing yards in their first two NFL seasons.

Franchise Record – Games w/ 300+ Passing Yards in 1st 2 Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 6
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 4
3 Charley Johnson (1962-63) 3
4t Ryan Lindley (2012-14) 2
4t John Skelton (2011-12) 2
4t Timm Rosenbach (1989-90) 2
4t Jim Hart (1966-67) 2
Yesterday’s game was Murray’s fifth with both a passing and rushing TD, including his fourth such performance in five games this season. Only four players in franchise history had more games with both a passing and rushing TD in their career than Murray has in his first 21 career games.

Franchise Record – Games w/ Rush & Pass TD (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Jim Hart (1966-83) 11
2 Ernie Nevers (1929-31) 8
3 Charley Johnson (1961-69) 7
4 Paul Christman (1945-49) 6
5t Kyler Murray (2019-20) 5
5t Jake Plummer (1997-02) 5
5t Charley Trippi (1947-55) 5
• Murray (4) joins Jim Hart (5 in 1968) as the only players in franchise history with at least four such games in a season.
• In just five games, Murray (5) has surpassed the number of rushing TDs he had in 16 games last season (4). Jim Hart (6 in 1968) is the only QB in franchise history who had more rushing TDs in a season than Murray has through five games in 2020.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs by Quarterback (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Gms
1 Jim Hart (1968) 6 13
2t Kyler Murray (2020) 5 5
2t King Hill (1959) 5 11
2t Lamar McHan (1956) 5 12
5t Kyler Murray (2019) 4 16
5t Jake Plummer (1998) 4 16
5t Charley Trippi (1952) 4 11
5t Charley Trippi (1951) 4 12
5t Arnie Horween (1922) 4 11
• Murray’s 37-yard TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter was his 28th career TD pass. He now needs just five more to pass Jake Plummer (32) for the most in franchise history by a player in his first two seasons.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 2 NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) TDs
1 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 32
2 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 28
3 Jim Hart (1966-67) 19
4 Paul Christman (1945-46) 18
5 Lamar McHan (1954-55) 17
On the Cardinals five scoring drives on Sunday, Murray completed 18-of-22 pass attempts (81.8%) for 290 yards and a TD while also rushing for 33 yards and a TD on five carries.

Murray Statistics on 5 Cardinals Scoring Drives

Drive Statistics
1. 4-4 for 41 yards; 1 rush for 16 yards
2. 3-5 for 57 yards; 3 rush for 15 yards and TD
3. 4-5 for 52 yards
4. 4-4 for 48 yards
5. 3-4 for 92 yards and a TD; 1 rush for 2 yards

FITZGERALD PLAYS IN 255TH CAREER GAME

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 35 yards against the Jets on Sunday while playing in his 255th career game. In NFL history, only eight players have appeared in more games with a single team. The only offensive players in NFL history to appear in more games with a single team are OL Bruce Matthews (296 w/Titans), QB Tom Brady (285 w/Patriots) and OL Jackie Slater (259 w/ Rams).

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 LS David Binn (SD) 256
9t WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 255
9t QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
9t TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
*Active Player
• The win over the Jets also represented Fitzgerald’s 89th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starting streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 229
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 133
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 133
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 99
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 94
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 89
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 86
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 85
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 85
10 QB Dak Prescott (Dal) 69
• After catching four passes against the Jets, Fitzgerald now has at least one reception in 248 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 248 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. Fitzgerald has at least one reception in 254 of 255 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 248 11/7/04 – 10/11/20 15 years, 11 months, 4 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 248 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place total: Julio Jones (121 games).

EDMONDS WITH ANOTHER BIG PERFORMANCE AT METLIFE STADIUM

• After becoming just the sixth player in NFL history with three TD runs of 20+ yards in a single game in the Cardinals Week 7 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium last season, RB Chase Edmonds broke off yet another long TD run against the Jets on Sunday. The third-year back scored the first TD of the game on a 29-yard run in the first quarter.
• Combined with his three rushing TDs (20, 20 and 22 yards) against the Giants in Week 7 last season, Edmonds now has four TDs in two career games at MetLife Stadium. Edmonds has 6 TDs in 32 career games played away from MetLife Stadium.
• Edmonds’ 29-yard TD run in the first quarter on Sunday was his fifth career TD run of 20+ yards. Only three players in franchise history had more TD runs of 20+ yards in their career than Edmonds.

Franchise Record – TD Runs of 20+ Yards

Rnk Player (Years) TD
1 Ottis Anderson (1979-86) 7
2 Elmer Angsman (1946-52) 6
3 Ollie Matson (1952-58) 6
4t Chase Edmonds (2018-20) 5
4t John David Crow (1958-64) 5
4t Terry Metcalf (1973-77) 5
Edmonds five TD runs of 20+ yards over the last two seasons (2019-20) are the most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1 Chase Edmonds (AZ) 5
2 Christian McCaffrey (Car) 4
3t Kyler Murray (AZ) 3
3t Saquon Barkley (NYG) 3
3t Nick Chubb (Cle) 3
3t Derrick Henry (Ten) 3
3t Lamar Jackson (Bal) 3
3t Aaron Jones (GB) 3
3t Raheem Mostert (SF) 3
• Edmonds finished Sunday’s game with 92 total scrimmage yards (56 receiving, 36 rushing) and a TD on eight touches. His 56 receiving yards set a career high.

GARDECK GETS TWO SACKS IN FIRST DEFENSIVE ACTION OF HIS CAREER

• Playing the first defensive snaps of his career, LB Dennis Gardeck – a special teams captain and standout who signed with the Cardinals as a rookie free agent out of the University of Sioux Falls in 2018 – recorded his first career sack when he took down Jets QB Joe Flacco for a nine-yard loss in the second quarter. It was Gardeck’s first sack since his senior year at Sioux Falls when he took down Augustana QB Gage McClanahan for a one-yard loss on 10/28/17.
• Gardeck added a second sack in the fourth quarter. With 2.0 sacks against the Jets, Gardeck now joins Chandler Jones (4x) and Terrell Suggs (1x) as the only Cardinals defenders in the last two seasons (2019-20) to record at least 2.0 sacks in a game.
• Gardeck finished with 2.0 sacks in just 10 defensive snaps against the Jets.

DRAKE SCORES AGAIN – NOW WITH 10 RUSHING TDS IN 13 GAMES WITH CARDINALS

• RB Kenyan Drake finished Sunday’s game with 60 rushing yards on 18 attempts and scored his second TD of the season on a one-yard run in the third quarter. It was Drake’s 10th rushing TD in 13 games played with Arizona. He now has nine rushing TDs in his last eight games.
• Drake has more rushing TDs in 13 games with Arizona (10) than he had in 54 games with Miami (9).
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2020.09.21 23:13 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 30-15 VICTORY VS. WASHINGTON (9/20/20)

• The Cardinals defeated Washington 30-15 in Arizona’s 2020 home opener at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. The Cardinals have now started a season 2-0 for the first time since 2015 and just the sixth time in the last 30 seasons (2020, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008, 1991).
• With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 10-5 in home-openers at State Farm Stadium.
• After going 2-11-1 in the month of September over the previous four seasons (2016-19), the Cardinals have now kicked off the first month of the 2020 season with a 2-0 record.
• Through two weeks, Arizona sits atop the winningest division in the NFL. The NFC West has compiled a 7-1 record so far in 2020. No other division has more than five wins. The NFC West is just the second division since the division realignment in 2002 to have a least seven wins through the first two weeks of a season (AFC West in 2002).
• The NFC West is also the only division in which each team has a positive point differential.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Arizona 2 0 54 35 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0
L.A. Rams 2 0 57 36 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0
Seattle 2 0 73 55 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0
San Francisco 1 1 51 37 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1

TWO GAMES AND TWO BIG PERFORMANCES BY ARIZONA OFFENSE

• After posting 404 total yards in the victory over San Francisco in Week 1, the Cardinals upped that total in Week 2 and finished Sunday’s game vs. Washington with 438 total yards (160 rushing; 278 passing). It marks the sixth time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 18 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to Kingsbury’s arrival.* • ***The 2020 season marks just the second time in franchise history (1976) that the Cardinals have posted 400+ net yards and 20+ first downs in each of the first two games of a season.* • Only five times in franchise history have the Cardinals had more net yards in the first two games of a season than they have in 2020. Arizona’s 842 yards are the most through two games since the team had 903 yards in 1984.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 2 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1984 903
2 1976 876
3 1947 867
4 1958 861
5 1965 846
6t 2020 842
6t 1959 842
The Cardinals have 340 rushing yards and 502 net passing yards in 2020. It’s just the second time in franchise history Arizona has had 300+ rushing yards and 500+ passing yards through two games. In 1984, the Cardinals had 378 rushing yards and 525 passing yards through two games.
Through two games, the Arizona offense ranks:

NFL Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Total Plays (151) 2nd
Big Play Runs (12) t-2nd
Rushing 1st Downs (21) 3rd
Rushing TDs (4) t-3rd
Rushing Yards/Game (170.0) 5th
Total Net Yards/Game (421.0) 6th
Time of Possession Avg (32:36) 6th
Scoring Drives (10) t-6th
Big Plays (17) 7th
1st Downs (46) t-8th
Total TDs (6) t-11th
Points/Game (27.0) t-12th
Passing Yards/Game (251.0) 13th
• Of the Cardinals six scoring drives in Sunday’s win, four consisted of at least 10 plays and three covered at least 70 yards. Through two games, Arizona has five scoring drives of 10+ plays (14, 12, 1, 10, 10) and five scoring drives of 70+ yards (94, 75, 75, 75, 74).
• In the victory over Washington on Sunday, Arizona had four different players post 50+ receiving yards – DeAndre Hopkins (68), Andy Isabella (67), Christian Kirk (57) and Larry Fitzgerald (50) – and two different players rush for 60+ yards – Kenyan Drake (86) and Kyler Murray (67).

ARIZONA KEEPS THINGS ROLLING ON 4TH DOWN

• Arizona had its first two 4th down attempts of the season vs. Washington on Sunday and converted both. Under Kingsbury, the Cardinals are now 15-of-22 on 4th conversion attempts. Their 68.2 conversion percentage ranks second in NFL dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders - 4th Down Conversion % (2019-20)

Rnk Team Pct. Att Conv
1 Baltimore 73.1 26 19
2 Arizona 68.2 22 15
3 Kansas City 66.7 12 8
4 Cincinnati 58.1 31 18
5 Denver 57.9 19 11

CARDS KEEP PILING UP YARDS IN THE RUN GAME

• After posting 180 rushing yards and two TDs on 36 attempts (5.0 avg.) in Week 1 at San Francisco, the Cardinals rushed for 160 yards and two TDs on 32 attempts (5.0 avg.) on Sunday vs. Washington. It marks the first time since 1979 the Cardinals rushed for 160+ yards in each of the first two games of a season. • Sunday’s contest marked the seventh time the Cardinals have rushed for 150+ yards in 18 games under Kingsbury. Arizona had seven such games in the three seasons (2016-18) prior to his arrival.
• Through the first two weeks of 2020, Arizona’s 340 rushing yards rank fifth in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Yards (2020)

Rnk Team Yds Att Avg
1 Green Bay 417 67 6.2
2 Cleveland 353 62 5.7
3 L.A. Rams 344 79 4.4
4 Baltimore 341 67 5.1
5 Arizona 340 68 5.0
• In 18 games under Kingsbury, the Cardinals have rushed for 2,330 yards and 22 TDs on 464 carries (5.02 avg.). That is an average of 129.4 yards per game.
• With the victory over Washington on Sunday, Arizona improved to 6-1 in games it has rushed for 150+ yards under Kingsbury.

DEFENSE GETS IT DONE AGAIN, HOLDING WASHINGTON TO 15 POINTS

• On the birthday of defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Arizona’s defense held Washington scoreless in the first half and allowed just 15 points in the win on Sunday. Dating back to last season, it marks the third time in the last four games Arizona has held an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
• The Cardinals held Washington to four conversions on 12 third down attempts (33%) yesterday. Through two games, Arizona’s opponents have converted just six of 23 attempts on third down. That 26.1% conversion rate leads the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Opponent 3rd Down Conv. Pct. (2020)

Rnk Team Pct Att Conv
1 Arizona 26.1 23 6
2 Baltimore 28.6 21 6
3 Chicago 31.0 29 9
4 Denver 32.1 28 9
5 Detroit 34.8 23 8
• Dating back to the final four games of last season, Arizona’s defense under Joseph ranks:

NFL Defensive Ranks (Since Week 14 of 2019)

Statistic Rnk
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-3rd
Passing Yards/Game (210.3) 4th
Sacks (17) t-5th
Net Yards Allowed/Game (333.0) 8th
Points Allowed/Game (21.0) t-8th
Yards/Play Allowed (5.26) 9th
TDs allowed (13) t-10th
Completion % Allowed (63.3) t-12th
• Four different Cardinals defenders recorded their first sack of the season in the victory over Washington: Corey Peters, Devon Kennard, Jordan Phillips and Haason Reddick. Through two games, seven different Arizona defenders have a sack.
• The first three players signed by the Cardinals in free agency this offseason were LBs Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell and DL Jordan Phillips. Through the first two games this season, the trio has combined for 19 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 QB hits, 2 passes defensed and a forced fumble.

HOPKINS AT 22 RECEPTIONS THROUGH TWO GAMES / CATCHES 1ST TD WITH CARDINALS

• After catching a career-high 14 passes in his Cardinals debut at San Francisco in Week 1, WR DeAndre Hopkins followed up with eight catches for 68 yards and a TD in Sunday’s win over Washington. With 22 catches in two games, Hopkins established an NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first two games with a team. The previous record of 19 was set by Earl Cooper (San Francisco) in 1980 and matched by Eric Metcalf (Atlanta) in 1995.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 2 Games with a Team

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 22 2020
2t Eric Metcalf (Atl) 19 1995
2t Earl Cooper (SF) 19 1980
4t Anquan Boldin (AZ) 18 2003
4t Jamison Crowder (NYJ) 18 2019
Hopkins’ 22 catches are the most for any player in franchise history through the first two games of a season. Anquan Boldin (18 in 2003) held the previous mark.

Franchise Record – Receptions in 1st 2 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 22
2 Anquan Boldin (2003) 18
3t Larry Fitzgerald (2005) 17
3t J.T. Smith (1989) 17
3t Don Stonesifer (1953) 17
Hopkins’ 22 receptions lead the NFL through the first two weeks of 2020.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1 WR DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 22
2 WR Davante Adams (GB) 17
3t WR Calvin Ridley (Atl) 16
3t WR Amari Cooper (Dal) 16
3t WR Stefon Diggs (Buf) 16
• Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 20 consecutive games played. In NFL history, only Antonio Brown (36 straight) had a longer streak of games with five-or-more catches.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2t DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 20* 2018-20
2t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
2t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
5 Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak • Hopkins first catch on Sunday gave him at least one reception in 112 consecutive games. He now has a reception in every game played in his career. Hopkins’ streak of 112 consecutive games with a reception is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streak)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 245 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 120 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 117 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 112 Sept. 9, 2013
5 Jarvis Landry (Cle) 97 Sept. 7, 2014
• Hopkins hauled in his first TD catch of the season on a four-yard reception from Kyler Murray in the first quarter. It was his 55th career TD reception, the most among active NFL players dating back to his rookie season in 2013.

Active NFL Leaders – Receiving Touchdowns (2013-)

Rnk Player (Current Team) TD
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 55
2t Jimmy Graham (Chi) 50
2t Mike Evans (TB) 50
4 Odell Beckham (Cle) 49
5 Davante Adams (GB) 46
• With his TD reception from Kyler Murray, Hopkins has now caught at least one TD pass from 11 different QBs in his NFL career.

By Quarterback (11)

TDs Quarterback
25 Deshaun Watson
7 T.J. Yates
6 Ryan Fitzpatrick
5 Brian Hoyer
4 Brock Osweiler
2 Ryan Mallett
2 Tom Savage
1 Kyler Murray
1 Case Keenum
1 Matt Schaub
1 Brandon Weeden

MURRAY OFF TO A RECORD-SETTING START IN 2020

• In Week 1 at San Francisco, QB Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a TD and also rushed for 91 yards and a TD in leading the Cardinals to a win. He was even better on Sunday vs. Washington, throwing for 286 yards and a TD while rushing for 67 yards and two TDs on just eight carries. He is the first Cardinals QB with a passing and rushing TD in consecutive games since Jim Hart accomplished the feat in 1969. • Through two games, Murray has thrown for 516 yards and two TDs while rushing for 158 yards and three TDs. He is the first QB in the Super Bowl era to pass for 500+ yards and rush for 150+ yards through the first two games of a season. • Murray had TD runs of 14 and 21 yards against Washington on Sunday. He became the first Cardinals QB with multiple rushing TDs of 14+ yards in a game since Hall of Famer Charley Trippi (18 and 26 yards) against the Chicago Bears on 12/16/51 at Wrigley Field.Murray is the first QB in NFL history to rush for 150+ yards and 3+ TDs in the first two games of a season. He is also the first Cardinals player in franchise history – regardless of position – to rush for 150+ yards and 3+ TDs in the first two games of a season. • Despite having played in just 18 career games, Murray already owns five of the top-nine single-game rushing performances by a QB in franchise history.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Single Game (All-Time)

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 Charley Trippi 145 12/16/51 @ Chicago
3 M.C. Reynolds* 99 11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia
3 Kyler Murray* 93 10/6/19 @ Cincinnati
4 Kyler Murray 91 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
5 Charley Trippi 86 10/5/52 vs. Chicago
6 Charley Trippi 81 11/18/51 @ San Francisco
7 Kyler Murray* 69 9/22/19 vs. Carolina
8t Kyler Murray 67 9/20/20 vs. Washington
8t Kyler Murray* 67 11/17/19 @ San Francisco
*Rookie Season
• Murray’s 21-yard TD run in the fourth quarter vs. Washington was his third career TD run of 20+ yards (22-yarder at San Francisco in Week 1 of 2012; 22-yarder at San Francisco in Week 11 of 2019). Murray is the only QB with at least three TD runs of 20+ yards dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders – QB TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1 Kyler Murray (AZ) 3
2 Lamar Jackson (Bal) 2
3t Joe Burrow (Cin) 1
3t Taysom Hill (NO) 1
3t Ryan Tannehill (Ten) 1
3t Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) 1
3t Deshaun Watson (Hou) 1
Over the last 61 seasons (1960-2020), there have been six total TD runs of 20+ yards by a Cardinals QB. Murray has three of those TD runs in his last eight games.

TD Runs of 20+ Yards by Cardinals QB (1960-2020)

Player Opponent Distance
Kyler Murray 9/20/20 vs. Washington 21
Kyler Murray 9/13/20 @ San Francisco 22
Kyler Murray 11/17/19 @ San Francisco 22
Jake Plummer 10/27/02 @ San Francisco 34
Neil Lomax 12/6/81 vs. New Orleans 22
Jim Hart 9/24/67 @ Pittsburgh 23

LARRY FITZGERALD PLAYS IN 252ND CAREER GAME AND 111TH AT STATE FARM STADIUM

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 50 yards against Washington on Sunday while playing in his 252nd career game. In NFL history, only 10 players have appeared in more games with a single team.

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 OL David Binn (SD) 256
9 QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10 TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
11 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 252
*Active Player
• The win over Washington also represented Fitzgerald’s 86th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starting streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 226
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 130
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 130
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 96
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 92
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 86
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 83
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 82
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 82
10 T Alejandro Villanueva (Pit) 75
• Yesterday’s home-opener was Fitzgerald’s 111th career game at State Farm Stadium. He has now appeared in 111 of 113 regular season games played at the venue since it opened in 2006. Fitzgerald has also now played in all 15 home openers at State Farm Stadium. • Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 245 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 245 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. He has at least one reception in 251 of 252 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 245 11/7/04 – 9/20/20 15 years, 10 months, 14 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 245 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place player: Julio Jones (120 games).

CAMPBELL’S RARE OUTING IN SECOND GAME WITH ARIZONA

• Signed as a free agent in the offseason, LB De’Vondre Campbell had a very productive outing against Washington on Sunday, finishing with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and two passes defensed. In doing so, he joined Budda Baker (10/31/19 vs. San Francisco) and Adrian Wilson (9/30/12 vs. Miami) as the only Cardinals defenders in the last nine seasons (2012-20) to record 10+ tackles, 2+ tackles for loss and 2+ passes defensed in a game.
• Yesterday’s game marked Campbell’s seventh career outing with 10+ tackles, five of which have come in his last 15 games dating back to last season.

OTHER WEEK 2 NOTES

• LS Aaron Brewer – now in his ninth NFL season and playing in his 119th career game on Sunday – recovered the first fumble of his career in the first quarter. Covering a punt return, Brewer jumped on a ball forced loose by TE Darrell Daniels at the WAS 40-yard line. Six plays later QB Kyler Murray scored on a 14-yard TD run to give Arizona a 14-0 lead.
• Second-year WR Andy Isabella hauled in a 54-yard reception in the second quarter to help set up a Cardinals FG that gave Arizona a 17-0 lead. Of his 11 career receptions, three have covered at least 50 yards (54. 55 and 88).
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2020.09.21 20:16 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Week 2

• The Cardinals defeated Washington 30-15 in Arizona’s 2020 home opener at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. The Cardinals have now started a season 2-0 for the first time since 2015 and just the sixth time in the last 30 seasons (2020, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008, 1991).
• With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 10-5 in home-openers at State Farm Stadium.
• After going 2-11-1 in the month of September over the previous four seasons (2016-19), the Cardinals have now kicked off the first month of the 2020 season with a 2-0 record.
• Through two weeks, Arizona sits atop the winningest division in the NFL. The NFC West has compiled a 7-1 record so far in 2020. No other division has more than five wins. The NFC West is just the second division since the division realignment in 2002 to have a least seven wins through the first two weeks of a season (AFC West in 2002).
• The NFC West is also the only division in which each team has a positive point differential.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Arizona 2 0 54 35 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0
L.A. Rams 2 0 57 36 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0
Seattle 2 0 73 55 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0
San Francisco 1 1 51 37 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1

TWO GAMES AND TWO BIG PERFORMANCES BY ARIZONA OFFENSE

• After posting 404 total yards in the victory over San Francisco in Week 1, the Cardinals upped that total in Week 2 and finished Sunday’s game vs. Washington with 438 total yards (160 rushing; 278 passing). It marks the sixth time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 18 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury*. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to Kingsbury’s arrival.
The 2020 season marks just the second time in franchise history (1976) that the Cardinals have posted 400+ net yards and 20+ first downs in each of the first two games of a season.
• Only five times in franchise history have the Cardinals had more net yards in the first two games of a season than they have in 2020. Arizona’s 842 yards are the most through two games since the team had 903 yards in 1984.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 2 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1984 903
2 1976 876
3 1947 867
4 1958 861
5 1965 846
6t 2020 842
6t 1959 842
The Cardinals have 340 rushing yards and 502 net passing yards in 2020. It’s just the second time in franchise history Arizona has had 300+ rushing yards and 500+ passing yards through two games. In 1984, the Cardinals had 378 rushing yards and 525 passing yards through two games.
Through two games, the Arizona offense ranks:

NFL Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Total Plays (151) 2nd
Big Play Runs (12) t-2nd
Rushing 1st Downs (21) 3rd
Rushing TDs (4) t-3rd
Rushing Yards/Game (170.0) 5th
Total Net Yards/Game (421.0) 6th
Time of Possession Avg (32:36) 6th
Scoring Drives (10) t-6th
Big Plays (17) 7th
1st Downs (46) t-8th
Total TDs (6) t-11th
Points/Game (27.0) t-12th
Passing Yards/Game (251.0) 13th
• Of the Cardinals six scoring drives in Sunday’s win, four consisted of at least 10 plays and three covered at least 70 yards. Through two games, Arizona has five scoring drives of 10+ plays (14, 12, 1, 10, 10) and five scoring drives of 70+ yards (94, 75, 75, 75, 74).
• In the victory over Washington on Sunday, Arizona had four different players post 50+ receiving yards – DeAndre Hopkins (68), Andy Isabella (67), Christian Kirk (57) and Larry Fitzgerald (50) – and two different players rush for 60+ yards – Kenyan Drake (86) and Kyler Murray (67).

ARIZONA KEEPS THINGS ROLLING ON 4TH DOWN

• Arizona had its first two 4th down attempts of the season vs. Washington on Sunday and converted both. Under Kingsbury, the Cardinals are now 15-of-22 on 4th conversion attempts. Their 68.2 conversion percentage ranks second in NFL dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders - 4th Down Conversion % (2019-20)

Rnk Team Pct. Att Conv
1 Baltimore 73.1 26 19
2 Arizona 68.2 22 15
3 Kansas City 66.7 12 8
4 Cincinnati 58.1 31 18
5 Denver 57.9 19 11

CARDS KEEP PILING UP YARDS IN THE RUN GAME

• After posting 180 rushing yards and two TDs on 36 attempts (5.0 avg.) in Week 1 at San Francisco, the Cardinals rushed for 160 yards and two TDs on 32 attempts (5.0 avg.) on Sunday vs. Washington. It marks the first time since 1979 the Cardinals rushed for 160+ yards in each of the first two games of a season.
• Sunday’s contest marked the seventh time the Cardinals have rushed for 150+ yards in 18 games under Kingsbury. Arizona had seven such games in the three seasons (2016-18) prior to his arrival.
• Through the first two weeks of 2020, Arizona’s 340 rushing yards rank fifth in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Yards (2020)

Rnk Team Yds Att Avg
1 Green Bay 417 67 6.2
2 Cleveland 353 62 5.7
3 L.A. Rams 344 79 4.4
4 Baltimore 341 67 5.1
5 Arizona 340 68 5.0
• In 18 games under Kingsbury, the Cardinals have rushed for 2,330 yards and 22 TDs on 464 carries (5.02 avg.). That is an average of 129.4 yards per game.
• With the victory over Washington on Sunday, Arizona improved to 6-1 in games it has rushed for 150+ yards under Kingsbury.

DEFENSE GETS IT DONE AGAIN, HOLDING WASHINGTON TO 15 POINTS

• On the birthday of defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Arizona’s defense held Washington scoreless in the first half and allowed just 15 points in the win on Sunday. Dating back to last season, it marks the third time in the last four games Arizona has held an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
• The Cardinals held Washington to four conversions on 12 third down attempts (33%) yesterday. Through two games, Arizona’s opponents have converted just six of 23 attempts on third down. That 26.1% conversion rate leads the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Opponent 3rd Down Conv. Pct. (2020)

Rnk Team Pct Att Conv
1 Arizona 26.1 23 6
2 Baltimore 28.6 21 6
3 Chicago 31.0 29 9
4 Denver 32.1 28 9
5 Detroit 34.8 23 8
• Dating back to the final four games of last season, Arizona’s defense under Joseph ranks:

NFL Defensive Ranks (Since Week 14 of 2019)

Statistic Rnk
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-3rd
Passing Yards/Game (210.3) 4th
Sacks (17) t-5th
Net Yards Allowed/Game (333.0) 8th
Points Allowed/Game (21.0) t-8th
Yards/Play Allowed (5.26) 9th
TDs allowed (13) t-10th
Completion % Allowed (63.3) t-12th
• Four different Cardinals defenders recorded their first sack of the season in the victory over Washington: Corey Peters, Devon Kennard, Jordan Phillips and Haason Reddick. Through two games, seven different Arizona defenders have a sack.
• The first three players signed by the Cardinals in free agency this offseason were LBs Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell and DL Jordan Phillips. Through the first two games this season, the trio has combined for 19 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 QB hits, 2 passes defensed and a forced fumble.

HOPKINS AT 22 RECEPTIONS THROUGH TWO GAMES / CATCHES 1ST TD WITH CARDINALS

• After catching a career-high 14 passes in his Cardinals debut at San Francisco in Week 1, WR DeAndre Hopkins followed up with eight catches for 68 yards and a TD in Sunday’s win over Washington. With 22 catches in two games, Hopkins established an NFL record for most receptions in a player’s first two games with a team. The previous record of 19 was set by Earl Cooper (San Francisco) in 1980 and matched by Eric Metcalf (Atlanta) in 1995.

NFL Record – Receptions in 1st 2 Games with a Team

Rnk Player (Team) Rec Year
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 22 2020
2t Eric Metcalf (Atl) 19 1995
2t Earl Cooper (SF) 19 1980
4t Anquan Boldin (AZ) 18 2003
4t Jamison Crowder (NYJ) 18 2019
Hopkins’ 22 catches are the most for any player in franchise history through the first two games of a season. Anquan Boldin (18 in 2003) held the previous mark.

Franchise Record – Receptions in 1st 2 Games of Season

Rnk Player (Year) Rec
1 DeAndre Hopkins (2020) 22
2 Anquan Boldin (2003) 18
3t Larry Fitzgerald (2005) 17
3t J.T. Smith (1989) 17
3t Don Stonesifer (1953) 17
Hopkins’ 22 receptions lead the NFL through the first two weeks of 2020.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1 WR DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 22
2 WR Davante Adams (GB) 17
3t WR Calvin Ridley (Atl) 16
3t WR Amari Cooper (Dal) 16
3t WR Stefon Diggs (Buf) 16
• Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 20 consecutive games played. In NFL history, only Antonio Brown (36 straight) had a longer streak of games with five-or-more catches.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2t DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 20* 2018-20
2t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
2t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
5 Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak
• Hopkins first catch on Sunday gave him at least one reception in 112 consecutive games. He now has a reception in every game played in his career. Hopkins’ streak of 112 consecutive games with a reception is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streak)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 245 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 120 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 117 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 112 Sept. 9, 2013
5 Jarvis Landry (Cle) 97 Sept. 7, 2014
• Hopkins hauled in his first TD catch of the season on a four-yard reception from Kyler Murray in the first quarter. It was his 55th career TD reception, the most among active NFL players dating back to his rookie season in 2013.

Active NFL Leaders – Receiving Touchdowns (2013-)

Rnk Player (Current Team) TD
1 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 55
2t Jimmy Graham (Chi) 50
2t Mike Evans (TB) 50
4 Odell Beckham (Cle) 49
5 Davante Adams (GB) 46
• With his TD reception from Kyler Murray, Hopkins has now caught at least one TD pass from 11 different QBs in his NFL career.

By Quarterback (11)

TDs Quarterback
25 Deshaun Watson
7 T.J. Yates
6 Ryan Fitzpatrick
5 Brian Hoyer
4 Brock Osweiler
2 Ryan Mallett
2 Tom Savage
1 Kyler Murray
1 Case Keenum
1 Matt Schaub
1 Brandon Weeden

MURRAY OFF TO A RECORD-SETTING START IN 2020

• In Week 1 at San Francisco, QB Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a TD and also rushed for 91 yards and a TD in leading the Cardinals to a win. He was even better on Sunday vs. Washington, throwing for 286 yards and a TD while rushing for 67 yards and two TDs on just eight carries. He is the first Cardinals QB with a passing and rushing TD in consecutive games since Jim Hart accomplished the feat in 1969.
• Through two games, Murray has thrown for 516 yards and two TDs while rushing for 158 yards and three TDs. He is the first QB in the Super Bowl era to pass for 500+ yards and rush for 150+ yards through the first two games of a season.
• Murray had TD runs of 14 and 21 yards against Washington on Sunday. He became the first Cardinals QB with multiple rushing TDs of 14+ yards in a game since Hall of Famer Charley Trippi (18 and 26 yards) against the Chicago Bears on 12/16/51 at Wrigley Field.
Murray is the first QB in NFL history to rush for 150+ yards and 3+ TDs in the first two games of a season. He is also the first Cardinals player in franchise history – regardless of position – to rush for 150+ yards and 3+ TDs in the first two games of a season.
• Despite having played in just 18 career games, Murray already owns five of the top-nine single-game rushing performances by a QB in franchise history.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Single Game (All-Time)

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 Charley Trippi 145 12/16/51 @ Chicago
3 M.C. Reynolds* 99 11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia
3 Kyler Murray* 93 10/6/19 @ Cincinnati
4 Kyler Murray 91 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
5 Charley Trippi 86 10/5/52 vs. Chicago
6 Charley Trippi 81 11/18/51 @ San Francisco
7 Kyler Murray* 69 9/22/19 vs. Carolina
8t Kyler Murray 67 9/20/20 vs. Washington
8t Kyler Murray* 67 11/17/19 @ San Francisco
*Rookie Season
• Murray’s 21-yard TD run in the fourth quarter vs. Washington was his third career TD run of 20+ yards (22-yarder at San Francisco in Week 1 of 2012; 22-yarder at San Francisco in Week 11 of 2019). Murray is the only QB with at least three TD runs of 20+ yards dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders – QB TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1 Kyler Murray (AZ) 3
2 Lamar Jackson (Bal) 2
3t Joe Burrow (Cin) 1
3t Taysom Hill (NO) 1
3t Ryan Tannehill (Ten) 1
3t Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) 1
3t Deshaun Watson (Hou) 1
Over the last 61 seasons (1960-2020), there have been six total TD runs of 20+ yards by a Cardinals QB. Murray has three of those TD runs in his last eight games.

TD Runs of 20+ Yards by Cardinals QB (1960-2020)

Player Opponent Distance
Kyler Murray 9/20/20 vs. Washington 21
Kyler Murray 9/13/20 @ San Francisco 22
Kyler Murray 11/17/19 @ San Francisco 22
Jake Plummer 10/27/02 @ San Francisco 34
Neil Lomax 12/6/81 vs. New Orleans 22
Jim Hart 9/24/67 @ Pittsburgh 23

LARRY FITZGERALD PLAYS IN 252ND CAREER GAME AND 111TH AT STATE FARM STADIUM

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 50 yards against Washington on Sunday while playing in his 252nd career game. In NFL history, only 10 players have appeared in more games with a single team.

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 OL David Binn (SD) 256
9 QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10 TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
11 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 252
*Active Player
• The win over Washington also represented Fitzgerald’s 86th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starting streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 226
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 130
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 130
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 96
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 92
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 86
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 83
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 82
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 82
10 T Alejandro Villanueva (Pit) 75
• Yesterday’s home-opener was Fitzgerald’s 111th career game at State Farm Stadium. He has now appeared in 111 of 113 regular season games played at the venue since it opened in 2006. Fitzgerald has also now played in all 15 home openers at State Farm Stadium.
• Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 245 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 245 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. He has at least one reception in 251 of 252 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 245 11/7/04 – 9/20/20 15 years, 10 months, 14 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 245 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place player: Julio Jones (120 games).

CAMPBELL’S RARE OUTING IN SECOND GAME WITH ARIZONA

• Signed as a free agent in the offseason, LB De’Vondre Campbell had a very productive outing against Washington on Sunday, finishing with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and two passes defensed. In doing so, he joined Budda Baker (10/31/19 vs. San Francisco) and Adrian Wilson (9/30/12 vs. Miami) as the only Cardinals defenders in the last nine seasons (2012-20) to record 10+ tackles, 2+ tackles for loss and 2+ passes defensed in a game.
• Yesterday’s game marked Campbell’s seventh career outing with 10+ tackles, five of which have come in his last 15 games dating back to last season.

OTHER WEEK 2 NOTES

• LS Aaron Brewer – now in his ninth NFL season and playing in his 119th career game on Sunday – recovered the first fumble of his career in the first quarter. Covering a punt return, Brewer jumped on a ball forced loose by TE Darrell Daniels at the WAS 40-yard line. Six plays later QB Kyler Murray scored on a 14-yard TD run to give Arizona a 14-0 lead.
• Second-year WR Andy Isabella hauled in a 54-yard reception in the second quarter to help set up a Cardinals FG that gave Arizona a 17-0 lead. Of his 11 career receptions, three have covered at least 50 yards (54. 55 and 88).
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2020.09.15 20:21 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 24-20 WIN AT SAN FRANCISCO (9/13/20)

The Cardinals defeated the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers 24-20 in the season-opener at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. With the victory, Arizona earned its first Week 1 win since 2015 and first Week 1 road victory since 2010.
• With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 5-2 at Levi’s Stadium. The Cardinals also improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games against the 49ers.
• The Cardinals (who trailed 13-10 entering the fourth quarter) were one of six teams to come back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend (Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington). That is the most fourth-quarter comeback victories on Kickoff Weekend since 2016 (nine teams). • Arizona trailed 10-0 early and entered the fourth quarter trailing 13-10 but went on to earn the comeback victory. In 2019, the Cardinals were 0-7-1 in games they trailed entering the fourth quarter. Prior to yesterday, the last time the Cardinals won a game in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter was on 10/28/18 vs. San Francisco (trailed 12-3 entering the fourth and won 18-15).
• The Cardinals comeback victory was the result of two long fourth quarter TD drives (94 and 75 yards). It marked the first time since 2016 (12/18 vs. New Orleans; 75 and 75 yards) that Arizona had multiple TD drives of 75+ yards in the fourth quarteOT of a game.

OFFENSE PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS IN WEEK 1

• The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game in San Francisco with 404 total net yards (180 rushing; 224 passing) against a 49ers defense that finished last season ranked #2 overall. It marks the fifth time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 17 games under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to Kingsbury’s arrival. • The Cardinals posted 404 total yards and 29 first downs against San Francisco. It marked just the fourth time in franchise history the team had 400+ total net yards and 25+ first downs in a season-opener.

Franchise History – 400+ Yds & 25+ 1st Downs in Week 1

Year Opponent Yds 1st
2020 9/13 San Francisco 404 29
2015 9/13 vs. New Orleans 427 25
1976 9/12 @ Seattle 456 25
1959 9/27 vs. Washington 569 25
Sunday’s win marked the first time since 2015 (12/6 at St. Louis; 524 yards; 29 1st downs) that the Cardinals had 400+ total yards and 29+ first downs in a game.On their two fourth quarter TD drives, the Cardinals accounted for 23 plays, 172 yards and took up 10:23 in time of possession. On those two drives, QB Kyler Murray was 7-of-9 passing for 80 yards and added five rushes for 46 yards and a TD. WR DeAndre Hopkins had five receptions for 76 yards. • Despite two kneel downs for minus-9 yards on their final possession, the Cardinals rushed for 180 yards and two TDs on 36 carries (5.0 avg.) against the 49ers. With the victory, Arizona improved to 5-1 in games it rushes for 150+ yards under Kingsbury.

RUN GAME STARTS FAST IN 2020

• Arizona had the NFL’s #10 ranked rushing attack last season, totaling 1,990 yards and 18 TDs on 396 attempts. The ground game got going quickly in yesterday’s season-opener, posting 180 yards and two TDs on 36 attempts (5.0 avg.) despite a pair of kneel downs for minus-9 yards to end the game.
• Sunday’s game marked the fourth time the Cardinals have rushed for 180+ yards in a game under Kingsbury. Arizona had just four such games in the six seasons combined (2013-18) prior to his arrival.
• The Cardinals 180 rushing yards represented the second-highest total in the NFL in Week 1.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Yards (Week 1)

Rnk Team Yds Att Avg
1 New England 217 42 5.2
2 Arizona 180 36 5.0
3 Kansas City 166 34 4.9
4 Green Bay 158 32 4.9
5 L.A. Chargers 155 39 3.9
• In 17 games under Kingsbury, the Cardinals have rushed for 2,170 yards and 20 TDs on 432 carries (5.02 avg.). That is an average of 127.6 yards per game.
• Arizona rushed for 13 first downs in the win over San Francisco yesterday. It marks the third time in the last four games the Cardinals have rushed for at least 12 first downs.

DEFENSE MAKES A BIG STAND – TWICE

• The Cardinals offense posted eye-popping numbers in the victory over San Francisco, but it was the defense that made a pair of stands to change the momentum and ultimately seal the victory. • Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, San Francisco had a 4th-n-goal from inside the AZ one-yard line when LBs Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell (both signed as free agents in the offseason) teamed up to stop 49ers RB Raheem Mostert on a run up the middle.
• With the Cardinals holding a 24-20 lead with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, San Francisco had the ball 3rd-n-5 at the AZ 16-yard line. QB Jimmy Garoppolo attempted a pair of passes to WR Trent Taylor: the third down attempt was batted down by second-year CB Byron Murphy Jr. in the end zone. The fourth down sideline pass was enough for a first down but was again batted down by a diving Murphy.
• Arizona’s defense held the 49ers to just two conversions on 11 third down attempts (18%) and also stopped San Francisco on both fourth down conversion attempts on Sunday. Yesterday’s game marked the second time in the last three games under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph that the Cardinals held an opponent to two or fewer conversions on third down (Seattle was 1-for-12 on third down in Week 16 last season).
• Dating back to the final four games of last season, Arizona’s defense under Joseph ranks:
Statistic Rnk
Rushing TDs allowed (2) t-3rd
Passing yards/game (215.8) 7th
Sacks (13) t-8th
Yards per play allowed (5.31) 10th
Net yards allowed/game (339.6) 11th
Points allowed/game (22.2) 12th
TDs allowed (11) t-12th

HOPKINS HAS RECORD OUTING IN CARDINALS DEBUT

• Making his Cardinals debut, WR DeAndre Hopkins established a new career-high with 14 receptions on Sunday against the 49ers, finishing with 151 receiving yards. Hopkins’ 14 receptions are the most in franchise history in a season-opener and tied for the second-highest single-game total in franchise history.

Franchise Record – Receptions (Single-Game)

Rnk Player Rec Opponent
1 Sonny Randle 16 11/4/192 at NY Giants
2t DeAndre Hopkins 14 9/13/20 at San Francisco
2t Anquan Boldin 14 9/23/07 at Baltimore
4t 7 times 13 Most Recent – Larry Fitzgerald 9/25/17 vs. Dallas
• Sunday’s game marked the 10th time in his career Hopkins has posted 10+ receptions in a game and the eighth time he has had at least 150+ receiving yards.

Hopkins Career Games w/10+ Receptions

Opponent Rec Yds
9/13/20 @ San Francisco 14 151
12/30/18 vs. Jacksonville 12 147
10/27/19 vs. Oakland 11 109
12/10/17 vs. San Francisco 11 149
10/8/15 vs. Indianapolis 11 169
12/15/18 @ NY Jets 10 170
11/4/18 @ Denver 10 105
9/30/18 @ Indianapolis 10 169
10/1/17 vs. Tennessee 10 107
10/18/15 @ Jacksonville 10 148

Hopkins Career Games w/150+ Receiving Yards

Opponent Yds Rec Avg
11/30/14 vs. Tennessee 238 9 26.4
10/29/17 @ Seattle 224 8 28.0
12/15/18 @ NY Jets 170 10 17.0
10/8/15 vs. Indianapolis 169 11 15.4
9/30/18 @ Indianapolis 169 10 16.9
10/4/15 @ Atlanta 157 9 17.4
9/13/20 @ San Francisco 151 14 10.8
10/7/18 vs. Dallas 151 9 16.8
• Hopkins and Green Bay WR Davante Adams tied for the NFL lead in receptions so far in Week 1.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (Week 1)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1t WR DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 14
1t WR Davante Adams (GB) 14
3 WR Amari Cooper (Dal) 10
4t WR Julio Jones (Atl) 9
4t WR Calvin Ridley (Atl) 9
4t WR Russell Gage (Atl) 9
• Hopkins first catch as a Cardinal gave him at least one reception in 111 consecutive games. He now has a reception in every game played in his career. Hopkins’ streak of 111 consecutive games with a reception is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streak)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 244 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 119 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 116 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 111 Sept. 9, 2013
5 Travis Kelce (KC) 96 Sept. 7, 2014
Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 19 consecutive games played, the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the fourth-longest such streak in league history. His streak dates back to the final three games of the 2018 season.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
2t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
4t DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 19* 2018-
4t Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak • Yesterday’s game marked Hopkins’ 31st career 100-yard outing. Dating back to his first NFL season in 2013, only two players have more 100-yard games than Hopkins.

NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Receiving Yards (2013-)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Julio Jones (Atl) 47
2 Antonio Brown (FA) 39
3 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 31
4 T.Y. Hilton (Ind) 28
5 Odell Beckham (Cle) 26
• Sunday’s game marked the second time in his career – and the second consecutive season – that Hopkins has posted 100+ receiving yards in Week 1. He finished the 2019 season-opener at New Orleans with 111 yards on eight receptions.
• Of Hopkins’ 14 receptions on Sunday, eight went for first downs. He accounted for eight of the Cardinals 12 passing first downs in the victory. Only Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley (9) had more first down receptions than Hopkins in Week 1.

MURRAY DOES IT ALL IN LEADING CARDINALS OVER 49ERS

• Second-year QB Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a TD and also rushed for 91 yards and a TD in leading the Cardinals over San Francisco on Sunday. It was his second career game with both a passing and rushing TD.
There have now been three games in franchise history in which a QB passed for 200+ yards and rushed for 90+ yards. Murray is responsible for two of those performances.

Franchise History – Games w/ 200+ Pass Yds & 90+ Rush Yds

Opponent Player Pass Rush
9/13/20 @ San Francisco Kyler Murray 230 91
10/6/19 @ Cincinnati Kyler Murray 253 93
11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia M.C. Reynolds 201 99
• Murray reached 100 rushing yards in the fourth quarter to become just the second QB in franchise history to rush for 100+ yards in a game. His two kneel downs to end the game took nine yards off his rushing total and dipped it below the century mark.
• As it stands, his 91 rushing yards represent the fourth-best single-game total in franchise history by a QB. Despite having played in just 17 career games, Murray already owns four of the top-eight single-game rushing performances by a QB in franchise history.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Single Game (All-Time)

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 Charley Trippi 145 12/16/51 @ Chicago
3 M.C. Reynolds* 99 11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia
3 Kyler Murray* 93 10/6/19 @ Cincinnati
4 Kyler Murray 91 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
5 Charley Trippi 86 10/5/52 vs. Chicago
6 Charley Trippi 81 11/18/51 @ San Francisco
7 Kyler Murray* 69 9/22/19 vs. Carolina
8 Kyler Murray* 67 11/17/19 @ San Francisco
*Rookie Season • In leading the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory, Murray completed 11-of-16 pass attempts for 112 yards and rushed for 81 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the second half on Sunday.
• Murray’s 22-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was his second career TD run of 20+ yards (also had a 22-yarder at Cincinnati in Week 5 last season). Murray and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson are the only two QBs with multiple TD runs of 20+ yards dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders – QB TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1t Kyler Murray (AZ) 2
1t Lamar Jackson (Bal) 2
3t Joe Burrow (Cin) 1
3t Taysom Hill (NO) 1
3t Ryan Tannehill (Ten) 1
3t Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) 1
3t Deshaun Watson (Hou) 1
Between 1970 and 2018, the Cardinals had two total TD runs of 20+ yards by a QB: Jake Plummer 34-yard TD carry at San Francisco on 10/27/02; Neil Lomax 22-yard TD carry vs. New Orleans on 12/6/81).

CHANDLER JONES STARTS WITH A SACK FOR FIFTH-STRAIGHT SEASON

• LB Chandler Jones finished yesterday’s game with two tackles, a sack, two QB hits and a tackle for loss. He recorded his first sack of the 2020 season in the second quarter when he took down 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo for a five-yard loss.
• Jones now has at least one sack in all five season-openers since joining the Cardinals in 2016. • With his sack of Garoppolo, Jones has 7.0 sacks in 10 career games against the 49ers – including seven sacks in the last eight games. The only team Jones has more sacks against in his career is Seattle (13.5). • Jones’ sack on Sunday was the 97th of his career, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2012-)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 97.0
2 Von Miller (Den) 94.5
3 J.J. Watt (Hou) 90.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 86.0
5 Justin Houston (Ind) 85.0
• Jones’ 97.0 sacks rank third among all active NFL defenders.

Active NFL Leaders – Career Sacks

Rnk Player (1st Year) Sacks
1 Von Miller (2011) 106.0
2 Cameron Wake (2009) 100.5
3 Chandler Jones (2012) 97.0
4 J.J. Watt (2011) 96.0
5 Ryan Kerrigan (2011) 92.0
• Jones now has 61.0 sacks since joining the Cardinals in 2016. That total leads the NFL in that span.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 61.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 53.0
3 Danielle Hunter (Min) 48.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 48.0
5 Von Miller (Den) 46.0
• Jones has at least one sack in 43 of 65 games played with Arizona. His 43 games with at least one sack dating back to 2016 easily lead the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games with 1.0+ Sack (2016-)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 43
2 Danielle Hunter (Min) 36
3 Aaron Donald (LAR) 34
4 Khalil Mack (Chi) 33
5t Von Miller (Den) 32
5t Cameron Jordan (NO) 32
5t Frank Clark (KC) 32

KENYAN DRAKE SCORES GAME-WINNER / NOW WITH TD RUN IN FOUR STRAIGHT

• RB Kenyan Drake scored the game-winning TD against the 49ers on a one-yard run with just over five minutes remaining. He now has at least one rushing TD in four consecutive games. Drake is the first Cardinals player to rush for a TD in at least four straight games since Beanie Wells (4) in 2011.

Franchise Record – Consecutive Games with Rushing TD

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1t Ottis Anderson (1983-84) 5
1t Jim Otis (1978) 5
1t Donny Anderson (1972-73) 5
1t MacArthur Lane (1970) 5
1t Elmer Angsman (1948) 5
6t Kenyan Drake (2019-20) 4
6t Beanie Wells (2011) 4
6t Tim Hightower (2009) 4
6t Ottis Anderson (1980) 4
6t Jim Hart (1968) 4
6t John David Crow (1964) 4
6t Ollie Matson (1957) 4
6t Pat Harder (1947) 4
6t Pat Harder (1946-47) 4
• Drake has as many rushing TDs in nine games with Arizona (9) as he had in 54 games with Miami (9).

LARRY FITZGERALD STARTS 17TH SEASON WITH FOUR CATCHES / PLAYS IN 251ST GAME

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 34 yards against San Francisco on Sunday while playing in his 251st career game. In NFL history, only 10 players have appeared in more games with a single team.

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 OL David Binn (SD) 256
9 QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10 TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
11t WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 251
11t OL Mike Kenn (Atl) 251
*Active Player
• The win over the Niners also represented Fitzgerald’s 85th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starts streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 225
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 129
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 129
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 95
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 90
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 85
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 82
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 81
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 81
10 T Alejandro Villanueva (Pit) 74
• Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 244 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 244 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. He has at least one reception in 250 of 251 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 244 11/7/04 – 9/13/20 15 years, 10 months, 7 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 244 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place player: Julio Jones (119 games).
• His first catch gave him 93 career receptions in Week 1 games during his career, a new NFL record. Jerry Rice (92) held the previous mark.

NFL Record – Receptions in Week 1 (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Rec
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-20) 96
2 Jerry Rice (1985-04)+ 92
3 Andre Johnson (2003-16) 83
4 Andre Reed (1985-00)+ 82
5t Marvin Harrison (1996-08)+ 81
5t Reggie Wayne (2001-14) 81
+Hall of Fame Inductee

BUDDA PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF

• S Budda Baker led all NFL DBs with a career-high 147 tackles in 2019. In yesterday’s season-opening victory over San Francisco, Baker had a career-high 15 tackles against the 49ers. Only one player across the NFL had more tackles in Week 1 than the Cardinals fourth-year pro.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles (Week 1)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkl
1 LB Jerome Baker (Mia) 16
2t S Budda Baker (AZ) 15
2t CB Emmanuel Moseley (SF) 15
4 S Johnathan Abram (LV) 13
5t 6 players tied 12
In his last three games against the 49ers dating back to last season, Baker has recorded 42 total tackles. In five career games against San Francisco, Baker’s tackle totals are 14, 5, 13, 14 and 15.

ZANE GONZALEZ CONNECTS ON A CAREER-LONG KICK

• K Zane Gonzalez connected on a 56-yard FG just prior to halftime on Sunday. It was the longest FG of his career and one of the longest in franchise history. Prior to his 56-yarder yesterday, Gonzalez’s career long was 55 yards.

Franchise Record – Longest FG

Rnk Player Dist Opponent
1 Jay Feely 61 10/14/12 vs. Buffalo
2 Chandler Catanzaro 60 9/25/16 at Buffalo
3 Phil Dawson 57 11/26/17 vs. Jacksonville
4t Zane Gonzalez 56 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
4t Chandler Catanzaro 56 12/11/16 @ Miami

OTHER WEEK 1 NOTES

• Third-year LB Ezekiel Turner – a PFWA All-Rookie pick as a special teamer in 2018 – made one of the biggest plays on the game on Sunday. He set up the Cardinals first TD of the game when he blocked a 49ers punt in the first quarter which was recovered by LB Dennis Gardeck and returned to the SF 10-yard line. The Cardinals scored a TD on the very next play on a pass from Kyler Murray to RB Chase Edmonds.
• Second-year DL Zach Allen, who missed the final 12 games of his rookie season (2019) due to injury, recorded two tackles, his first career sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit on Sunday.
• The Cardinals signed DL Angelo Blackson last Tuesday (9/8) and five days later he recorded two tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and two QB hits against the 49ers. It was the fourth full sack of his career, and first since Week 3 of the 2018 season as a member of the Texans.
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2020.09.14 22:10 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Week 1

The Cardinals defeated the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers 24-20 in the season-opener at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. With the victory, Arizona earned its first Week 1 win since 2015 and first Week 1 road victory since 2010.
• With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 5-2 at Levi’s Stadium. The Cardinals also improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games against the 49ers.
• The Cardinals (who trailed 13-10 entering the fourth quarter) were one of six teams to come back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend (Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington). That is the most fourth-quarter comeback victories on Kickoff Weekend since 2016 (nine teams).
• Arizona trailed 10-0 early and entered the fourth quarter trailing 13-10 but went on to earn the comeback victory. In 2019, the Cardinals were 0-7-1 in games they trailed entering the fourth quarter. Prior to yesterday, the last time the Cardinals won a game in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter was on 10/28/18 vs. San Francisco (trailed 12-3 entering the fourth and won 18-15).
• The Cardinals comeback victory was the result of two long fourth quarter TD drives (94 and 75 yards). It marked the first time since 2016 (12/18 vs. New Orleans; 75 and 75 yards) that Arizona had multiple TD drives of 75+ yards in the fourth quarteOT of a game.

OFFENSE PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS IN WEEK 1

• The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game in San Francisco with 404 total net yards (180 rushing; 224 passing) against a 49ers defense that finished last season ranked #2 overall. It marks the fifth time Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 17 games under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to Kingsbury’s arrival.
• The Cardinals posted 404 total yards and 29 first downs against San Francisco. It marked just the fourth time in franchise history the team had 400+ total net yards and 25+ first downs in a season-opener.

Franchise History – 400+ Yds & 25+ 1st Downs in Week 1

Year Opponent Yds 1st
2020 9/13 San Francisco 404 29
2015 9/13 vs. New Orleans 427 25
1976 9/12 @ Seattle 456 25
1959 9/27 vs. Washington 569 25
Sunday’s win marked the first time since 2015 (12/6 at St. Louis; 524 yards; 29 1st downs) that the Cardinals had 400+ total yards and 29+ first downs in a game.
On their two fourth quarter TD drives, the Cardinals accounted for 23 plays, 172 yards and took up 10:23 in time of possession. On those two drives, QB Kyler Murray was 7-of-9 passing for 80 yards and added five rushes for 46 yards and a TD. WR DeAndre Hopkins had five receptions for 76 yards.
• Despite two kneel downs for minus-9 yards on their final possession, the Cardinals rushed for 180 yards and two TDs on 36 carries (5.0 avg.) against the 49ers. With the victory, Arizona improved to 5-1 in games it rushes for 150+ yards under Kingsbury.

RUN GAME STARTS FAST IN 2020

• Arizona had the NFL’s #10 ranked rushing attack last season, totaling 1,990 yards and 18 TDs on 396 attempts. The ground game got going quickly in yesterday’s season-opener, posting 180 yards and two TDs on 36 attempts (5.0 avg.) despite a pair of kneel downs for minus-9 yards to end the game.
• Sunday’s game marked the fourth time the Cardinals have rushed for 180+ yards in a game under Kingsbury. Arizona had just four such games in the six seasons combined (2013-18) prior to his arrival.
• The Cardinals 180 rushing yards represented the second-highest total in the NFL in Week 1.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Yards (Week 1)

Rnk Team Yds Att Avg
1 New England 217 42 5.2
2 Arizona 180 36 5.0
3 Kansas City 166 34 4.9
4 Green Bay 158 32 4.9
5 L.A. Chargers 155 39 3.9
• In 17 games under Kingsbury, the Cardinals have rushed for 2,170 yards and 20 TDs on 432 carries (5.02 avg.). That is an average of 127.6 yards per game.
• Arizona rushed for 13 first downs in the win over San Francisco yesterday. It marks the third time in the last four games the Cardinals have rushed for at least 12 first downs.

DEFENSE MAKES A BIG STAND – TWICE

• The Cardinals offense posted eye-popping numbers in the victory over San Francisco, but it was the defense that made a pair of stands to change the momentum and ultimately seal the victory. • Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, San Francisco had a 4th-n-goal from inside the AZ one-yard line when LBs Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell (both signed as free agents in the offseason) teamed up to stop 49ers RB Raheem Mostert on a run up the middle.
• With the Cardinals holding a 24-20 lead with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, San Francisco had the ball 3rd-n-5 at the AZ 16-yard line. QB Jimmy Garoppolo attempted a pair of passes to WR Trent Taylor: the third down attempt was batted down by second-year CB Byron Murphy Jr. in the end zone. The fourth down sideline pass was enough for a first down but was again batted down by a diving Murphy.
• Arizona’s defense held the 49ers to just two conversions on 11 third down attempts (18%) and also stopped San Francisco on both fourth down conversion attempts on Sunday. Yesterday’s game marked the second time in the last three games under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph that the Cardinals held an opponent to two or fewer conversions on third down (Seattle was 1-for-12 on third down in Week 16 last season).
• Dating back to the final four games of last season, Arizona’s defense under Joseph ranks:
Statistic Rnk
Rushing TDs allowed (2) t-3rd
Passing yards/game (215.8) 7th
Sacks (13) t-8th
Yards per play allowed (5.31) 10th
Net yards allowed/game (339.6) 11th
Points allowed/game (22.2) 12th
TDs allowed (11) t-12th

HOPKINS HAS RECORD OUTING IN CARDINALS DEBUT

• Making his Cardinals debut, WR DeAndre Hopkins established a new career-high with 14 receptions on Sunday against the 49ers, finishing with 151 receiving yards. Hopkins’ 14 receptions are the most in franchise history in a season-opener and tied for the second-highest single-game total in franchise history.

Franchise Record – Receptions (Single-Game)

Rnk Player Rec Opponent
1 Sonny Randle 16 11/4/192 at NY Giants
2t DeAndre Hopkins 14 9/13/20 at San Francisco
2t Anquan Boldin 14 9/23/07 at Baltimore
4t 7 times 13 Most Recent – Larry Fitzgerald 9/25/17 vs. Dallas
• Sunday’s game marked the 10th time in his career Hopkins has posted 10+ receptions in a game and the eighth time he has had at least 150+ receiving yards.

Hopkins Career Games w/10+ Receptions

Opponent Rec Yds
9/13/20 @ San Francisco 14 151
12/30/18 vs. Jacksonville 12 147
10/27/19 vs. Oakland 11 109
12/10/17 vs. San Francisco 11 149
10/8/15 vs. Indianapolis 11 169
12/15/18 @ NY Jets 10 170
11/4/18 @ Denver 10 105
9/30/18 @ Indianapolis 10 169
10/1/17 vs. Tennessee 10 107
10/18/15 @ Jacksonville 10 148

Hopkins Career Games w/150+ Receiving Yards

Opponent Yds Rec Avg
11/30/14 vs. Tennessee 238 9 26.4
10/29/17 @ Seattle 224 8 28.0
12/15/18 @ NY Jets 170 10 17.0
10/8/15 vs. Indianapolis 169 11 15.4
9/30/18 @ Indianapolis 169 10 16.9
10/4/15 @ Atlanta 157 9 17.4
9/13/20 @ San Francisco 151 14 10.8
10/7/18 vs. Dallas 151 9 16.8
• Hopkins and Green Bay WR Davante Adams tied for the NFL lead in receptions so far in Week 1.

NFL Leaders – Receptions (Week 1)

Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1t WR DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 14
1t WR Davante Adams (GB) 14
3 WR Amari Cooper (Dal) 10
4t WR Julio Jones (Atl) 9
4t WR Calvin Ridley (Atl) 9
4t WR Russell Gage (Atl) 9
• Hopkins first catch as a Cardinal gave him at least one reception in 111 consecutive games. He now has a reception in every game played in his career. Hopkins’ streak of 111 consecutive games with a reception is the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders - Consecutive Games with a Reception (Active Streak)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Date Streak Started
1 Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 244 Nov. 7, 2004
2 Julio Jones (Atl) 119 Dec. 4, 2011
3 Golden Tate (NYG) 116 Oct. 28, 2012
4 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 111 Sept. 9, 2013
5 Travis Kelce (KC) 96 Sept. 7, 2014
Hopkins now has five-or-more receptions in 19 consecutive games played, the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the fourth-longest such streak in league history. His streak dates back to the final three games of the 2018 season.

NFL History – Consecutive Games with 5+ Receptions (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms Years
1 Antonio Brown (Pit) 36 2013-15
2t Michael Thomas (NO) 20 2018-19
2t Jarvis Landry (Mia/Cle) 20 2017-18
4t DeAndre Hopkins (Hou/AZ) 19* 2018-
4t Laveranues Coles (NYJ/Was) 19 2002-03
*Active Streak
• Yesterday’s game marked Hopkins’ 31st career 100-yard outing. Dating back to his first NFL season in 2013, only two players have more 100-yard games than Hopkins.

NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Receiving Yards (2013-)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Julio Jones (Atl) 47
2 Antonio Brown (FA) 39
3 DeAndre Hopkins (AZ) 31
4 T.Y. Hilton (Ind) 28
5 Odell Beckham (Cle) 26
• Sunday’s game marked the second time in his career – and the second consecutive season – that Hopkins has posted 100+ receiving yards in Week 1. He finished the 2019 season-opener at New Orleans with 111 yards on eight receptions.
• Of Hopkins’ 14 receptions on Sunday, eight went for first downs. He accounted for eight of the Cardinals 12 passing first downs in the victory. Only Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley (9) had more first down receptions than Hopkins in Week 1.

MURRAY DOES IT ALL IN LEADING CARDINALS OVER 49ERS

• Second-year QB Kyler Murray threw for 230 yards and a TD and also rushed for 91 yards and a TD in leading the Cardinals over San Francisco on Sunday. It was his second career game with both a passing and rushing TD.
There have now been three games in franchise history in which a QB passed for 200+ yards and rushed for 90+ yards. Murray is responsible for two of those performances.

Franchise History – Games w/ 200+ Pass Yds & 90+ Rush Yds

Opponent Player Pass Rush
9/13/20 @ San Francisco Kyler Murray 230 91
10/6/19 @ Cincinnati Kyler Murray 253 93
11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia M.C. Reynolds 201 99
• Murray reached 100 rushing yards in the fourth quarter to become just the second QB in franchise history to rush for 100+ yards in a game. His two kneel downs to end the game took nine yards off his rushing total and dipped it below the century mark.
• As it stands, his 91 rushing yards represent the fourth-best single-game total in franchise history by a QB. Despite having played in just 17 career games, Murray already owns four of the top-eight single-game rushing performances by a QB in franchise history.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Single Game (All-Time)

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 Charley Trippi 145 12/16/51 @ Chicago
3 M.C. Reynolds* 99 11/2/58 vs. Philadelphia
3 Kyler Murray* 93 10/6/19 @ Cincinnati
4 Kyler Murray 91 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
5 Charley Trippi 86 10/5/52 vs. Chicago
6 Charley Trippi 81 11/18/51 @ San Francisco
7 Kyler Murray* 69 9/22/19 vs. Carolina
8 Kyler Murray* 67 11/17/19 @ San Francisco
*Rookie Season
• In leading the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory, Murray completed 11-of-16 pass attempts for 112 yards and rushed for 81 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the second half on Sunday.
• Murray’s 22-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was his second career TD run of 20+ yards (also had a 22-yarder at Cincinnati in Week 5 last season). Murray and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson are the only two QBs with multiple TD runs of 20+ yards dating back to last season.

NFL Leaders – QB TD Runs of 20+ Yards (2019-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TD
1t Kyler Murray (AZ) 2
1t Lamar Jackson (Bal) 2
3t Joe Burrow (Cin) 1
3t Taysom Hill (NO) 1
3t Ryan Tannehill (Ten) 1
3t Mitchell Trubisky (Chi) 1
3t Deshaun Watson (Hou) 1
Between 1970 and 2018, the Cardinals had two total TD runs of 20+ yards by a QB: Jake Plummer 34-yard TD carry at San Francisco on 10/27/02; Neil Lomax 22-yard TD carry vs. New Orleans on 12/6/81).

CHANDLER JONES STARTS WITH A SACK FOR FIFTH-STRAIGHT SEASON

• LB Chandler Jones finished yesterday’s game with two tackles, a sack, two QB hits and a tackle for loss. He recorded his first sack of the 2020 season in the second quarter when he took down 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo for a five-yard loss.
• Jones now has at least one sack in all five season-openers since joining the Cardinals in 2016.
• With his sack of Garoppolo, Jones has 7.0 sacks in 10 career games against the 49ers – including seven sacks in the last eight games. The only team Jones has more sacks against in his career is Seattle (13.5).
• Jones’ sack on Sunday was the 97th of his career, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2012-)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 97.0
2 Von Miller (Den) 94.5
3 J.J. Watt (Hou) 90.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 86.0
5 Justin Houston (Ind) 85.0
• Jones’ 97.0 sacks rank third among all active NFL defenders.

Active NFL Leaders – Career Sacks

Rnk Player (1st Year) Sacks
1 Von Miller (2011) 106.0
2 Cameron Wake (2009) 100.5
3 Chandler Jones (2012) 97.0
4 J.J. Watt (2011) 96.0
5 Ryan Kerrigan (2011) 92.0
• Jones now has 61.0 sacks since joining the Cardinals in 2016. That total leads the NFL in that span.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 61.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 53.0
3 Danielle Hunter (Min) 48.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 48.0
5 Von Miller (Den) 46.0
• Jones has at least one sack in 43 of 65 games played with Arizona. His 43 games with at least one sack dating back to 2016 easily lead the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games with 1.0+ Sack (2016-)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 43
2 Danielle Hunter (Min) 36
3 Aaron Donald (LAR) 34
4 Khalil Mack (Chi) 33
5t Von Miller (Den) 32
5t Cameron Jordan (NO) 32
5t Frank Clark (KC) 32

KENYAN DRAKE SCORES GAME-WINNER / NOW WITH TD RUN IN FOUR STRAIGHT

• RB Kenyan Drake scored the game-winning TD against the 49ers on a one-yard run with just over five minutes remaining. He now has at least one rushing TD in four consecutive games. Drake is the first Cardinals player to rush for a TD in at least four straight games since Beanie Wells (4) in 2011.

Franchise Record – Consecutive Games with Rushing TD

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1t Ottis Anderson (1983-84) 5
1t Jim Otis (1978) 5
1t Donny Anderson (1972-73) 5
1t MacArthur Lane (1970) 5
1t Elmer Angsman (1948) 5
6t Kenyan Drake (2019-20) 4
6t Beanie Wells (2011) 4
6t Tim Hightower (2009) 4
6t Ottis Anderson (1980) 4
6t Jim Hart (1968) 4
6t John David Crow (1964) 4
6t Ollie Matson (1957) 4
6t Pat Harder (1947) 4
6t Pat Harder (1946-47) 4
• Drake has as many rushing TDs in nine games with Arizona (9) as he had in 54 games with Miami (9).

LARRY FITZGERALD STARTS 17TH SEASON WITH FOUR CATCHES / PLAYS IN 251ST GAME

• WR Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 34 yards against San Francisco on Sunday while playing in his 251st career game. In NFL history, only 10 players have appeared in more games with a single team.

NFL Leaders - Games w/ Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 K Jason Hanson (Det) 327
2 OL Bruce Matthews (Hou/Ten) 296
3 CB Darrell Green (Was) 295
4 QB Tom Brady (NE)* 285
5 DE Jim Marshall (Min) 270
6 K Sebastian Janikowski (Oak) 268
7 OL Jackie Slater (LAR) 259
8 OL David Binn (SD) 256
9 QB Brett Favre (GB) 255
10 TE Jason Witten (Dal)* 255
11t WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ)* 251
11t OL Mike Kenn (Atl) 251
*Active Player
• The win over the Niners also represented Fitzgerald’s 85th consecutive start in a streak that dates back to 2014. That is the longest starting streak among active wide receivers and the sixth-longest active starts streak among offensive players in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive Starts by Offensive Players (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) Starts
1 QB Philip Rivers (Ind) 225
2t T Mitchell Schwartz (KC) 129
2t QB Russell Wilson (Sea) 129
4 T Jake Matthews (Atl) 95
5 C Jason Kelce (Phi) 90
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) 85
7 TE Kyle Rudolph (Min) 82
8t C Alex Mack (Atl) 81
8t T Morgan Moses (Was) 81
10 T Alejandro Villanueva (Pit) 74
• Fitzgerald has at least one catch in 244 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 244 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team. He has at least one reception in 250 of 251 career games.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 244 11/7/04 – 9/13/20 15 years, 10 months, 7 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
• Among active streaks, Fitzgerald’s run of 244 consecutive games with a reception is more than twice as long as the second-place player: Julio Jones (119 games).
• His first catch gave him 93 career receptions in Week 1 games during his career, a new NFL record. Jerry Rice (92) held the previous mark.

NFL Record – Receptions in Week 1 (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Rec
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-20) 96
2 Jerry Rice (1985-04)+ 92
3 Andre Johnson (2003-16) 83
4 Andre Reed (1985-00)+ 82
5t Marvin Harrison (1996-08)+ 81
5t Reggie Wayne (2001-14) 81
+Hall of Fame Inductee

BUDDA PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF

• S Budda Baker led all NFL DBs with a career-high 147 tackles in 2019. In yesterday’s season-opening victory over San Francisco, Baker had a career-high 15 tackles against the 49ers. Only one player across the NFL had more tackles in Week 1 than the Cardinals fourth-year pro.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles (Week 1)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkl
1 LB Jerome Baker (Mia) 16
2t S Budda Baker (AZ) 15
2t CB Emmanuel Moseley (SF) 15
4 S Johnathan Abram (LV) 13
5t 6 players tied 12
In his last three games against the 49ers dating back to last season, Baker has recorded 42 total tackles. In five career games against San Francisco, Baker’s tackle totals are 14, 5, 13, 14 and 15.

ZANE GONZALEZ CONNECTS ON A CAREER-LONG KICK

• K Zane Gonzalez connected on a 56-yard FG just prior to halftime on Sunday. It was the longest FG of his career and one of the longest in franchise history. Prior to his 56-yarder yesterday, Gonzalez’s career long was 55 yards.

Franchise Record – Longest FG

Rnk Player Dist Opponent
1 Jay Feely 61 10/14/12 vs. Buffalo
2 Chandler Catanzaro 60 9/25/16 at Buffalo
3 Phil Dawson 57 11/26/17 vs. Jacksonville
4t Zane Gonzalez 56 9/13/20 @ San Francisco
4t Chandler Catanzaro 56 12/11/16 @ Miami

OTHER WEEK 1 NOTES

• Third-year LB Ezekiel Turner – a PFWA All-Rookie pick as a special teamer in 2018 – made one of the biggest plays on the game on Sunday. He set up the Cardinals first TD of the game when he blocked a 49ers punt in the first quarter which was recovered by LB Dennis Gardeck and returned to the SF 10-yard line. The Cardinals scored a TD on the very next play on a pass from Kyler Murray to RB Chase Edmonds.
• Second-year DL Zach Allen, who missed the final 12 games of his rookie season (2019) due to injury, recorded two tackles, his first career sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit on Sunday.
• The Cardinals signed DL Angelo Blackson last Tuesday (9/8) and five days later he recorded two tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and two QB hits against the 49ers. It was the fourth full sack of his career, and first since Week 3 of the 2018 season as a member of the Texans.
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2020.04.03 20:12 Ex__ Quarantainment Suggestion: Movies that take place in Los Angeles

EDIT: If something is missing, check the edits first.
Hello all! I don't know about the rest of this town, but I sure do enjoy movies. In this post I'm going to share a list of movies that:
A.) Are watchable, possibly even entertaining.
B.) Take place in Los Angeles. Some may simply have just a scene or two in Los Angeles whereas others are fully written for a Los Angeles setting. Some may even be fictional locations that were neverless filmed in and highly resemble the Los Angeles area.
Most of these are mainstream movies so no real gems in this list, but I encourage others to contribute in the comments. I realize that not everyone has watched everything, so I'll provide insight that assumes you haven't seen the film yet.

Movies that take place in a non-fictional Los Angeles setting

Movies that partially take place in Los Angeles

Movies that take place in a fictionalized Los Angeles

Thats it for my list. Don't feel like proofreading it, so I apologize for any grammatical errors. Be aware that I can't think of or remember EVERYTHING. Also this isn't meant to be an encyclopedic list, so there are some films I left off intentionalyl ebcause I didn't feel they were what I considered watchable. That being said, I'll edit in any film that's commented below, but don't blame me if you watch it and it sucks ass.
EDIT:
Swimming With Sharks (1994) - Another one I forgot. Stars 90s Kevin Spacey and Brett from Pulp Fiction. Decent watch, if not a bit over the top with the ending.
Up in Smoke (1978) - The original stoner comedy. Stars the comedy duo Cheech and Chong. Excellent watch and they do a good performance of Earache My Eye. In fact, the entire soundtrack is dope. Definitely worth a watch.
Car Wash (1976) - Solid comedy, stars Richard Pryor, and spawned the song of the same titled that charted heavily in the 70s. Had a really stupid remake that I think Aftermath records produced named The Wash that is not at all worth mentioning further.
Set It Off (1996) - A bank heist film on the surface, but really the black woman's answer to Thelma and Louise. Stars Jada Pinkett-Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Queen Latifah as a lesbian waaaaaaay before she officially came out.
u/Cribbit has further decreed that Bosch (Amazon Prime) and Barry (HBO) are further required watching for continued Los Angeles residency.
u/SoCaLABoy - L.A. Story (1991
u/south_butt - Chinatown (1974) - can't believe I forgot about this one
u/LaCienegaBoulevard - Drive (2011)
u/LaCienegaBoulevard - Encino Man (1992)
u/yungmisdreavus - The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
u/illaparatzo - The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
u/Omaro1 - 500 Days of Summer (2009)
u/Westcork1916 - Falling Down (1993)
u/Westcork1916 - Fight Club (1999)
u/Westcork1916 - Swordfish (2001)
u/Westcork1916 - The Fast and the Furious (2001)
u/the_boy_who_lied - Speed (1994)
u/ItsAaronYo - Lethal Weapon 1-4 (1987-1998)
u/can_non - The Big Lebowski (1998)
u/CPL593 - Short Cuts (1993)
u/CPL593 - Repo Man (1984)
u/CPL593 - To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
u/CPL593 - Suburbia (1983)
u/CPL593 - The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
u/CPL593 - The Player (1992)
u/CPL593 - The Loved One (1965)
u/CPL593 - Body Double (1984)
u/CPL593 - Ed Wood (1994)
u/CPL593 - The Long Goodbye (1973)
u/CPL593 - Busting (1974)
u/CPL593 - Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
u/CPL593 - Massacre Mafia Style (1974)
u/CPL593 - The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
u/ZanderSchwab - Go (1999)
u/torpedobonzer - Blood In Blood Out (1993)
u/torpedobonzer - American Me (1992)
u/torpedobonzer - Real Women Have Curves (2002)
u/torpedobonzer - Born In East L.A. (1987)
u/torpedobonzer - My Family (1995)
u/mkgarcia - Magnolia (1999)
u/thatmattg - Under the Silver Lake (2019)
u/dookoo - Volcano (1997)
u/fujiiiiiiiiii - La La Land (2016)
u/aaf14 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
u/evilr2 - Escape from LA (1996)
u/evilr2 - Tango & Cash (1989)
u/evilr2 - They Live (1988)
u/evilr2 - Last Action Hero (1993)
u/evilr2 - This is the End (2013)
u/Articulate_Silence - Collateral (2004)
u/Mattisthe1 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
u/eaglebtc - Stand and Deliver (1988)

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2020.04.02 04:44 PinkertonRams Sobering football fact: Warren Moon never started in a conference championship game. These quarterbacks did.

Below are a list of some the "duds" who started an AFC/NFC Championship while one of the greatest QBs never did. Not all of these guys were Peterman-level duds but they pale in comparison to Warren Moon. Names are accompanied by career TD/INT, passer rating, apporximate value and other notes.
Neil O'Donnell (2) - 120/68 81.8 rtg 59 I hesitated to include O'Donnell. His AV is just outside of the top 1000 on PFR, he made a Pro Bowl and was a strong game manager. But his abysmal performance in Super Bowl XXX, to me, shadows an otherwise good career.
Mark Sanchez (2) - 86/89 73.2 34 I bought into the Sanchez hype at the time. He wasn't great but back-to-back AFC Championship appearances means you're doing something right or the pieces around you are that good. For Buttfumble, it was the latter. He had 25+ touchdowns once and threw 18+ interceptions thrice.
Jay Schroeder (2) - 114/108 71.7 62 Like O'Donnell, I was unsure if Schroeder should be included. His 1987 season was strong (Pro Bowl selection, 4109 yards) despite having 22 touchdowns and 22 picks and being benched for the Super Bowl (shoutout to Doug Williams). He also started the AFCG for the Raiders in 1990. That season, he posted passer rating north of 90, had 19 touchdowns to 9 picks and averaged 8.5 yards per attempt. Outside of those two seasons, he accomplished little else.
Blake Bortles (1) - 103/75 80.6 44 Even his best season came with caveats. He there 36 touchdowns and nearly-4,500 yards in 2015 but also led the league in interceptions and the Jaguars posted a 5-11 record. Like Sanchez, the team was most successful when the game wasn't in his hands.
Trent Dilfer (1) - 113/129 70.2 51 The DILF made the 1997 Pro Bowl as a Buccaneer and had some solid seasons. But he's oft-considered one of the worst quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl. To date, he's the only QB to win a Super Bowl and not start for that team the next season despite being active.
Tony Eason (1) - 61/51 79.7 36 Eason's '84 and '86 campaigns were pretty good. He had 42 touchdowns and 18 picks in those two seasons and over 5,000 yards combined. The '85 season, the Patriots' first Super Bowl season, was poor. He threw 11 touchdowns and 17 picks and had perhaps the word start in SB history — missing on all six of his passes and taking three sacks.
Vince Ferragamo (1) - 76/91 70.1 32 Some Rams fans might have my head for this one (Seriously, we've had better QBs. Chill.) Vince had a miraculous run in the '79 postseason and '80 regular season. He started more than 10 games twice. He threw 53 touchdowns and 41 picks in those seasons. He rode Eric Dickerson's greatness in that second season.
Steve Fuller (1) - 28/41 70.1 29 The caveat here is that Fuller was replacing an injured-Jim McMahon. In 1979 and 1980 for the Chiefs — his only seasons as "the guy" — Fuller threw 16 touchdowns and 26 picks while the Chiefs were 12-13 overall.
Rex Grossman (1) - 56/60 71.4 23 I cannot slander Sexy Rexy. Fun fact, his grandfather played from 1948-50 as a linebacker and running back. He had 1 yard from scrimmage.
Stan Humphries (1) - 89/84 75.8 50 A quintessential, average game manager. Four-straight seasons of more touchdowns than picks but never threw for more than 18 scores. Benefitted from a great defense and rushing attack and his flaws were magnified in a Super Bowl XXIX beatdown.
Case Keenum (1) - 75/47 85.3 34 It hurts to include Keenum. He's one of my all-time favorite college QBs and he has one of the coolest stories in recent memory. But he's a placeholdesystem passer. I'm not upset that he got a shot in the NFCCG. But if I had to choose between him and Warren Moon, I'd go with Moon.
Shaun King (1) - 27/24 73.4 18 YEUGH. Maybe the most ho-hum career here. He took over for Dilfer and '99 and led them (well, rode the defense) to the NFCCG. Something with this guy named Bert Emanuel happened but that's not important. In 2000, He posted 18 touchdowns to 13 picks and led the Bucs to a 10-6 record. He was a non-factor in their 21-3 loss in the Wild Card and then started just three more games (all losses)
Erik Kramer (1) - 92/79 76.6 41 Kramer split time with Rodney Peete for the Lions in '91. Bother were unremarkable and benefitted from having one of the greatest athletes in American history behind them. His 1995 season with the Bears was excellent — 29 touchdowns and 10 picks and nearly-4,000 yards — but missed out on the playoffs after losing key games to the Lions and Packers. Outside of '91 and '95, Kramer never threw more touchdowns than picks. His post-playing life is an example of the impact traumatic head injuries can have.
Bob Lee (1) - 30/40 63.7 21 Lee took over for an injured Fran Tarkenton in 1977, won the divisional round, and then was walloped by the Cowboys' Doomsday Defense in the NFCCG. Lee was a key figure for the Falcons in the early-70s. In 1973, he was 8-2 as a starter and had 10 touchdowns to 8 picks. There's some caveats with those numbers: 1) Not the best era for passing 2) Dave Hampton was the lifeblood of the offense. Fun fact: Lee is one of ten quarterbacks to achieve a perfect passer rating and a 0.0 passer rating in a career and the only one to do so in the same season.
Mark Malone - 60/81 61.9 27 YEUGH. The only season he was over .500 as a started was 1984. He did help hand the 49ers the only loss of the season but that's about it. The only season he had more touchdowns than picks was 1985 — 13/7 — but he completed 50.2% of his passes that year. Once again, YEUGH.
Richard Todd (1) - 124/161 67.6 62 The infamous failed-heir to Broadway Joe. Todd was decent to good in '81 and '82 but the bar wasn't high. He had 17 touchdowns and 30 picks in '80 and there four interceptions to linebacker AJ Duhe in the '82 AFCCG. Fun fact: Those four picks by Duhe were more than he had in his entire career (three).
David Woodley (1) - 48/63 65.7 34 Woodley had more touchdowns than interceptions once in his career — 1984 when he had 8 touchdowns and 7 picks for the Steelers. He tragically suffered from alcoholism after his career and died of kidney problems. Rest in Paradise.
For comparison, here are Warren Moon's career marks in the same category: 291/231 80.9 119 Nine-time Pro Bowler, 1990 OPOY, HOF. His talented suffered early on some bad Oilers teams. Also a bit ahead for his time.
Here are some players who were left out but are also worth mentioning in this context: Jared Goff (F), Vinny Testaverde, Alex Smith, Jay Cutler, Jake Plummer, Kerry Collins and Chris Chandler.
Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think below.
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2020.01.27 04:59 displacedindavis Every one-hit-wonder playoff matchup in the NFL (non-Super Bowl)

While some playoff matchups have appeared numerous times over the years, others have appeared just once in NFL history. Note that I've avoided Super Bowl matchups (since these tend to produce one-hit-wonder matchups at a much higher rate) but you can feel free to suggest them in the comments.
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2019.12.24 16:43 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 27-13 WIN AT SEATTLE (12/22/19)

The Cardinals defeated the Seattle Seahawks 27-13 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Arizona now has eight wins at CenturyLink Field, twice as many as any other visiting team since the venue opened in 2002.

NFL Leaders – Road Wins at CenturyLink Field (2002-19)

Rnk Team Wins
1 Arizona 8
2t L.A. Rams 4
2t San Francisco 4
2t Washington 4
5t Atlanta 3
Arizona has a 5-2 record at CenturyLink Field dating back to 2013, including a 4-1 record in their last five visits.
The Cardinals 14-point win over the Seahawks on Sunday tied for the biggest point differential in a home loss for the Seahawks in the last eight seasons (2012-19). Baltimore also earned a 14-point victory over Seattle (30-16) in Week 7 earlier this season.
Making his first-ever start at the Seahawks home field, QB Kyler Murray became the fifth different Cardinals QB to earn a victory over Seattle at CenturyLink Field, joining Carson Palmer (2015,16), Kurt Warner (2008, 09), Drew Stanton (2017) and Jake Plummer (2002).
In leading the Cardinals to a victory over Seattle on Sunday, Murray has now established a franchise record for wins by a rookie QB.

Franchise History – Wins by Rookie QB (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Wins
1t Kyler Murray (2019) 5
2t Matt Leinart (2006) 4
2t Neil Lomax (1981) 4
4t Josh Rosen (2018) 3
4t Jake Plummer (1997) 3

ARIZONA GOES FOR 25+ POINTS AGAIN IN WIN OVER SEATTLE

On Sunday, the Cardinals posted 27 points, 5 scoring drives, 3 TDs, 21 first downs, 412 total net yards and 253 rushing yards in Seattle. It marked the ninth time this season – and eighth time in the last 11 games – that the Cardinals scored 25+ points in a game. Since the beginning of October (Week 5), only New Orleans (9) has scored 25+ points in more games than the Cardinals (8).

NFL Leaders – Games w/ 25+ Points (Since Week 5)

Rnk Team GMS
1 New Orleans 9
2t Arizona 8
2t Baltimore 8
2t San Francisco 8
5t Minnesota* 7
5t Seattle 7
5t Tampa Bay 7
*Play on MNF in Week 16
With five scoring drives against the Seahawks on Sunday (3 TDs, 2 FG), the Cardinals now have 65 total scoring drives in 2019. That is currently tied for the eighth-highest total in the NFL this season. In 2018 the Cardinals ranked #32 in the NFL with 39 total scoring drives.

NFL Leaders – Scoring Drives (2019)

Rnk Team Drives
1 Baltimore 81
2t Kansas City 76
2t San Francisco 76
4 New Orleans 75
5 Tampa Bay 73
6 Dallas 69
7 Seattle 66
8t Arizona 65
8t Minnesota* 65
8t New England 65
8t Atlanta 65
*Play on MNF in Week 16
The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game in Seattle with 412 total net yards of offense. It was the fifth time this season Arizona had 400+ net yards in a game. The Cardinals posted 400+ yards in a game just once over the previous two seasons (2017-18) combined.
After allowing just two sacks against the Seahawks on Sunday, Arizona improved to 5-1 when allowing two sacks or fewer this season.
Sunday’s game in Seattle marked the seventh time this season that the Cardinals did not commit a turnover. Only Green Bay (9) has more games without a turnover in 2019. The Cardinals seven games without a turnover are the most in a single season in franchise history.

Franchise Record – Games Without a Turnover (Season)

Rnk Year Games
1 2019 7
2t 2016 6
2t 2015 6
2t 1974 6
5t 2014 5
5t 2008 5

CARDINALS GROUND GAME PILES UP 200+ YARDS FOR THE THIRD TIME

Arizona rushed for 253 yards and two TDs on 40 attempts in Seattle, marking the third time the Cardinals rushed for 200+ yards in a game in 2019. It is the first time since 1983 (3x) that the Cardinals had 200+ rushing yards in at least three games in a season.
Combined with their 226 rushing yards in Week 15 vs. Cleveland, the Cardinals rushed for 200+ yards in back-to-back games for the first time since Games 12-13 of the 1982 season.
Arizona’s 479 rushing yards in the last two games is the Cardinals highest total in any two-game stretch in 38 years. The last time the Cardinals had more rushing yards in a two-game span than was in Games 11-12 of the 1981 season (499).
In the Cardinals five wins this season the team has rushed for 1,003 yards and 12 TDs. That is an average of 200.6 yards/game and 2.4 TDs/game.
The Cardinals 253 rushing yards on Sunday represent the second-highest total ever for a Seahawks opponent at CenturyLink Field. The only visiting team to rush for more yards at CenturyLink Field was Kansas City, who posted 270 rushing yards on 11/28/10.

Rushing Yards by Road Team at CenturyLink Field (2002-19)

Rnk Team Yards Att. Avg. Date
1 Kansas City 270 48 5.6 11/28/10
2 Arizona 253 40 6.3 12/22/19
3 Arizona 249 35 7.1 9/15/02
4 L.A. Rams 244 43 5.7 12/17/17
5 Minnesota 243 27 9.0 11/4/12
Entering Week 17, the Cardinals are averaging 5.06 yards per rush attempt in 2019 (1,919 yards on 379 carries). Should that number hold through next week’s game, Arizona will establish a new franchise record for team rushing average in a season. The previous record of 4.87 yards per attempt was established in 1960.

Franchise Record – Team Rushing Average (Season)

Rnk Year Avg. Yds Att
1 2019 5.06 1,919 379
2 1960 4.87 2,356 484
3 1948 4.82 2,560 531
4 1985 4.73 1,974 417
5 1979 4.66 1,998 429
Only Baltimore (5.57) has a better team rushing averaging than Arizona (5.06) this season.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Average (2019)

Rnk Team Avg. Yds Att
1 Baltimore 5.57 3,073 552
2 Arizona 5.06 1,919 379
3 Tennessee 4.87 1,978 406
4 Cleveland 4.86 1,819 374
5 Carolina 4.83 1,778 368
Sunday’s game at Seattle marked the Cardinals 10th with 100+ rushing yards this season. The 2019 season marks just the second (11 in 2015) time in the last 17 years that the Cardinals had 100+ rushing yards in at least 10 games in a season.

DEFENSE HAS SEASON-BEST PERFORMANCE IN SEATTLE

Arizona’s defense allowed season-lows in points (13), TDs (1), first downs (13), first downs passing (8), third conversions (1), total net yards (224), net passing yards (133) and completion percentage (51.6%) in the win over Seattle on Sunday.
The Cardinals defense forced Seattle’s offense into season-lows in first downs (13), third down conversions (1), third down conversion percentage (8.3%), total net yards (224), average yards per play (4.0), net yards passing (133), gross passing yards (169) and average yards per pass attempt (3.7) on Sunday.
Seattle’s 13 points scored on Sunday represents the Seahawks lowest total in a home game in over two years. Prior to Sunday, the last time Seattle scored 13 points or fewer at home was when they scored seven vs. the Rams on 12/20/17.
On its opening drive of the game, Seattle went 89 yards on nine plays and scored a TD. On their final 12 drives, the Seahawks posted two FGs (both in fourth quarter) and gained just 135 total net yards (43 rushing, 92 passing).
Seattle gained 125 net yards on its first two drives on Sunday. It remaining five first half drives netted minus-21 yards and no first downs.
According to ESPN, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson finished Sunday’s game with a 10.5 QBR, which is the second-lowest of his career. Of Wilson’s four games with the lowest QBR, three home come against the Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Wilson finished Sunday’s game having completed just 16-of-31 pass attempts (51.6%) for 169 yards, a TD and a 78.6 passer rating.
The five Seattle WRs who played in Sunday’s game finished with a combined three receptions for 56 yards.
Seahawks WR *D.K. Metcalf** was held without a reception for the first time this season.* Prior to Sunday, Metcalf had at least one catch in each of the first 14 games and had multiple catches in 13 of 14 games. He entered Sunday averaging 3.7 receptions and 58.5 receiving yards per game.
Seattle WR Tyler Lockett was held to just one reception for 12 yards on Sunday. It marked the fourth time this season he was held to one reception or fewer and his 12 receiving yards represented his second-lowest total in a game this season.

A MEMORABLE SEASON TURNS INTO A HISTORIC ONE FOR JONES

LB Chandler Jones recorded six tackles, 4.0 sacks, two tackles for loss, a career-high six QB hits and two forced fumbles in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks. It marked the second time this season Jones posted 4.0 sacks in a game (Week 7 at NY Giants). He became just the third player in NFL history with 4.0+ sacks in multiple games in a single season, joining Reggie White (2 in 1986) and Karl Mecklenburg (2 in 1985).
Entering Week 17, Jones leads the NFL in both sacks (19.0) and forced fumbles (8). Should he finish the year as the league leader in both categories, he would become just the seventh player in NFL history to lead the league in both sacks and forced fumbles in a season.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 19.0
2 Shaquil Barrett (TB) 16.5
3 Chandler Jones (NO) 14.5
4 T.J. Watt (Pitt) 14.0
5 Danielle Hunter (Min) 13.5

NFL Leaders – Forced Fumbles (2019)

Rnk Team FF
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 8
2 T.J. Watt (Pitt) 7
3 Shaquil Barrett (TB) 6
4 Khalil Mack (Chi) 6
5 Ryan Anderson (Was) 5

NFL History - Players Leading League in Sacks & Forced Fumbles

Year Player (Team) Sacks FF
2016 Vic Beasley (Atl) 15.5 6
2013 Robert Mathis (Ind) 19.5 10
2001 Michael Strahan (NYG) 22.5 6
1998 Michael Sinclair (Sea) 16.5 6
1990 Derrick Thomas (KC) 20.0 6
1985 Richard Dent (Chi) 17.0 7
Jones (19.0 sacks and 8 forced fumbles) now joins Robert Mathis (19.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 2013) as the only players with 19.0+ sacks and 8+ forced fumbles in a single season.
Since entering the NFL in 2012, Jones leads the NFL in both sacks (96.0) and forced fumbles (27)

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2012-19)

Rnk Player Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 96.0
2 Von Miller (Den) 93.5
3 J.J. Watt (Hou) 90.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 84.5
5 Ryan Kerrigan (Was) 82.5

NFL Leaders – Forced Fumbles (2012-19)

Rnk Player FF
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 27
2t Von Miller (Den) 23
2t Robert Quinn (Dal) 23
2t J.J. Watt (Hou) 23
5 Ryan Kerrigan (Was) 22
With 19.0 sacks in 2019, Jones has now surpassed his own franchise single-season record for sacks (17.0 in 2017) and joins Aaron Donald (20.5 in 2018) as the only players in the last five seasons (2015-19) to have 19.0+ sacks in a season

Franchise Record – Sacks in a Season

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (2019) 19.0
2 Chandler Jones (2017) 17.0
3 Simeon Rice (1999) 16.5
4 Curtis Greer (1983) 16.0
5 Bertrand Berry (2004) 14.5
With his first sack of QB Russell Wilson on Sunday, Jones passed Calais Campbell (56.5 in 138 games) for second place on the franchise all-time sacks list. Jones has 60.0 sacks in just 63 games with Arizona.

Franchise Career Leaders – Sacks (Top-5)

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks Games
1 Freddie Joe Nunn (1985-93) 66.5 131
2 Chandler Jones (2016-) 60.0 63
3 Calais Campbell (2008-16) 56. 5 138
4 Simeon Rice (1996-2000) 53.5 79
5 Curtis Greer (1980-88) 50.5 94
Only four different players in NFL history have had more sacks over a three-year span than Jones has in the last three seasons for Arizona (49.0).

NFL History – Sacks Over 3-Year Period

Rnk Player Sacks Years
1 Reggie White 57.0 1986-88
2 Mark Gastineau 54.5 1983-85
3t Michael Strahan 52.0 2001-03
3t Reggie White 52.0 1985-87
5 J.J. Watt 51.5 2012-14
6 Reggie White 50.0 1987-89
7 Chandler Jones 49.0 2017-19
8 J.J. Watt 48.5 2013-15
9t Derrick Thomas 48.0 1990-92
9t Lawrence Taylor 48.0 1986-88
Jones now has 96.0 sacks in his career. Only five players in NFL history had more sacks in their first eight NFL seasons.

NFL History – Sacks in 1st Eight NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks
1 Reggie White (1985-92) + 124.0
2 DeMarcus Ware (2005-12) 111.0
3 Jared Allen (2004-11) 105.0
4t Von Miller (2011-18) 98.0
4t Derrick Thomas (1989-96) + 98.0
6 Chandler Jones (2012-19) 96.0
7t Richard Dent (1983-90) + 93.0
7t Leslie O’Neal (1986-94) 93.0
7t Simeon Rice (1996-03) 93.0
10t Bruce Smith (1985-92) + 92.0
10t J.J. Watt (2011-18) 92.0
+Hall of Fame Inductee
In NFL history, only Reggie White (3) and J.J. Watt (3) have more seasons with 17.0+ sacks than Jones (2).

NFL History – Seasons with 17.0+ Sacks

Rnk Player (Team) 17+ Years
1t Reggie White (Phi)+ 3 1986 (18.0), 1987 (21.0), 1998 (18.0)
1t J.J. Watt (Hou) 3 2012 (20.5), 2014 (20.5), 2015 (17.5)
3t Chandler Jones (AZ) 2 2017 (17.0), 2019 (19.0)
3t Elvin Dumervil (Den/Bal) 2 2009 (17.0), 2014 (17.0)
3t DeMarcus Ware (Dal) 2 2008 (20.0), 2011 (19.5)
3t Michael Strahan (NYG)+ 2 2001 (22.5), 2003 (18.5)
3t Richard Dent (Chi)+ 2 1984 (17.0), 1985 (17.5)
3t Mark Gastineau (NYJ) 2 1983 (19.0), 1984 (22.0)
3t Tim Harris (GB/SF) 2 1989 (19.5), 1992 (17.0)
+Hall of Fame Inductee
One more sack would give Jones 20.0 sacks in 2019. There have been just 12 seasons of 20+ sacks in NFL history.

NFL History – Seasons with 20.0+ Sacks

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Michael Strahan (2011) 22.5
2t Jared Allen (2011) 22.0
2t Mark Gastineau (1984) 22.0
2t Justin Houston (2014) 22.0
5t Chris Doleman (1989) 21.0
5t Reggie White (1987) 21.0
7t Aaron Donald (2018) 20.5
7t Lawrence Taylor (1986) 20.5
7t J.J. Watt (2014) 20.5
7t J.J. Watt (2012) 20.5
11t DeMarcus Ware (2008) 20.0
11t Derrick Thomas (1990) 20.0
Since being acquired by Arizona in 2016, Jones’ 60.0 sacks easily lead the NFL. In that same span (2016-19), his 17 forced fumbles are tied with Khalil Mack for the NFL lead and his 66 tackles for loss rank second behind only Aaron Donald.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 60.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 52.0
3 Danielle Hunter (Min)* 47.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 47.0
5 Von Miller (Den) 45.0
*Plays on MNF
Jones has at least a partial sack in 12 of 15 games this season, including in each of the last seven games
Between 1982 and 2018, the Cardinals played 584 total games and there were just two instances of a player recording at least 4.0 sacks in a game. Jones has accomplished the feat twice in the last nine games this season.

Franchise Record – Sacks (Game)

Rnk Player Sacks Opponent
1 Curtis Greer 4.5 12/18/83 vs. Philadelphia
2t Chandler Jones 4.0 12/22/19 at Seattle
2t Chandler Jones 4.0 10/20/19 at NY Giants
2t Bertrand Berry 4.0 11/14/04 vs. NY Giants
5 19 times 3.0 Most recent, Dwight Freeney, 12/27/15 vs. Green Bay
Including postseason, Jones now has 14.5 sacks in 10 career games against the Seahawks (13.5 in 9 regular season games; 1.0 in Super Bowl XLIX). All 14.5 sacks have been of Seattle QB Russell Wilson, who he has sacked more times than any other QB in his career.
Since joining the Cardinals in 2016, Jones has 11.5 sacks in eight games against the Seahawks.
Jones has 10.5 sacks in five career games at CenturyLink Field. He has at least one sack in all five games he has played at the venue and multiple sacks (1.5 or more) in four of five games.

Jones Career Games at CenturyLink Field

Date Sacks
12/22/19 @ Sea 4.0*
12/30/18 @ Sea 1.0*
12/31/17 @ Sea 2.0*
12/24/16 @ Sea 1.5*
10/14/12 @ Sea 2.0
*While with Arizona
Jones entered Sunday’s game in Seattle having already established a career high with six forced fumbles in 2019. He has now extended that record to eight, which is twice as many as he had in a single season entering the 2019 campaign (previous career high was four).
Since Pro Football Reference began tracking the stat in 1993, no Cardinals player had more than six forced fumbles in a season.
Jones (8) is the first player to record at least eight forced fumbles in a season since Robert Mathis had 10 in 2013.

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER CAREER HIGH IN RUSHING YARDS FOR DRAKE

RB Kenyan Drake rushed for a career-high 166 yards and added a pair of rushing TDs on 24 carries (6.9 avg.) against the Seahawks on Sunday. He went over 100 rushing yards in a game for the fifth time in his career and third time with Arizona this season. He now has more 100-yard performances in seven games with the Cardinals (3) than he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
Prior to the Cardinals win over Cleveland in Week 15, Drake (4 TDs) had never rushed for multiple TDs in a game. With his performances against the Browns and Seahawks the past two weeks, he has now done so in consecutive games.
The only player in franchise history to have more TDs in any two-game span than Drake has the last two weeks (6) was Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers in 1929.

Franchise Record – TDs in Two-Game Span (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Games
1 Ernie Nevers (1929) 9 10 (3) & 11 (6)
2 Ernie Nevers (1929) 7 11 (6) & 12 (1)
3t Kenyan Drake (2019) 6 14 (4) & 15 (2)
3t Donny Anderson (1973) 6 1 (3) & 2 (3)
3t Bob Shaw (1950) 6 2 (5) & 3 (1)

Longest Runs—Franchise History

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 John David Crow (TD) 83 vs. Washington, 10/4/58
2 Elmer Angsman (TD) 82 vs. Detroit, 10/23/49
3t Kenyan Drake (TD) 80 at Seattle, 12/22/19
3t Andre Ellington (TD) 80 vs. Atlanta, 10/27/13
3t Tim Hightower (TD) 80 at Atlanta, 9/19/10
3t Paddy Driscoll (TD) 80 vs. Kansas City, 10/18/25
It also represented just the fifth TD run of 80+ yards in the NFL this season.

TD Runs of 80+ Yards (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds Opponent
1 Damien Williams (KC) 91 vs. Minnesota, 11/3
2 Nick Chubb (Cle) 88 at Baltimore, 9/29
3 Christian McCaffrey (Car) 84 vs. Jacksonville, 10/6
4 Matt Breida (SF) 83 vs. Cleveland, 10/7
5 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 80 at Seattle, 12/22
In seven games with the Cardinals, Drake has rushed for 583 yards and seven TDs on 111 carries (5.3 avg.) and added 25 receptions for 148 yards. His seven rushing TDs are three more than he had in any of his three full seasons with the Dolphins.
A LONG RUN AT CENTURYLINK
Drake’s 80-yard TD was the longest rushing TD by a Seattle opponent at CenturyLink Field since Minnesota RB Chester Taylor had a 95-yarder on 10/22/06.
Dating back to Week 9 – when Arizona acquired Drake via a trade with Miami – he joins Tennessee’s Derrick Henry (748 yards and 8 TDs) as the only players in the NFL with 500+ yards yards and at least seven rushing TDs.
Sunday’s win over Seattle marked Drake’s seventh career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. He has posted three of the four highest single-game scrimmage yardage totals of his career in his seven games with Arizona. His 184 total scrimmage yards against the Seahawks represent the second-highest single-game total of his career.

Drake’s Seven Career Games with 100+ Scrimmage Yards

Rnk Team Yds Rush Rec Opponent
1 Miami 193 114 79 12/11/17 vs. New England
2 Arizona 184 166 18 12/22/19 at Seattle
3 Arizona 162 110 52 10/31/19 vs. San Francisco
4 Arizona 146 137 9 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
5 Miami 141 120 21 12/3/17 vs. Denver
6 Miami 115 46 69 10/7/18 at Cincinnati
7 Miami 113 78 35 12/17/17 at Buffalo

FITZGERALD GETS TOUCHDOWN #120 AND SURPASSES 17,000 CAREER RECEIVING YARDS

WR Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 48 yards in Seattle on Sunday, including a 21-yard TD reception in the second quarter. It was the 120th TD catch of his career, which ranks sixth on the NFL’s all-time list for career TD catches.

NFL Career Leaders—Touchdown Receptions

Rnk Player (Year) TDs
1 WR Jerry Rice (1985-04)+ 197
2 WR Randy Moss (1998-12)+ 156
3 WR Terrell Owens (1996-10)+ 153
4 WR Cris Carter (1987-02)+ 130
5 WR Marvin Harrison (1996-08)+ 128
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (2004-)# 120
7 TE Antonio Gates (2003-18) 116
8 TE Tony Gonzalez (1997-14)+ 111
9t WR Steve Largent (1976-89)+ 100
9t WR Tim Brown (1988-04)+ 100
+Hall of Fame Inductee #Active Player
Only Hall of Fame WRs Jerry Rice (176 with San Francisco) and Marvin Harrison (128 with Indianapolis) had more career receiving TDs with a single team.

NFL Leaders - TDs with Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player Team TDs Rec Rush Ret
1 WR Jerry Rice+ 49ers 187 176 10 1
2 RB Emmitt Smith+ Cowboys 164 11 153 -
3 RB LaDainian Tomlinson+ Chargers 153 15 138 -
4 WR Marvin Harrison+ Colts 128 128 - -
5 RB Jim Brown+ Browns 126 20 106 -
6 RB Walter Payton+ Bears 125 15 110 -
7 WR Larry Fitzgerald# Cardinals 120 120 - -
8 TE Antonio Gates Chargers 116 116 - -
9 FL Lenny Moore+ Colts 113 48 63 2
10 RB Shaun Alexander Seahawks 112 12 100 -
+Hall of Fame Inductee #Active Players
Fitzgerald now has 13 career TD receptions against the Seahawks, including seven at CenturyLink Field.
Fitzgerald – who ranks second on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list behind Jerry Rice (22,895) – now has 17,038 receiving yards for his career, which converts to over 9.5 miles.
No other player in NFL history is within 1,000 yards of Fitzgerald or Rice on the all-time receiving yardage list. Fitzgerald has over 4,000 more receiving yards than any other active player. Cowboys TE Jason Witten – who ranks second among active players – has 12,953 career receiving yards.

NFL Leaders – Career Receiving Yards (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 22,895
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 17,038
3 Terrell Owens (1996-2010) 15,934
4 Randy Moss (1998-2012) 15,292
5 Isaac Bruce (1994-2009) 15,208
After catching four passes against the Seahawks on Sunday, Fitzgerald now has at least one reception in 242 consecutive games, which includes all 15 career games he has played at CenturyLink Field.
Fitzgerald’s streak of 242 consecutive games with a reception is the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 242 consecutive games with a catch is also the longest in NFL history with a single team.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 242 11/7/04 – 12/22/19 15 years, 1 month, 16 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
Fitzgerald now has 82 career receptions at CenturyLink Field, more than he has in any other road stadium in his career. In NFL history, only Reggie Wayne (83 at Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Stadium) has more receptions in a single road venue than Fitzgerald has at CenturyLink Field.

NFL Record – Receptions in Road Venue (Career)

Rnk Player Rec Stadium
1 Reggie Wayne 83 TIAA Bank Field
2 Larry Fitzgerald 82 CenturyLink Field
3 Larry Fitzgerald 78 Edward Jones Dome*
4 Tony Gonzalez 72 Qualcomm Stadium*
5 Tim Brown 71 Arrowhead Stadium
*No longer an NFL venue

GONZALEZ MAKES IT TO 20 IN A ROW AND 30 FGS ON THE SEASON

K Zane Gonzalez – named a Pro Bowl alternate last week - connected on his first two FG attempts in Seattle before a blocked attempt in the third quarter ended his NFL-long streak of 20 consecutive made FGs. Gonzalez is just the second player in team history to make at least 20 consecutive FGs. Only Neil Rackers (31 straight in 2005) had a longer streak.

Franchise Record—Consecutive FGs Made

Rnk Player (Year) FGs
1 Neil Rackers (Games 1-10, 2005) 31
2 Zane Gonzalez (Games 5-15, 2019) 20
3t Chandler Catanzaro (Games 7-15, 2015) 19
3t Jay Feely (Game 11 in 2011-Game 5, 2012) 19
5t Jay Feely (Games 3-13, 2010) 18
Gonzalez has 30 FGs this season, tied for the third-highest total in franchise history. Prior to 2019, Gonzalez’s career high for FGs was 15. He has six more FGs in 2019 (30) than he had in his first two NFL seasons combined (24).

Franchise Record – Field Goals (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) FGs
1 Neil Rackers (2005) 40
2 Phil Dawson (2017) 32
3t Zane Gonzalez (2019) 30
3t Jay Feely (2013) 30
3t Greg Davis (1995) 30
Gonzalez’s 30 FGs this season are tied for third in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Field Goals (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 33
2 Wil Lutz (NO) 32
3t Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 30
3t Josh Lambo (Jax) 30
5 Chris Boswell (Pit) 28
After scoring nine points in Seattle on Sunday (2 FG, 3 PAT), Gonzalez now has 121 points in 2019 (30 FG, 31 PAT). That is the fifth-best total in the NFL in 2019.

NFL Leaders – Total Points (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Points
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 140
2 Wil Lutz (NO) 138
3 Justin Tucker (Bal) 127
4 Matt Gay (TB) 122
5 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 121
His 121 points represent the fifth-best single-season total in franchise history.

Franchise Record – Points (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Points (Scoring)
1 Neil Rackers (2005) 140 (40 FG, 20 PAT)
2 Chandler Catanzaro (2015) 137 (28 FG, 53 PAT)
3 Jay Feely (2013) 127 (30 FG, 376 PAT)
4 David Johnson (2016) 122 (20 TD, 2-pt. conv)
5 Zane Gonzalez (2019) 121 (30 FG, 31 PAT)

HUNDLEY CLOSES OUT THE SEAHAWKS

Against a Seattle team with whom he spent the 2018 season, QB Brett Hundley saw his most extensive action in nearly two years as he helped close out the Cardinals victory in Seattle following an injury to starter Kyler Murray. Hundley entered the game with the Cardinals leading 20-7 in the third quarter and was able to build that lead by the game’s end (27-13)
On the Cardinals six possessions under Hundley’s direction, the team ran 33 plays, totaled 131 yards and gained 10 first downs. Those six drives covered 18:30 in time of possession. In the fourth quarter alone, Arizona’s offense had seven first downs, held a 10:18 to 4:42 advantage in time of possession and outscored Seattle 7-6.
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The Cardinals defeated the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers 24-20 in the season-opener at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. With the victory, Arizona earned its first Week 1 win since 2015 and first Week 1 road victory since 2010.
With the victory on Sunday, Arizona improved to 5-2 at Levi’s Stadium. The Cardinals also improved to 9-2 in their last 11 games against the 49ers.
The Cardinals (who trailed 13-10 entering the fourth quarter) were one of six teams to come back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend (Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington). That is the most fourth-quarter comeback victories on Kickoff Weekend since 2016 (nine teams).
Arizona trailed 10-0 early and entered the fourth quarter trailing 13-10 but went on to earn the comeback victory. In 2019, the Cardinals were 0-7-1 in games they trailed entering the fourth quarter. Prior to yesterday, the last time the Cardinals won a game in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter was on 10/28/18 vs. San Francisco (trailed 12-3 entering the fourth and won 18-15).
The Cardinals comeback victory was the result of two long fourth quarter TD drives (94 and 75 yards). It marked the first time since 2016 (12/18 vs. New Orleans; 75 and 75 yards) that Arizona had multiple TD drives of 75+ yards in the fourth quarteOT of a game.
OFFENSE PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS IN WEEK 1

Franchise History – 400+ Yds & 25+ 1st Downs in Week 1

Year Opponent Yds 1st
**2020 9/13 San Francisco 404 29
2015 San Francisco 4
2t Washington 4
5t Atlanta 3
Arizona has a 5-2 record at CenturyLink Field dating back to 2013, including a 4-1 record in their last five visits.
The Cardinals 14-point win over the Seahawks on Sunday tied for the biggest point differential in a home loss for the Seahawks in the last eight seasons (2012-19). Baltimore also earned a 14-point victory over Seattle (30-16) in Week 7 earlier this season.
Making his first-ever start at the Seahawks home field, QB Kyler Murray became the fifth different Cardinals QB to earn a victory over Seattle at CenturyLink Field, joining Carson Palmer (2015,16), Kurt Warner (2008, 09), Drew Stanton (2017) and Jake Plummer (2002).
In leading the Cardinals to a victory over Seattle on Sunday, Murray has now established a franchise record for wins by a rookie QB.

Franchise History – Wins by Rookie QB (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Wins
1t Kyler Murray (2019) 5
2t Matt Leinart (2006) 4
2t Neil Lomax (1981) 4
4t Josh Rosen (2018) 3
4t Jake Plummer (1997) 3

ARIZONA GOES FOR 25+ POINTS AGAIN IN WIN OVER SEATTLE

On Sunday, the Cardinals posted 27 points, 5 scoring drives, 3 TDs, 21 first downs, 412 total net yards and 253 rushing yards in Seattle. It marked the ninth time this season – and eighth time in the last 11 games – that the Cardinals scored 25+ points in a game. Since the beginning of October (Week 5), only New Orleans (9) has scored 25+ points in more games than the Cardinals (8).

NFL Leaders – Games w/ 25+ Points (Since Week 5)

Rnk Team GMS
1 New Orleans 9
2t Arizona 8
2t Baltimore 8
2t San Francisco 8
5t Minnesota* 7
5t Seattle 7
5t Tampa Bay 7
*Play on MNF in Week 16
With five scoring drives against the Seahawks on Sunday (3 TDs, 2 FG), the Cardinals now have 65 total scoring drives in 2019. That is currently tied for the eighth-highest total in the NFL this season. In 2018 the Cardinals ranked #32 in the NFL with 39 total scoring drives.

NFL Leaders – Scoring Drives (2019)

Rnk Team Drives
1 Baltimore 81
2t Kansas City 76
2t San Francisco 76
4 New Orleans 75
5 Tampa Bay 73
6 Dallas 69
7 Seattle 66
8t Arizona 65
8t Minnesota* 65
8t New England 65
8t Atlanta 65
*Play on MNF in Week 16
The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game in Seattle with 412 total net yards of offense. It was the fifth time this season Arizona had 400+ net yards in a game. The Cardinals posted 400+ yards in a game just once over the previous two seasons (2017-18) combined.
After allowing just two sacks against the Seahawks on Sunday, Arizona improved to 5-1 when allowing two sacks or fewer this season.
Sunday’s game in Seattle marked the seventh time this season that the Cardinals did not commit a turnover. Only Green Bay (9) has more games without a turnover in 2019. The Cardinals seven games without a turnover are the most in a single season in franchise history.

Franchise Record – Games Without a Turnover (Season)

Rnk Year Games
1 2019 7
2t 2016 6
2t 2015 6
2t 1974 6
5t 2014 5
5t 2008 5

CARDINALS GROUND GAME PILES UP 200+ YARDS FOR THE THIRD TIME

Arizona rushed for 253 yards and two TDs on 40 attempts in Seattle, marking the third time the Cardinals rushed for 200+ yards in a game in 2019. It is the first time since 1983 (3x) that the Cardinals had 200+ rushing yards in at least three games in a season.
Combined with their 226 rushing yards in Week 15 vs. Cleveland, the Cardinals rushed for 200+ yards in back-to-back games for the first time since Games 12-13 of the 1982 season.
Arizona’s 479 rushing yards in the last two games is the Cardinals highest total in any two-game stretch in 38 years. The last time the Cardinals had more rushing yards in a two-game span than was in Games 11-12 of the 1981 season (499).
In the Cardinals five wins this season the team has rushed for 1,003 yards and 12 TDs. That is an average of 200.6 yards/game and 2.4 TDs/game.
The Cardinals 253 rushing yards on Sunday represent the second-highest total ever for a Seahawks opponent at CenturyLink Field. The only visiting team to rush for more yards at CenturyLink Field was Kansas City, who posted 270 rushing yards on 11/28/10.

Rushing Yards by Road Team at CenturyLink Field (2002-19)

Rnk Team Yards Att. Avg. Date
1 Kansas City 270 48 5.6 11/28/10
2 Arizona 253 40 6.3 12/22/19
3 Arizona 249 35 7.1 9/15/02
4 L.A. Rams 244 43 5.7 12/17/17
5 Minnesota 243 27 9.0 11/4/12
Entering Week 17, the Cardinals are averaging 5.06 yards per rush attempt in 2019 (1,919 yards on 379 carries). Should that number hold through next week’s game, Arizona will establish a new franchise record for team rushing average in a season. The previous record of 4.87 yards per attempt was established in 1960.

Franchise Record – Team Rushing Average (Season)

Rnk Year Avg. Yds Att
1 2019 5.06 1,919 379
2 1960 4.87 2,356 484
3 1948 4.82 2,560 531
4 1985 4.73 1,974 417
5 1979 4.66 1,998 429
Only Baltimore (5.57) has a better team rushing averaging than Arizona (5.06) this season.

NFL Leaders – Team Rushing Average (2019)

Rnk Team Avg. Yds Att
1 Baltimore 5.57 3,073 552
2 Arizona 5.06 1,919 379
3 Tennessee 4.87 1,978 406
4 Cleveland 4.86 1,819 374
5 Carolina 4.83 1,778 368
Sunday’s game at Seattle marked the Cardinals 10th with 100+ rushing yards this season. The 2019 season marks just the second (11 in 2015) time in the last 17 years that the Cardinals had 100+ rushing yards in at least 10 games in a season.

DEFENSE HAS SEASON-BEST PERFORMANCE IN SEATTLE

Arizona’s defense allowed season-lows in points (13), TDs (1), first downs (13), first downs passing (8), third conversions (1), total net yards (224), net passing yards (133) and completion percentage (51.6%) in the win over Seattle on Sunday.
The Cardinals defense forced Seattle’s offense into season-lows in first downs (13), third down conversions (1), third down conversion percentage (8.3%), total net yards (224), average yards per play (4.0), net yards passing (133), gross passing yards (169) and average yards per pass attempt (3.7) on Sunday.
Seattle’s 13 points scored on Sunday represents the Seahawks lowest total in a home game in over two years. Prior to Sunday, the last time Seattle scored 13 points or fewer at home was when they scored seven vs. the Rams on 12/20/17.
On its opening drive of the game, Seattle went 89 yards on nine plays and scored a TD. On their final 12 drives, the Seahawks posted two FGs (both in fourth quarter) and gained just 135 total net yards (43 rushing, 92 passing).
Seattle gained 125 net yards on its first two drives on Sunday. It remaining five first half drives netted minus-21 yards and no first downs.
According to ESPN, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson finished Sunday’s game with a 10.5 QBR, which is the second-lowest of his career. Of Wilson’s four games with the lowest QBR, three home come against the Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Wilson finished Sunday’s game having completed just 16-of-31 pass attempts (51.6%) for 169 yards, a TD and a 78.6 passer rating.
The five Seattle WRs who played in Sunday’s game finished with a combined three receptions for 56 yards.
Seahawks WR *D.K. Metcalf** was held without a reception for the first time this season.* Prior to Sunday, Metcalf had at least one catch in each of the first 14 games and had multiple catches in 13 of 14 games. He entered Sunday averaging 3.7 receptions and 58.5 receiving yards per game.
Seattle WR Tyler Lockett was held to just one reception for 12 yards on Sunday. It marked the fourth time this season he was held to one reception or fewer and his 12 receiving yards represented his second-lowest total in a game this season.

A MEMORABLE SEASON TURNS INTO A HISTORIC ONE FOR JONES

LB Chandler Jones recorded six tackles, 4.0 sacks, two tackles for loss, a career-high six QB hits and two forced fumbles in Sunday’s win over the Seahawks. It marked the second time this season Jones posted 4.0 sacks in a game (Week 7 at NY Giants). He became just the third player in NFL history with 4.0+ sacks in multiple games in a single season, joining Reggie White (2 in 1986) and Karl Mecklenburg (2 in 1985).
Entering Week 17, Jones leads the NFL in both sacks (19.0) and forced fumbles (8). Should he finish the year as the league leader in both categories, he would become just the seventh player in NFL history to lead the league in both sacks and forced fumbles in a season.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 19.0
2 Shaquil Barrett (TB) 16.5
3 Chandler Jones (NO) 14.5
4 T.J. Watt (Pitt) 14.0
5 Danielle Hunter (Min) 13.5

NFL Leaders – Forced Fumbles (2019)

Rnk Team FF
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 8
2 T.J. Watt (Pitt) 7
3 Shaquil Barrett (TB) 6
4 Khalil Mack (Chi) 6
5 Ryan Anderson (Was) 5

NFL History - Players Leading League in Sacks & Forced Fumbles

Year Player (Team) Sacks FF
2016 Vic Beasley (Atl) 15.5 6
2013 Robert Mathis (Ind) 19.5 10
2001 Michael Strahan (NYG) 22.5 6
1998 Michael Sinclair (Sea) 16.5 6
1990 Derrick Thomas (KC) 20.0 6
1985 Richard Dent (Chi) 17.0 7
Jones (19.0 sacks and 8 forced fumbles) now joins Robert Mathis (19.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 2013) as the only players with 19.0+ sacks and 8+ forced fumbles in a single season.
Since entering the NFL in 2012, Jones leads the NFL in both sacks (96.0) and forced fumbles (27)

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2012-19)

Rnk Player Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 96.0
2 Von Miller (Den) 93.5
3 J.J. Watt (Hou) 90.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 84.5
5 Ryan Kerrigan (Was) 82.5

NFL Leaders – Forced Fumbles (2012-19)

Rnk Player FF
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 27
2t Von Miller (Den) 23
2t Robert Quinn (Dal) 23
2t J.J. Watt (Hou) 23
5 Ryan Kerrigan (Was) 22
With 19.0 sacks in 2019, Jones has now surpassed his own franchise single-season record for sacks (17.0 in 2017) and joins Aaron Donald (20.5 in 2018) as the only players in the last five seasons (2015-19) to have 19.0+ sacks in a season

Franchise Record – Sacks in a Season

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (2019) 19.0
2 Chandler Jones (2017) 17.0
3 Simeon Rice (1999) 16.5
4 Curtis Greer (1983) 16.0
5 Bertrand Berry (2004) 14.5
With his first sack of QB Russell Wilson on Sunday, Jones passed Calais Campbell (56.5 in 138 games) for second place on the franchise all-time sacks list. Jones has 60.0 sacks in just 63 games with Arizona.

Franchise Career Leaders – Sacks (Top-5)

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks Games
1 Freddie Joe Nunn (1985-93) 66.5 131
2 Chandler Jones (2016-) 60.0 63
3 Calais Campbell (2008-16) 56. 5 138
4 Simeon Rice (1996-2000) 53.5 79
5 Curtis Greer (1980-88) 50.5 94
Only four different players in NFL history have had more sacks over a three-year span than Jones has in the last three seasons for Arizona (49.0).

NFL History – Sacks Over 3-Year Period

Rnk Player Sacks Years
1 Reggie White 57.0 1986-88
2 Mark Gastineau 54.5 1983-85
3t Michael Strahan 52.0 2001-03
3t Reggie White 52.0 1985-87
5 J.J. Watt 51.5 2012-14
6 Reggie White 50.0 1987-89
7 Chandler Jones 49.0 2017-19
8 J.J. Watt 48.5 2013-15
9t Derrick Thomas 48.0 1990-92
9t Lawrence Taylor 48.0 1986-88
Jones now has 96.0 sacks in his career. Only five players in NFL history had more sacks in their first eight NFL seasons.

NFL History – Sacks in 1st Eight NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks
1 Reggie White (1985-92) + 124.0
2 DeMarcus Ware (2005-12) 111.0
3 Jared Allen (2004-11) 105.0
4t Von Miller (2011-18) 98.0
4t Derrick Thomas (1989-96) + 98.0
6 Chandler Jones (2012-19) 96.0
7t Richard Dent (1983-90) + 93.0
7t Leslie O’Neal (1986-94) 93.0
7t Simeon Rice (1996-03) 93.0
10t Bruce Smith (1985-92) + 92.0
10t J.J. Watt (2011-18) 92.0
+Hall of Fame Inductee
In NFL history, only Reggie White (3) and J.J. Watt (3) have more seasons with 17.0+ sacks than Jones (2).

NFL History – Seasons with 17.0+ Sacks

Rnk Player (Team) 17+ Years
1t Reggie White (Phi)+ 3 1986 (18.0), 1987 (21.0), 1998 (18.0)
1t J.J. Watt (Hou) 3 2012 (20.5), 2014 (20.5), 2015 (17.5)
3t Chandler Jones (AZ) 2 2017 (17.0), 2019 (19.0)
3t Elvin Dumervil (Den/Bal) 2 2009 (17.0), 2014 (17.0)
3t DeMarcus Ware (Dal) 2 2008 (20.0), 2011 (19.5)
3t Michael Strahan (NYG)+ 2 2001 (22.5), 2003 (18.5)
3t Richard Dent (Chi)+ 2 1984 (17.0), 1985 (17.5)
3t Mark Gastineau (NYJ) 2 1983 (19.0), 1984 (22.0)
3t Tim Harris (GB/SF) 2 1989 (19.5), 1992 (17.0)
+Hall of Fame Inductee
One more sack would give Jones 20.0 sacks in 2019. There have been just 12 seasons of 20+ sacks in NFL history.

NFL History – Seasons with 20.0+ Sacks

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Michael Strahan (2011) 22.5
2t Jared Allen (2011) 22.0
2t Mark Gastineau (1984) 22.0
2t Justin Houston (2014) 22.0
5t Chris Doleman (1989) 21.0
5t Reggie White (1987) 21.0
7t Aaron Donald (2018) 20.5
7t Lawrence Taylor (1986) 20.5
7t J.J. Watt (2014) 20.5
7t J.J. Watt (2012) 20.5
11t DeMarcus Ware (2008) 20.0
11t Derrick Thomas (1990) 20.0
Since being acquired by Arizona in 2016, Jones’ 60.0 sacks easily lead the NFL. In that same span (2016-19), his 17 forced fumbles are tied with Khalil Mack for the NFL lead and his 66 tackles for loss rank second behind only Aaron Donald.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 60.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 52.0
3 Danielle Hunter (Min)* 47.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO) 47.0
5 Von Miller (Den) 45.0
*Plays on MNF
Jones has at least a partial sack in 12 of 15 games this season, including in each of the last seven games
Between 1982 and 2018, the Cardinals played 584 total games and there were just two instances of a player recording at least 4.0 sacks in a game. Jones has accomplished the feat twice in the last nine games this season.

Franchise Record – Sacks (Game)

Rnk Player Sacks Opponent
1 Curtis Greer 4.5 12/18/83 vs. Philadelphia
2t Chandler Jones 4.0 12/22/19 at Seattle
2t Chandler Jones 4.0 10/20/19 at NY Giants
2t Bertrand Berry 4.0 11/14/04 vs. NY Giants
5 19 times 3.0 Most recent, Dwight Freeney, 12/27/15 vs. Green Bay
Including postseason, Jones now has 14.5 sacks in 10 career games against the Seahawks (13.5 in 9 regular season games; 1.0 in Super Bowl XLIX). All 14.5 sacks have been of Seattle QB Russell Wilson, who he has sacked more times than any other QB in his career.
Since joining the Cardinals in 2016, Jones has 11.5 sacks in eight games against the Seahawks.
Jones has 10.5 sacks in five career games at CenturyLink Field. He has at least one sack in all five games he has played at the venue and multiple sacks (1.5 or more) in four of five games.

Jones Career Games at CenturyLink Field

Date Sacks
12/22/19 @ Sea 4.0*
12/30/18 @ Sea 1.0*
12/31/17 @ Sea 2.0*
12/24/16 @ Sea 1.5*
10/14/12 @ Sea 2.0
*While with Arizona
Jones entered Sunday’s game in Seattle having already established a career high with six forced fumbles in 2019. He has now extended that record to eight, which is twice as many as he had in a single season entering the 2019 campaign (previous career high was four).
Since Pro Football Reference began tracking the stat in 1993, no Cardinals player had more than six forced fumbles in a season.
Jones (8) is the first player to record at least eight forced fumbles in a season since Robert Mathis had 10 in 2013.

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER CAREER HIGH IN RUSHING YARDS FOR DRAKE

RB Kenyan Drake rushed for a career-high 166 yards and added a pair of rushing TDs on 24 carries (6.9 avg.) against the Seahawks on Sunday. He went over 100 rushing yards in a game for the fifth time in his career and third time with Arizona this season. He now has more 100-yard performances in seven games with the Cardinals (3) than he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
Prior to the Cardinals win over Cleveland in Week 15, Drake (4 TDs) had never rushed for multiple TDs in a game. With his performances against the Browns and Seahawks the past two weeks, he has now done so in consecutive games.
The only player in franchise history to have more TDs in any two-game span than Drake has the last two weeks (6) was Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers in 1929.

Franchise Record – TDs in Two-Game Span (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Games
1 Ernie Nevers (1929) 9 10 (3) & 11 (6)
2 Ernie Nevers (1929) 7 11 (6) & 12 (1)
3t Kenyan Drake (2019) 6 14 (4) & 15 (2)
3t Donny Anderson (1973) 6 1 (3) & 2 (3)
3t Bob Shaw (1950) 6 2 (5) & 3 (1)

Longest Runs—Franchise History

Rnk Player Yds Opponent
1 John David Crow (TD) 83 vs. Washington, 10/4/58
2 Elmer Angsman (TD) 82 vs. Detroit, 10/23/49
3t Kenyan Drake (TD) 80 at Seattle, 12/22/19
3t Andre Ellington (TD) 80 vs. Atlanta, 10/27/13
3t Tim Hightower (TD) 80 at Atlanta, 9/19/10
3t Paddy Driscoll (TD) 80 vs. Kansas City, 10/18/25
It also represented just the fifth TD run of 80+ yards in the NFL this season.

TD Runs of 80+ Yards (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds Opponent
1 Damien Williams (KC) 91 vs. Minnesota, 11/3
2 Nick Chubb (Cle) 88 at Baltimore, 9/29
3 Christian McCaffrey (Car) 84 vs. Jacksonville, 10/6
4 Matt Breida (SF) 83 vs. Cleveland, 10/7
5 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 80 at Seattle, 12/22
In seven games with the Cardinals, Drake has rushed for 583 yards and seven TDs on 111 carries (5.3 avg.) and added 25 receptions for 148 yards. His seven rushing TDs are three more than he had in any of his three full seasons with the Dolphins.
A LONG RUN AT CENTURYLINK
Drake’s 80-yard TD was the longest rushing TD by a Seattle opponent at CenturyLink Field since Minnesota RB Chester Taylor had a 95-yarder on 10/22/06.
Dating back to Week 9 – when Arizona acquired Drake via a trade with Miami – he joins Tennessee’s Derrick Henry (748 yards and 8 TDs) as the only players in the NFL with 500+ yards yards and at least seven rushing TDs.
Sunday’s win over Seattle marked Drake’s seventh career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. He has posted three of the four highest single-game scrimmage yardage totals of his career in his seven games with Arizona. His 184 total scrimmage yards against the Seahawks represent the second-highest single-game total of his career.

Drake’s Seven Career Games with 100+ Scrimmage Yards

Rnk Team Yds Rush Rec Opponent
1 Miami 193 114 79 12/11/17 vs. New England
2 Arizona 184 166 18 12/22/19 at Seattle
3 Arizona 162 110 52 10/31/19 vs. San Francisco
4 Arizona 146 137 9 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
5 Miami 141 120 21 12/3/17 vs. Denver
6 Miami 115 46 69 10/7/18 at Cincinnati
7 Miami 113 78 35 12/17/17 at Buffalo

FITZGERALD GETS TOUCHDOWN #120 AND SURPASSES 17,000 CAREER RECEIVING YARDS

WR Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes for 48 yards in Seattle on Sunday, including a 21-yard TD reception in the second quarter. It was the 120th TD catch of his career, which ranks sixth on the NFL’s all-time list for career TD catches.

NFL Career Leaders—Touchdown Receptions

Rnk Player (Year) TDs
1 WR Jerry Rice (1985-04)+ 197
2 WR Randy Moss (1998-12)+ 156
3 WR Terrell Owens (1996-10)+ 153
4 WR Cris Carter (1987-02)+ 130
5 WR Marvin Harrison (1996-08)+ 128
6 WR Larry Fitzgerald (2004-)# 120
7 TE Antonio Gates (2003-18) 116
8 TE Tony Gonzalez (1997-14)+ 111
9t WR Steve Largent (1976-89)+ 100
9t WR Tim Brown (1988-04)+ 100
+Hall of Fame Inductee #Active Player
Only Hall of Fame WRs Jerry Rice (176 with San Francisco) and Marvin Harrison (128 with Indianapolis) had more career receiving TDs with a single team.

NFL Leaders - TDs with Single Team (All-Time)

Rnk Player Team TDs Rec Rush Ret
1 WR Jerry Rice+ 49ers 187 176 10 1
2 RB Emmitt Smith+ Cowboys 164 11 153 -
3 RB LaDainian Tomlinson+ Chargers 153 15 138 -
4 WR Marvin Harrison+ Colts 128 128 - -
5 RB Jim Brown+ Browns 126 20 106 -
6 RB Walter Payton+ Bears 125 15 110 -
7 WR Larry Fitzgerald# Cardinals 120 120 - -
8 TE Antonio Gates Chargers 116 116 - -
9 FL Lenny Moore+ Colts 113 48 63 2
10 RB Shaun Alexander Seahawks 112 12 100 -
+Hall of Fame Inductee #Active Players
Fitzgerald now has 13 career TD receptions against the Seahawks, including seven at CenturyLink Field.
Fitzgerald – who ranks second on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list behind Jerry Rice (22,895) – now has 17,038 receiving yards for his career, which converts to over 9.5 miles.
No other player in NFL history is within 1,000 yards of Fitzgerald or Rice on the all-time receiving yardage list. Fitzgerald has over 4,000 more receiving yards than any other active player. Cowboys TE Jason Witten – who ranks second among active players – has 12,953 career receiving yards.

NFL Leaders – Career Receiving Yards (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 22,895
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 17,038
3 Terrell Owens (1996-2010) 15,934
4 Randy Moss (1998-2012) 15,292
5 Isaac Bruce (1994-2009) 15,208
After catching four passes against the Seahawks on Sunday, Fitzgerald now has at least one reception in 242 consecutive games, which includes all 15 career games he has played at CenturyLink Field.
Fitzgerald’s streak of 242 consecutive games with a reception is the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 242 consecutive games with a catch is also the longest in NFL history with a single team.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 – 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 242 11/7/04 – 12/22/19 15 years, 1 month, 16 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 – 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 – 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 – 11/8/10 12 years
Fitzgerald now has 82 career receptions at CenturyLink Field, more than he has in any other road stadium in his career. In NFL history, only Reggie Wayne (83 at Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Stadium) has more receptions in a single road venue than Fitzgerald has at CenturyLink Field.

NFL Record – Receptions in Road Venue (Career)

Rnk Player Rec Stadium
1 Reggie Wayne 83 TIAA Bank Field
2 Larry Fitzgerald 82 CenturyLink Field
3 Larry Fitzgerald 78 Edward Jones Dome*
4 Tony Gonzalez 72 Qualcomm Stadium*
5 Tim Brown 71 Arrowhead Stadium
*No longer an NFL venue

GONZALEZ MAKES IT TO 20 IN A ROW AND 30 FGS ON THE SEASON

K Zane Gonzalez – named a Pro Bowl alternate last week - connected on his first two FG attempts in Seattle before a blocked attempt in the third quarter ended his NFL-long streak of 20 consecutive made FGs. Gonzalez is just the second player in team history to make at least 20 consecutive FGs. Only Neil Rackers (31 straight in 2005) had a longer streak.

Franchise Record—Consecutive FGs Made

Rnk Player (Year) FGs
1 Neil Rackers (Games 1-10, 2005) 31
2 Zane Gonzalez (Games 5-15, 2019) 20
3t Chandler Catanzaro (Games 7-15, 2015) 19
3t Jay Feely (Game 11 in 2011-Game 5, 2012) 19
5t Jay Feely (Games 3-13, 2010) 18
Gonzalez has 30 FGs this season, tied for the third-highest total in franchise history. Prior to 2019, Gonzalez’s career high for FGs was 15. He has six more FGs in 2019 (30) than he had in his first two NFL seasons combined (24).

Franchise Record – Field Goals (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) FGs
1 Neil Rackers (2005) 40
2 Phil Dawson (2017) 32
3t Zane Gonzalez (2019) 30
3t Jay Feely (2013) 30
3t Greg Davis (1995) 30
Gonzalez’s 30 FGs this season are tied for third in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Field Goals (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 33
2 Wil Lutz (NO) 32
3t Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 30
3t Josh Lambo (Jax) 30
5 Chris Boswell (Pit) 28
After scoring nine points in Seattle on Sunday (2 FG, 3 PAT), Gonzalez now has 121 points in 2019 (30 FG, 31 PAT). That is the fifth-best total in the NFL in 2019.

NFL Leaders – Total Points (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Points
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 140
2 Wil Lutz (NO) 138
3 Justin Tucker (Bal) 127
4 Matt Gay (TB) 122
5 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 121
His 121 points represent the fifth-best single-season total in franchise history.

Franchise Record – Points (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Points (Scoring)
1 Neil Rackers (2005) 140 (40 FG, 20 PAT)
2 Chandler Catanzaro (2015) 137 (28 FG, 53 PAT)
3 Jay Feely (2013) 127 (30 FG, 376 PAT)
4 David Johnson (2016) 122 (20 TD, 2-pt. conv)
5 Zane Gonzalez (2019) 121 (30 FG, 31 PAT)

HUNDLEY CLOSES OUT THE SEAHAWKS

Against a Seattle team with whom he spent the 2018 season, QB Brett Hundley saw his most extensive action in nearly two years as he helped close out the Cardinals victory in Seattle following an injury to starter Kyler Murray. Hundley entered the game with the Cardinals leading 20-7 in the third quarter and was able to build that lead by the game’s end (27-13)
On the Cardinals six possessions under Hundley’s direction, the team ran 33 plays, totaled 131 yards and gained 10 first downs. Those six drives covered 18:30 in time of possession. In the fourth quarter alone, Arizona’s offense had seven first downs, held a 10:18 to 4:42 advantage in time of possession and outscored Seattle 7-6.
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2019.12.17 00:10 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 38-24 WIN VS. CLEVELAND (12/15/19)

The Cardinals defeated the Cleveland Browns 38-24 on Sunday in front of the 144th consecutive sellout crowd at State Farm Stadium. Arizona has now sold out every game – preseason and postseason included – in 14 seasons at the venue since it opened in 2006. With the win, the Cardinals have now won four in a row – and five of the last six – against the Browns.
Arizona has now won six consecutive games against teams from Ohio. The Cardinals have swept the Ohio teams three times (2019, 2015, 2007) in the last four seasons they faced the AFC North.

ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE OFFENSE

The Cardinals scored a season-high 38 points against the Browns on Sunday. It also represents the highest single-game point total for Arizona since scoring 38 vs. Tampa Bay in Week 6 of the 2017 season. Sunday’s game marks the eighth time this season – and seventh time in the last 10 games – that the Cardinals scored 25+ points in a game. Since the beginning of October (Week 5), Arizona’s seven games with 25+ points are tied for the most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games w/ 25+ Points (Since Week 5)

Rnk Team GMS
1t Arizona 7
1t New Orleans* 7
1t Baltimore 7
1t Seattle 7
1t Tampa Bay 7
1t Minnesota 7
*Play on MNF in Week 15
With six scoring drives against the Browns on Sunday (5 TDs, 1 FG), the Cardinals now have 60 total scoring drives in 2019. That total is tied for 10th in the NFL this season. Arizona had 39 total scoring drives in all of 2018.
In the win over the Browns, the Cardinals: • Scored a season-high 38 points • Tied a season-high with 6 scoring drives • Scored a season-high 5 TDs • Scored a season-high 4 rushing TDs • Averaged a season-high 7.4 yards per play • Punted a season-low 2 times • Tied a season-low with 0 sacks allowed • Posted a season-high 83% TD rate in the red zone (5-of-6) • Posted a season high 80% TD rate in goal-to-go (4-of-5) • Tied a season-high with 26 1st downs • Established a season-high with 14 rushing 1st downs
The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game with 445 total net yards of offense. It was the fourth time this season Arizona had 400+ net yards in a game. The Cardinals posted 400+ yards in a game just once over the previous two seasons (2017-18) combined.
Arizona’s offensive line did not allow a sack against Cleveland. It marked the second time this season the Cardinals did not allow a sack on offense (also did not allow a sack in Week 6 vs. Atlanta). With the win on Sunday, Arizona improved to 4-1 when allowing two sacks or fewer this season and 3-0 when allowing one sack or fewer. After rushing for 226 yards against the Browns on Sunday, the Cardinals have now rushed for 200+ yards in a game twice this season (had 266 yards at Cincinnati in Week 5). The 2019 season marks the first time since 1990 (twice) that the Cardinals had at least 200 rushing yards in multiple games in a season. The Cardinals became just the fourth team to post 200+ rushing yards and at least four rushing TDs in a game this season.

Teams w/ 200+ Rush Yards & 4+ Rush TDs in a Game (2019)

Team Yards TD's Opponent
Arizona 226 4 12/15 vs. Cleveland
Tennessee 219 4 11/24 vs. Jacksonville
San Francisco 232 5 10/27 vs. Carolina
Baltimore 203 4 9/22 at Kansas City

DRAKE’S HISTORIC PERFORMANCE LEADS CARDINALS TO WIN

RB Kenyan Drake – playing in his sixth game with Arizona – led the Cardinals to victory with a historic performance. The fourth-year pro posted career highs in rushing yards (137) and rushing TDs (4) on 22 carries (6.2 avg.). Drake became the first Cardinals player to rush for at least four TDs in a game since RB Ronald Moore had four vs. the L.A. Rams on 12/5/93. In franchise history only Ernie Nevers – who had an NFL single-game record six rushing TDs vs. Chicago on 11/28/29 – had more rushing TDs in a game than Drake had on Sunday.

Franchise Single-Game Record – Rushing TDs

Rnk Player TD's Opponent
1t Ernie Nevers 6 11/28/29 vs. Chicago
2t Kenyan Drake 4 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
2t Ronald Moore 4 12/5/93 vs. L.A. Rams
2t Wayne Morris 4 10/23/77 vs. New Orleans
2t Paddy Driscoll 4 10/17/23 vs. Rochester
With his performance vs. the Browns, Drake became just the second NFL player in the last five seasons with at least 130 rushing yards and four rushing TDs in a game, joining Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, who had 238 yards and four TDs on 12/6/18 vs. Jacksonville.
Drake – who rushed for 110 yards vs. San Francisco in Week 9 in his Arizona debut – now has as many 100-yard rushing performances in six games with the Cardinals (2) as he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
Prior to Sunday’s win over Cleveland, Drake had never rushed for more than one TD in a game. His previous career high for TDs (of any kind) in a game was two, which he accomplished twice last season with the Dolphins (had two games with a rushing and receiving TD).
In six games with the Cardinals, Drake has rushed for 417 yards and five TDs on 87 carries (4.8 avg.) and added 22 receptions for 130 yards. His five rushing TDs are more than he had in any of his three full seasons with the Dolphins.
Since being acquired by Arizona in Week 9, Drake is one of just four players in the NFL with at least 400 rushing yards and five rushing TDs.

NFL Players with 400+ Rush Yards & 5+ Rush TDs (Weeks 9-15)

Player (Team) Yds TD's Att
Kenyan Drake (AZ) 417 5 87
Derrick Henry (Ten) 748 8 120
Christian McCaffery (Car) 572 6 124
Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 566 5 135

KYLER MURRAY EARNS WIN #4 AND CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS

Rookie QB Kyler Murray led the Cardinals to a 38-24 victory over the Browns on Sunday. With two games remaining in 2019, Murray has tied the franchise record for wins by a rookie QB.

Franchise History – Wins by Rookie QB (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Wins
1t Kyler Murray (2019) 4
1t Matt Leinart (2006) 4
1t Neil Lomax (1981) 4
4t Josh Rosen (2018) 3
4t Jake Plummer (1997) 3
Murray completed 19-of-25 pass attempts (76.0%) for 219 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and a 98.6 passer rating in the win over Cleveland. He also rushed for 56 yards on eight attempts (7.0-yard avg.).
After rushing for 56 yards against the Browns, Murray now has 504 rushing yards on 85 attempts (5.9 avg.) this season. His 504 rushing yards are a franchise record for a QB, surpassing the previous mark of 501 set by Hall of Famer Charley Trippi in 1951.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Season (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 Kyler Murray (2019) 504
2 Charley Trippi (1951) 501
3 Timm Rosenbach (1990) 470
4 Charley Trippi (1952) 350
5 Bud Schwenk (1942)* 313
*Rookie Season
Through 14 games, Murray has 3,279 passing yards and 504 rushing yards. He has become the first player in Cardinals history to throw for 3,000+ yards and rush for 500+ yards in a season. Murray now joins Cam Newton (4,051 passing yards; 706 rushing yards in 2011) and Robert Griffin III (3,200 passing yards; 815 rushing yards in 2012) as the only rookies in NFL history with 3,000+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards in a season. Sunday’s game marked the sixth time that Murray has posted a passer rating of 90+. He joins Carson Palmer (12 in 2015; 7 in 2013; 7 in 2016) and Kurt Warner (10 in 2008; 8 in 2009; 6 in 2007) as the only QBs in franchise history to have a passer rating of 90+ in at least six games in a single season.
On the Cardinals five TD drives against Cleveland, Murray completed 16-of-17 pass attempts (94.1%) for 206 yards, a TD and a 136.8 passer rating. He also rushed for 53 yards on six carries.

Murray on AZ’s 5 TD Drives vs. Cleveland

Drive Passing Rushing
1 5/5 for 52 yds 1-5
2 3/3 for 39 yds 1-35
3 3/4 for 61 yds, TD 2-8
4 3/3 for 37 yds 1-2
5 2/2 for 17 yds 1-3

JONES GETS ANOTHER SACK – NOW AT 15.0 ON THE YEAR

LB Chandler Jones had five tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. He has now recorded 15.0 sacks in 2019. Jones is just two sacks shy of tying his own franchise single-season record of 17.0 set in 2017. Combined with his franchise record 17.0 sacks in 2017, Jones has become the first player in franchise history with 15.0+ sacks in multiple seasons.

Franchise Record – Sacks in a Season

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (2017) 17.0
2 Simeon Rice (1999) 16.5
3 Curtis Greer (1983) 16.0
4 Chandler Jones (2019) 15.0
5 Bertrand Berry (2004) 14.5
With his sack on Sunday, Jones now has at least a partial sack in 11 of 14 games this season, including in each of the last six games.
Jones – who sits in third place on the franchise all-time sacks list – now has 56.0 sacks in 62 games with the Cardinals. He is just one sack shy of passing Calais Campbell (56.5 sacks in 138 games) for second place.

Franchise Career Leaders – Sacks (Top-5)

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks Games
1 Freddie Joe Nunn (1985-93) 66.5 131
2 Calais Campbell (2008-16) 56. 5 138
3 Chandler Jones (2016-) 56.5 62
4 Simeon Rice (1996-2000) 53.5 79
5 Curtis Greer (1980-88) 50.5 94
Jones now has the same number of sacks in 2019 (15.0) that he had through 14 games in 2017, when he led the NFL with a franchise single-season record 17.0 sacks.

Franchise Record – Sacks Thru 14 Games

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks Final Total
1t Chandler Jones (2019) 15.0 -
1t Chandler Jones (2017) 15.0 17.0
3 Simeon Rice (1999) 14.5 16.5
4 Bertrand Berry (2004) 12.5 14.5
5t Chandler Jones (2018) 12.0 13.0
5t Curtis Greer (1984) 12.0 14
Jones enters the final two weeks of the 2019 season ranked second in the NFL with 15.0 sacks. He is just 1.5 sacks behind the NFL leader: Tampa Bay’s Shaquil Barrett (16.5).

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1t Shaquil Barrett (TB) 16.5
2 Chandler Jones (AZ) 15.0
3t Danielle Hunter (Min) 13.5
3t Cameron Jordan (NO)* 13.5
5 T.J. Watt (Pitt) 13.0
• Since being acquired by the Cardinals prior to the 2016 season, Jones’ 56.0 sacks lead the NFL. He has 5.5 more sacks than any other player during that span. The Rams Aaron Donald (50.5) ranks second.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 56.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 50.5
3 Danielle Hunter (Min) 47.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO)* 46.5
5 Von Miller (Den) 45.0
*Plays on MNF

FITZGERALD SURPASSES 700 YARDS FOR THE 16TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON

WR Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 42 yards in the win over the Browns on Sunday. He now has 711 receiving yards on the season and has posted 700+ receiving yards in all 16 seasons he has played in the NFL. His 16 consecutive seasons with 700+ receiving yards are an NFL record.

NFL Record – Consecutive Seasons with 700+ Receiving Yards

Rnk Player (Years) Seasons
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-19) 16
2 Terrell Owens (1997-10) 14
3t Jerry Rice (1986-96) 12
3t Jason Witten (2004-15) 12
5t 6 players tied 11
After catching three passes against the Browns on Sunday, Fitzgerald now has at least one reception in 241 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 241 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 - 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 241 11/7/04 - 12/15/19 15 years, 1 month, 9 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 - 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 - 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 - 11/8/10 12 years

PETERSON GRABS 25TH CAREER INTERCEPTION

CB Patrick Peterson finished Sunday’s win over Cleveland with seven tackles, an INT and a season-high three passes defensed. He recorded his 25th career INT when he picked off a Baker Mayfield pass in the end zone in the first quarter. It was his second INT of the season (picked off Drew Brees in Week 8 at New Orleans). Only six players in team history have more career INTs than Peterson.

Franchise Record – Career Interceptions

Rnk Player (Years) INTs
1 Larry Wilson (1960-72)* 52
2 Aeneas Williams (1991-2000)* 46
3 Roger Wehrli (1969-82)* 40
4 Night Train Lane (1954-59)* 30
5 Pat Fischer (1961-67) 29
6 Adrian Wilson (2001-12) 27
7 Patrick Peterson (2011-19) 25
8 Kwamie Lassiter (1995-2002) 24
9 Norm Thompson (1971-76) 22
10t Jerry Davis (1961-67) 21
10t Ray Ramsey (1950-53) 21
*Hall of Fame Inductee
Dating back to his rookie season in 2011, only three players have more INTs than Peterson.

Active NFL Leaders – Interceptions (2011-19)

Rnk Player (Team) INTs
1 Richard Sherman (SF) 35
2 Reggie Nelson (Oak) 29
3 Marcus Peters (Bal) 27
4t Patrick Peterson (AZ) 25
4t Earl Thomas (Bal) 25

GONZALEZ PERFECT ON SIX KICKS VS. PITTSBURGH – ADDS TO NFL-BEST FG STREAK

K Zane Gonzalez was good on all five PATs and his lone FG attempt on Sunday against his former team, finishing with eight points and keeping his NFL-long FG streak alive. Gonzalez has now connected on 28-of-31 FG attempts this season and has made 18 consecutive FGs dating back to Week 5 at Cincinnati. Gonzalez’s streak of 18 consecutive FGs made is the longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive FGs Made (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 18
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 14
2t Dan Bailey (Min) 14
4t Mason Crosby (GB) 13
5t Jason Myers (Sea) 9
5t Chris Boswell (Pitt) 9
Plays on MNF
Only three players in franchise history have had longer streaks than Gonzalez’s current run.

Franchise Record—Consecutive FGs Made

Rnk Player (Year) FGs
1 Neil Rackers (Games 1-10, 2005) 31
2t Chandler Catanzaro (Games 7-15, 2015) 19
2t Jay Feely (Game 11 in 2011-Game 5, 2012) 19
4t Zane Gonzalez (Games 5-14, 2019) 18
4t Jay Feely (Games 3-13, 2010) 18
After scoring eight points on Sunday, Gonzalez now has 112 points in 2019 (28 FG, 28 PAT). That is the fifth-best total in the NFL in 2019.

NFL Leaders – Total Points (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Points
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 132
2t Justin Tucker (Bal) 120
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 120
4 Matt Gay (TB) 114
5 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 112
*Plays on MNF
Gonzalez’s 28 FGs this season are tied for third-most in the NFL. Prior to 2019, his career high for FGs in a season was 15 (2017 with Cleveland).

NFL Leaders – Field Goals (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 31
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 29
3t Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 28
3T Josh Lambo (Jax) 28
5 Chris Boswell (Pitt) 27

HICKS KEEPS ON PILING UP TACKLES IN 2019

LB Jordan Hicks continued his breakout season in 2019 by recording a game-high 10 tackles and a tackle for loss in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. Hicks now has 131 tackles in 2019, tied for the third-highest total in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Tackles (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkls
1 LB Blake Martinez (GB) 140
2t LB Bobby Wagner (Sea) 139
3t LB Jordan Hicks (AZ) 131
3t LB Luke Kuechly (Car) 131
5 LB Zach Cunningham (Hou) 128
Sunday’s game against the Browns was Hicks’ eighth outing this season with 10+ tackles. He is the first Cardinals defender with 10+ tackles in at least eight games in a single season since both Ronald McKinnon and Pat Tillman had eight such performances in 2000.
Hicks’ eight games with double-digit tackles this season are tied for the most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games w/ 10+ Tackles (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1t Jordan Hicks (AZ) 8
1t Blake Martinez (GB) 8
1t Bobby Wagner (Sea) 8
4 Todd Davis (Den) 7
5t Zach Cunningham (Hou) 6
5t Luke Kuechly (Car) 6
5t Cory Littleton (LAR) 6
Through 14 games, Hicks has recorded 131 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 INTs, 8 tackles for loss, 6 QB hits, 6 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles. Prior to 2019, Hicks’ career high for tackles in a season was 91 in 2018.

BYRD SETS CAREER HIGH – OTHER ODDS AND ENDS FROM WEEK 15

WR Damiere Byrd led all receivers with a career-high 86 receiving yards in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. Prior to last week, Byrd’s career high for receiving yards in a game was 60, which he established earlier this season in the Cardinals victory over Atlanta in Week 6. Byrd’s six receptions on Sunday also tied his career single-game high.
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2019.12.16 20:16 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Test

The Cardinals defeated the Cleveland Browns 38-24 on Sunday in front of the 144th consecutive sellout crowd at State Farm Stadium. Arizona has now sold out every game – preseason and postseason included – in 14 seasons at the venue since it opened in 2006.
With the win, the Cardinals have now won four in a row – and five of the last six – against the Browns.
Arizona has now won six consecutive games against teams from Ohio. The Cardinals have swept the Ohio teams three times (2019, 2015, 2007) in the last four seasons they faced the AFC North.

ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE OFFENSE

The Cardinals scored a season-high 38 points against the Browns on Sunday. It also represents the highest single-game point total for Arizona since scoring 38 vs. Tampa Bay in Week 6 of the 2017 season.
Sunday’s game marks the eighth time this season – and seventh time in the last 10 games – that the Cardinals scored 25+ points in a game. Since the beginning of October (Week 5), Arizona’s seven games with 25+ points are tied for the most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games w/ 25+ Points (Since Week 5)

Rnk Team GMS
1t Arizona 7
1t New Orleans* 7
1t Baltimore 7
1t Seattle 7
1t Tampa Bay 7
1t Minnesota 7
*Play on MNF in Week 15
With six scoring drives against the Browns on Sunday (5 TDs, 1 FG), the Cardinals now have 60 total scoring drives in 2019. That total is tied for 10th in the NFL this season. Arizona had 39 total scoring drives in all of 2018.
In the win over the Browns, the Cardinals:
• Scored a season-high 38 points • Tied a season-high with 6 scoring drives • Scored a season-high 5 TDs • Scored a season-high 4 rushing TDs • Averaged a season-high 7.4 yards per play • Punted a season-low 2 times • Tied a season-low with 0 sacks allowed • Posted a season-high 83% TD rate in the red zone (5-of-6) • Posted a season high 80% TD rate in goal-to-go (4-of-5) • Tied a season-high with 26 1st downs • Established a season-high with 14 rushing 1st downs
The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game with 445 total net yards of offense. It was the fourth time this season Arizona had 400+ net yards in a game. The Cardinals posted 400+ yards in a game just once over the previous two seasons (2017-18) combined.
Arizona’s offensive line did not allow a sack against Cleveland. It marked the second time this season the Cardinals did not allow a sack on offense (also did not allow a sack in Week 6 vs. Atlanta). With the win on Sunday, Arizona improved to 4-1 when allowing two sacks or fewer this season and 3-0 when allowing one sack or fewer.
After rushing for 226 yards against the Browns on Sunday, the Cardinals have now rushed for 200+ yards in a game twice this season (had 266 yards at Cincinnati in Week 5). The 2019 season marks the first time since 1990 (twice) that the Cardinals had at least 200 rushing yards in multiple games in a season.
The Cardinals became just the fourth team to post 200+ rushing yards and at least four rushing TDs in a game this season.

Teams w/ 200+ Rush Yards & 4+ Rush TDs in a Game (2019)

Team Yards TD's Opponent
Arizona 226 4 12/15 vs. Cleveland
Tennessee 219 4 11/24 vs. Jacksonville
San Francisco 232 5 10/27 vs. Carolina
Baltimore 203 4 9/22 at Kansas City

DRAKE’S HISTORIC PERFORMANCE LEADS CARDINALS TO WIN

RB Kenyan Drake – playing in his sixth game with Arizona – led the Cardinals to victory with a historic performance. The fourth-year pro posted career highs in rushing yards (137) and rushing TDs (4) on 22 carries (6.2 avg.).
Drake became the first Cardinals player to rush for at least four TDs in a game since RB Ronald Moore had four vs. the L.A. Rams on 12/5/93. In franchise history only Ernie Nevers – who had an NFL single-game record six rushing TDs vs. Chicago on 11/28/29 – had more rushing TDs in a game than Drake had on Sunday.

Franchise Single-Game Record – Rushing TDs

Rnk Player TD's Opponent
1t Ernie Nevers 6 11/28/29 vs. Chicago
2t Kenyan Drake 4 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
2t Ronald Moore 4 12/5/93 vs. L.A. Rams
2t Wayne Morris 4 10/23/77 vs. New Orleans
2t Paddy Driscoll 4 10/17/23 vs. Rochester
With his performance vs. the Browns, Drake became just the second NFL player in the last five seasons with at least 130 rushing yards and four rushing TDs in a game, joining Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, who had 238 yards and four TDs on 12/6/18 vs. Jacksonville.
Drake – who rushed for 110 yards vs. San Francisco in Week 9 in his Arizona debut – now has as many 100-yard rushing performances in six games with the Cardinals (2) as he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
Prior to Sunday’s win over Cleveland, Drake had never rushed for more than one TD in a game. His previous career high for TDs (of any kind) in a game was two, which he accomplished twice last season with the Dolphins (had two games with a rushing and receiving TD).
In six games with the Cardinals, Drake has rushed for 417 yards and five TDs on 87 carries (4.8 avg.) and added 22 receptions for 130 yards. His five rushing TDs are more than he had in any of his three full seasons with the Dolphins.
Since being acquired by Arizona in Week 9, Drake is one of just four players in the NFL with at least 400 rushing yards and five rushing TDs.

NFL Players with 400+ Rush Yards & 5+ Rush TDs (Weeks 9-15)

Player (Team) Yds TD's Att
Kenyan Drake (AZ) 417 5 87
Derrick Henry (Ten) 748 8 120
Christian McCaffery (Car) 572 6 124
Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 566 5 135

KYLER MURRAY EARNS WIN #4 AND CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS

Rookie QB Kyler Murray led the Cardinals to a 38-24 victory over the Browns on Sunday. With two games remaining in 2019, Murray has tied the franchise record for wins by a rookie QB.

Franchise History – Wins by Rookie QB (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Wins
1t Kyler Murray (2019) 4
1t Matt Leinart (2006) 4
1t Neil Lomax (1981) 4
4t Josh Rosen (2018) 3
4t Jake Plummer (1997) 3
Murray completed 19-of-25 pass attempts (76.0%) for 219 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and a 98.6 passer rating in the win over Cleveland. He also rushed for 56 yards on eight attempts (7.0-yard avg.).
After rushing for 56 yards against the Browns, Murray now has 504 rushing yards on 85 attempts (5.9 avg.) this season. His 504 rushing yards are a franchise record for a QB, surpassing the previous mark of 501 set by Hall of Famer Charley Trippi in 1951.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Season (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 Kyler Murray (2019) 504
2 Charley Trippi (1951) 501
3 Timm Rosenbach (1990) 470
4 Charley Trippi (1952) 350
5 Bud Schwenk (1942)* 313
*Rookie Season
Through 14 games, Murray has 3,279 passing yards and 504 rushing yards. He has become the first player in Cardinals history to throw for 3,000+ yards and rush for 500+ yards in a season.
Murray now joins Cam Newton (4,051 passing yards; 706 rushing yards in 2011) and Robert Griffin III (3,200 passing yards; 815 rushing yards in 2012) as the only rookies in NFL history with 3,000+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards in a season.
Sunday’s game marked the sixth time that Murray has posted a passer rating of 90+. He joins Carson Palmer (12 in 2015; 7 in 2013; 7 in 2016) and Kurt Warner (10 in 2008; 8 in 2009; 6 in 2007) as the only QBs in franchise history to have a passer rating of 90+ in at least six games in a single season.
On the Cardinals five TD drives against Cleveland, Murray completed 16-of-17 pass attempts (94.1%) for 206 yards, a TD and a 136.8 passer rating. He also rushed for 53 yards on six carries.

Murray on AZ’s 5 TD Drives vs. Cleveland

Drive Passing Rushing
1 5/5 for 52 yds 1-5
2 3/3 for 39 yds 1-35
3 3/4 for 61 yds, TD 2-8
4 3/3 for 37 yds 1-2
5 2/2 for 17 yds 1-3

JONES GETS ANOTHER SACK – NOW AT 15.0 ON THE YEAR

LB Chandler Jones had five tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. He has now recorded 15.0 sacks in 2019. Jones is just two sacks shy of tying his own franchise single-season record of 17.0 set in 2017.
Combined with his franchise record 17.0 sacks in 2017, Jones has become the first player in franchise history with 15.0+ sacks in multiple seasons.

Franchise Record – Sacks in a Season

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (2017) 17.0
2 Simeon Rice (1999) 16.5
3 Curtis Greer (1983) 16.0
4 Chandler Jones (2019) 15.0
5 Bertrand Berry (2004) 14.5
With his sack on Sunday, Jones now has at least a partial sack in 11 of 14 games this season, including in each of the last six games.
Jones – who sits in third place on the franchise all-time sacks list – now has 56.0 sacks in 62 games with the Cardinals. He is just one sack shy of passing Calais Campbell (56.5 sacks in 138 games) for second place.

Franchise Career Leaders – Sacks (Top-5)

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks Games
1 Freddie Joe Nunn (1985-93) 66.5 131
2 Calais Campbell (2008-16) 56. 5 138
3 Chandler Jones (2016-) 56.5 62
4 Simeon Rice (1996-2000) 53.5 79
5 Curtis Greer (1980-88) 50.5 94
Jones now has the same number of sacks in 2019 (15.0) that he had through 14 games in 2017, when he led the NFL with a franchise single-season record 17.0 sacks.

Franchise Record – Sacks Thru 14 Games

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks Final Total
1t Chandler Jones (2019) 15.0 -
1t Chandler Jones (2017) 15.0 17.0
3 Simeon Rice (1999) 14.5 16.5
4 Bertrand Berry (2004) 12.5 14.5
5t Chandler Jones (2018) 12.0 13.0
5t Curtis Greer (1984) 12.0 14
Jones enters the final two weeks of the 2019 season ranked second in the NFL with 15.0 sacks. He is just 1.5 sacks behind the NFL leader: Tampa Bay’s Shaquil Barrett (16.5).

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1t Shaquil Barrett (TB) 16.5
2 Chandler Jones (AZ) 15.0
3t Danielle Hunter (Min) 13.5
3t Cameron Jordan (NO)* 13.5
5 T.J. Watt (Pitt) 13.0
• Since being acquired by the Cardinals prior to the 2016 season, Jones’ 56.0 sacks lead the NFL. He has 5.5 more sacks than any other player during that span. The Rams Aaron Donald (50.5) ranks second.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 56.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 50.5
3 Danielle Hunter (Min) 47.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO)* 46.5
5 Von Miller (Den) 45.0
*Plays on MNF

FITZGERALD SURPASSES 700 YARDS FOR THE 16TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON

WR Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 42 yards in the win over the Browns on Sunday. He now has 711 receiving yards on the season and has posted 700+ receiving yards in all 16 seasons he has played in the NFL. His 16 consecutive seasons with 700+ receiving yards are an NFL record.

NFL Record – Consecutive Seasons with 700+ Receiving Yards

Rnk Player (Years) Seasons
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-19) 16
2 Terrell Owens (1997-10) 14
3t Jerry Rice (1986-96) 12
3t Jason Witten (2004-15) 12
5t 6 players tied 11
After catching three passes against the Browns on Sunday, Fitzgerald now has at least one reception in 241 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 241 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 - 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 241 11/7/04 - 12/15/19 15 years, 1 month, 9 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 - 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 - 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 - 11/8/10 12 years

PETERSON GRABS 25TH CAREER INTERCEPTION

CB Patrick Peterson finished Sunday’s win over Cleveland with seven tackles, an INT and a season-high three passes defensed. He recorded his 25th career INT when he picked off a Baker Mayfield pass in the end zone in the first quarter. It was his second INT of the season (picked off Drew Brees in Week 8 at New Orleans).
Only six players in team history have more career INTs than Peterson.

Franchise Record – Career Interceptions

Rnk Player (Years) INTs
1 Larry Wilson (1960-72)* 52
2 Aeneas Williams (1991-2000)* 46
3 Roger Wehrli (1969-82)* 40
4 Night Train Lane (1954-59)* 30
5 Pat Fischer (1961-67) 29
6 Adrian Wilson (2001-12) 27
7 Patrick Peterson (2011-19) 25
8 Kwamie Lassiter (1995-2002) 24
9 Norm Thompson (1971-76) 22
10t Jerry Davis (1961-67) 21
10t Ray Ramsey (1950-53) 21
*Hall of Fame Inductee
Dating back to his rookie season in 2011, only three players have more INTs than Peterson.

Active NFL Leaders – Interceptions (2011-19)

Rnk Player (Team) INTs
1 Richard Sherman (SF) 35
2 Reggie Nelson (Oak) 29
3 Marcus Peters (Bal) 27
4t Patrick Peterson (AZ) 25
4t Earl Thomas (Bal) 25

GONZALEZ PERFECT ON SIX KICKS VS. PITTSBURGH – ADDS TO NFL-BEST FG STREAK

K Zane Gonzalez was good on all five PATs and his lone FG attempt on Sunday against his former team, finishing with eight points and keeping his NFL-long FG streak alive. Gonzalez has now connected on 28-of-31 FG attempts this season and has made 18 consecutive FGs dating back to Week 5 at Cincinnati.
Gonzalez’s streak of 18 consecutive FGs made is the longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive FGs Made (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 18
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 14
2t Dan Bailey (Min) 14
4t Mason Crosby (GB) 13
5t Jason Myers (Sea) 9
5t Chris Boswell (Pitt) 9
Plays on MNF
Only three players in franchise history have had longer streaks than Gonzalez’s current run.

Franchise Record—Consecutive FGs Made

Rnk Player (Year) FGs
1 Neil Rackers (Games 1-10, 2005) 31
2t Chandler Catanzaro (Games 7-15, 2015) 19
2t Jay Feely (Game 11 in 2011-Game 5, 2012) 19
4t Zane Gonzalez (Games 5-14, 2019) 18
4t Jay Feely (Games 3-13, 2010) 18
After scoring eight points on Sunday, Gonzalez now has 112 points in 2019 (28 FG, 28 PAT). That is the fifth-best total in the NFL in 2019.

NFL Leaders – Total Points (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Points
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 132
2t Justin Tucker (Bal) 120
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 120
4 Matt Gay (TB) 114
5 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 112
*Plays on MNF
Gonzalez’s 28 FGs this season are tied for third-most in the NFL. Prior to 2019, his career high for FGs in a season was 15 (2017 with Cleveland).

NFL Leaders – Field Goals (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 31
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 29
3t Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 28
3T Josh Lambo (Jax) 28
5 Chris Boswell (Pitt) 27

HICKS KEEPS ON PILING UP TACKLES IN 2019

LB Jordan Hicks continued his breakout season in 2019 by recording a game-high 10 tackles and a tackle for loss in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. Hicks now has 131 tackles in 2019, tied for the third-highest total in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Tackles (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkls
1 LB Blake Martinez (GB) 140
2t LB Bobby Wagner (Sea) 139
3t LB Jordan Hicks (AZ) 131
3t LB Luke Kuechly (Car) 131
5 LB Zach Cunningham (Hou) 128
Sunday’s game against the Browns was Hicks’ eighth outing this season with 10+ tackles. He is the first Cardinals defender with 10+ tackles in at least eight games in a single season since both Ronald McKinnon and Pat Tillman had eight such performances in 2000.
Hicks’ eight games with double-digit tackles this season are tied for the most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games w/ 10+ Tackles (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1t Jordan Hicks (AZ) 8
1t Blake Martinez (GB) 8
1t Bobby Wagner (Sea) 8
4 Todd Davis (Den) 7
5t Zach Cunningham (Hou) 6
5t Luke Kuechly (Car) 6
5t Cory Littleton (LAR) 6
Through 14 games, Hicks has recorded 131 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 INTs, 8 tackles for loss, 6 QB hits, 6 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles. Prior to 2019, Hicks’ career high for tackles in a season was 91 in 2018.

BYRD SETS CAREER HIGH – OTHER ODDS AND ENDS FROM WEEK 15

WR Damiere Byrd led all receivers with a career-high 86 receiving yards in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. Prior to last week, Byrd’s career high for receiving yards in a game was 60, which he established earlier this season in the Cardinals victory over Atlanta in Week 6. Byrd’s six receptions on Sunday also tied his career single-game high.
Arizona’s defense forced two takeaways (1 INT, 1 FR) against the Browns on Sunday. After posting just six takeaways through the first nine games this season, the Cardinals defense now has eight takeaways in t
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The Cardinals defeated the Cleveland Browns 38-24 on Sunday in front of the 144th consecutive sellout crowd at State Farm Stadium. Arizona has now sold out every game – preseason and postseason included – in 14 seasons at the venue since it opened in 2006.
With the win, the Cardinals have now won four in a row – and five of the last six – against the Browns.
Arizona has now won six consecutive games against teams from Ohio. The Cardinals have swept the Ohio teams three times (2019, 2015, 2007) in the last four seasons they faced the AFC North.

ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE OFFENSE

The Cardinals scored a season-high 38 points against the Browns on Sunday. It also represents the highest single-game point total for Arizona since scoring 38 vs. Tampa Bay in Week 6 of the 2017 season.
Sunday’s game marks the eighth time this season – and seventh time in the last 10 games – that the Cardinals scored 25+ points in a game. Since the beginning of October (Week 5), Arizona’s seven games with 25+ points are tied for the most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games w/ 25+ Points (Since Week 5)

Rnk Team GMS
1t Arizona 7
1t New Orleans* 7
1t Baltimore 7
1t Seattle 7
1t Tampa Bay 7
1t Minnesota 7
*Play on MNF in Week 15
With six scoring drives against the Browns on Sunday (5 TDs, 1 FG), the Cardinals now have 60 total scoring drives in 2019. That total is tied for 10th in the NFL this season. Arizona had 39 total scoring drives in all of 2018.
In the win over the Browns, the Cardinals:
• Scored a season-high 38 points • Tied a season-high with 6 scoring drives • Scored a season-high 5 TDs • Scored a season-high 4 rushing TDs • Averaged a season-high 7.4 yards per play • Punted a season-low 2 times • Tied a season-low with 0 sacks allowed • Posted a season-high 83% TD rate in the red zone (5-of-6) • Posted a season high 80% TD rate in goal-to-go (4-of-5) • Tied a season-high with 26 1st downs • Established a season-high with 14 rushing 1st downs
The Cardinals finished Sunday’s game with 445 total net yards of offense. It was the fourth time this season Arizona had 400+ net yards in a game. The Cardinals posted 400+ yards in a game just once over the previous two seasons (2017-18) combined.
Arizona’s offensive line did not allow a sack against Cleveland. It marked the second time this season the Cardinals did not allow a sack on offense (also did not allow a sack in Week 6 vs. Atlanta). With the win on Sunday, Arizona improved to 4-1 when allowing two sacks or fewer this season and 3-0 when allowing one sack or fewer.
After rushing for 226 yards against the Browns on Sunday, the Cardinals have now rushed for 200+ yards in a game twice this season (had 266 yards at Cincinnati in Week 5). The 2019 season marks the first time since 1990 (twice) that the Cardinals had at least 200 rushing yards in multiple games in a season.
The Cardinals became just the fourth team to post 200+ rushing yards and at least four rushing TDs in a game this season.

Teams w/ 200+ Rush Yards & 4+ Rush TDs in a Game (2019)

Team Yards TD's Opponent
Arizona 226 4 12/15 vs. Cleveland
Tennessee 219 4 11/24 vs. Jacksonville
San Francisco 232 5 10/27 vs. Carolina
Baltimore 203 4 9/22 at Kansas City

DRAKE’S HISTORIC PERFORMANCE LEADS CARDINALS TO WIN

RB Kenyan Drake – playing in his sixth game with Arizona – led the Cardinals to victory with a historic performance. The fourth-year pro posted career highs in rushing yards (137) and rushing TDs (4) on 22 carries (6.2 avg.).
Drake became the first Cardinals player to rush for at least four TDs in a game since RB Ronald Moore had four vs. the L.A. Rams on 12/5/93. In franchise history only Ernie Nevers – who had an NFL single-game record six rushing TDs vs. Chicago on 11/28/29 – had more rushing TDs in a game than Drake had on Sunday.

Franchise Single-Game Record – Rushing TDs

Rnk Player TD's Opponent
1t Ernie Nevers 6 11/28/29 vs. Chicago
2t Kenyan Drake 4 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
2t Ronald Moore 4 12/5/93 vs. L.A. Rams
2t Wayne Morris 4 10/23/77 vs. New Orleans
2t Paddy Driscoll 4 10/17/23 vs. Rochester
With his performance vs. the Browns, Drake became just the second NFL player in the last five seasons with at least 130 rushing yards and four rushing TDs in a game, joining Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, who had 238 yards and four TDs on 12/6/18 vs. Jacksonville.
Drake – who rushed for 110 yards vs. San Francisco in Week 9 in his Arizona debut – now has as many 100-yard rushing performances in six games with the Cardinals (2) as he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
Prior to Sunday’s win over Cleveland, Drake had never rushed for more than one TD in a game. His previous career high for TDs (of any kind) in a game was two, which he accomplished twice last season with the Dolphins (had two games with a rushing and receiving TD).
In six games with the Cardinals, Drake has rushed for 417 yards and five TDs on 87 carries (4.8 avg.) and added 22 receptions for 130 yards. His five rushing TDs are more than he had in any of his three full seasons with the Dolphins.
Since being acquired by Arizona in Week 9, Drake is one of just four players in the NFL with at least 400 rushing yards and five rushing TDs.

NFL Players with 400+ Rush Yards & 5+ Rush TDs (Weeks 9-15)

Player (Team) Yds TD's Att
Kenyan Drake (AZ) 417 5 87
Derrick Henry (Ten) 748 8 120
Christian McCaffery (Car) 572 6 124
Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 566 5 135

KYLER MURRAY EARNS WIN #4 AND CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS

Rookie QB Kyler Murray led the Cardinals to a 38-24 victory over the Browns on Sunday. With two games remaining in 2019, Murray has tied the franchise record for wins by a rookie QB.

Franchise History – Wins by Rookie QB (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) Wins
1t Kyler Murray (2019) 4
1t Matt Leinart (2006) 4
1t Neil Lomax (1981) 4
4t Josh Rosen (2018) 3
4t Jake Plummer (1997) 3
Murray completed 19-of-25 pass attempts (76.0%) for 219 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT and a 98.6 passer rating in the win over Cleveland. He also rushed for 56 yards on eight attempts (7.0-yard avg.).
After rushing for 56 yards against the Browns, Murray now has 504 rushing yards on 85 attempts (5.9 avg.) this season. His 504 rushing yards are a franchise record for a QB, surpassing the previous mark of 501 set by Hall of Famer Charley Trippi in 1951.

Rushing Yards By Quarterback – Season (All-Time)

Rnk Player (Year) Yds
1 Kyler Murray (2019) 504
2 Charley Trippi (1951) 501
3 Timm Rosenbach (1990) 470
4 Charley Trippi (1952) 350
5 Bud Schwenk (1942)* 313
*Rookie Season
Through 14 games, Murray has 3,279 passing yards and 504 rushing yards. He has become the first player in Cardinals history to throw for 3,000+ yards and rush for 500+ yards in a season.
Murray now joins Cam Newton (4,051 passing yards; 706 rushing yards in 2011) and Robert Griffin III (3,200 passing yards; 815 rushing yards in 2012) as the only rookies in NFL history with 3,000+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards in a season.
Sunday’s game marked the sixth time that Murray has posted a passer rating of 90+. He joins Carson Palmer (12 in 2015; 7 in 2013; 7 in 2016) and Kurt Warner (10 in 2008; 8 in 2009; 6 in 2007) as the only QBs in franchise history to have a passer rating of 90+ in at least six games in a single season.
On the Cardinals five TD drives against Cleveland, Murray completed 16-of-17 pass attempts (94.1%) for 206 yards, a TD and a 136.8 passer rating. He also rushed for 53 yards on six carries.

Murray on AZ’s 5 TD Drives vs. Cleveland

Drive Passing Rushing
1 5/5 for 52 yds 1-5
2 3/3 for 39 yds 1-35
3 3/4 for 61 yds, TD 2-8
4 3/3 for 37 yds 1-2
5 2/2 for 17 yds 1-3

JONES GETS ANOTHER SACK – NOW AT 15.0 ON THE YEAR

LB Chandler Jones had five tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. He has now recorded 15.0 sacks in 2019. Jones is just two sacks shy of tying his own franchise single-season record of 17.0 set in 2017.
Combined with his franchise record 17.0 sacks in 2017, Jones has become the first player in franchise history with 15.0+ sacks in multiple seasons.

Franchise Record – Sacks in a Season

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (2017) 17.0
2 Simeon Rice (1999) 16.5
3 Curtis Greer (1983) 16.0
4 Chandler Jones (2019) 15.0
5 Bertrand Berry (2004) 14.5
With his sack on Sunday, Jones now has at least a partial sack in 11 of 14 games this season, including in each of the last six games.
Jones – who sits in third place on the franchise all-time sacks list – now has 56.0 sacks in 62 games with the Cardinals. He is just one sack shy of passing Calais Campbell (56.5 sacks in 138 games) for second place.

Franchise Career Leaders – Sacks (Top-5)

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks Games
1 Freddie Joe Nunn (1985-93) 66.5 131
2 Calais Campbell (2008-16) 56. 5 138
3 Chandler Jones (2016-) 56.5 62
4 Simeon Rice (1996-2000) 53.5 79
5 Curtis Greer (1980-88) 50.5 94
Jones now has the same number of sacks in 2019 (15.0) that he had through 14 games in 2017, when he led the NFL with a franchise single-season record 17.0 sacks.

Franchise Record – Sacks Thru 14 Games

Rnk Player (Year) Sacks Final Total
1t Chandler Jones (2019) 15.0 -
1t Chandler Jones (2017) 15.0 17.0
3 Simeon Rice (1999) 14.5 16.5
4 Bertrand Berry (2004) 12.5 14.5
5t Chandler Jones (2018) 12.0 13.0
5t Curtis Greer (1984) 12.0 14
Jones enters the final two weeks of the 2019 season ranked second in the NFL with 15.0 sacks. He is just 1.5 sacks behind the NFL leader: Tampa Bay’s Shaquil Barrett (16.5).

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1t Shaquil Barrett (TB) 16.5
2 Chandler Jones (AZ) 15.0
3t Danielle Hunter (Min) 13.5
3t Cameron Jordan (NO)* 13.5
5 T.J. Watt (Pitt) 13.0
• Since being acquired by the Cardinals prior to the 2016 season, Jones’ 56.0 sacks lead the NFL. He has 5.5 more sacks than any other player during that span. The Rams Aaron Donald (50.5) ranks second.

NFL Leaders – Sacks (2016-2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Sacks
1 Chandler Jones (AZ) 56.0
2 Aaron Donald (LAR) 50.5
3 Danielle Hunter (Min) 47.5
4 Cameron Jordan (NO)* 46.5
5 Von Miller (Den) 45.0
*Plays on MNF

FITZGERALD SURPASSES 700 YARDS FOR THE 16TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON

WR Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 42 yards in the win over the Browns on Sunday. He now has 711 receiving yards on the season and has posted 700+ receiving yards in all 16 seasons he has played in the NFL. His 16 consecutive seasons with 700+ receiving yards are an NFL record.

NFL Record – Consecutive Seasons with 700+ Receiving Yards

Rnk Player (Years) Seasons
1 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-19) 16
2 Terrell Owens (1997-10) 14
3t Jerry Rice (1986-96) 12
3t Jason Witten (2004-15) 12
5t 6 players tied 11
After catching three passes against the Browns on Sunday, Fitzgerald now has at least one reception in 241 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274 straight). Fitzgerald’s streak of 241 consecutive games with a catch is the longest in NFL history with a single team.

NFL Record - Consecutive Games with a Reception

Rnk Player (Years) Games Streak Dates Duration
1 Jerry Rice (1985-2004) 274 12/9/85 - 9/12/04 18 years, 8 months, 15 days
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-) 241 11/7/04 - 12/15/19 15 years, 1 month, 9 days
3 Tony Gonzalez (2000-2013) 211 12/4/00 - 12/29/13 13 years, 26 days
4 Marvin Harrison (1996-2008) 190 9/1/96 - 12/28/08 12 years, 3 months, 28 days
5 Hines Ward (1998-2010) 186 11/9/98 - 11/8/10 12 years

PETERSON GRABS 25TH CAREER INTERCEPTION

CB Patrick Peterson finished Sunday’s win over Cleveland with seven tackles, an INT and a season-high three passes defensed. He recorded his 25th career INT when he picked off a Baker Mayfield pass in the end zone in the first quarter. It was his second INT of the season (picked off Drew Brees in Week 8 at New Orleans).
Only six players in team history have more career INTs than Peterson.

Franchise Record – Career Interceptions

Rnk Player (Years) INTs
1 Larry Wilson (1960-72)* 52
2 Aeneas Williams (1991-2000)* 46
3 Roger Wehrli (1969-82)* 40
4 Night Train Lane (1954-59)* 30
5 Pat Fischer (1961-67) 29
6 Adrian Wilson (2001-12) 27
7 Patrick Peterson (2011-19) 25
8 Kwamie Lassiter (1995-2002) 24
9 Norm Thompson (1971-76) 22
10t Jerry Davis (1961-67) 21
10t Ray Ramsey (1950-53) 21
*Hall of Fame Inductee
Dating back to his rookie season in 2011, only three players have more INTs than Peterson.

Active NFL Leaders – Interceptions (2011-19)

Rnk Player (Team) INTs
1 Richard Sherman (SF) 35
2 Reggie Nelson (Oak) 29
3 Marcus Peters (Bal) 27
4t Patrick Peterson (AZ) 25
4t Earl Thomas (Bal) 25

GONZALEZ PERFECT ON SIX KICKS VS. PITTSBURGH – ADDS TO NFL-BEST FG STREAK

K Zane Gonzalez was good on all five PATs and his lone FG attempt on Sunday against his former team, finishing with eight points and keeping his NFL-long FG streak alive. Gonzalez has now connected on 28-of-31 FG attempts this season and has made 18 consecutive FGs dating back to Week 5 at Cincinnati.
Gonzalez’s streak of 18 consecutive FGs made is the longest active streak in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Consecutive FGs Made (Active)

Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 18
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 14
2t Dan Bailey (Min) 14
4t Mason Crosby (GB) 13
5t Jason Myers (Sea) 9
5t Chris Boswell (Pitt) 9
Plays on MNF
Only three players in franchise history have had longer streaks than Gonzalez’s current run.

Franchise Record—Consecutive FGs Made

Rnk Player (Year) FGs
1 Neil Rackers (Games 1-10, 2005) 31
2t Chandler Catanzaro (Games 7-15, 2015) 19
2t Jay Feely (Game 11 in 2011-Game 5, 2012) 19
4t Zane Gonzalez (Games 5-14, 2019) 18
4t Jay Feely (Games 3-13, 2010) 18
After scoring eight points on Sunday, Gonzalez now has 112 points in 2019 (28 FG, 28 PAT). That is the fifth-best total in the NFL in 2019.

NFL Leaders – Total Points (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Points
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 132
2t Justin Tucker (Bal) 120
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 120
4 Matt Gay (TB) 114
5 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 112
*Plays on MNF
Gonzalez’s 28 FGs this season are tied for third-most in the NFL. Prior to 2019, his career high for FGs in a season was 15 (2017 with Cleveland).

NFL Leaders – Field Goals (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Harrison Butker (KC) 31
2t Wil Lutz (NO)* 29
3t Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 28
3T Josh Lambo (Jax) 28
5 Chris Boswell (Pitt) 27

HICKS KEEPS ON PILING UP TACKLES IN 2019

LB Jordan Hicks continued his breakout season in 2019 by recording a game-high 10 tackles and a tackle for loss in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. Hicks now has 131 tackles in 2019, tied for the third-highest total in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Tackles (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkls
1 LB Blake Martinez (GB) 140
2t LB Bobby Wagner (Sea) 139
3t LB Jordan Hicks (AZ) 131
3t LB Luke Kuechly (Car) 131
5 LB Zach Cunningham (Hou) 128
Sunday’s game against the Browns was Hicks’ eighth outing this season with 10+ tackles. He is the first Cardinals defender with 10+ tackles in at least eight games in a single season since both Ronald McKinnon and Pat Tillman had eight such performances in 2000.
Hicks’ eight games with double-digit tackles this season are tied for the most in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Games w/ 10+ Tackles (2019)

Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1t Jordan Hicks (AZ) 8
1t Blake Martinez (GB) 8
1t Bobby Wagner (Sea) 8
4 Todd Davis (Den) 7
5t Zach Cunningham (Hou) 6
5t Luke Kuechly (Car) 6
5t Cory Littleton (LAR) 6
Through 14 games, Hicks has recorded 131 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 INTs, 8 tackles for loss, 6 QB hits, 6 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles. Prior to 2019, Hicks’ career high for tackles in a season was 91 in 2018.

BYRD SETS CAREER HIGH – OTHER ODDS AND ENDS FROM WEEK 15

WR Damiere Byrd led all receivers with a career-high 86 receiving yards in the win over Cleveland on Sunday. Prior to last week, Byrd’s career high for receiving yards in a game was 60, which he established earlier this season in the Cardinals victory over Atlanta in Week 6. Byrd’s six receptions on Sunday also tied his career single-game high.
Arizona’s defense forced two takeaways (1 INT, 1 FR) against the Browns on Sunday. After posting just six takeaways through the first nine games this season.
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2019.10.16 20:25 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 34-33 WIN VS. ATLANTA (10/13/19)


First-Year Head Coaches in 2019
Coach Team Record
Matt LaFleur Green Bay* 4-1
Kliff Kingsbury Arizona 2-3-1
Vic Fangio Denver 2-4
Freddie Kitchens Cleveland 2-4
Bruce Arians Tampa Bay 2-4
Adam Gase NY Jets 1-4
Brian Flores Miami 0-5
Zac Taylor Cincinnati 0-6\Play on MNF*
DRIVING FOR TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST THE FALCONS
NFL Leaders – Scoring Drives
Rnk Team Drives
1 Baltimore 34
2t Kansas City 30
2t Carolina 30
4 Tampa Bay 29
5t Arizona 28
5t L.A. Rams 28
5t New England 28
TURNOVER FREE FOOTBALL
NFL Leaders – Fewest Giveaways (2019)
Rnk Team GA INT Fum
1t Arizona 4 4 0
1t Chicago 4 4 0
1t Green Bay* 4 1 3
1t Tennessee 4 3 1
5t Indianapolis 5 3 2
5t New Orleans 5 4 1\Plays on MNF in Week 6*
Franchise History – Games with 400+ Yards / 0 Sacks Allowed / 0 TurnoversDate Yds
10/13/19 vs. Atlanta 442
11/15/09 vs. Seattle 462
12/23/07 vs. Atlanta 437
9/9/84 vs. Buffalo 486
11/9/69 vs. NY Giants 403
10/22/67 vs. Philadelphia 416
ARIZONA GOES OVER 400 YARDS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME – NOW IN TOP-10 IN TOTAL OFFENSE
NFL Leaders – Total Offense (2019)
Rnk Team Y/G
1 Baltimore 450.7
2 Dallas 443.7
3 Kansas City 422.0
4 San Francisco 408.0
5 Seattle 399.0
6 Houston 396.8
7 Atlanta 391.3
8 Detroit* 387.5
9 New England 386.3
10 Arizona 376.8\Play on MNF*
THE JOHNSON-EDMONDS COMBO AGAIN MAKES ITS MARK
MURRAY’S CAREER OUTING LEADS TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN
Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st Six Career Games
Rnk Player (Year) TDs
1t Kyler Murray (2019)* 7
1t M.C. Reynolds (1958)* 7
1t John Roach (1959-60) 7
4 Jake Plummer (1997)* 6
5t 7 players tied 5\Rookie Season*
Franchise Rookie Record – Games with Multiple TD Passes
Rnk Player (Year) Gms
1t Jake Plummer (1997) 4
1t M.C. Reynolds (1958) 4
3t Kyler Murray (2019) 3
3t Matt Leinart (2006) 3
5t Josh Rosen (2018) 2
5t Jim Root (1953) 2
Franchise Rookie Record – Passing Yards (Season)
Rnk Player (Year) Yds Gms
1 Matt Leinart (2006) 2,547 12
2 Josh Rosen (2018) 2,278 14
3 Jake Plummer (1997) 2,203 10
4 Kyler Murray (2019) 1,664 6
5 Neil Lomax (1981) 1,575 14
Franchise Rookie Record – Games with 300+ Passing Yards
Rnk Player (Year) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019) 3
2 Jake Plummer (1997) 2
3t Ryan Lindley (2012) 1
3t Matt Leinart (2006) 1
3t Pat Coffee (1937) 1
NFL Record – Games with 300+ Passing Yards in 1st 6 Career Games
Rnk Player (Year) Gms
1 Patrick Mahomes (2018) 4
2t Kyler Murray (2019)* 3
2t Andrew Luck (2012)* 3
2t Cam Newton (2011)* 3
2t Marc Bulger (2002) 3
2t Kurt Warner (1999) 3\Rookie season*
NFL History – Completions in 1st Six Games
Rnk Player (Year) Cmp Team
1 Kyler Murray (2019)* 153 Arizona
2 Marc Bulger (2002) 137 St. Louis
3 Austin Davis (2014) 135 St. Louis
4t Patrick Mahomes (2017-18) 134 Kansas City
4t Mike Glennon (2013)* 134 Tampa Bay
4t Andrew Luck (2012)* 134 Indianapolis
4t Cam Newton (2011)* 134 Carolina\Rookie Season*
NFL Record – Games w/ 20+ Completions in 1st Six Career Games
Rnk Player (Year) Gms Team
1 Kyler Murray (2019)* 6 Arizona
2t Patrick Mahomes (2017-18) 5 Kansas City
2t Baker Mayfield (2018)* 5 Cleveland
2t Marcus Mariota (2015)* 5 Tennessee
2t Andrew Luck (2012)* 5 Indianapolis
2t Marc Bulger (2002) 5 St. Louis\Rookie Season*
ANOTHER ALL-AROUND PEFORMANCE FOR DAVID JOHNSON
NFL Leaders – Scrimmage Yards (2019)
Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 RB Christian McCaffrey (Car) 923
2 RB Dalvin Cook (Min) 796
3 RB Leonard Fournette (Jax) 773
4 RB Nick Chubb (Cle) 735
5 WR Chris Godwin (TB) 662
6 RB Alvin Kamara (NO) 649
7 RB Chris Carson (Sea) 644
8 WR Michael Thomas (NO) 632
9 RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 630
10 RB David Johnson (AZ) 613
NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Scrimmage Yards (2019)
Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1t RB David Johnson (AZ) 4
1t RB Dalvin Cook (Min) 4
1t WR Cooper Kupp (LAR) 4
1t RB Christian McCaffrey (Car) 4
1t WR Chris Godwin (TB) 4
NFL Leaders – Games with 100+ Scrimmage Yards (2015-19)
Rnk Player (Team) 100+ Gms
1 WR Julio Jones (Atl) 33 68
2 RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 32 46
3 RB Todd Gurley (LAR) 29 63
4t RB David Johnson (AZ) 28 55
4t RB LeSean McCoy (KC) 28 63
Franchise Record - Touchdowns in 1st Five Seasons
Rnk Player (Years) TDs Gms
1 David Johnson (2015-19) 48 55
2 Larry Fitzgerald (2004-08) 46 76
3 Sonny Randle (1959-63) 44 64
4 John David Crow (1958-62) 43 53
5 Ollie Matson (1952; 54-57) 40 60
NFL Leaders – Games with Multiple TDs (2015-19)
Rnk Player (Team) Games
1 Todd Gurley (LAR) 17 2 David Johnson (AZ) 14
3t Antonio Brown (FA) 11
3t Alvin Kamara (NO) 11
3t Mark Ingram (Bal) 11
Franchise Record – Career Rushing TDs
Rnk Player (Years) TDs Games
1 Ottis Anderson (1979-86) 46 99
2 Wayne Morris (1976-83) 37 110
3t David Johnson (2015-) 33 55
3t John David Crow (1958-64) 33 69
5 Stump Mitchell (1981-89) 32 116
Franchise History – Games with Rush & Receiving TD
Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 David Johnson (2015-) 5
2 John David Crow (1958-64) 4
3t Ottis Anderson (1979-86) 3
3t Terry Metcalf (1973-77) 3
3t Charley Trippi (1947-55) 3
NFL Leaders – Games with Rush & Receiving TD (2015-19)
Rnk Player (Team) Gms
1t Alvin Kamara (NO) 6
1t Christian McCaffrey (Car) 6
3 David Johnson (AZ) 5
4t Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 4
4t Todd Gurley (LAR) 4
4t Kareem Hunt (Cle) 4
4t Lamar Miller (Hou) 4
NFL Leaders – Receptions By RB
Rnk Player (Team) Rec
1 Austin Ekeler (LAC) 3702
2 David Johnson (AZ) 315
3 Christian McCaffrey (Car) 305
4t Chris Thompson (Was) 276
4t Alvin Kamara (NO) 276
NFL Leaders – Receiving Yds by RB
Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 Austin Ekeler (LAC) 4
2 Christian McCaffrey (Car) 35
3 Alvin Kamara (NO) 33
4 James White (NE) 31
5 David Johnson (AZ) 30
NFL Leaders – TD Receptions By RB
Rnk Player (Team) TD
1t David Johnson (AZ) 3
1t Austin Ekeler (LAC) 3
1t Devonta Freeman (Atl) 3
4t Christian McCaffrey (Car) 2
4t James Conner (Pit) 2
4t Chris Carson (Sea) 2
GONZALEZ ADDS TWO MORE FIELD GOALS – AND 10 MORE POINTS
NFL Leaders – Made FGs (2019)
Rnk Player (Team) FGs
1 Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 16
2 Josh Lambo (Jax) 14
3t Wil Lutz (NO) 13
3t Justin Tucker (Bal) 13
3t Joey Slye (Car) 13

NFL Scoring Leaders (2019)
Rnk Player (Team) Points
1 K Zane Gonzalez (AZ) 58
2t K Joey Slye (Car) 56
2t K Justin Tucker (Bal) 56
4 RB Christian McCaffrey (Car) 54
5 K Harrison Butker (KC) 52

Franchise Record – Points Through 1st Six Games
Rnk Player (Year) Points
1 K/HB Paddy Driscoll (1923) 74
2 K Jim Bakken (1967) 70
3 K Neil Rackers (2005) 66
4 K Zane Gonzalez (2019) 58
5t K Chandler Catanzaro (2014) 56
5t K Jim Bakken (1964) 56
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2019.01.30 15:52 santaschesthairs 2019 is looking to be a really, really exciting year for film. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 50+ upcoming original/adapted films that are showing real promise, and 25+ major franchise/sequel films. Includes summaries, links, and details. Enjoy!

TL;DR: this year is insane.

Let me dive right in - hopefully I hit the 300 character minimum.

Original/adapted/stand-alone films:


Midsommar
A horror film from break-out director Ari Aster (Hereditary).
A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a bizarre and violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper.

Ad Astra
A sci-fi film with Brad Pitt - I’m itching for a trailer.
Army Corps engineer Roy McBride embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years ago while searching for signs of alien life.
Directed by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga.

Knives Out
Rian Johnson is a touch controversial after The Last Jedi, but he's undeniably very talented. He directed the best Breaking Bad episode after all.
Modern-day murder mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunit style.
Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi, Ozymandias). Starring Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette.

The Irishman
A Scorsese film with Netflix that’s gone seriously over-budget, bound to be enjoyable.
A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

Little Women
A Greta Gertwig film with an outstanding cast. I’m excited. I also have a feeling this will have some play in the 2019 Oscars
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Directed by Greta Gertwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel and Bob Odenkirk.

Velvet Buzzsaw
You’ve probably already seen the trailer. An art-world horror-satire from Dan Gilroy, on Netflix in Feb.
Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette.

Uncut Gems
Adam Sandler taking on a serious role by the directors of Good Time (2017). If it has any of the same intensity or grit as Good Time this could be awesome.
Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.
Directed by the Safdie brothers. Starring Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield and The Weeknd.

The Report
This got pretty great reviews at Sundance, I’m excited.
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.
Directed by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison.

Ford v. Ferrari
Awesome cast, great story, and directed by the guy behind Logan.
Follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.
Directed by James Mangold. Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Tracy Letts.

Late Night
This got some pretty great reviews at Sundance.
Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Starring Emma Thompson Mindy Kaling.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Holy shit.
A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning,James Marsden, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Damon Herriman and Scoot McNairy.
jesus christ i cannot wait

Us
If this is as spoopy as the trailer uh oh.
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker.

The Lighthouse
Next film from the guy behind the VVitch
The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

High Life
Really good reviews, sci-fi that looks like it could be pretty trippy.
A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.
Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Robert Pattinson.

Radegund
A Terrence Mallick movie, so it's going to be divisive, but the plot does have potential.
Told through real wartime letters, this love story finds a couple in conflict with the members of their close-knit town, their church, their government, and even their friends — all of which brings them to a dramatic choice.
Directed by Terrence Mallick. Starring August Deihl and Valerie Pachner.

Luce
I know every movie is called a sign of the times, but this one seems particularly geared towards the current politics. Really good Sundance reviews.
A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Directed by Julius Onah. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer.

The Souvenir
This one just got rave reviews at Sundance.
A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.
Directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade.

Untitled Noah Baumbach Project
This one is obviously a bit unknown. But the cast looks amazing, and if it turns out as good as The Meyerowitz Stories, I can't wait to watch. Will be a Netflix film.
Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern and Greta Gertwig.

Honey Boy
Great reviews from Sundance, 100% on RT as of now.
The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.
Directed by Alma Har’el. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and yada yada.

Queen & Slim
Very interesting premise, and Daniel Kaluuya.
The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.

The Farewell
Another film with good reviews out of Sundance.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
Directed by Lulu Wang. Starring Awkwafina.

Long Shot
A comedy with a cool cast by Jonathan Levine.
A political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position.
Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Alexander Skarsgård.

Rocketman
I was disappointed with Bohemian last year, so I'm reminding myself to be sceptical, but I hope this is excellent. Trailer here.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton (as Elton), Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The Goldfinch
Based on the bestselling book. Director of Brooklyn.
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Directed by John Crowley. Cast includes Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, Oakes Fegley, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald and Nicole Kidman.

Big Time Adolescence
It's a little too early to tell from the Sundance reviews, but I really hope this is good. Pete Davidson and the guy who plays Sam in American Vandal star.
A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.
Directed by Jason Orley. Starring Pete Davidson and Griffin Gluck.

Triple Frontier
The cast for this Netflix action thriller is awesome. If the trailer and director is anything to go by though, this looks really promising.
Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.
Directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal.

Chaos Walking
I hope this is amazing, but the premise sounds incredibly difficult to pull off. Good cast and director, so fingers crossed. I'm using the book description here.
A dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.
Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

The Rosie Project
Few details are out. Ryan Reynolds, based on a good book.
An unlucky-in-love university professor creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn’t match any of his “requirements”, but might be the perfect woman for him.
Directed by Ben Taylor. Starring Ryan Reynolds.

The Beach Bum
The trailer looks completely wack. Make sure you watch it:
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.
Directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Isla Fisher.

Parasite
I don't know much about this one, but the director previously made Snowpiercer, Okja and my favourite, Memories of Murder. I'm excited.
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an expected incident.
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong and Choi Woo-shik.

I Am Mother
This one comes from nowhere. An indie sci-fi with with an interesting plot, and good Sundance reviews.
A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.0
Directed by Grant Sputore. Starring Hillary Swank , Clara Rugaard-Larsen and Rose Byrne.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
You’ve more than likely heard of this one. Ted Bundy film starring Zac Efron. I’m not sure how excited I am for the film, but Efron’s performance is apparently very good.
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Directed by Joe Berlinger. Starring Lily Collins, Zac Efron and John Malkovich.

The Nightingale
The second film from the director of the Babadook. Really promising (and slightly divisive) reviews out of Sundance. Fun fact: you can kinda measure the divisiveness of a film on RT by comparing the percentage meter with the average rating. If the percentage is high but the average rating is low, it shows that the film is all-round solid and inoffensive. If the percentage rating is lower but the average rating is still high/moderate, it means there’s a large gap between those who loved and didn’t like it. Anyway, back to the Nightingale. I’m excited - doubly so since it’s an Aussie film.
In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie.

The Dead Don't Die
Another awesome cast, definitely one to look forward to. The plot summary isn’t out, but it’s a comedy zombie flick.
Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi and Tilda Swinton.

Memoria
Tilda Swinton seems to be working a lot, woah.
Memoria revolves around a character (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) who suffers from exploding head syndrome, a psychological condition in which a person experiences loud noises when falling asleep or waking up.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The trailer for this, particularly the music, wasn’t good. The content of the trailer shows a lot of potential though, and the book is apparently really good. Also: Richard Linklater.
When architect-turned-recluse Bernadette Fox goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee goes on a quest with Bernadette’s husband to find her.
Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Cate Blanchett ,Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Tom Hanks seems made for this role. Should be good.
The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968).
Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper.

High Flying Bird
I’ll make this quick: Excellent reviews so far. Netflix in Feb. Steven Soderbergh. Shot on an iPhone. Moonlight writer.
During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Dean, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11). Starring André Holland Zazie Beetz Jeryl Prescott Kyle MacLachlan Caleb McLaughlin Zachary Quinto.

The Cradle
I don’t know much about this one but the plot intrigues me. For some reason it reminds me of Denis Villeneuve's early film, Incendies (if you haven’t watched yet, make it your next film - it’s incredible.)
A young couple not ready to expect their first baby track down a cradle, only to make a discovery that will change their family forever.
Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Starring Jack O'Connell and Lily Collins.

The Woman in the Window
A Rear Window-esque movie with a great cast and director. Really hoping this is great, cos I love these kind of plots.
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Wyatt Russell.

Gemini Man
The plot is crazy, but the cast and director can definitely pull it off.
Henry Brogen, an aging assassin tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.
Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Yet another film with great reviews from Sundance.
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.
Directed by Joe Talbot. Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan and Tichina Arnold.

Blinded by the Light
Sundance musta been real great this year, cos once again we have another movie with good reviews out of it. Apparently wholesome and inspiring.
In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell William and Hayley Atwell.

Before You Know It
Good reviews. Sundance. Family comedy.
A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.
Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock and Judith Light.

Little Monsters
SUNDANCE. GOOD. ZOMBIES. COMEDY.
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England and Nadia Townsend.

Jojo Rabbit
I'll watch anything Taika makes, but this looks insane - one of my most hyped. (I accidentally deleted this from the list while editing!!)
Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.
Directed by Taiki Watiti. Starring Taiki Watiti (as Adolf Hitler), Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Alfie Allen.

The Lodge
A spoopy film that was well received at Sundance.
Two siblings spend the night alone with their new stepmother. Stuck in a remote mountain cabin, the trio are terrorised by a supernatural force.
Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher and Lia McHugh.

1917
World War I film. Plot unknown.
Directed by Sam Mendes. Cinematography by Roger Deakins.

Dragged Across Concrete
Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.
Directed by S. Craig Zahler. Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Jennifer Carpenter.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things
A Charlie Kaufman film, set for Netflix.
An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring Brie Larson and Jesse Plemons.

My thoughts

Feel free to ignore lol
After finally managing to finish this compilation, reading plots and wikis and watching trailers, I cannot believe how many good films there are coming out. This is reminding me of 2017, when I made a similar post - and 2017 was an absolutely amazing year overall, especially in light of the relative disappointment of 2018. There’s just so much promise in every category - horror, thriller, biopics, drama, action, comedy… and if you count zombie films as a genre unto themselves, then yeah, that too.
Of course, I cannot wait for Tarantino’s flick. But after that it’s hard to pick ordered favourites - Knives Out, The Dead Don’t Die, Us, The Report and Luce are films I cannot wait for, but there are so many others I’m pumped for - and I haven’t even gone into the blockbusters.

Speaking of…
For the franchise and sequel films, I haven’t gone to the effort of adding plot and cast details. They’re huge, you’ll hear all about them anyway.

Franchise/Sequel/Remake films

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Star Wars: Episode IX
Zombieland 2: Double Tap
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Joker
Toy Story 4
Shazam!
It: Chapter Two
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Lion King
Dumbo
Aladdin
The New Mutants
Alita: Battle Angel
Hellboy
Dark Phoenix
Men in Black International
Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Artemis Fowl
Charlie’s Angels
Kingsman 3
Sonic the Hedgehog
Frozen 2

I’m genuinely delirious. I told myself I would get this post done before I went to sleep and I am now totally exhausted. There were far more movies than I anticipated. This year is ridiculous and it has been mean to me. Of course, if I missed anything let me know and I’ll add it once I’ve woken up!
Oh, and if you want to follow me on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/xaviertobin/
Hope you enjoy! :)
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2018.04.19 15:12 BlindManBaldwin [OC] A Look Back at Elway's Drafts: 2016

Paxton Lynch, QB (#26)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
(his comparison to Marcus Mariota makes, uh, little sense to me even when accounting for hindsight)
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Round 1 thread
Draft recap thread
The War Room’s reaction
Player picked next: Kenny Clark, DT (#27)
Player at position picked next: Christian Hackenberg, QB (#51)
2018 BMB Take:
Well….
Where do I start? The story of Paxton Lynch has been one of the most covered and discussed in Broncos Country over the last two years. Since the day he was drafted, everyone and their mother had a take on Paxton Lynch. Some loved his upside and athletic abilities when he was drafted. Others believed his “football IQ” short-comings and questions about his work ethic were enough to detract from any potential he had, while his life in mostly college-style offenses would mean it’d be a while before he was put in any position to succeed.
To this last point, there was a bit of consensus this would be the case. He would be a project player—a designation shared by several other players in this class—and would need a season or two before he could do anything. He needed to adjust to the NFL. In the meantime, the Broncos should have a “bridge” QB hold down the fort for a while. This would be the role of Mark Sanchez, who was traded for shortly after the new league year began.
In hindsight, despite all the praise I had for Elway’s “innovative” and “zaggy” QB strategy in 2016, it really wasn’t the right move. We had a great roster that could’ve contended for a playoff spot—if not a division title or even more. They were limited with poor QB play once Siemian got hurt. Perhaps the first-round pick would’ve been better served improving the roster at another position. Perhaps it would’ve been ideal if they used it to get a more established QB (Kaepernick, Bradford, Keenumlol ). Whatever it was, Elway’s decision to undervalue the QB position didn’t work out for the Broncos in 2016.
Unless they were perfectly content with non-contending that year. Maybe, internally, they realized it was unlikely the balls all bounced the same was as they did in 2015. We, like any title team, were the beneficiaries of a lot of luck that year. Combined that with the immeasurable loss of Peyton Manning and it becomes apparent that 9-7 was a small miracle for the Broncos. Perhaps the selection of Paxton Lynch signified this change of philosophy. That they were content with tanking the seasons, retooling the roster, and focusing on getting better for the future. If this was the mindset, selecting Paxton may have made sense. He’d have had the space to learn and grow, either behind a bridge or by just playing outright. This seemed to make sense, but one man changed everything; Trevor Siemian.
Siemian’s emergence as a legitimate starting QB blew the Broncos plans with Paxton Lynch. Now, they had two young and seemingly capable QBs. Siemian most certainly looked the part, but Paxton had that always-in-demand upside that NFL FOs love so much. This had changed the whole foundation of the QB room and brought more uncertainty to it. They had just invested this high pick in a young QB, now they had another option who looked better?
As 2016 went on, even after Siemian looked hurt, he certainly inspired confidence that he could become a better QB as the years went on. He already surpassed the expectations of most 7th-round QBs. Broncos HC Gary Kubiak (who had very good job security) was a fan of him, as were most of the offensive coaches.
In a series of events that could only be described as a divine blessing for Paxton, Kubiak was forced into retirement due to health matters and the offensive coaches (Knapp, Dennison) were shown the door. The new coaching staff, lead by Vance Joseph and OC Mike McCoy, were preaching the desire for “juiced up” offense and an open QB competition. By some reports, they were hired due to their willingness to have an open competition and not just give Siemian the job. The Broncos were bound and determined to see what they could get out of Paxton.
Everything in the 2017 offseason was built around the assumption that Paxton would become the starting QB. The offense was tailormade to his strengths, he was praised by the FO and coaches, and the media was pushing narratives about his growth during the offseason. He had every structural advantage possible.
But once the rubber met the road in the preseason, Paxton appeared to be the Same Old Paxton we’ve come to know and love. He was inaccurate, jittery in the pocket, struggled to complete basic passes. Siemian wasn’t anything special, but he was consistent and stable. He was the glazed doughnut of QBs, pretty ok if nothing special. Despite all the speculation that Lynch would be handed the job come hell or high water, Lynch managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The coaching staff went with the glazed doughnut. This decision was assisted by Lynch suffering a shoulder injury, which prompted the Broncos bring back Brock Osweiler. What a wild ride!
Sugar...ain’t very filling. While he started the year well, Siemian fizzled out and was subsequently benched for Brock while Paxton recovered. Brock somehow managed to be worse than Siemian, who was then benched for Paxton. He finally had his grasp on the starting QB position. If he could show something over these next few games, it would be unlikely he’d lose the job in the immediate future. It was all set for a date in Oakland.
Which...Paxton proceeded to lay an egg in. He went 9 of 14 for 41 yards and 1 INT. Against a defense that hadn’t managed to get an interception by that point in the season and was among the worst in the league. Yikes.
More importantly for his career, he got hurt in the game which re-inserted Trevor Siemian into the lineup. Who proceeded to start a few more games, get hurt himself, and cause Brock Osweiler to be put back into the lineup. Once Lynch got healthy again (I’m losing track of the crappy QBs.), he was put back into the lineup and would start the last game of the season against the Chiefs. Lynch vs. Mahomes, a foreshadow of what the AFCW could be for years to come.
He played...ok, 21/31 for 254 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. Nothing special, but for Paxton it was the best he had looked preseason and regular season. But, this was against a team who had nothing to play for (they were locked into the #4 seed) and was resting players. He should’ve played well. Anything else would’ve been signing his death warrant.
As the 2018 offseason commenced, the very first move the Broncos made was to sign a QB in Case Keenum (who they pursued two years prior before the Rams placed a first-round tender on him). It seemed like the Broncos, with new-old OC Bill Musgrave, were ready to move on from Paxton and admit the gamble failed and he busted.
Not so fast, according to media reports. Allegedly, the FO (Elway) still has some confidence in Lynch and believes he may be able to put it together and figure it all out. Maybe they’ll pass up a QB in the 2018 draft because of this, maybe this is why Keenum is only on a two-year deal. Maybe, just maybe, the scouts and FO are better suited to evaluate players than us. Perhaps there’s a reason everyone and their mother had Paxton as a 1st-round lock.
To that, I would say hold your horses. Well, not on the “the FO is smarter than us” take. That’s right.
It’s highly unlikely (at least under my assumptions) they genuinely believe Paxton could become a franchise QB. If they cut him, openly tried to trade him, or did any other moves to signal anything less than 110% confidence in The Pirate, it would tank his value. The likely scenario is the Broncos trying to push this narrative that he’s “not bad” in order to try and move him either this offseason or during the year. They’ll try to recoup some (any) amount of value from him.
It’s a tough decision to make, but Lynch may be the worst draft pick of the Elway-era when looked at through hindsight. Especially for long-term organizational planning. This isn’t to say that Paxton wasn’t worth a first-round pick (the Cowboys really wanted him as well), but that the Broncos didn’t plan well around him. Paxton failed Paxton first and foremost, but the Broncos “half-in, half-out” handling of the QB position failed him as well. It’s a tragedy that the Broncos will try to move on from and find something tolerable at the most important position in sports.
Adam Gotsis, DE (#63)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Round 2 and 3 reaction thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Kevin Byard, S (#64)
Player at position picked next: Carl Nassib, DE (#65)
2018 BMB Take:
Note: I’m not going to address Gotsis’s current legal issue as I feel I’m incapable of addressing it. I want to include this disclaimer so readers know I’m not discounting it entirely or not considering it properly. I’m approaching this only for who he is on the field and the Broncos should do what is right pending how the courts proceed.
Anyhow, back to football.
The Broncos surprised the NFL world when they went down under to take Adam Gotsis out of Georgia Tech. He was a relatively unheralded prospect who didn’t receive a lot of draft buzz. He only started playing American football when he was 13. He tore his ACL in October of his senior year. He was viewed as a Day 3 guy with about a round 4 ceiling. It had seemed like the Broncos could’ve got him a lot later. Besides, even if they failed to draft him it’s not like it would be that big of a deal anyway. How high was his ceiling anyway? Especially with his injuries. Perhaps he would become a JAG lineman that the Broncos could find stocking shelves at Costco. Perhaps that’s where he would end up in a few years.
Yet, this didn’t stop Bill Kolar from banging on every door in Dove Valley to lobby for Gotsis. He saw something on tape that made him cause all hell to break loose to get Kubes and Elway to see his way. If this man sees something in a lineman, he’s probably seeing something right. Probably.
For 2016, it looked like Kollar needed to go to the optometrist. Gotsis struggled to show adeptness in any area. He wasn’t expected to fill the gargantuan shoes of Malik Jackson in Y1, but it looked like he could barely fit in his baby slippers after his rookie season. However, most of these concerns were fairly easy to handwave away due to the injury. The argument was he was still struggling to gain confidence with his knee (physically and mentally) and that time would heal this wound.
In 2017, it appeared that this simple take would hold vaid (a rarity among simplified takes). Adam Gotsis looked like a different man in his sophomore season. This Denver Post article talks about the improvements he showed in just the first two games. While the Broncos defense was a disappointment last season, Gotsis was not a part of it. In fact, he was one of the rare positive takeaways from a mostly forgettable season. His growth and continued development will be a crucial part if the Broncos defense is going to return to being among the best in the NFL. Games are won and lost in the trenches. Players like Gotsis reaching their ceiling will help us win more in the trenches. If he is able to play in 2018, let’s hope he doesn’t have any regression and keeps improving as a player. If not (or if he’s cut), our run defense could be in for a looooooooong year.
Justin Simmons, DB (#98)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Round 2 and 3 reaction thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Joe Schobert, LB (#99)
Player at position picked next: Miles Killebrew, SS (#111) or Derrick Kindred, FS (#129)
2018 BMB Take:
Justin Simmons, while not being my main crush for the 2016 draft (that was Nkemdiche), was a side chick of mine in 2016. I watched clips of him longingly, I read articles about his versatility and football IQ with my heart fluttering. Just look at this face.wait
Back to real stuff, Justin Simmons was viewed as one of the more versatile DBs in his class. Earlier in his collegiate career, he received some CB time. While he was a likely FS/SS combo at the next level, his coverage still would provide him with another skill in today’s pass-happy league.
Back in 2016, for /NFL_Draft I wrote this about the selection of Justin Simmons for Defend the Draft:
FA departures again created a hole at safety thanks to the departures of back-up safeties David Bruton Jr. and Omar Bolden. These two were critical in our success last year due to TJ Ward and Darian Stewart having injuries throughout the year keeping them off the field. Justin Simmons, who comes from the #1 college defense, looks to fill this hole and become an immediate contributor for Wade Phillip's #1 NFL defense. I could go into detail about him, but this is a great post from this sub detailing Simmons strengths. His tackling is what I am most excited about, as that is the #1 thing I want from DBs and the biggest strength of the vaulted No Fly Zone secondary is their ability to tackle.
I think my claims hold up well. The Broncos needed safeties (which looks even more pressing due to the departure of TJ Ward) and Simmons was a good safety entering the draft. He tackled well, had great football IQ, and was very versatile. The three traits which all the NFZ had in common were all present in Simmons. He would fit well in with this group of veteran, talented DBs.
Now, two years removed, Simmons is one of the veterans in the DB room. With Aqib Talib and TJ Ward gone, this is (to an extent) Justin Simmons secondary. His play and leadership will define if this unit is mediocre, good, or becomes something truly great again. If early results are anything to go by (which sometimes they are!), it’s looking promising that Justin Simmons will have a lengthy and successful career.
Devontae Booker, RB (#136)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Day 3 draft thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Dean Lowry, DE (#137)
Player at position picked next: DeAndre Washington, RB (#143)
2018 BMB Take:
Fun fact that Penance1 reminded me of this week: Booker turns 26 next month. The recently released CJ Anderson just turned 27. Booker’s career is at a crossroads. Similar to the crossroads Paxton Lynch is on, but to a lesser extent. Everything is set up for Booker to finally seize the role the Broncos have set aside for him, the starting RB. For the better part of the last year, the Broncos have been heaping praises upon Booker in the press. Discussing his abilities as a receiver, his versatility as a runner, and the talent his possess.Well, it’s time for the words to stop and the actions to begin. So far, Booker’s career hasn’t produced a ton of noteworthy statistical achievements. Yes, he did lead the Broncos in rushing in 2016. But that was more due to the injury of CJ Anderson.
Speaking of injury, it’s hard to criticize Booker for a middling follow-up to his 2016 campaign. Things were looking very promising (even some buzz he’d push CJ for the starting job), but he suffered a wrist injury early in camp that derailed his whole season. Combined that with two OCs, a subpar line, and unholy QB play and it makes for the environment for one bad season.
After the release of CJ Anderson, Booker finds himself in position to be the Broncos starting RB today. However, in just one week, Booker could find himself demoted back to the bench and/or in competition for the starting job depending on who the Broncos draft. Like many young players, Booker has several obstacles to overcome in his career. So far, he hasn’t been able to do that. With his age already up there (remember, 30 for a RB is like 120 for a human), Booker needs to get going in a hurry if he’s to make this pick worthwhile. Thankfully, it was only a 4th rounder so if he nevers lives up to the billing it wasn’t like the Broncos blew a high pick.
Lastly, remember how his pick was announced? Jake Plummer and skiing. Enough said!
Connor McGovern, OG (#144)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Day 3 draft thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: John Theus, OT (#145)
Player at position picked next: Spencer Drango, OG (#168)
2018 BMB Take:
Connor McGovern or a grizzly bear, who you got?
On a serious note, McGovern was another in a series of “offensive lineman who we think has potential but needs to be put on ice for a while”. Think of him as a good wine, but was just bottled yesterday. It needs some time to age a little bit. Immediately after drafting him, Elway went deep into his wine cellar to put McGovern right next to Paxton Lynch and Adam Gotsis. 2016 was a great year for project wines. Some, like Kayvon Webster and Matt Paradis, have become some memorable spirits offered by the Broncos. Others, like Philip Blake, are best kept in a box.
This started to show some tangible results for the Broncos last year, as McGovern played 37.09% of snaps and made 5 starts at guard. With uncertainty about Matt Paradis’s long-term health due to his hips, McGovern also brings value through his ability to play center. This versatility will give him a likely leg up over Max Garcia in what will be a thrilling roster battle for the swing inside lineman. Depending on how the draft goesNelson hello , McGovern could actually find himself slotted as the preseason starter at guard.
Like all these picks, the jury is still out on whether McGovern will become a steady player on a resurgent Broncos line. However, the early results have been promising. Elway’s decision to keep him in the cellar for a while was wise and allowed him to adjust to the NFL a bit more.
Andy Janovich, FB (#176)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Thread announcing the pick
Day 3 draft thread
Player picked next: Temarrick Hemingway, TE (#177)
Player at position picked next: Dan Vitale, FB (#197)
2018 BMB Take:
I. Love. Andy. Janovich.
To the long-time viewers of /denverbroncos, it’s more than established I bleed Husker Red. While we may be the CFB equivalent of a cheese pizza, that won’t stop me from having tremendous pride for my state and whenever a Husker makes to the big leagues. Especially when that Husker is from Nebraska. Jano, who hails from Gretna (famous for the mall...and not much else), fit all those boxes.
Some people may argue that a fullback isn’t needed in the modern NFL or that a roster spot could be better used elsewhere (cough DMac cough), but I would argue otherwise.
No, I’m not going to make some rational dissertation about the value a fullback brings on ST or on short-yardage situations. Nor will I discuss the versatility it provides an offense and the value it gives a team.
This argument can be settled with a question: Who wouldn’t want this bamf on their squad?
It’s hard for me to talk objectively about Andy Janovich due to how attached I am to him. Frankly, I’d be disappointed if he doesn’t end up on our 53 this year but it’s all very much in the air. He has a lot of factors working against him, but like a good corn crop he’ll show some resilience and fight through. I hope we keep Janovich for years to come and he becomes a stalwart of the Broncos, but I understand this is unlikely. So far he’s shown value beyond the normal blocking roles of a FB (carrying the ball, ST), perhaps this will help him stay on the roster.
Instead of worrying about whether or not one of my favorite Broncos will stay on the Broncos, I’ll always have the memories of days gone by. Elway and the FO may be able to cut Jano, but they can’t cut my memories! Hopefully we can make more memories with Jano but if not,22 Janos man...22 Janos. If only we had 22, then we’d win 22 games. Somehow.
Will Parks, S (#219)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Day 3 draft thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Travis Freeny, OLB (#220)
Player at position picked next: Jalen Mills, SS (#233) or Jayron Kearse, S (#244)
2018 BMB Take:
You ever have a player you really like even with them being a JAG/JAG lite?
That describes my thoughts on Will Parks. Other than a miracle return (and some clutch white shoes!) in the Bayou, he hasn’t been anything too remarkable in Denver. He saw more snaps in 2017 (60% of defense, 75% of ST), but didn’t make a huge mark. PFF really liked him coming out of college back in 2016, but so far he’s looked more like “perfectly reasonable 6th round pick” rather than “Tom Brady”.
Despite this, there’s always been something I’ve liked about Will Park. I can’t quite put my finger on it. He and Simmons, both at the same (or similar) position coming into the league at the same class. They sort of feel attached to each other and maybe they could become a great safety duo (or trio with Su’a Cravens!) in the future.
Oh, and I do want to veer off course for a moment. I’ve seen some takes that Parks may be expendable due to having traded for Cravens (as well as the presence of Simmons and Stewart), but I think these takes are a little warm. Parks is still dirt cheap, he can play ST, is pretty solid against the run, and is still a youngish player that could grow into a role. He’s not going to get cut after preseason barring some huge regression.
Lastly, since “No Fly Zone” is retired as the secondary’s nickname is there any chance “Parks and Wreck” could take off?
Riley Dixon, P (#228)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Day 3 draft thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Demarcus Ayers, WR (#229)
Player at position picked next: Lac Edwards, P (#235) (Note: more punters? Goodness, this draft was one spicy memeball!)
2018 BMB Take:
Was this draft made for me or what? Drafting a fullback (from Nebraska, no less) and a punter? Perfection!
On a more serious note, the Riley Dixon ExperienceTM is coming to an end after just two seasons. After the signing of Marquette King, the Broncos have decided to go in a completely different direction with their punter. A noodle-legged, yet highly accurate punter doesn’t really work out too well when the offense stalls deep in their own territory every other drive. Instead, they’ve opted to get a much better punter with an ICBM attached to his hip. This was a huge improvement for the Broncos (might be my favorite move of the offseason) and will help us get back to the playoffs this upcoming season.
This leads to the obvious question, was Riley Dixon worth it?
I’d say yes, as selecting Dixon allowed the Broncos to get out of Colquitt’s contract and free up some needed cap-space. Plus, despite how much I value punting, a season isn’t made or lost by suboptimal punting. Dixon may not have had a big leg, but he wasn’t a total bust. He was very good in 2016 and, despite his regression, wasn’t garbage in his sophomore campaign. His range had shrunk but he was as accurate at ever.
Don’t feel bad for Dixon, I’m sure he’ll end up on his feet somewhere. He’s got tremendous utility as a punter (trick punt god) and a team with good offense yet poor ST play may value his accuracy. His young, cheap, and valuable. Have those three things and any player will end up on their feet.
2016 Draft Comparisons
Y’all know the drill, click 2016.
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Browns:
2016 Concluding Thoughts
It’s hard to give thoughts about this draft since it is so young for the Broncos. As we saw with Adam Gotsis last season, a player can go from bust to based in a blink of an eye. These guys are still so young and emerging in their career they shouldn’t be defined by their early performances. Heck, by some metrics John Elway was a “bust” during his first two or three seasons and he became the greatest to ever wear the orange and blue. As I’ve implied throughout, take all of these takes with a grain of salt. I may heap praises on Justin Simmons for his early work, but come this season he could take a huge step back. I may criticize Paxton Lynch and think his time in Denver is done, but he could (as unlikely as it would be) prove us all wrong down the line. The only certainty besides Janovich being GOAT is uncertainty. I hesitated to include 2016 in this project due to the difficulty with assessing players this early in their career. I’m very much of that “three year” (with a few exceptions cough Brandon Weeden cough) mindset with players. It takes a few seasons before a player fits with the NFL game and can be evaluate fully.
With that said, the early favorite for best pick in this class would be Justin Simmons. His performance during his rookie season made TJ Ward expendable for the subsequent season. After that show faith of the Broncos, he put together are pretty solid season playing both safety positions and showed why he was such a highly coveted prospect during this draft. If “Parks and Wreck” (I’m forcing it goddammit) is to continue where the No Fly Zone left off, Justin Simmons will be a key part of that success.
The worst pick is also fairly clear cut. Paxton Lynch, despite all the hype and pomp, has failed to show anything of merit on the football field. I feel slightly bad for the kid, as he was never supposed to be put in this position this early in his career. Perhaps it would’ve worked out better for him if he was the backup behind a long-term franchise QB, like if Pittsburgh or the Chargers would’ve drafted him. He shouldn’t have been thrusted into open competition at this stage in his football journey. However, one might argue that the consensus that he was a “project” that needed all this time to adjust and grow is indicative of the fact that he’ll never live up to his athletic potential.
In totality, this draft has some high-upside players who haven’t shown it yet. Booker has tremendous versatility as a runner and receiver, but due to injuries and a crowded backfield hasn’t been able to show it. McGovern could play both G and C if he the situation dedicated it and has elite strength, but hasn’t put it all together yet to become a solid piece in the line. Gotsis showed some ability throughout last season, but he needs more consistency before he is able to become the Dingo to the Wolfe.
With a little more time and seasoning, this draft could become a source for a lot of solid guys. Much like 2012, it could be fundamental in future successes of the Broncos. Yet, the draft will always be remembered for Paxton Lynch and the failure to acquire a franchise QB. If the Broncos fail to do that in the next year or two, then all these “solid guys” will become irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. So, let’s look to the future and hope that Josh we can find that guy Rosen !
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