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Week 2 Game Recap: Arizona Cardinals 17, Baltimore Ravens 23
What you need to know
The Cardinals withstood the strong road test in Baltimore and even had a chance to win the game in the closing minutes as Kyler Murray
for a second straight week delivering a number of key throws as the offensive centerpiece. Michael Crabtree
made his Arizona debut but the passing game runs through Larry Fitzgerald
and Christian Kirk
as exhibited through two weeks. David Johnson
missed some time in-game with a wrist injury but returned to action. Despite the close game, Johnson was quizzically not involved in the offense with eight total touches, including a single target.
The Ravens offense played well but couldn't find big plays as consistently as they could against Miami. Lamar Jackson
threw the ball well but didn't look as good as he did against Miami. Jackson missed a number of throws high and lacked touch on a couple of passes in the intermediate range downfield. Jackson also seemed hesitant to target players not named Marquise Brown
or Mark Andrews
. However, Jackson still made a number of excellent throws and made huge contributions with his legs. Mark Andrews
was the star of the Ravens offense. Andrews looked unstoppable for the second consecutive week making tightly contested catches and gaining separation with his speed downfield. Marquise Brown
made most of his catches near the line of scrimmage but was Jackson's favorite target and made two big plays. The Cardinals' defense seemed to be keying on Mark Ingram
allowing Jackson to gain the edge and put up big rushing numbers.
|QB Kyler Murray, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 40 - 349 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0|
Murray performed well in Baltimore, avoiding game-altering mistakes and delivering a number of ‘wow’ throws in the face of the Ravens’ defense. Murray’s mobility has a been a complete secondary trait for a second straight week as the rookie stands in the pocket, making reads, and accuracy passes. The entire field is unlocked due to Murray’s overt arm talent, including a deep corner route to Christian Kirk
for more than 30 yards, a back-shoulder throw to Damiere Byrd
, and an on-point deep sideline floater to a sliding Larry Fitzgerald
for another long gain. The biggest negative against Baltimore was bogging down in the red zone and settling for short field goals. Also, with four minutes to play and down six points, Arizona squandered their final opportunity to drive the field with penalties and miscommunication. Murray is off to a promising career start and gets the reeling Panthers at home in Week 3 for a chance at his first NFL victory.
|RB David Johnson, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 14 - 1, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets)|
While dominating the market share of the Arizona backfield, Johnson mired through a tough matchup and performance in Baltimore. Johnson missed a chunk of the second quarter with a wrist injury but returned to action. Johnson was stuffed on a screen pass, curiously his lone target of the game and was stifled on the ground outside of a walk-in goal line touchdown late in the second half. Johnson looks to rebound against Carolina next week.
After a sluggish Week 1 on 12 targets, Kirk turned into an impact player against Baltimore this week. Kirk made two adjustments to the ball, a rare inaccurate throw from Kyler Murray
and another on a back-shoulder seam reception to highlight his performance. Murray also delivered a perfect deep corner route to Kirk for more than 30 yards. Kirk nearly added a touchdown as he took a swing pass down to the one-yard-line. Kirk has clearly been a top target (along with Larry Fitzgerald
) in the Cardinals’ wide receiver-centric offense through two weeks.
|WR Damiere Byrd, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 45 - 0 (7 targets)|
Byrd was a positive contributor on a hearty seven targets against the Ravens. Byrd converted a key third-down highlight back-shoulder reception as well as a fourth-down slant opportunity. Byrd added a goal line defensive pass interference penalty but also dropped a routine comeback route target. Byrd’s speed has not been on display through two games like it was in the preseason.
Fitzgerald led Arizona in targets against Baltimore, his second straight game of at least 11 targets. Fitzgerald’s performance centered around two long receptions, both of at least 40 yards. He was wide open, quizzically lost by the Baltimore secondary, for more than 50 yards and also made a highlight reel sliding catch down the sideline, one of Kyler Murray
’s better throws in the game. Fitzgerald added a one-handed grab going out of bounds. The overall volume of Arizona’s passing game as well as Fitzgerald’s involvement had been promising through two games.
Johnson saw a mere two targets after his volume-infused NFL debut a week ago. Johnson adjusted well on a third-and-long target up-for-grabs play and added a crossing route two-point conversion to his log. Johnson was a clear ancillary target against Baltimore with Larry Fitzgerald
and Christian Kirk
the top targets.
|QB Lamar Jackson, 79 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 37 - 272 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 16 - 120 - 0|
showed some inconsistency after being perfect against Miami. Jackson missed a number of throws and the Ravens were forced to settle for 3 field goals which kept the game closer than it should have been. Jackson played well as a passer but showed he's not a finished product yet. Jackson racked up rushing yards because the Cardinals' defensive ends were consistently crashing in to giving Jackson a free avenue to the edge. Jackson kept the ball on a read option play and glided along the sideline for 19 yards. The defensive ends crashed hard keying on Mark Ingram
and leaving Jackson unaccounted for. Jackson connected with Marquise Brown
3 times following the run and then found Mark Andrews
wide open down the sideline for a 27 yard touchdown on the Ravens opening possession. Jackson. Jackson converted a 3rd and 17 with a strike up the seam to Andrews for 28 yards. Jackson then kept the ball on another option play and escaped out of bounds after gaining 16 more. The drive stalled with a stuffed run play and an incompletion forcing a field goal. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field for a touchdown on their ensuing possession. Jackson connected with Andrew and Ingram each for a big play in the passing game and added 30 yards on the ground on 4 carries to move the Ravens into the red zone. Jackson found Hayden Hurst
off play action for a 1 yard touchdown. The Ravens went 3 and out before halftime because of a sack and a botched snap on consecutive plays. Jackson again moved the Ravens into the red zone but they were forced to settle for a field goal after a delay of game penalty on 4th and 1. Jackson picked up 19 yards running on 3rd and 20 with a spectacular run to set up the 4th and short but the penalty forced a field goal. Jackson again moved the Ravens into field goal range with his legs and completions to Miles Boykin
and Andrews giving the Ravens a 6 point lead with 9 minutes remaining, After a failed possession, Jackson sealed the game with a 41 yard dagger to Marquise Brown
down the sideline on 3rd and 11. Jackson's throw was perfect to beat excellent coverage.
|RB Mark Ingram, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 47 - 0, Rec: 2 - 30 - 0 (2 targets)|
found limited success running the ball. The Cardinals defensive ends consistently collapsed in in an effort to slow the Ravens rushing attack. This created avenues for Lamar Jackson
to run but resulted in a modest day statistically for Ingram. Ingram gained the edge off right tackle and followed Hayden Hurst
into the second level on a 16 yard gain. Ingram made a 20 yard catch up the sideline lined up at wide receiver but absorbed a hard hit to the back from DJ Swearinger forcing him out of the game for the remainder of the series. Ingram picked up 10 yards on a dump off out of the backfield. Ingram played well, ran hard, and made plays in the passing game. Ingram was also the back in the game when the Ravens were in the red zone so expect him to continue to lead the Baltimore backfield barring an injury. Ingram sealed the game for the Ravens with back to back carries of 11 yards and 1 yard fighting through heavy contact on each.
was heavily targeted by Lamar Jackson
. Brown made his first catch crossing the middle of the field on an in breaking route for an 18 yard gain. Brown made a 6 yard catch running a quick out route. Brown made a 9 yard catch on the opposite side of the field the following play running the same route. Following two incompletions on underneath targets Brown released up the sideline from the slot and hauled in a 41 yard gain along the sideline against tight coverage to seal the game. Brown showed great concentration, awareness, and hands on the play. A number of Brown's targets were thrown in the area of Brown but a number of his targets were uncatchable throws from Jackson.
|WR Miles Boykin, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (3 targets)|
dropped his first target underneath with room to run. Boykin appeared to be looking upfield as the ball arrived. Boykin made an 11 yard catch along the sideline running an out route.
|TE Mark Andrews, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 112 - 1 (9 targets)|
continues to look unstoppable. Andrews continues to show great hands, an ability to get open, and physicality at and after the catch. Andrews came wide open off of a fake screen and went uncovered down the sideline for a 27 yard touchdown. On 3rd and 17 Andrews released up the seam and made a 28 yard catch between defenders knowing he was going to get hit. Andrews was hit after securing the pass and fumbled but recovered his own fumble. Andrews made an 8 yard catch on 3rd and long forcing a field goal attempt. Andrews found a hole in the Cardinals' zone defense up the seam and made a nice move after the catch to pick up 24 yards. Andrews chews up yards after the catch with his speed and physicality. Andrews made a 9 yard catch over the middle on 3rd and 7. A few plays later Andrews made a nearly identical catch for 8 yards and a 3rd down conversion. Andrews picked up 10 yards running a quick out route and hurdling a defender along the sideline.
|TE Hayden Hurst, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 1 - 1 (1 targets)|
caught his only target off of play action for a 1 yard touchdown.