Arizona Cardinals Preseason Gets Off to a 36-23 Win in Cincinnati

The Arizona Cardinals open the preseason on the road at the newly named Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

The game did not feature any high-profile starters on either side of the ball, so highlights and big moments would be a little jaded to rave about.

But rookies got the opportunity to showcase their talents to catch the eyes of the coaches as it pertains to a spot o the 53-man roster.

Coming into the game we wanted to see the Redbird’s offensive scheme just simply work effectively, in moving the football down the field with consistency.

Back-up quarterbacks combined for 20/32 198 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no turnovers on the evening.

It’s a positive when the team has not one turnover in the preseason, which shows a good sign of team discipline.

That has been a very big problem for the Cardinals in the past, and maybe the team is headed in the right direction.

The most intriguing thing on the night after a big 36-23 win, was the play calling from the sideline by star quarterback Kyler Murray.

Even though the team resent his study clause from his contract, doesn’t mean they were not going to actually make changes that would allow him to stay engaged in a game.

The clause is out of the contract, but the team is still getting what it wanted in Murray’s study habits by making a drastic change.

Calling plays on the sideline can only help the young signal caller to be able to read what’s going on with the defenses on the field.

There is an old saying from an old cartoon that says “Knowing is half the battle” and in Murray’s case at his stature playing QB knowing what is coming can help him play more under control and less fearful.

The defensive end is where the Cardinals would like to see flashes, from players that can give them hope of a pass rush and cover corners that can hold up.

The biggest defensive standout was Victor Dimukeje who recorded 2 sacks, and 1 tackle for loss, and also had 2 QB hits and was very disruptive.

The question is can he translate a stat line like that into a meaningful game with first-team players? Only time will tell if he can be consistent, but a good start for a position that has so many questions on the year.

When we see the first-team Cardinals we will see if this offense is really as fluid as it looked in the first game, and again, all we want to see is the team consistently moving the ball showing their scheme actually works. 

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