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K1 Podcast: Cardinals’ Kyler Murray carries a heavy load vs. Buccaneers

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Kyler Murray’s interception-less streak ended in the Arizona Cardinals’ 30-27 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his command of the quarterback position remained on an upward trajectory in Week 10.

The rookie and No. 1 pick threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns with a game plan that required him to put the ball in the air 44 times.

Murray’s main target was Christian Kirk, who cooked the Bucs defense for 138 yards and all three of Murray’s touchdowns. Andy Isabella (three catches, 78 yards) and Larry Fitzgerald (eight catches, 71 yards) also saw heavy doses of action.

Meanwhile, the running game took a backseat.

David Johnson’s return from an ankle injury included just five rushes, and his day ended with a fumble. Murray ended up leading the team with 38 rushing yards on three carries.

After the Week 10 loss, K1 Podcast co-hosts Rudy Carpenter and Kevin Zimmerman discussed the good and the bad of Murray’s latest game.

2:47 — Murray continues to put the Cardinals in positions to win games late despite not having a strong defense or big-time weapons to lean on.

3:53 — Confidence exudes from Murray even as he faces heavy pressure. After a few misses, he began slinging it, including to Fitzgerald on an amazing tipped catch.

6:43 — We break down the interception that broke Murray’s streak of 211 straight passes without a pick thrown.

8:45 — Head coach Kliff Kingsbury used a heavy diet of Kirk, Isabella and Fitzgerald in the passing game.

12:27 — What happened with the use of the running backs? And what’s up with Johnson, who was used less than Kenyan Drake and fumbled the ball late?

18:25 — Should Murray be used more on designed runs? Rudy still believes the Cardinals should go full Air Raid. He explains what that means and makes the case for what the Baltimore Ravens are doing with Lamar Jackson.

22:33 — The schedule gets a bit tougher.

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