ARIZONA CARDINALS

Kyler Murray: Cardinals offense has ‘got to be better’ after Week 5 win

Oct 11, 2021, 10:52 AM
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to throw the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at...
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to throw the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals picked up a win Sunday in a way they hadn’t all season.

After putting up at least 31 points in each of their first four matchups of 2021, the Cardinals found themselves in a low-scoring affair with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5.

Riding the hot hand of the defense, Arizona’s offense took a bit of a backseat as it mustered 17 points.

And while Arizona put together a fourth-quarter drive that resulted in the deciding touchdown, the frustration over the offensive output was still there postgame.

Holding on to a 10-7 lead with 7:49 left to play, the Cardinals were able to put the game out of reach thanks to a five-play, 52-yard drive that ended with back-to-back big plays from wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who found pay dirt on a nine-yard grab.

The end result was all Arizona could ask for, especially with injuries to key pieces Rodney Hudson and Maxx Williams but for a team that averaged 35 points over the first four weeks of the season, there was clearly some plays left out there.

“Like I said, we’ve just got to be better,” Murray said after the game. “Playing through that is part of the game, but at the end of the day we took one drive, we knew it was going to break through, but you can be frustrated whenever things aren’t going how you planned them to go.”

Murray found the end zone, but turned in season lows in both passing yards (239) and rushing yards (1). On the flip side, the signal caller turned his second consecutive game without a turnover and completed nearly 71% of his throws (22-of-31) in the win.

Murray is now just the third quarterback in NFL history to reach the 1,500-yard mark while completing at least 75% in the first five games of the season, per Elias Sports Bureau.

And even though Sunday marked a low scoring effort for the Cardinals, they’re alone at the top of the NFC West in both points scored (157) and record (5-0).

That’s no consolation for Murray.

“I’m glad we won today, but we could be a lot better,” Murray said. “For me personally, I’m a little frustrated, but we won.”

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals rookie TE Trey McBride looks on during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Rookie Trey McBride set to make debut vs. Ravens

After dealing with a sore back, Arizona Cardinals rookie tight end Trey McBride is on track to play against the Ravens.
21 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals WR Marquise Brown looks on during training camp on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Glen...
Tyler Drake

Speeding arrest a learning moment for Arizona Cardinals’ Marquise Brown

Arizona Cardinals WR Marquise Brown spoke Wednesday for the first time since he was arrested for excessive speeding.
21 hours ago
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 12: Jessie Lemonier #52 of the Detroit Lions gets set against the Denve...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals release linebacker Jessie Lemonier

The Arizona Cardinals released linebacker Jessie Lemonier, the team announced on Wednesday.
21 hours ago
Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 and wide receiver Marquise Brown #5 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate a...
Tyler Drake

‘It’s just a natural connection’ for Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, Hollywood Brown

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and WR Hollywood Brown linked up for the first time in an Arizona uniform on Monday. The chemistry is still there.
21 hours ago
FILE - Green Bay Packers tight end Josiah Deguara, third from right, rides a young fan's bike as th...
Associated Press

NFL looks like old self entering 3rd season in COVID-19 era

The NFL is looking and acting like it's essentially back to normal going into its third season dealing with COVID-19.
2 days ago
(Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: QB Kyler Murray weighs in on fake Kyler Murray

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray gave his two cents on a certain impersonation from the rookie talent show.
2 days ago
Kyler Murray: Cardinals offense has ‘got to be better’ after Week 5 win