Cardinals Struggle in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason

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Alyssa Esquivel

Last Thursday’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders certainly won’t go down as the Arizona Cardinals best performance of the year. Although the game ended with a final score of 33-26, the Cardinals found themselves in a tough position as they were down 26-0 early in the first half.

First overall draft pick, Kyle Murray, had a much different outing than his first preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers completing just 3 of 8 passes for 12 yards and a rush for 4 yards. Along with his unproductive day, Murray was flagged for two false start penalties, a delay of game penalty, and was sacked for a safety. Longtime Cardinals fan, Mr. Ring, expressed his disappointment in this game by saying, “it will definitely be a long season if the offensive line doesn’t step up and offer a little more protection to the rookie QB.” The offensive line was a major concern for the Cardinals going into the offseason and Thursday night showed that it is still a work in progress.

The defense, on the other hand, did not put up much of a fight as they looked miserable against the Oakland Raiders starters. Raiders Quarterback, Derek Carr, had a perfect night completing both of his passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Backup quarterback, Mike Glennon, almost had a flawless night going 11 of 14 for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Christopher Esparza (12) described how he felt worried watching the game as the defense essentially “made the Raiders look like Super Bowl contenders.” This is a big concern for the Cardinals, especially since they will be without starting cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Robert Alford for the start of the NFL regular season. 

Although the Cardinals did not look great in their second preseason game, Jacob Gonzales (12) still remains optimistic as “this game was a great learning experience for the team and they can only get better from here.” The Arizona Cardinals travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in their next preseason game.