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Winning a game against the Giants does not make the Cardinals playoff contenders, but it does signify true progress in Arizona.
The Cardinals entered the season as one particular of the most complicated teams in the NFL group to predict. Combining a initial-year head coach in Kliff Kingsbury with a rookie quarterback in the type of Kyler Murray produced Arizona a higher variance group. As it turns out, the Cardinals have the makings of a completely respectable football group.
Winning a road game at the Giants by only six points does not qualify the Cardinals as playoff contenders, but it is a good victory for a group that didn’t count on to get a lot of this year. The victory more than New York raises Arizona’s record to three-three-1 on the year. That may possibly leave them in final location in the NFC West, but it does show the Cardinals are not going to be an straightforward victory for any individual.
The star of the show against the Giants was clearly operating back Chase Edmonds. David Johnson was active in the game, but he only carried the ball as soon as for two yards. Edmonds, in sharp contrast, ran wild for 126 yards on 27 carries. Much more importantly, he identified the back of the finish zone 3 occasions in his breakout game.
That helped the Cardinals overcome a rather pedestrian game from Murray. He toted the ball 10 occasions but only managed to create 28 yards on the ground. His aerial statistics had been just as ordinary. Murray deserves credit for not turning the ball more than, but he nevertheless only completed 14 passes for 104 yards on the afternoon.
Outdoors of Edmonds, the Cardinals defense was the subsequent greatest star of the game for Kingsbury and his coaching employees. They turned Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones more than 3 occasions with one particular interception and a pair of fumbles. The team’s pass rush was specifically ferocious. They got to Jones for eight sacks on the afternoon.
None of this signifies the Cardinals are going to go on a massive run and crash the NFC playoff celebration in 2019, but it does prove the franchise is ahead of schedule. There’s nevertheless lots of rebuilding to do in Arizona, but the foundation is stronger than most would have projected at this point in the season.