GLENDALE, Ariz. — After Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was carted off three performs into the sport, Mac Jones and the New England Patriots toughed out a 27-13 victory on “Monday Evening Soccer.”
No workforce has scored extra factors off turnovers than the Patriots (7-6), and that was the method they wanted to beat the Cardinals (4-9). Security Kyle Dugger‘s compelled fumble that linebacker Raekwon McMillan returned 23 yards for a landing within the third quarter was the turning level within the sport. The Patriots then turned an interception by rookie cornerback Marcus Jones on the following Cardinals drive right into a speeding landing.
Cardinals backup quarterback Colt McCoy introduced a way of calm in a state of affairs that rattled the Cardinals within the fast aftermath of Murray’s damage, however he was sacked 5 occasions as he performed behind a patchwork offensive line.
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The Patriots have scored 85 factors off turnovers, adopted by the Eagles (80) and Cowboys (80). McMillan’s fumble return for a landing was the workforce’s fifth non-offensive landing of the season, which ties the Cardinals for many within the NFL.
Successful with protection looks as if it should be the Patriots’ method if they’ve hope of constructing the postseason.
Describe the sport in two phrases: Survival mode. It seldom seems simple for the offense, whereas the protection delivered the important thing performs to assist the Patriots draw back within the second half.
Promising development: With out beginning operating again Rhamondre Stevenson, who left due to an ankle damage within the first half, the Patriots had no selection however to show to rookies Kevin Harris and Pierre Robust Jr. They had been the one wholesome operating backs on the game-day roster with Damien Harris (thigh) a pregame scratch. Harris (14-yard TD to assist Thirty second-ranked crimson zone offense) and Robust (44-yard rush) delivered regardless of having performed simply 13 and 10 offensive snaps this season, respectively. Harris grew to become the primary Patriots rookie with a speeding landing on “Monday Evening Soccer” since Shane Vereen in 2011 towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
QB breakdown: Mac Jones was underneath constant strain, and he as soon as once more let his frustration present early within the third quarter when the Patriots needed to burn a timeout and tv cameras confirmed him shouting an expletive as he headed towards the sideline. The Patriots acquired the ball out of his fingers shortly early; he averaged 2.19 seconds within the first half, per NFL Subsequent Gen Stats. They opened issues up a bit extra within the second half. Jones completed 24-of-35 for 235 yards, with no touchdowns and 1 interception.
Below-the-radar stat that issues: The Patriots held the Cardinals to 1-for-4 on fourth down, enhancing their standing because the league’s No. 1-ranked protection in these conditions.
Troubling development: Accidents are piling up. Stevenson (ankle), beginning receiver DeVante Parker (evaluated for concussion) and rookie cornerback Jack Jones (knee) — who was beginning instead of Jalen Mills (groin) — had been all knocked out of motion within the first half and did not return. — Mike Reiss
At any time when he has been referred to as upon, McCoy has responded. Monday evening was no completely different.
The 13-season veteran was thrust into motion three performs into the primary quarter after Murray was carted off. He threw for 246 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception.
McCoy will probably be going through a novel alternative: He is set to start out the third-most video games of his profession if he finishes the final 4 as Arizona’s beginning quarterback. He final began six video games in a season in 2011 for the Cleveland Browns.
Describe the sport in two phrases: Kyler Murray. From the second Murray went down early within the first quarter, the quarterback’s damage solid a big shadow over the remainder of the sport.
Purchase/promote on a breakout efficiency: Purchase on large receiver Robbie Anderson‘s efficiency. The lately acquired Anderson had two catches for 13 yards in his first six video games with the Cardinals however completed Monday with three catches for 44 yards. With the Cardinals’ offense laboring all season, the emergence of one other playmaker may pay dividends for McCoy going ahead.
Pivotal play: The primary-and-10 run by Murray on the sport’s third play lower than 90 seconds into the primary quarter. It left Murray on the bottom with a non-contact knee damage that might change the course of Murray’s profession relying on how he can come again from the damage. — Josh Weinfuss