The number one overall pick of the 2019 draft went three-for-eight for just 12 yards, adding a four-yard rush. The former Oklahoma signal-caller was twice flagged for false starts and went down in the end of zone in a bid to avoid getting sacked for a safety.
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However, Cardinals first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury insisted the rookie quarterback had shown encouraging signs.
“I thought he made really good decisions,” he told NFL.com. “I thought under some adversity, penalties backed us up, in long-yardage situations, I thought he made good decisions the whole night. We just hurt ourselves with those penalties and couldn’t get things really rolling.”
Next up for the Cardinals and Murray is a trip to Minneapolis to face a Vikings team that beat the Seattle Seahawks 25-19.
The Vikings have won both their games so far and there are signs new offense coordinator Kevin Stefanski and offensive adviser Gary Kubiak are beginning to get their message across.
Minnesota had 409 total yards against the Seahawks and rookie tight end Irvin Smith Jr. felt the Vikings are learning to maximize the offensive options at their disposal.
“We have so many different weapons, and coach Stefanski and coach Kubiak, they want to get us all in involved,” the second-round draft pick from Alabama was quoted as saying by ESPN.
“So they did a great job of that.”
The Vikings’ offense will have another opportunity to shine when it faces a Cardinals defense that conceded 33 points last week.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the stage of Super Bowl LII.
Kick-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) on Saturday, August 24.The game will be broadcast nationally by NFL Network, with NBC affiliate KPNX providing local coverage in Arizona.A live stream will be available via NFL Network online and on connected devices, as well as via fuboTV.
While Murray struggled, Brett Hundley impressed against the Raiders, completing 10 of his 15 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Hundley also added 26 rushing yards over three carries, while Drew Anderson rushed for 22 yards and threw for 59 yards and one touchdown.
Kirk Cousins finished six-for-eight for 85 yards against the Seahawks, but it was the backup quarterbacks who stole the show. Kyle Sloter finished 11-for-13 for 116 yards and one touchdown, while Sean Mannion went 11-for-14 for 88 yards and a score