Kyler Murray

Return of Cardinals veterans providing a “spark” in Arizona

It’s been a rough season for the Arizona Cardinals.  Entering Sunday, they were 1-8.  Against the Atlanta Falcons, they finally had a reason to cheer.  Quarterback Kyler Murray returned for the first time since tearing his ACL in 2022, winning the game 25-23 with a winning field goal.  

Murray finished with 249 yards and an interception on 19 of 32 passing to go along with 33 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries.  His return sparked something for Arizona who played a complete game for the first time since their upset of the Cowboys in Week 3.

The Cardinals had traded backup quarterback Josh Dobbs to Minnesota two week ago and were excited for Murray’s return.  Murray was equally excited for his return and more importantly the win. 

“I just want to win,” he said. “It feels good to win. I mean, that’s like the icing on the cake. It’d been an s—ty night to come out here and lose and then kind of just all this build up for what, you know what I mean? So, I’m just happy for us and the team, man. I’m just happy.”

Running back James Conner also returned for the first time in a month gaining 73 yards on 16 carries.  Conner’s run from the Atlanta 9-yard line that he prematurely made seven yards in order to run the clock and make the Falcons call timeouts helped seal the game. Conner then took the carry on the next play and fell down for a loss of one, before Murray knelt to wind the clock to the end.

Arizona has a tough schedule moving forward but the return of Murray could spark something.  For the Cardinals fans, a spark could be something they can cheer about for the rest of the season.