GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 15: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass against he Oakland Raiders during the first half of the NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo
It was anything but pretty for the Arizona Cardinals starters in their second preseason game, losing 33-26 to the Oakland Raiders. The first half especially was ugly for the Cardinals as their first unit got smacked by the Raiders. In a game where the Raiders led by 26 at one point, there’s a lot for the Cardinals to learn about themselves.
Ugly night for Murray
After a terrific first preseason game, quarterback Kyler Murray came back to Earth hard. He went 3 of 8 for 12 yards and was sacked twice, one of which was a safety. He struggled against the blitzes that Oakland’s defensive coordinator Paul Guenther sent and in the four drives he played, only the first one resulted in positive yards. Murray also had a bit of a penalty issue but he wasn’t the only one drawing fouls. Murray just didn’t look good today and though it’s the preseason, it’s going to take a strong week three performance to wave off his detractors.
Same goes for the defense
The defense looked miserable against the Raiders starters and second unit. Arizona gave up points on each of its first four drives and was getting cut up across the field. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was perfect on his only drive, throwing twice for 40