Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder

first_imgWashington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) pulls in a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against Arizona Cardinals in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Add one more to Chandler Jones’ sack total. He’s got 15 when he dropped Cousins on a 3rd-and-6 play in the second quarter. Jones is the first Cardinals player with 15.0+ sacks in a season since Simeon Rice established the franchise single-season record with 16.5 in 1999. Jones now has at least one sack in 12 of 14 games this season.Against the league’s seventh-worst rush defense, the Cardinals topped the century mark for the fourth straight game, their best stretch of the season. They finished with 141 yards. Kerwynn Williams had 61 yards on 17 carries, while Elijhaa Penny went for 45 yards on 10 carries. The Redskins entered the game allowing 122.0 rushing yards per game.THE BADNinety seconds. The Cardinals trailed early after Cousins threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder for a 7-0 lead at the 13:30 mark of the first quarter. It was his NFL-leading fifth touchdown toss on the team’s opening possession, and it was all set up by Anthony Lanier’s strip-sack of Gabbert. The fumble was recovered by Preston Smith, who returned it to the Cardinals 6-yard line.Red-zone execution. Four times in the first half the Cardinals traveled inside the 20-yard line and four times they were held without a touchdown. They instead settled for three field goals — 40, 35 and 19 yards, the latter as the half ended — and also turned the football over when Gabbert was picked off by Smith on what was 1st-and-goal at the Redskins’ 9-yard line. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s hard to win ballgames when your opponent scores touchdowns and you don’t.For the second straight week, the Arizona Cardinals went an entire game without finding their way across the goal line and into the end zone.The drought stretches all the way back to Dec. 3 against Los Angeles, a span of 10 consecutive quarters.What points the Cardinals did score Sunday belonged to Phil Dawson. He kicked five field goals in the 20-15 defeat to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The loss officially eliminated the Cardinals (6-8) from playoff contention.Chances? The Cardinals had plenty. Six times they entered the red zone and six times they came up empty, failing to score a touchdown.Blaine Gabbert was intercepted once, and Dawson scored five field goals on the remaining trips deep into Washington territory.Gabbert, making his fifth straight start, committed two turnovers. He fumbled on the game’s first possession and was sacked five times working behind an offensive line that welcomed two new starters.The quarterback went 16-of-41 for 189 yards.Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, wasn’t much better. He passed for 196 yards, completing 18-of-26 attempts, and two touchdowns to help Washington (6-8) snap a two-game losing streak.The Cardinals have lost their last eight visits to the nation’s capital.THE GOODFour times Larry Fitzgerald was targeted on the Cardinals’ first scoring drive. He caught three of them. The third, a 14-yard gain, was his 90th reception of the season. Fitzgerald has now caught at least 90 balls in a season eight times in his career, extending his own NFL record. No other player in NFL history has more than six seasons with 90 or more receptions.center_img Top Stories – Khalif Barnes, signed off the street this week, played a handful of snaps as an extra offensive lineman.– Twice the Cardinals converted on 4th down, and twice they had Gabbert quarterback sneak the ball.– Among the Cardinals’ listed inactives were players John Brown, Jermaine Gresham and Earl Watford.UP NEXTIt’s the final home game of the season.The Cardinals host the New York Giants on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.The Giants are 3-0 all-time at University of Phoenix Stadium, including winning Super Bowl XLII in 2008.The Cardinals have won two of the last three meetings. Most recently, they beat the Giants in New York, 25-14, in 2014.The former NFC East rivals played twice a year until 2002.Overall, the Cardinals trail 43-81-2 all-time in the series, which dates back to 1926. – / 13 12 Comments   Share   Over the past three games, Gabbert has been sacked 19 times, including eight last week. The Redskins dropped him three times in the first quarter alone with Lanier getting him twice and Junior Galette once. Those two combined for back-to-back sacks on the Cardinals’ second offensive possession of the game, a drive that, because of the sacks, stalled inside the red zone.STAT OF THE GAME4-of-19: The Cardinals converted just four of their third-down opportunities, and none in the second half when they went 0-of-8.HE SAID IT“You got to make plays to win games and kicking field goals is not going to get it done,” head coach Bruce Arians said.NOTED– Fitzgerald extended the third-longest streak in NFL history with one catch to 209 consecutive games.– Antoine Bethea exited the game with a knee injury in the second quarter but returned later in the half.– Karlos Dansby exited the game with a calf injury in the third quarter; his return was listed questionable.– Robert Nkemdiche exited the game with a wrist injury in the fourth quarter. He did not return and was ruled out.– Josh Bynes exited the game with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He also did not return. 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first_img 29 Comments   Share   The No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft held his introductory press conference with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday afternoon.His name is Kyler Murray and he plays the quarterback position, in case you needed to be reminded.He also joined the Bickley & Marotta show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station shortly after the press conference to expand on some of his thoughts.Murray seems to be happy with his current situation.  Top Stories Arizona Cardinals NFL football quarterback Kyler Murray speaks to the media, Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe, Ariz. Murray was the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Football draft. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img “I think it’s everything I’ve dreamed of. As a kid not only dreaming about being the No. 1 pick in the draft but just being in the NFL. Now that I’m here, man, it’s a blessing and I can’t wait to touch the field,” Murray said.Fielding a wide range of questions for around 10 minutes from varying members of the Valley media, Murray discussed his relationship with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, how things will play out with current teammate and fellow quarterback Josh Rosen and turning around a franchise that won only three games last season.According to Murray, linking up with Kingsbury was something that the two have been planning for awhile. Related LinksCardinals QB Kyler Murray: ‘My only future is in football right now’Arizona Cardinals showed great conviction drafting Kyler MurrayOklahoma’s Lincoln Riley: Kyler does ‘things you’ve never seen before’The Kyler Murray era begins, now what about that other guy?Cardinals’ Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is rarely-seen dynamic, unique talentHistory helped Cardinals GM Keim fall in love with Kyler Murray“We have had multiple talks about this situation for years,” Murray said. “As a player you want to have a guy who knows what you do, respects your game and is behind you at all costs.”What is not on his mind is the developing in-house drama for the Cardinals at the quarterback position.Josh Rosen, the incumbent starter and top-10 draft pick in his own right from a season ago, is still on the roster.“I’m not really worried about starting the first game or anything like that. For me all I can do is come in and get better each and every single day,” Murray said. The Cardinals will not come into the season with high expectations considering they only won three games in 2018. Murray’s football experience has been on the other end of the spectrum as his teams have had fewer losses in the past four years than Arizona had wins in 2018.When asked if he knew his win-loss record, which included three consecutive undefeated state championship season in high school and a semi-final appearance in the College Football Playoffs last season, Murray had a witty response.“I think I can count on two fingers the amount of games I’ve lost.”Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019 – / 52 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more