The Arizona Cardinals offense, which lost to the Seattle Seahawks 19-9 at Lumen Field on Sunday, was clearly frustrated after failing to record an unearned run for the second time in the season and failing to execute on three fourth downs in a field goal range.
Kyler Murray Frustrated With Arizona Cardinals’ Offense!
Arizona fell to 2-4 as a result of the defeat, and its 9 points tied for the second-fewest under mentor Kliff Kingsbury.
The Cardinals have just once passed 400 yards in a game and have failed to score 30 points this year.
Kingsbury claimed he has never gone this long without his offense performing well.
They’re going to keep working at it, personnel-wise, to see how they can change things around, and scheme-wise, to see how they become better because it’s only been six games, and it hasn’t been good enough.
Arizona’s offense, according to quarterback Kyler Murray, hasn’t been this poor since his first season.
He remarked, “That would be the last time s—- felt so hard. We simply feel that the current situation is difficult. It feels difficult. Much of it is self-inflicted; we must improve.”
Murray didn’t get through specifics about the offense’s struggles, but he did say that the Cardinals were running into trouble following successful streaks.
The Cardinals scored in the first quarter for the very first once in 2022 on a field goal by kicker Matt Ammendola and tallied up 131 yards — 56 fewer yards than they had gained in total throughout the first quarter — as they finally got off to the start they’d been aiming for all season.
But the Cardinals’ problems returned after that. They missed their first of three fourth-down opportunities on the first drive of the second quarter.
According to Kingsbury, it is when everything started to go wrong.
Arizona just converted one of five fourth downs, missing its first three attempts from field goal range. Arizona left the game empty-handed rather than accepting the points that could have allowed the Cardinals to close the gap to one late on.
Kingsbury, who has previously stated that his determination to go for it on fourth down is normally driven by statistics, acknowledged Arizona’s kicking scenario on Sunday played a role in those decisions.
For the second straight game, the Cardinals were without kicker Matt Prater, and they lacked confidence in Ammendola to step in for him.
As a result, Kingsbury went for it on fourth down despite Prater’s missed extra point on Arizona’s lone touchdown of the game, which was Chris Banjo recovering an interception by Seattle kicker Michael Dickson in the final minute.
Kingsbury claimed that if Prater had been present, at least a few of those kickoffs would have been made at that time.
After the game, Kingsbury was unsure about whether he would support Ammendola if Prater couldn’t play against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
That will need to be discussed, Kingsbury added.
Because of how successfully the Cardinals were able to move the puck at times against Seattle, Murray saw the Cardinals’ problems with fourth down and during the red zone, when they went 0-for-2 on Sunday, as being exacerbated.
Arizona only managed 184 yards the rest of the game after getting 131 yards in the first quarter.
Murray threw for 222 yards and ran for 100, reaching 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in a single game for the second time in his career.
However, Kingsbury believed that Murray, along with the offensive line, still is finding his rhythm.