It wasn’t awesome, however, the Chiefs were generally great in their 17-10 success over the Cardinals in Friday night’s preseason standoff. The initial three Chiefs quarterbacks drove scoring drives, with the undrafted new kid on the block Shane Buechele throwing a second from last quarter score to Jerick McKinnon.
Patrick Mahomes tossed for 78 yards on 10 of 18 passing in three series of work. Mahomes’ first drive finished with a 24-yard field objective; his last drive finished with a capture from Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy. Chad Henne finished off the half with a 12-yard score pass to Mecole Hardman. Buechele went 7 of 8 for 66 yards while driving the Chiefs to a score on the primary drive of the subsequent half.
It was a troubling evening for Kyler Murray and the Cardinals’ beginning offense. In three series, Murray finished only one of his four pass endeavors for 2 yards. Murray was sacked double that incorporated a success from Chris Jones that prompted the Cardinals’ third three-and-out with Murray under focus. With Murray in the game, the Cardinals ran 9 plays for – 1 yards. While the Cardinals set up a couple of late scoring drives, runs of 19 and 11 yards by Derrick Gore fixed the success for Kansas City.
Mahomes finished his initial four passes that remembered two to Hardman for the Chiefs’ first drive. Mahomes couldn’t interface on sequential end zone tosses to Hardman, notwithstanding, as the Chiefs’ 15-play drive finished with Harrison Butker’s field objective. The Chiefs walked 61 yards on their third drive before Mahomes was blocked by Murphy on third and objective.
Here’s a more critical glance at what unfolded in the desert.
Kansas City’s safeguard wouldn’t permit the Cardinals to get into any kind of depression with Murray under focus. Alternately, the Chiefs changed over on a couple of fourth downs on their first drive which prompted Butker’s field objective. The Chiefs likewise profited by a few major plays. Byron Pringle’s 41-yard get set up Hardman’s score not long before halftime and Buechele’s 36-yard finish to Marcus Kemp assisted set with increasing his score pass to McKinnon. Kansas City additionally partook in a strong execution from running back Darwin Thompson, who had four straight conveys for 28 yards on the Chiefs’ subsequent belonging. He had a 13-yard run on the Chiefs’ first drive of the subsequent half.
After the Cardinals managed their lead to one belonging, the Chiefs controlled the ball for the game’s last nine minutes. The primary impetuses on the drive were Gore (who drove the two groups with 54 yards on eight conveys) and reinforcement quarterback Anthony Gordon, who finished each of the seven of his passes for 42 yards.
Arizona didn’t record a solitary initially down with Murray on the field. And keeping in mind that its guard figured out how to stop Mahomes twice in the red zone, they couldn’t copy that accomplishment against Henne and Buechele, who tossed scores on sequential belongings. Arizona additionally attempted to secure its quarterbacks, who were sacked a consolidated multiple times.
Arizona got a strong night from reinforcement quarterback Chris Streveler, who was 5 of 6 passing for 74 yards. He covered off a 12-play, 88-yard drive with a 12-yard score pass to Ross Travis with 9:03 left.