Cardinals, raiders trying to return from the first week failed

For the Arizona Cardinals and Las Vegas Raiders, the 2022 season started with a flop.

Teams looking to take advantage of last season’s playoff performances struggled with their opener, with Cardinals blow up at home by Kansas City and the Raiders fall on the road in Chargers competition.

This put some urgency on the game on Sunday, when Arizona (0-1) visits Las Vegas (0-1), given that no team has started the season 0-2 in the past three seasons.

“When you get hit like that at home in the first game, it should be a wake-up call to the complacent or anything inside,” Cardinals quarterback Keeler Murray said. “You have to look in the mirror individually and ask yourself, ‘Do you really want to be here? Do you really want to be cool? What drives you? “These are the questions I feel compelled to ask.”

A 44-21 loss to The Chiefs was a carryover for how the 2021 season ended in Arizona. The Cardinals lost four of their last five games in the regular season to squander the division title and were then blown up in the wild cards round against the Rams.

That only added to the frustration of Murray, who is trying to live up to the $230.5 million contract he signed off the season.

He said, “You can only lose so much until it starts to boil and things like that.” “I’ve been here in this organization and since I’ve been here we’ve been getting better every year, but that’s not the norm, it’s not the way I used to play and how I used to do things on the football field.”

The Conquerors didn’t look as bad as the Cardinals in the first week, but there were still plenty of issues, including Derek Carr’s three interceptions in a 24-19 loss to the Chargers.

Las Vegas had hoped Davant Adams’ addition of an All-Pro receiver would take offense to a new level, but that didn’t happen in the opener.

“I mean you want to establish an identification as quickly as clearly as possible, and that doesn’t happen in the first week whether it’s good or bad regardless,” Adams said. as a team.”

Reunion Week

The Raiders’ other big addition besides adding Adams came when they caught edge of rusher Chandler Jones as a free agent. Jones set the Cardinals franchise record with 71 and a half sacks in six seasons in Arizona.

Now his old teammates face him in a match.

“It’s going to be fun,” said Murray. “Chan is a great guy. One of my best teammates I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with. It would be weird and different to see him put on a new uniform, but at the end of the day he’s got one job and I have one job.”

The Cardinal has a pair of former Raiders on their roster, quarterback Rodney Hudson and corner back Trayvon Mullen. Hudson made three Pro Bowls in six seasons with the Raiders before being traded to Arizona last season.

Mullen, a 2019 second-round pick, traded to the Cardinals last month. He’s in doubt this week due to a toe injury.

No pressure

One of the main questions that surrounded the Cardinals during the holiday period was how they would replace Jones. The answer in the first week was simple: They didn’t.

Cardinal never fired Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City, which is one of the reasons he was able to throw five touchdown passes. Arizona is hoping players like Marcus Golden, Dennis Jardec and Zach Allen can put some pressure on Carr.

Spread it around

Raiders pass in the opening match revolve around adams, who targeted the top of the league 17 times in a loss to the Charger. Adams delivered 10 catches for 141 yards and a TD, but the other Las Vegas pass catchers were just afterthoughts.

Hole receiver Hunter Renfrow wasn’t targeted until the third quarter and finished with three catches for 21 yards. Tight end Darren Waller was targeted only three times in the first three quarters and finished with four catches for 79 yards.

“I just want the ball to go where it’s supposed to,” said coach Josh McDaniels. I’ve always said this, defense gets a vote. I wish I could tell you exactly where you’re going in each game, but they got a vote.”

new goals

The Cardinal is still getting used to the new receiver hierarchy, while DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for three times for six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

The Cardinals have some experienced and talented receivers like AJ Green, Marquise Brown and tight end Zach Ertz, but it was little-known Greg Dorch who led the Cardinals with seven receptions against the Chiefs.

Home DEBUT

When Adams pushed for foreign trade to Las Vegas, one of the main reasons was to get close to his California home. This would allow his grandparents to see him play like a pro in person for the first time.

Adams said he jumped in to get a suite at Allegiant Stadium to accommodate his family.

“I spent about half a million dollars on a Raiders suite. Perhaps the bad thing about coming here is that the suites are remarkably expensive.” “But it’s good for the family – I probably won’t see it at all, but it’s good.”

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AP sports writer David Brant and AP freelance writer WG Ramirez contributed to this report.

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