SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
RAVENS 23, CARDINALS 17
THE BOTTOM LINE: The Cardinals battled back in the fourth quarter for a second straight week, but red zone failures early in the game haunted them late.
PRE-GAME INACTIVES: Andy Isabella is a healthy scratch with Michael Crabtree set to make his debut … Justin Pugh (ill) is active … Also inactive are offensive linemen Lamont Gaillard (knee), Joshua Miles, Jeremy Vujnovich and Brett Tosh and defensive linemen Jonathan Bullard (hamstring) and Michael Dodbe.
FIRST QUARTER: After Cardinals first down and Lee 50-yard punt to five-yard line, Ravens easy 95-yard drive (Jackson 5-5, 71 yards, one run for 19 yards) = BALT 7-0, 9:05 … AZ 3+out capped by early snap on third down by Shipley that resulted in Murray losing three – OL awful start vs. Baltimore front (6:39) … Cards defense four+out after Jones and Peters blow up third down zone read play and awful throw by Jackson on fourth down … Cardinals start at Baltimore 46 > consecutive pass completions to Fitz, Fitz and Kirk to red zone – then red zone issues returns PLUS David Johnson left with left arm or shoulder injury – third and short, Murray rushed and for throw it away = Gonzalez short field goal BALT 7-3, 2:18 … AZ allows +25 on 3+18 play on Andrews completion with AZ in zone … Cardinals seemed shocked by Jackson’s foot speed – shouldn’t be because they face Murray in practice … NFL Network reported that David Johnson has wrist injury
SECOND QUARTER: Cardinals stop – Reddick PD on 2nd down and cover two stops completed pass on third down = 33-yard field goal = BALT 10-3 … Edmonds in for injured D. Johnson … Murray excellent drive (including fourth down completion to Byrd and deep ball to K. Johnson) but another drive stalls in red zone (a problem since early days of training camp) = BALT 10-6, 6:10 … Cardinals allow 85-yard td drive which was all Jackson run and pass – Hicks looks slow trying to contain Jackson and slow on pass plays trying to cover RBs+TEs = BALT 17-6, 3:53 (Cardinals continue to settle for field goals in red zone and allow touchdowns to opponents) .. Byrd returning kicks with Isabella inactive catches ball out of bounds – drive starts on six … D. Johnson back in game … Justin Murray no chance in pass blocking … Cardinals first three and out after second down sack by Peters
THIRD QUARTER: AZ three and out (second straight counting end of first half) – Kirk returns to midfield negated by Marsh illegal block > Murray downfield throws to Fitz and Williams gets ball to 15 > got inside 10 again and no touchdown = Gonzalez another field goal = BALT 17-9, 9:00 … Ravens 8:00+ drive – Ravens delay of game on 4th+1 from six to end third game.
FOURTH QUARTER: BALT FG = 20-9, 14:55 … Cards easy TD drive – +54 to Fitz, +18 to Kirk, D. Johnson 1 yard td run and 2-point play good to K. Johnson = BALT 20-17, 12:52 ... Ravens drive to Cardinals 33 – Brocks excellent tackle on third down = BALT 23-17, 8:56 … Cardinals awful 3+out after first down Balt corner blitz resulted in sack (Murray didn’t read it (that’s his guy to read in empty backfield sack) … Cardinals got stop on third down after Murphy was ruled not to interfere (appeared to be interference but replay said stands as called … Cardinals ball at 8, 3:55 remaining > fire drill drive that included hold on Sweezy, false start Humphrey and third down pass from Murray to Fitz that had zero chance for success – seemed confused and crowd noise issues (3:14) … Defense fails 3+11,Jackson to Brown who beat Brock +41 >
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
ASU 10, MICHIGAN STATE 7
THE BOTTOM LINE: ASU rallied for a second straight season in the fourth quarter to beat Michigan State which finished with a 189-yard advantage, but missed three field goals and multiple losing plays.
FIRST QUARTER: ASU OL changes – Cabral back to C from LT, 17-year old true frosh Henderson first statt at LT, West from C to RG, LG Lasoya and RT Miller in same spots … After an exchange of punts, and Butler leaving field with injury, Crosswell FF, Whiley FR @ ASU 43, 5:10 > ASU 3+out ending with Daniels bad third down miss (4:10) … both teams conservative trying to prevent bad plays against superior defenses
SECOND QUARTER: Daniels missed open Aiyuk – need to hit a couple of those = another punt (12:59) … Butler returns from injury … ASU allowed +48 to tight end to 28 > Johnson TFL and MSU missed field goal (9:18) … ASU drives to 11 but 16 yard personal foul on Kyle Williams = made 41 yard field goal by Zendejas (Ruiz still out) = ASU 3-0, 3:58 … ASU appeared to have MSU stopped by Lucas missed tackle became 38 yard pass play – Butler pass defended on third down = MSU second missed easy field goal (:16)
THIRD QUARTER: Turk rare bad punt 26 yards = MSU starts at 45 > ASU 4+1 defensive stop with Fields stop > MSU down thru two and one haff games (10:41) … huge flip in field position – MSU started at own one, and after four first downs, punted to ASU eight (2:06) … Daniels throwing some ducks today … hard to watch this game
FOURTH QUARTER: Tim Brando mistakes and Spencer Tillman crazy comments = worst announcing team on network college football … ASU defense some sloppy play – some confusion drive – 60 yards = MSU 7-3, 8:37 … Davidson injured wrist on XP … ASU playing not to lose on offense has worked only because MState has killed itself on both sides of ball (6:00) … ASU ball back, 3:34, after ASU hold on punt return (punt was from MSU 7 – ASU starts at own 25) > Daniels made plays with his leg and arm on game-winning td drive = ASU 10-7, :50 … Davidson back in for ASU … ASU awful defensive series – Field DUMB pass interference to 48 before allowing 23 yard completion to 25 followed by MSU 42-yard field goal, but MSU inexplicably 12 men on field = 47 yard field goal attempt missed and ASU wins
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LAS VEGAS SUPER BOOK: Michigan State 15 ASU (42½) … SPORTS ZONE PREDICTION: Michigan State 23, ASU 10
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(THIS PLAN IS TENTATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
*AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW, THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PIPELINE
*AT 9:15, THE LOCAL ROUNDUP, PART ONE: A Cardinals-Ravens rewind including Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray Meet The Press
*AT 9:30, THE LOCAL ROUNDUP PART TWO: ASU-Michigan State and UA-Texas Tech rewinds, including Herm Edwards and Kevin Sumlin Meet The Press
*IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER ONE – THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP: topped by The Latest Line (including would Bob be running to a window today if he were in a legal wagering state), plus From The Scoreboard
*AT THE TOP OF THE 10:00 HOUR, IT’S LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE
*AT 10:15, INTERACTIVE ACTION WITH PHONE CALLS OR TWEETS: and the Sports Zone edition of CAUGHT MY EYE, including THE DAILY PERSONNEL REPORT
*AT 10:30, AROUND THE NFL: with Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report
*IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF THE SPORTS ZONE: Today In Rock History
*AND, FROM 11-NOON: The Extra Point hosted by Kayla topped by Cardinals, Sun Devils and Wildcats analysis
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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
SPORTS ZONE PREDICTION FRIDAY
*LOCAL: Ravens 34, Cardinals 17 … Michigan State 23, ASU 10 … Texas Tech 41, UA 37
*NFL WEEK #2: Vikings 20, Packers 17 … Rams 30, Saints 27 … Monday – Browns 30, Jets 17
*CFB WEEK #3: No top 25 matchups
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
FROM THE NOTEBOOK
*FROM NFL WEEK ONE, IT WAS NOT AN OFFENSIVE CIRCUS FOR EVERYONE: In fact, more than 25 percent of the teams (nine) scored 20 points or fewer.
*AN LITTLE DISCUSSED INJURY IN WEEK ONE MIGHT TIP THE SCALES IN THE NFC EAST: Eagles defensive lineman Malik Jackson suffered a likely season-ending injury that could move the Cowboys to the top spot.
*J.J. WATT WAS MISSING IN ACTION ON MONDAY NIGHT: He finished with zero tackles for the first time in his career, which not coincidentally was the first game since Jadaveon Clowney was traded.
*THERE WILL NOT BE AN ANTONIO BROWN BOWL IN 2019: The Patriots and Raiders are not scheduled to meet while the Patriots and Steelers played in Week One.
*IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, DON’T PANIC IF YOUR SCHOOL ALREADY HAS ONE LOSS: Fourteen of the 20 teams selected to the College Football Playoff since its inception had one loss.
*UCLA IS GOING TO START ZERO+THREE: Chip Kelly’s offense has more turnovers than touchdowns, has averaged less than four years per play and ranks 127th nationally (of 130) after losses to Cincinnati and San Diego. Oklahoma is up next in the Rose Bowl this Saturday.
*OHIO STATE IS PLAYING MORE ZONE DEFENSE: Ryan Day promised that when firing the majority of Urban Meyer’s defensive staff that was the worst in school history a year ago while allowing a shocking amount of big plays. Thru two games, the Buckeyes have allowed just two touchdowns while playing zone on 80 percent of passing plays.
*THE BIG TEN GOING WEST HAS NOT BEEN A WINNING PROPOSITION: After Nebraska’s meltdown at Colorado, the Big Ten is 13-40-1 in their last 54 games at Pac 12 schools.
*FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, THE PLAYOFF TWINS ARE RUNNING OUT OF OUTFIELDERS: Byron Buxton (shoulder) is out for the season, Max Kepler (chest) is out indefinitely and Jake Cave (unspecified injury) is day-to-day.
*TREVOR BAUER AND JOSE BERRIOS HAD GOOD STARTS ON TUESDAY NIGHT: Previously, Bauer and Berrios had the two worst ERAs among starting pitchers in baseball since August 6th.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS
SAINTS 30, TEXANS 23: The Saints, seven-point favorites, have lost five consecutive season-openers. But, the Saints defense is the difference (one of the few times ever I written that sentence).
BRONCOS 24, RAIDERS 13: The Broncos would have been my selection even if Antonio Brown had been a model teammate.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
CARDINALS 27, LIONS 27 – FINAL IN OVERTIME
THE BOTTOM LINE: The Cardinals rallied from down 24-6 to tie the game with 47 seconds remaining in regulation, only to come within five yards of scoring a game-clinching touchdown on the first possession of overtime, which was soon followed by Kliff Kingsbury playing NOT TO LOSE when punting from his own 46-yard line with 1:10 minute remaining.
NOTABLE PRE-GAME INACTIVES: Cardinals – Crabtree and Gilbert (knee) … Lions – starting LB Jerrad Davis.
FIRST QUARTER: Murphy starting outside corner and Walker starting inside linebacker – Jones fifth DB, Reddick LB on passing downe … Four wide sets are Fitzgerald, Kirk, Johnson, Byrd … Ist drive stalled after Sweezy hold … Lee 55 yard punt and Sherfield immediate tackle (10:19) … Cardinals started second drive at own one > drive ended after one first down when Murray foolish decision and picked on third and 17 floater at Det 24 – but Stafford fumbled on next play when strip sacked by Jones who recovered – excellent coverage forced Stafford to hold ball (6:39) … Cardinals failed on 3rd+1 with two tight ends behind Pugh and Humphries = Johnson no gain (4:45) … Lions driving after Murphy beat for first down pass completions twice and missed tackles by Jones and Hicks
SECOND QUARTER: Cards get stop after Stafford overthrows Golloday who was covered by Murphy = 14:07, 55 YARD FIELD, DET 3-0 … Cardinals three+out > Johnson looked on option pitch on edge, Murray deflected ball (2nd time today) at line, then play blown up when Humphries badly beaten off edge (holding penalty was declined) and Murray threw ball out of bounds (13:10) … 12:23, DET TD, STAFFORD 47 TO AMENDOLA = DET 10-0 > Stafford avoided quick rush by Jones and threw to wide open Amendola – Brock appeared lost in coverage … Cardinals pass protection woeful – Murray sacked (should have thrown it out of bounds for 11 yard loss to set up 3+18 play (9:47) … Jones on field for Brock on first drive after touchdown psss allowed … 3:38, DET 95 YARD TD DRIVE, STAFFORD 9 YARDS TO GOLLIDAY FOR TD – Murphy lost in coverage > drive included a 48-yard pass to Hockinson (isolated on LB Walker, missed tackles by Walker and Allen, an offside penalty on Allen on fourth and one, and offsides by Suggs) = crowd justifiably booing … Fitzgerald, Kirk and Johnson off the field simultaneously for play before 2:00 warning) … Murray third deflected pass (1:49) … Cardinals recovered muffed punt on return – Sheffield while being blocked caused and recovered fumble at Det 8 > first play, Johnson looks so slow (got seven on first down to one, sure looked like it should be an easy touchdown) – 2nd down inside one, didn’t even try to punch it in with jumbo-type formation, Murray loses a yard one bootleg keeper – 3rd+2, Murray to Fitz incomplete = settled for field goal (REALLY?) = 1:19, CARDINALS 20-YARD FIELD GOAL = DET 17-3 … Lions drive end after Suggs pass rush forced incomplete pass on second down … Cardinals booed off field at half
THIRD QUARTER: Cardinals three+out, including second-down sack, when David Johnson appeared to blow blitz pick up (13:27) … Cardinals hold Lions to three and out after first down hold and Suggs strip sack from behind (recovered by Lions on third down (10:44) … Cardinals another three out – third down no chance after RT Justin Murray totally whiffed in pass protection forcing Kyler Murray to punt (9:48) … Cardinals defense another three+out > it seems like Lions conservative because they don’t think Cardinals can score (7:12) … The Cardinals collected two first downs (had three entire game previously) on RB Johnson’s 18-yard run and 15 yard pass to WR Johnson – drive stalled on consecutive attempts to Kirk who was covered in the end zone and on a shorter pass on third down = 4:18 CARDINALS FIELD GOAL = DET 17-6 … Lions attacking Murphy, Jones, Brock, Walker, Hicks good strategy based on what we witnessed last seven weeks > completions on this drive TEs Hockinson (beat Jones) and James (in middle of zone)
FOURTH QUARTER: 3rd down – Stafford out of pocket to Hockenson for TD – Cardinals in zone and there seemed to be massive confusion after Stafford left the pocket = 14:46, DET TD = 24-6 … Cardinals two big plays – Murray 41 yards to Fitz on a deep ball in which Fitz made great catch falling to the ground and Kirk broke tackle on jet sweep for 12 yards to 17 yard line – but Murray misfired to Kirk in end zone and field goal (the right call on third and long) = 11:09 CARDINALS FIELD GOAL = DET 24-9 … Cardinals defense three+out after Murphy nice one-on-one tackle after third down completion … Cardinals now in hurry up – TOUCHDOWN, 5:57, Lions 24-16 (7 plays, 70, 2;55, Murray touchdown pass to David Johnson who was a receiver in the formation … Cards defense got ball back, partly because Lions bench called time out just prior to third down play after alignment confusion (the ball was snapped and a screen pass had the Cardinals totally fooled) … Gardeck partially blocks punt so Cardinals ball at own 40 with 2:31 remaining > Murray terrific pass on third down to Byrd to Det 38 at 2:00 warning > Cardinals first down on Johnson run and Murray pass to Byrd to nine with :52 seconds remaining > CARDINALS + 2 POINT CONVERSION – Murray four-yard TD pass to Fitz and after Kingsbury moved ball to right hashmark, Murray to Kirk on leftside of formation on two pointer = 24-24, :47.
OVERTIME: Cards win toss > The Cardinals moved into scoring position on a 45 yard bomb from Murray to Fitz and had first goal at the eight after a 15-throw to Maxx Williams – the drive stalled after two incompletions sandwiched by a Murray run that could have been called a late hit that would have given the Cardinals a first down at the three = CARDINALS FG Gonzalez, 7:17 = AZ 27-24 … Lions drive to Cardinals 15 before field goal = 27-27, 3:48 … Cardinals drive stalled at Lions 46 when Kingsbury decided to punt = playing to a tie (:59) – Lee punts to DET … Det after Suggs sack did not run clock out and Stafford should have throw pick but Brock dropped it – he catches it and Cardinals get field goal attempt.
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LAS VEGAS SUPER BOOK: Lions 3 Cardinals (46) … SPORTS ZONE PREDICTION: Lions 24, Cardinals 20