Bob Kemp

CHIEFS 17, CARDINALS 10

BOTTOMLINE
        *THE CARDINALS FIRST UNIT OFFENSE WAS AWFUL: Kyler Murray was on the field for three possessions – nine plays, zero first downs and minus one yard. He was without four starters, including DeAndre Hopkins.
        *THE SHORTHANDED OFFENSIVE LINE GAVE MURRAY CLOSE TO ZERO CHANCE: The Cardinals were without starting guards Justin Pugh (positive COVID test) and Brian Winters (undisclosed injury early in camp). Backups Josh Jones and Sean Harlow struggled. It also didn’t help that D.J. Humphries, their best pass protector, was easily beaten for a sack by All-Pro level defensive lineman Chris Jones that resulted in a Kyler Murray fumble.
        *THE CARDINALS FRONT SEVEN WAS ALSO SHORTHANDED: The starting defensive line on Friday nigt was Michael Dogbe, Leki Fotu and the recently acquired Jack Crawford. The preferred starters are J.J. Watt (hamstring), Jordan Phillips (recent positive COVID test and previously injured in camp) and Corey Peters (returning from 2020 season-ending injury). Watt revealed on Friday night that he will practice for the first time on Monday.
        *TOP DRAFT PICK ZAVEN COLLINS MUST PLAY BETTER: His talent level is impressive, but his tackling must improve quickly with the Cardinals facing Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook the first two weeks of the regular season.
         *JONATHAN WARD REMAINS AHEAD OF ASU ALUM ENO BENJAMIN AS THE THIRD RUNNING BACK: The Cardinals are doing everything to give Benjamin a chance to make the roster with kick return opportunities and even part of the kickoff team during the second half. Benjamin was active for zero games last season, in part because Ward was a special teams participant.
        *THE CARDINALS HAVE TO BE AMONG THE 2021 LEAGUE LEADERS IN COVID ISSSUES: NFL Network reported that two assistant coaches missed the game due to COVID-19 protocols. Kingsbury mentioned more than once during training camp that the entire coaching staff was vaccinated.