Cardinals Overcome Slow Start, Explode for 17 Third Quarter Points in 31-19 Win Over Jaguars

Cardinals Overcome Slow Start, Explode for 17 Third Quarter Points in 31-19 Win Over Jaguars

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Cardinals Overcome Slow Start, Explode for 17 Third Quarter Points in 31-19 Win Over Jaguars

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Byron Murphy had himself a career day, picking off two passes and returning one for a touchdown in a 31-19 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla.

Arizona (3-0) has won its first three games for the first time since 2015. Quarterback Kyler Murray only threw six incompletions while going 28-34 with 316 yards.

James Conner led the Cardinals in the run game with two touchdowns and 43 yards on 11 carries. AJ Green hauled in his first 100-yard game as a Cardinal, catching five balls for 112 yards. The Cardinals struggled after scoring their first touchdown with ease early in the first. Jacksonville took advantage, scoring their first touchdown with three minutes left in the second and then returning a 68-yard field goal miss for a 109-yard touchdown to end the half. 

The game started to unravel in the third, with the Cardinals scoring two touchdowns in the span of a minute off of a James Conner run and the Murphy pick-six. Murray went 8-8 with 120 yards in that quick scoring run. 

It demonstrated a clear example of how explosive this offense can be. It looked as if this was a trap game in the making for the team; their first blemish of the season. They proved otherwise, coming back and closing out by 12. 

Jacksonville (0-3) has lost their 18th straight game and is coming close to the NFL record of 26 straight losses. 

The Jaguars had all the momentum after the kick-six that closed the first half. Jacksonville was in control for the beginning of the third as well, with James Robinson finding the end zone for the first time this season. The defense unraveled late, however, plummeting the Jaguars in the end. 

Robinson was the games leading rusher, getting 15 carries for 88 yards and the touchdown. Trevor Lawrence finished with 22 completions on 34 attempts, passing for 219 yards and a touchdown as well as two interceptions. He also fumbled twice late, which ultimately doomed the Jaguars. Marvin Jones Jr. was the Jaguars leading receiver with 62 yards. 

The Cardinals travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in the first of two big in-division matchups within these next two weeks. They take on the 49ers at home two weeks from now.

The Jaguars travel to Cincinnati on a short week to play the Bengals on Thursday night. 

Anthony Ravasio is a writer for TWSN and a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. In his downtime, you can find Anthony watching sports, enjoying his time with friends or family, or tracking his bets on Action (or all three at once). You can find TWSN on Twitter @TWSN___ and Instagram @twsn___. You can find Anthony on Twitter @anthonyravasio or Instagram @ravasiosports as well.

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