Three takeaways from Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers

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In a good one in Glendale, the Los Angeles Chargers went for and scored a two-point conversion with 00:15 left in regulation to win 25-24. The win moves LA to 6-5 on the season, while the Arizona Cardinals fall to 4-8. With the win, the Bolts remain secured in second place inside the AFC West, while the Cardinals are 4-8 in the NFC South one game up on the Los Angeles Rams.

The slightest of silver-linings for Arizona

If there is something the Cardinals can take away from Sunday’s loss it’s the play of quarterback Kyler Murray. In a good effort, Murray would complete 18 passes on 29 attempts, for 191 yards, two touchdowns and only one interception. DeAndre Hopkins and Hollywood Brown posted a good day. Hopkins was targeted six times, with four receptions and one touchdown. Brown would see eight targets and have six receptions on the day. Running back James Conner would rush for 120 yards in what was a very productive day for Arizona.

All that said, a loss is a loss. Against the Chargers, a bad defense was exposed once again as LA’s last drive yielded a touchdown and a two-point conversion. 

The Chargers are still in it

The 2022 Los Angeles Chargers are a reminder to the old AFC. They used to say the most exciting part of Oakland Raiders football was the last two minutes. Today was a throwback as LA made the last 60 seconds, especially the final 00:15, a roller-coaster that broke the hearts of Cardinals fans, and was a thriller for fans in Los Angeles. As usual, head coach Brandon Staley keeps you off balance as he dances with losses yet can find a win when you least expect it. 

The Chargers will be in the playoffs. They are too good and too talented not to be. But if they advance, it will be because Staley and his team seek NFL greatness while courting failure. 

For the Cardinals the sun is setting fast, while in LA, the Chargers chase a championship.

At 4-8, the Arizona Cardinals should begin to look to 2023. They need to shore up a bad defense and figure out what the future is for Kliff Kingsbury. Kyler Murray looked dynamic on Sunday but was not able to get his offense to put enough daylight between Arizona and the Chargers. 

While the Los Angeles Chargers manage to steal a late win in Glendale, they stay within a stones-throw of Kansas City. In the AFC West that works as both Denver and Las Vegas are not challengers to the top two in the division.

Next up for the Chargers – at Las Vegas.

Next up for Arizona – Bye week.

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