Sep 11, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels (right) and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) react in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders, Cardinals face off looking to avoid 0-2 start

In a battle of two desert teams thirsty for a win, the Arizona Cardinals visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday with each team looking to bounce back after a Week 1 loss.

The Cardinals (0-1) were on the wrong end of a 44-21 rout at the hands of the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, while the Raiders fell behind 17-3 in the first half and never got closer than five in a 24-19 loss to the Chargers in Los Angeles.

First-year Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels figures his team will see a different Arizona team than the one that totaled only 282 yards on offense while allowing 488 to Kansas City.

“We’re going to play another good team this week and so if we do the right things, we’ll have a chance,” McDaniels said. “And if we don’t and we put ourselves in a hole, it’ll be hard.

“Learning how to win is not something you get to carry over from one year to the next, not as a coach and not as a team. That’s something that you acquire through work and trust and repetition and habits. I really believe that and so we’re going to work hard at it again this week.”

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury appeared shell-shocked his team’s play and said his players need to play with a sense of urgency.

“I think with our locker room leadership and what happened last week, our focus is solely on winning the game and trying to be dramatically better than we were last week,” Kingsbury said.

The defense played without a third cornerback in the opener because of injuries, and it showed against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Cardinals hope Trayvon Mullen Jr. (toe) might be ready to play, but he was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Arizona acquired Mullen in a trade with the Raiders last month.

Quarterback Kyler Murray and the offense will also face an old friend in the person of Chandler Jones, who left the Cardinals in the offseason as a free agent. In his only game against Arizona, he picked up a sack and forced a fumble in 2012 when he was with the Patriots.

Both offenses also feature former college teammates who reunited in the offseason.

Murray hopes to establish a rhythm with wide receiver Marquise Brown, his college teammate at Oklahoma, while Derek Carr and wide receiver Davante Adams continue their post-Fresno State journey. Each pass-catcher had a touchdown in their debut with their new team, but Adams had the bigger day with 10 receptions for 141 yards. (Brown had four grabs for 43 yards and his score.)

Neither team ran the ball effectively in Week 1, though, as Raiders running backs Josh Jacobs and Brandon Bolden combined for 64 yards on 13 carries, while Arizona’s James Conner and Eno Benjamin totaled 14 carries for 54 yards.

The Raiders (0-1) do have to be mindful of the scrambling ability of Murray, who finished as the Cardinals’ leading rusher last Sunday with 29 yards.

Despite Kingsbury’s emphasis on urgency, offensive linemen Kelvin Beachum and Rodney Hudson rested Wednesday and did not practice. Tight end Zach Ertz (calf) and receivers Andy Isabella (back) and Rondale Moore (hamstring) were also non-participants.

Offensive lineman Justin Pugh (neck) was limited while cornerback Marco Wilson (ankle) practiced fully.

For the Raiders, running back Brandon Bolden (hamstring), center Andre James (concussion), linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) and safety Tre’von Moehrig (hip) did not practice.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, United States; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) shrugs as he walks into the end zone untouched for a score against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-Arizona Republic

Patrick Mahomes throws 5 TDs as Chiefs rout Cardinals

Patrick Mahomes threw for five touchdowns and the Kansas City Chiefs racked up 488 yards of total offense as they cruised past the Arizona Cardinals 44-21 on Sunday in the season opener for both teams in Glendale, Ariz.

The Chiefs, who have appeared in the AFC Championship Game in each of the past four seasons, won their eighth consecutive season opener.

Mahomes, who has played in the last five of those openers, moved the team with ease all afternoon, completing 30 of 39 passes for 360 yards. He was replaced by Chad Henne with just over five minutes remaining in the game.

All six of Kansas City’s touchdowns came in the red zone. Mahomes connected with Clyde Edwards-Helaire twice, and also found Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman and Jody Fortson once. Rookie running back Isiah Pacheco added a 3-yard touchdown run and ended up leading the team in rushing with 62 yards on 12 carries.

The Chiefs outgained Arizona 488-282, had 33 first downs to Arizona’s 18 and averaged 7.4 yards per play to the Cardinals’ 4.5.

Kansas City started fast and built a 23-7 lead at halftime. Mahomes had three touchdown passes, two to Edwards-Helaire and one to Kelce.

James Conner provided Arizona’s only points of the first half with a 2-yard rushing touchdown.

Following Conner’s score, Mahomes led the Chiefs on an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Edwards-Helaire’s 4-yard touchdown reception and a 20-7 lead.

Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker suffered an ankle injury on the kickoff after the team’s first touchdown and safety Justin Reid took over. He hit one extra point and missed one and booted three kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

Butker returned late in the first half and was successful on a 54-yard field goal with two seconds remaining.

Arizona showed some life in the fourth quarter, as Kyler Murray threw 6-yard touchdown passes to Marquise Brown and Zach Ertz. Murray finished with 193 yards on 22-for-34 passing in addition to 29 rushing yards on five carries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden (44) against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cardinals OLB Markus Golden agrees to one-year extension

The Arizona Cardinals and pass rusher Markus Golden agreed to a one-year contract extension worth up to $6.5 million, ESPN reported Friday.

Golden, 31, recorded 11 sacks, 19 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 48 tackles in 16 games (five starts) with the Cardinals last season.

The outside linebacker signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Cardinals in March 2021. The extension keeps him in Arizona through at least the 2023 season.

Golden began his career with the Cardinals as a 2015 second-round draft pick. He signed with the New York Giants before the 2019 season, and the Giants traded him back to Arizona on Oct. 23, 2020 for a 2021 sixth-round pick.

He has 275 tackles, 44.5 sacks, 110 quarterback hits, 11 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 94 games (54 starts) with the Cardinals (2015-18, 2020-21) and New York Giants (2019-20).

The Cardinals open the 2022 season on Sunday at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Aug 20, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Washington Commanders during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Kliff Kingsbury, Patrick Mahomes reunite as Cardinals host Chiefs

Over the last four seasons, the NFL has witnessed Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ capabilities on a first-hand basis.

However, no one knows them more than Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who recruited Mahomes to Texas Tech. Now, he has to coach against him for the first time in the 2022 season opener when his Cardinals clash with the Chiefs in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday.

Admitting “it’ll be a little surreal going against him,” Kingsbury remains proud of what Mahomes has accomplished on and off the field.

“Just really proud of the person,” Kingsbury said. “Just watching how he’s grown up, the leadership qualities he shows on and off the field. I mean, anytime you watch him in any of those arenas, just how socially responsible he is, how he leads, how he treats people, the stuff he does in the community with charities, and he runs the gamut of what you want a sports star to be like and carry himself. And so that’s been really special to watch that development.”

Kingsbury, of course, has watched the development of his own quarterback, Kyler Murray, who enters his fourth season after signing a five-year, $230 million contract extension a few days before the beginning of training camp.

While Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will be preparing Mahomes and the offense to go against a depleted group of Arizona cornerbacks, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will have his hands full with Murray, even with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins serving a six-game league suspension for a PED violation.

They hope defensive end Frank Clark and defensive tackle Chris Jones will lead their teammates and keep Murray from destroying the game plan.

“Well, you have to say discipline, obviously,” Reid said when asked about what he expects from the defensive line. “Speed becomes important. (Murray’s) got speed, so there’s a runner. So keeping them contained I think is important. As you work through it, that discipline becomes a big factor.

“But you always want the aggressiveness, you want speed, you want that transition between the run and the pass to be aggressive and fundamentally sound.”

Chiefs first-round pick Trent McDuffie is expected to start at one cornerback spot, and the secondary will have to deal with lightning-fast wide receiver Marquise Brown, acquired by the Cardinals on draft day from the Ravens for a first-round pick.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs moved on from wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the offseason, and while Mahomes still has tight end Travis Kelce as his security blanket, he hopes to exploit Arizona’s cover corners by utilizing holdover Mecole Hardman, veteran additions JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and second-round rookie Skyy Moore.

The Cardinals’ cornerback conundrum occurred after the death of Jeff Gladney in May and the recent loss of Antonio Hamilton for at least four games because of burns following a kitchen accident.

Byron Murphy Jr. and Marco Wilson are expected to start, but Wilson had issues in camp and the depth behind them includes recent trade acquisition Trayvon Mullen Jr. and waiver-wire pickup Javelin Guidry.

Another significant concern for the Cardinals is injuries.

The Chiefs listed no players as not practicing or limited for Wednesday’s practice, while the Cardinals had eight.

Defensive end J.J. Watt (calf), edge rusher Markus Golden (toe) and Mullen (toe) did not participate. Tight end Zach Ertz (calf) and left guard Justin Pugh (neck) were limited, along with long snapper Aaron Brewer (ankle), linebacker Ezekiel Turner (shoulder) and running back Jonathan Ward (shoulder).

–Field Level Media

Jun 6, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12), Trace McSorley (19) and Jarrett Guarantano (16) during OTA workouts at the teams training facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals put Colt McCoy on IR, promote Trace McSorley

The Arizona Cardinals put backup quarterback Colt McCoy on injured reserve Wednesday and promoted Trace McSorley to No. 2.

McCoy, 36, will have to miss at least the first four games of the season. McSorley, 27, will open as Kyler Murray’s primary backup.

McCoy has been battling an arm issue through much of training camp.

Neither McCoy nor Murray appeared in a preseason game, with McSorley taking a majority of the snaps under center.

McSorley was promoted from the practice squad to replace McCoy on the 53-man roster. The Cardinals re-signed rookie QB Jarrett Guarantano to replace McSorley on the practice squad.

McCoy went 2-1 last season in place of Murray, who missed time with an ankle injury. Overall, McCoy is 10-23 as a starter with five different teams. He has thrown for 7,195 career yards and 33 touchdowns in 52 games (33 starts).

McSorley has appeared in three games – all with Baltimore – and has thrown just 10 passes while completing three, one for a TD. He was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in the 2019 draft.

The Cardinals also signed cornerback Corey Ballentine to the practice squad. To make room on the 16-man squad, the team released wide receiver Jontre Kirklin.

The Cardinals open the season Sunday at home vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

Aug 8, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, U.S.;  Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Hamilton (33) warms up during training camp at State Farm Stadium.

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Cardinals put CB Antonio Hamilton on NFI list

Already thin at the position, the Arizona Cardinals took another hit in the secondary on Thursday.

The team put cornerback Antonio Hamilton on the reserve/non-football injury list after a cooking accident, NFL Network reported. Hamilton will miss at least four games.

Hamilton, 29, played in 17 games (two starts) for the Cardinals last season, recording 38 tackles and four passes defended. He played in 29 percent of the team’s defensive snaps and 47 percent of the Cards’ special teams snaps.

Hamilton has played in 74 games (four starts) with four teams.

The Cardinals acquired CB Trayvon Mullen from the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this week.

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Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen (27) against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Cardinals acquire CB Trayvon Mullen from Raiders

The Arizona Cardinals acquired cornerback Trayvon Mullen from the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2023, ESPN and NFL Network reported.

The pick could become a sixth-rounder based on Mullen’s playing time, per the reports.

Mullen, 24, has 134 tackles and four interceptions in 37 career games (31 starts) for the Raiders, who selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft. He’s entering the final year of his rookie deal.

The Cardinals shore up a position that is young and ranked 24th in team coverage in 2021, according to Pro Football Focus. Offseason signee Jeff Gladney died in a car accident in May.

–Field Level Media

Aug 6, 2022; Canton, OH, USA; A general overall view of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Don Coryell named finalist for Hall of Fame selection

Don Coryell, the offensive genius who was a mastermind behind the modern NFL passing offense, has been named a finalist for election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coryell, who coached the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, was announced as a finalist on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Hall of Fame’s coach/contributor committee met to whittle down the 12 coach/contributor candidates to one. His name advances to a vote of the full 49-person selection committee, who will choose the Class of 2023 in January.

The group will weigh the merits of Coryell, 15 modern-era players and three players selected by the Hall’s seniors committee.

A candidate must be named on 80 percent of the ballots for selection to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Coryell was selected to advance to the final stage from a list of coach/contributor finalists that included Roone Arledge, Mike Holmgren, Art Rooney Jr. and Mike Shanahan.

Coryell had a record of 111-83-1 in 14 NFL seasons with the Cardinals (1973-77) and Chargers (1978-86), and his teams made six playoff appearances. He is best remembered as the architect of the “Air Coryell” offense, which revolutionized the single-back formation, tight ends in motion and receiver option routes.

His Chargers led the NFL in scoring offense three times, in total offense five times and in passing offense in seven seasons.

He died in 2010 at age 85.

This is the sixth time Coryell has been a finalist for the Hall of Fame, which already has welcomed a group of his former players that includes Dan Fouts, Charlie Joyner, Kellen Winslow and Dan Dierdorf.

–Field Level Media

Aug 16, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during training camp at State Farm Stadium.

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Cardinals’ J.J. Watt out for two preseason games with COVID

Star defensive end J.J. Watt has tested positive for COVID-19, the Arizona Cardinals said ahead of their preseason game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.

Watt was ruled out not only for the matchup against the Ravens, but for the Cardinals’ preseason finale Saturday at the Tennessee Titans.

The NFL stopped its official COVID-19 protocol in March but still follows CDC guidelines that call for five days in isolation after a positive test.

Watt, 33, is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and five-time first-team All-Pro who is entering his second season with the Cardinals. He played just seven games in his first season with the team before suffering a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery, though he made it back for Arizona’s loss in the wild-card round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

The longtime Houston Texan has played in 135 career games (all starts) and has 102 sacks, 26 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries and 547 tackles.

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Arizona Cardinals owner, Bill Bidwill, flanked by Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, left, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt, holds the NFC Championship trophy after beating the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

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Late owner Bill Bidwill to enter Cardinals’ Ring of Honor

Late owner Bill Bidwill will become the 19th member of the Arizona Cardinals’ Ring of Honor at halftime of the team’s season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 11.

Bidwill owned the team from 1962 until his death in 2019 at the age of 88. He was a co-owner with brother Charles Bidwill Jr. until 1972, when he purchased the team outright.

During his ownership tenure, Bidwill moved the franchise from St. Louis to Arizona in 1988. The Cardinals won the NFC Championship in 2008 and advanced to Super Bowl XLIII.

Known for his commitment to diversity in hiring, Bidwill in 2004 became the first NFL owner to hire a Black head coach (Dennis Green) and general manager (Rod Graves) at the same time.

Bidwill will join his father, Charles Bidwill Sr., who owned the team from 1933-47, in the Ring of Honor.

The other members are former coach Jimmy Conzelman, tackle Dan Dierdorf, running back John “Paddy” Driscoll, running back/defensive back Marshall Goldberg, wide receiver Roy Green, quarterback Jim Hart, cornerback Dick “Night Train” Lane, running back Ollie Matson, running back Ernie Nevers, quarterback Carson Palmer, safety Pat Tillman, running back Charley Trippi, quarterback Kurt Warner, cornerback Roger Wehrli, cornerback Aeneas Williams, safety Adrian Wilson and safety Larry Wilson.

–Field Level Media