First: Kyler Murray gives the Cardinals a chance in every game they play.
- Kyler may have played his worst game as a passer and the Cardinals still dominated the game. Murray missed receivers, had several bouts of miscommunication with receivers and still generally look comfortable in the pocket but he was also clearly the best offensive player on the field all night. Thats a gift. Murray used his legs to pick up yards, to set up others on the ground and did enough to find Christian Kirk for a backbreaking 80 yard touchdown. When you have a franchise QB, you always have a chance and that is true with Kyler Murray.
- The Cardinals four wins have come against teams with a combined record of 6-18, which matters as context. But it doesn't diminish what they did on Monday night. On a national stage against a desperate team, the Cardinals did what any team is supposed to do; they blew them out. Turning two early Ezekiel Elliott fumbles into 14 points and then stepping on the gas with Kirk's touchdown and never letting the Cowboys back in the game, the Cardinals dominated.
- Vance Joseph went from being invited to a farewell party to unpacking boxes at his house to hanging pictures and after last night's defensive effort, Vance Joseph can paint the walls inside his house any ridiculous color he wants because he isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
- Budda Baker had seven solo tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, an interception and two additional QB hits. If baseball has the cycle, this stat line deserves its own nickname too; I'm going to call it the Baker's Dozen. The Cardinals used Baker like Seattle uses Jamal Adams and Baker immediately became the best pass rusher on the field. An incredible performance from the former second rounder.
- Even though there are roughly 500 other interesting angles to the game against the Seahawks, I wouldn't complain if it just became a skills competition between Budda and Jamal Adams. Put them through a dunk contest, HR Derby, FG contest, QB skills competition, head to head 40 yard race and general trivia. Who's not watching that?
- Christian Kirk is the Cardinals best downfield weapon and they finally realized that on Monday Night. All it took was Sweet Andy Isabella completing losing track of a beautifully thrown deep ball by Kyler Murray during the first series of the game and another route that Sweet Andy ran incorrectly later in the half. Add this on top of Isabella's alligator arms against Carolina and his stumble and drop of another well placed Murray deep ball against the Lions and hopefully Sweet Andy can find other ways to contribute. The fact is that despite the progress he has made in year two, Isabella is not a natural catcher of the football. He can run fast, which is cool, but everything else comes across like he's being asked to juggle chainsaws.
- If you fell asleep or missed the Monday night game and woke up this morning and just checked the boxscore, you would've guessed this was the Kenyan Drake breakout game everyone has been clamoring for. And while Drake was much better, this was more of a fantasy football breakout performance than actual breakout. Drake dropped a surefire first down, went down too easily on first contact but did manage to reel off a few impressive runs including the garbage time 70 yarder. Hopefully it's the beginning for Drake, not the peak.
- Which stat through six weeks is more disorienting? The Cardinals currently have the second best defense in football in terms of points per game allowed or Kyler Murray has taken the fewest hits of any quarterback in football? If you read both quickly, you'll feel what it's like to have a concussion.
- The trade deadline is in two weeks. After beating the Cowboys and improving to 4-2, should the Cardinals be buyers? Multiple national articles have linked the Cardinals to TE's like Zach Ertz, Evan Engram and David Njoku. I'm still a believer that this Cardinals teams needs as many draft picks as possible and a TE isn't going to make this team demonstrably better.
- Under the Radar Stars: Haason Reddick had his best game as a Cardinal, Angelo Blackson makes one play every opening series and then disappears forever, Deonte Thompson, Hell on Wheels Dennis Gardeck and DJ Humphries all deserve some love.
- Whats next? The Seahawks. A measuring stick game of measuring stick games. Russel vs. Kyler. Adams vs. Budda. Isabella vs. Metcalf. Bring it on.