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NFL Week 5 PFF ReFocused: Arizona Cardinals 30, New York Jets 10

Kyler Murray threw for a career-high 380 yards against the reeling New York Jets to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 30-10 victory.

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Story of the Game

The Cardinals' offense continues to impress in 2020. The growing connection between Murray and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins continues to blossom into one of the most dangerous quarterback-wide receiver duos in the league, as Hopkins posted the highest average depth of target (17.1) and the highest yards per reception (21.8) average since joining the Cardinals in the offseason. Murray was able to hit Hopkins on two deep passes (45 and 37 yards) in the fourth quarter to bury the Jets.

Murray easily pushed the ball downfield against the Jets secondary, averaging 9.9 yards per pass attempt, his highest mark of the season. Murray also completed four of the seven passes he threw 15-plus-yards downfield, which was another season-high mark.

The lone bright spot on the Jets offense was not Le’Veon Bell returning from injury or Joe Flacco taking over at quarterback. Rather, it was veteran wideout Jamison Crowder proving that he is one of the league's best slot receivers when he's healthy and at his best. Crowder has posted three straight 100-yard performances in 2020 and gained over half of the Jets’ receiving yards against Arizona (116 of 195 yards).

Neither team pressured the quarterback significantly in this matchup. Haason Reddick and Chandler Jones led the way with three pressures each, and Dennis Gardeck added two sacks for the Cardinals.

Rookie Watch

No rookie for either team played significant snaps on the offensive side of the ball. Arizona's Jonathan Ward came the closest, and he saw the field for just three offensive snaps.

On the other side of the ball, Lamar Jackson paced the Jets in defensive snaps played, with 68. Jackson was targeted eight times in coverage and allowed seven receptions for 130 yards and one score. Bryce Huff added one pressure on 20 pass-rushing snaps for New York.

Meanwhile, Leki Fotu and Rashard Lawrence both saw eight pass-rushing snaps and combined for three pressures on the day for the Cardinals.

Isaiah Simmons, the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is still struggling to make an impact and only received 13 total defensive snaps.

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