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NFL Week 7 Game Recap: Arizona Cardinals 42, New Orleans Saints 34

Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) dives forward with the ball against the New Orleans Saints in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic Nfl New Orleans Saints At Arizona Cardinals

For the first time in a month, the over hit on a Thursday night football game, as the Arizona Cardinals beat the New Orleans Saints in a shootout, 42-34. The Cardinals improved to 3-4 on the season while the Saints fell to 2-5.

Offensive spotlight: The biggest story of this game, besides Taylor Swift’s album trailer, was DeAndre Hopkins‘ return. In his first game back from a six-week suspension, Arizona’s star receiver caught 10 of his 14 targets for 103 yards, averaging a game-high 3.55 yards per route run.

Defensive spotlight: If you had the Cardinals defense on your fantasy team, you’re starting the week off hot. Arizona’s defense scored two touchdowns on three interceptions from Andy Dalton. Both Isaiah Simmons’ and Marco Wilson’s pick-sixes came within a minute of each other. 

Rookie spotlight: Saints first-rounder Chris Olave had another strong showing in what’s been an excellent rookie season so far. He finished with seven catches for 106 yards. He currently has an 80.2 grade on the season, second-highest among all offensive rookies. 

Offensive line spotlight: The Cardinals offensive line dominated in pass protection, finishing with an 84.6 pass-blocking grade on first review. Arizona allowed just a 9.4% pressure rate, its lowest figure all season.


Box Score

Passing
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Andy Dalton 32.54 30 / 47 361 7.7 4 3
Taysom Hill 10.12 1 / 2 48 24 0 0
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Kyler Murray 17.16 20 / 29 204 7 1 0
Rushing
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Andy Dalton 32.54 4 21 5.2 0 14
Alvin Kamara 17.5 11 49 4.5 0 17
Taysom Hill 10.12 3 9 3 0 3
Mark Ingram II 5.2 4 6 1.5 0 5
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Eno Benjamin 23.3 12 92 7.7 1 45
Kyler Murray 17.16 7 30 4.3 0 17
Keaontay Ingram 11.7 9 14 1.6 1 11
Greg Dortch 7.6 1 1 1 0 1
Receiving
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Chris Olave 20.6 14 7 106 7.6 0
Juwan Johnson 20.2 5 5 32 6.4 2
Alvin Kamara 17.5 9 7 56 6.2 0
Rashid Shaheed 12.3 1 1 53 53 1
Tre'Quan Smith 10.9 6 5 59 9.8 0
Taysom Hill 10.12 1 1 3 3 1
Kevin White 7.4 1 1 64 64 0
Mark Ingram II 5.2 3 3 16 5.3 0
Marquez Callaway 4 6 2 20 3.3 0
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Eno Benjamin 23.3 5 4 21 4.2 0
DeAndre Hopkins 23.3 14 10 103 7.4 0
Keaontay Ingram 11.7 2 2 23 11.5 0
Greg Dortch 7.6 1 1 5 5 1
Zach Ertz 6.1 4 2 21 5.2 0
Rondale Moore 4.1 2 1 31 15.5 0
Robbie Anderson 0 1 0 0 0 0

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