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NFL Week 7 PFF ReFocused: Arizona Cardinals 27, New York Giants 21

The first overall pick of the 2019 draft got the better of the sixth overall pick of the 2019 draft, as the Cardinals secured a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants in Week 7 of NFL action.

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Final Score

Arizona Cardinals 27, New York Giants 21

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray’s unspectacular numbers against the Giants are more a product of play-calling rather than poor performance. Many of Murray’s passes were jet sweeps, screens and underneath throws. He was only asked to look downfield to throw a handful of times in the game.

Running back Chase Edmonds had a huge day at MetLife Stadium, running for 126 yards and three scores. He didn’t need to shed many tackles to put up those stats, however, as he spent most of the day running through open holes and beating the Giants' defenders to the edge.

Chandler Jones was the beneficiary of a combination of poor pass blocking and Daniel Jones' propensity to hold onto the ball for too long. The pass-rusher ended the game with a season-high four sacks.

With a game-high completion of 28 yards, the Cardinals' secondary did a solid job of minimizing the amount of yardage they allowed through the air. Safety Budda Baker also contributed with a handful of run stops in a well-rounded performance.

New York Giants

Daniel Jones endured a rough start, throwing an early pass into double coverage and coughing up multiple fumbles. At times he did manage to move the ball down the field, the highlight being a nice seam pass to Rhett Ellison in the second quarter.

The offense's struggles were compounded by a number of critical drops from the Giants' receiving corps, including one from the returning Saquon Barkley.

The second level of the Giants' defense was exposed against the run by Kingsbury’s Cardinals. Many of the run plays called were outside runs designed to stretch the defense, and the linebackers and secondary repeatedly took bad angles and were unable to navigate through Arizona’s linemen blocking downfield.

The Cardinals didn’t drop back to pass often, but when they did, the Giants’ pass-rush was almost nonexistent. When they did manage to pressure Murray, it was either late in the play or caused by Murray bailing from a clean pocket and running into pressure.

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