Fitzgerald serves notice as Murray Cardinal

Fortunately, nothing came close to that horror in Sunday’s skirmish, although there were some nervous (in a relative sense) moments for Ninnars fans – and, indeed, all, football fans – watching from home. Late in the first half, star Tait and George Kightle, who signed a five-year, $ 75 million contract contract last month, absorbed a hard shot from Cardinals safety Buda Baker on a red-zone incompletion while on his left knee. Injured.

As a team officer with Kightle down the sideline and into the locker room with 30 seconds remaining, bad thoughts flashed into many people’s minds. However, Kittel is not; He is one of the game’s most eternal optimists. “Good to go,” she later texted. “On New York!”

In a pre-COVID world, there was a roar when Kabble charged out of the locker room with his teammates after the intermission and took the field for the first offensive possession of the Knight’s third quarter. Instead, Levi paid tribute to a Simon and Garfunkel: Voice of silence

“It’s so weird,” Kittle said of the empty stadium. “I wish we could have liked five people per section or something.”

Real people had participated, and not just cardboard cutouts, who inhabited the seats behind each end zone (above the banner reading “It’s Take All Us” and “End Racism”), calling them the Murray & Hopkins Show Was treated in

Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft that went on to earn Office of the Year honors, was his best game as a pro, completing 26-of-40 passes for 230 yards, a touchdown and a With intercept. . He raced for another TD and had a 100-yard rushing day until the two game-closing shotguns fell to a total of 91 by kneeling.

“Kieler is truthful and has no weaknesses,” declared FitzGerald, who caught four passes for 34 yards. “He has the highest understanding of the system, as well as great power, sheer accuracy and agile agility. Dude is a real problem.”

Speaking of problems, Hopkins caught 14 passes for 151 yards in his first game with his new team and saved his best for the final: the Cardinals trailed by three and Niers 34 from third and 6 faced With 5: 27 to go, Hopkins went behind the defensive line, crossing from left to right, grabbed a touch pass from Murray and turned upward like a man with a right toe leading Was.

Hello darkness my old friend…

Hopkins’ clear touch was replayed, with a one yard touchdown set up by Drake (16 carries, 60 yards) on the next game, which would finish the game’s scoring. Instead, the man known as ‘Nook’ settled for a career-high in receptions – and a strong message for the rest of the league.

“He just looks easy,” Drake said. “After the game, the status man (in the locker room) came and told us his numbers, and I called (Hopkins) and said, ‘Yo, I always knew you were The Man. But let me tell you: you ‘They man. ‘”

Hopkins’ polite answer: “Shaking chains is the name of the game. Not necessarily a big game every time.”

Suffice it to say that the man who has been The Man in Arizona for over a decade and a half does not have company on his mind.

“You bring a ‘nuk’ to the party with your hands, routes and play ability …” Fitzgerald said. “Both of them (Murray and Hopkins) will have a dynamic relationship for years to come. The future is definitely bright.”

As they exited the levee on Sunday, the Cardinals’ bright future was obscured by the smoky haze of at least one strange and foreboding Northern California horizon.

“Larry Legend,” by contrast, was as vivid and lively as ever.

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