It’s easy to write off the 2021 Minnesota Vikings after one week. Not only did they lose to the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 in overtime, but their Week 2 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, dismantled the Tennessee Titans 38-13. Arizona’s third-year quarterback, Kyler Murray, threw four touchdown passes and ran another one in. Edge rusher Chandler Jones embarrassed Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan to the tune of five sacks. He now faces Rashod Hill in Week 2, and it’s hard to imagine that Jones won’t wreak havoc again.
But when looking beyond the box-score numbers, the formula for the Cardinals’ dominant play may not carry over for a second consecutive week. Arizona got on top of the Titans early when a strip-sack of Ryan Tannehill gave them the ball at Tennessee’s one-yard line. Two plays later, Murray found star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to give the Cardinals a 10-0 lead seven minutes into the game.