Cardinals Take Advantage Of Turnovers For TNF Win Over Saints

Oct 20, 2022, 10:09 PM
Andy Dalton #14 of the New Orleans Saints and Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals meet at midfield following the game at State Farm Stadium on October 20, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Arizona Cardinals forced three turnovers and turned them into points during their Thursday Night Football win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 7.

Cardinals beat Saints on Thursday Night Football

The Cardinals hosted the Saints at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Thursday, October 20.

Arizona beat New Orleans, 42-34.

Although the final scoreboard showed a one-possession game, the outcome wasn’t that close. The Cardinals dominated much of the contest and the Saints scored 17 of their total points during the final quarter of action.

Arizona found itself down 7-3 after the first quarter thanks to a touchdown by former Weber State and current Saints receiver Rashid Shaheed. It was Shaheed’s second career touchdown and came on his second career touch.

In the second quarter, the Cardinals turned the game in their favor by forcing three turnovers by the Saints, all interceptions thrown by Andy Dalton.

The first turnover led to a field goal by Arizona to make 7-6 New Orleans. After both teams added touchdowns to the board, New Orleans’ came on a catch by former BYU star Taysom Hill, the Cardinals recorded back-to-back pick-sixes of Dalton to end the first half. The two interceptions for scores stretch Arizona’s lead to 28-14 and gave the Cardinals a 25-point second quarter.

In the third quarter, the Cardinals added another touchdown on a strike from Kyler Murray to Greg Dortch to make it 35-17 game.

New Orleans outscored Arizona by 10 points over the final quarter, but the turnovers and early deficit were too much to overcome. The Saints were unable to recover a pair of onside kicks late in the game and the Cardinals captured their third win of the season.

Dalton finished the game 30/47 passing for 361 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. Rookie Chris Olave led the Saints with seven catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Murray was 20/29 passing for 204 yards and a touchdown. In his first game this season, DeAndre Hopkins pulled in 10 receptions for 103 yards.

Locals in the NFL

New Orleans Saints

Chase Hansen

Taysom Hill – 2/2 passing for 48 yards, three carries for nine yards, and one catch for three yards and a touchdown

Daniel Sorensen

Rashid Shaheed – one catch for 53 yards and a touchdown, one kick return for 23 yards, and two punt returns for a total of 28 yards

Kaden Elliss

Arizona Cardinals

Leki Fotu – two total tackles, one solo tackle, and one quarterback hit

Nick Vigil – Injured Reserve

Ty’Son Williams – Practice Squad

Up Next

With the result, the Saints dropped to 2-5 on the season and the Cardinals improved their record to 3-4.

New Orleans’ next game is at home against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, October 30 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS.

Arizona’s next game is one the road against the Minnesota Vikings on October 30 at 11 a.m. on FOX.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).


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