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3 reasons why SF 49ers lost ugly to Cardinals in Week 1

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Running back Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The SF 49ers start the 2020 campaign with a 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The SF 49ers home opener came in like a lion and out like a lamb. There was lots of excitement heading into Sunday’s afternoon matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, but it was all muffled after a disastrous showing by the regaining NFC Champs.

A famous quote comes to mind when looking back at this game, ironically from former Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green: “They are who we thought they were.”

The SF 49ers knew the Cardinals were going to play them extremely tough. They knew Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray was dangerous. They knew wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was going to shine in his first game with his new team.

But maybe Niners forgot they were supposed to be the better team? There wasn’t a lot of rollover from the offseason, which is great for consistency sake. However, it looked like the SF 49ers were all playing together for the first time.

Could it have been from the bad air due to the California fires? No Faithful in the stands to provide the team with a boost when they needed it? Whatever it was, they played ugly.

The SF 49ers were hit with the injury bug before kickoff. Wide receivers Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) missed the game, while offensive lineman Ben Garland (ankle) also sat out.

Nevertheless, the SF 49ers showed sparks of being the NFC powerhouse we expect them to be. But they’ll need to clean up a lot of points starting with penalties.

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Kyler Murray is Arizona Cardinals Week Two MVP

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Kyler Murray completed two of his biggest passes this season. One was a 54-yard pass to Andy Isabella, while the other was a 48-yard pass to Christian Kirk. Both passes led to a score for the Cardinals. Murray ended the game with 285 passing yards on 26 completions, with DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald combining for 15 of them.

Besides finishing with a touchdown pass, he also had two touchdown runs – one for 21 yards. This makes Murray the first Cardinals quarterback since 1969 with a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown in consecutive games.

The second-year quarterback had another record in Sunday’s win as well. Last year, he was the first rookie to start the season with at least 25 completions in his first two games of the season. This year, Murray started his first two games of the season with at least 25 completions.

The defensive front that recorded eight sacks against Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ended up with only three against Murray. His elusiveness allowed him to escape Chase Young and company and he ended up with over 60 yards rushing.

There were also a couple “firsts” in Sunday’s win. Hopkins caught his first touchdown pass, and linebacker Devon Kennard recorded his first sack. Hopkins is also the first player in NFL history to have the most receptions in his first two games on a new team.

Speaking of the defensive side, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell wins the MVP for Vance Joseph’s defense. Campbell finished with 10 total tackles and two pass breakups.

Campbell played well in coverage as well. He was all over tight end Logan Thomas and did not allow a touchdown in coverage.

Next: Cardinals 2-0 for first time in five years

Campbell also stopped numerous Washington players from getting a first down.  Both Murray and the defense look to continue their success against the Detroit Lions next Sunday in Arizona.

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Can the Atlanta Falcons avoid 0-3 against the Chicago Bears?

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The Atlanta Falcons are hoping to avoid an 0-3 start in 2020.

The last time the Atlanta Falcons started the season with three straight losses, it was 2007. While the 2020 team is far more talented, they cannot get it together on the field. Getting a win this week will be tough as the Falcons defense will be without as many as four starters.

How does it week three go with the Bears in town? The Blogging Dirty staff weighs in.

Jeff Benedict – Site Expert

Rookie corner A.J. Terrell was a bright light on a very dark defense last week against the Cowboys. He only allowed two catches for seven yards.

If you haven’t heard, the Falcons will be without the corner this week as he becomes the NFL’s first COVID casualty and will miss this week. Unfortunately, that means that the Falcons are going to have to rely on Isaiah Oliver and Darqueze Dennard, who has been atrocious.

No Takk McKinley, Ricardo Allen, and Dante Fowler could spell disaster for the Falcons. Matt Ryan and the offense will have another terrific day but it won’t be enough.

Ross Terrell – Contributor

All the pressure is on Atlanta with this game. An embarrassing loss in week two, a listless loss in week one, and they’re still question about the run game.

Atlanta, sorry, Dan Quinn – needs this win for his coaching career.

If Atlanta has any hopes of making the playoffs, they need to show what they’re about Sunday, on the road. But seeing this team so far, they don’t.

Joe Beasley – Contributor

The Falcons are 0-2 heading into a game with the Chicago Bears. Dan Quinn jas expressed to us for the 100th time that everyone is pissed off. It might be in his best interest to make sure his team shows that on the field. Matt Ryan has played great, the offensive line is doing a good job as well.

Russell Gage has been producing when given the opportunity to do so. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this Falcons team will do just enough for the victory but Quinn loses his job after the game.

Next: Injury report wont be kind to Atlanta Falcons in Week 3

Ethan Johnson – Contributor

The beginning of the season couldn’t possibly get any worse for the Atlanta Falcons. As for the Bears, they are 2-0, and Mitchell Trubisky should be salivating at the thought of facing the dreadful Falcons secondary.

With that being said, I think this game could actually be rather close thanks to the Falcons offense. Chicago will score a lot, but so will Atlanta. Ultimately, I cannot pick the Falcons because, as I said last week, I have no confidence in this coaching staff.

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Buffalo Bills: How to watch in Week 3 and final thoughts

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This is where to watch the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams as well as some final thoughts about the game.

The Buffalo Bills will be returning to Bills Stadium for a Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. This is one of the marquee games on Sunday as it is the only one with two undefeated teams facing each other.

How to watch the Buffalo Bills in Week 3

Game time: 1 PM EST

Channel: FOX

Broadcast Team: Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard

Final Thoughts prior to the Buffalo Bills Week 3 matchup

Is Josh Allen for real?

All eyes will be on Josh Allen to see if the start to the year is real or just a result of playing against lesser teams. Through the first two games, Allen is leading the league in passing yards with 727 yards, six passing touchdowns, no interceptions along with one rushing touchdown.

While it is early, he should be discussed among MVP hopefuls and a win here will only cement his place in those discussions.

Can a return from Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano turn the defense around?

On the defensive side of the ball, the question is how the defense will look hopefully with Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano back. They both missed the game last week against the Miami Dolphins and Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to move the ball almost at ease.

This is a good Rams offense and if the Buffalo Bills defense has a similar performance, this could end up being a shootout.

Big matchup on the outside

Among the individual matchups, there may be none better than Stefon Diggs going up against Rams’ corner Jalen Ramsey. The addition of Diggs has really unlocked this offense and the wide receiver has had a tremendous start to the year with 239 receiving yards, which is tied for the league lead.

Next: Who are the X-Factors for the Bills in Week 3?

It remains to be seen just how often the two will lineup across from one another but when they do, it will be must-watch TV.

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