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Saints vs. Cardinals score, takeaways: Arizona loses home to beat New Orleans

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The Arizona Cardinals defeated the New Orleans Saints 42-34 in a “Thursday Night Football” game with some offense actually, and it’s been a nice change of pace this season. The Cardinals moved to 3-4 and caught an eight-game home losing streak, with the Saints down to 2-5.

With less than three minutes left in the second quarter, it was an even match for most of the first half, with a draw match. Then the scale tilted drastically towards the Cardinals, who scored three goals at the time.

The visiting defense rattled quarterback Andy Dalton and his offense with back-to-back interception returns that followed the offensive hit from Arizona.

Entering the half with 22 missed points and a 28-14 lead was more than a solid start for the Cardinals to continue into the second half.

The Saints came out of the half and scored a point and a score there was definitely crucial, but they needed to land seven instead of three to catch up.

To make matters worse for the Saints, the Cardinals scored another goal in the third quarter, leading 35-17 with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray to Greg Dortch.

The Saints made a fourth-place game with a 17-yard field goal from Juwan Johnson.

It was a touchdown party tonight and the Cardinals put another one halfway through the fourth quarter thanks to Eno Benjamin’s five-yard offense.

If you thought touchdowns ended here, think again. This high-scoring game saw another one from the Saints, making it 42-31 games thanks to a pass from Dalton to Juwan Johnson.

With less than a minute left, the Saints made their shot into an eight-point game, followed by an unsuccessful inning attempt that sealed the win for Arizona.

Why did the cardinals win?

Simply put, they were the better team. They were more complete on all sides of the ball and picked up the opposing team’s weak points and took advantage of them.

The Cardinals offense sparked a new spark as DeAndre Hopkins returned from his sentence. Hopkins finished the night with 10 receptions for 103 yards.

The defense deserves big credit for the win, catching Andy Dalton three times. All players intervened, along with Antonio Hamilton, Isaiah Simmons and Marco Williams.

Why did the saints lose

Two tackles for comebacks will never set you up for a win, and the offense failed to rebound in the explosive end where the Cardinals had three goals in the explosive end of the second quarter.

The Saints offense lacked consistency and while things weren’t all that bad, they needed to establish a steady rhythm and failed to do so.

With Jameis Winston out, Andy Dalton took the reigns and was good when he was good, throwing 4 touchdowns and 361 yards, but when he was bad he was giving the other team touchdowns.

Turning point

The first six picks of the first half really made a statement and also shifted the momentum towards the Cardinals. The 38-yard interception return from Marco Wilson gave the Cardinals the first lead of the game, a lead they would hold for the rest of the game.

gameplay of the game

Since I’ve already mentioned a six pick as the turning point, it seems fair to give some attention to the second pick six.

With less than a minute left in the half, Isaiah Simmons stopped Andy Dalton and became the quarterback’s third pick at the half. Simmons sprinted to the front of the house for 56 yards, making the lead 28-14.

what’s next

The Saints will host the Las Vegas Raiders, currently 1-4, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on October 30.

The Cardinals will travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings in Week 8. The Vikings are quietly getting off to a great start to the season and are top of their division as we head into the weekend.