Kyler Murray: Chiefs ‘kicked our butts’ while Cardinals’ starting offense played

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The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 17-10 Friday night in the preseason. But if you look at the starters, the Chiefs won 3-0.

The Cardinals starting defense kept the Chiefs out of the end zone, holding them to a field goal and then intercepting a Patrick Mahomes pass in the end zone.

But the Cardinals’ starting offense was terrible. They lasted three drives and did not pick up a first down, going three-and-out on all three possessions. They netted minus-1 yards. Kyler Murray was 1-of-4 passing for two yards. He had one eight-yard run but he was also sacked twice and fumbled once, although the fumble was recovered by offensive lineman Josh Jones.

Murray was not available to speak to the media after the game but he did make an assessment of his and the offensive starters’ performance on the sideline with ESPN’s Lisa Salters.

“Not the outing we had hoped for,” he said on the television broadcast. “But it is what it is. Doesn’t count. Look forward to the regular season starting in a couple weeks.

“I just think we’ve gotta clean some stuff up, get some things right. They kicked our butt for the three drives we were out there. It is what it is. We’ll be better when it counts.”

Murray said earlier in the week that he wasn’t really a fan of preseason games because they don’t count. You don’t play a full game and the outcome doesn’t matter.

However, the lack of production raises concerns that they will not be sharp once the season starts. Their Week 1 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, have a potent offense. If the Cardinals come out at the start and score no points on their first three possessions, they might possibly already face a big deficit.

But Murray is confident things will be fine. After all, he did not have receiver DeAndre Hopkins, tight end Maxx Williams or two of his projected starting offensive linemen.

They have three weeks to get things right. Their season opener is in three weeks.

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