Watching Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Dobbs compete in the NFL is wild because he doesn’t need to do it. Dobbs graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in aerospace engineering. Having a prestigious degree to fall back on may be what has allowed him to toil on the lower depth charts of NFL teams for several years.
When former first-round pick Kyler Murray was announced out for the first four weeks of the season, it appeared Arizona would be in real trouble having to start Dobbs, who had never won a start in his career. But that hasn’t been the case. Black sports news has shown that Dobbs was ready to take on the NFL’s best defense.
The Cardinals have been competitive in all three of their games this season and finally hit the win column last Sunday. Dobbs played a big role in the win by completing 17 of 21 passes.
With the Cardinals being unhappy with Murray’s performance since they drafted him, it will be curious to see if the Cardinals still play Dobbs once Murray returns. Arizona’s win provided the best highlight in what was a strong week for the NFC West as the 49ers and Seahawks also collected victories.
|Week 2 Result
|San Francisco 49ers
|W, 30-12 vs. New York Giants
|W, 37-27 vs. Carolina Panthers
|Los Angeles Rams
|L, 19-16 at Cincinnati Bengals
|W, 28-16 vs. Dallas Cowboys
Seahawks Honor Title Team with Throwback Performance
The Seahawks were the darlings of the NFL last season after making a surprise run to the playoffs. Seattle wanted to make sure it didn’t allow the negative energy from the season opener to ruin the good vibes for 2023. While honoring the Seahawks’ Super Bowl championship team from 10 years ago, Seattle needed its passionate crowd behind it to hold off feisty Carolina.
The Seahawks had to lean on running back Kenneth Walker in the second half. Seattle’s offense was flat in the first half, and the Seahawks trailed by one point at the break. But the Michigan State product turned things up. He scored two rushing touchdowns after the break and had a game-high 97 rushing yards.
Purdy Under Fire
It’s hard to believe Brock Purdy was chosen with the last overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Thanks in part to San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan’s willingness to foster his development, Purdy has become a more than capable quarterback. When the New York Giants threw all of their pass rushers at him, he hardly broke a sweat.
The 49ers’ quarterback ended up being blitzed on 33 of his 39 pass attempts. When the Giants came with the pressure, Purdy torched them. He had 270 of his passing yards on the plays New York blitzed on. Purdy even found success without San Francisco having wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk available. He was out with a shoulder injury.
Purdy has been careful all season. He hasn’t thrown an interception and has completed 67 percent of his passes. Purdy finished with a 111.3 quarterback rating against the Giants, which is the second time this season his rating has been over 100.
Rams’ Offense Could Use Spark
Los Angeles was hoping to not see the best from Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow Monday night. And they didn’t, as Burrow was still limited in his mobility by a calf injury. Los Angeles’ problem came with trying to move the ball.
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was on the run from Cincinnati throughout the game. When the Bengals’ defense flustered the veteran quarterback, Los Angeles’ offense suffered. Stafford was sacked six times, and he was forced into two interceptions.
The Rams have also struggled to get their running game going. Other than a 22-yard run by Tutu Atwell, Los Angeles’ ball carriers combined for 49 yards on 12 carries. If the Rams are going to be a playoff threat, they will need to find a way to take the pressure off Stafford and the passing game.
San Francisco’s 3-0 Start Was a Long-Time Coming
The 49ers couldn’t coast on their reputation much longer. Despite being Super Bowl contenders for over a decade now, the 49ers have been unable to recapture the magic of their glory days of the 1980s and 90s. San Francisco is now off to its second 3-0 start since the 1999 season.
The last time the 49ers went 3-0 to start the season, they ended up going to the Super Bowl before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gannon Brings His Guys to the Desert
Being a part of a team that reaches a Super Bowl raises everyone’s profile. For Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon, serving as Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator last season, provided him with the opportunity to take his first head coaching job in Arizona. Fortunately for the Cardinals, Gannon brought some of the people who helped create that winning culture with him.
With Dallas driving late against Arizona, Cardinals linebacker Kyzir White intercepted a pass with three minutes remaining to help kill Dallas’ chance of a comeback. White, 27, came over to the Cardinals from Philadelphia last season. He has finished with at least seven tackles in the first three games of this season. White has also recorded a sack and broken up a pass.
In Myers’ Seattle Trusts
While the Seahawks’ offense struggled to finish drives early, Seattle relied on kicker Jason Myers to help out until they figured things out. Myers booted five field goals against Carolina. It was a much-needed boost for the team and Myers.
Last week against Detroit, Meyers had missed two of his three field goal attempts. Surprisingly, making five goals in a game wasn’t Myers’ career record. During a 2018 game against the New York Jets, Myers went a perfect 7-for-7.
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