DeAndre Hopkins’ return and the Cardinals’ pick-six frenzy help them defeat the Saints.

On Thursday night in Glendale, Kliff Kingsbury’s squad defeated the New Orleans Saints 42-34 for their third victory of the year after their offense woke up and the Saints gave them a pair of scores.

Late in the first half, when Saints quarterback Andy Dalton threw two pick-sixes that completely changed the momentum to the Cardinals’ sideline, that was the game’s high point.

The Cardinals defense was prepared to make a play after Kyler Murray made it 13 plays down the field and Keaontay Ingram ran for a two-yard touchdown. Marquez Callaway was the target of a pass from Dalton on the drive’s second play, but he was unable to catch it.

Instead, to give the Cardinals a 21-14 lead, second-year cornerback Marco Wilson grabbed the ball out of the air and dove into the end zone.

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Five plays later, Isaiah Simmons was the only player in the area as Dalton launched another pass over the middle, and he caught it and ran with it 56 yards while playing middle linebacker, showcasing his lightning speed.

The Cardinals led the Saints 28-14 at the half, and they were unable to close the gap.

To begin the game, they also had the lead. On the game’s fourth play, Rashid Shaheed scored his second touchdown of the season on a catch-and-run of 53 yards. On the Saints’ third drive of the game, Andy Dalton would connect with Taysom Hill on a three-yard catch, making the score 14-6 in their favor despite tossing an interception into the end zone.

After throwing back-to-back pick-sixes against the Cardinals, SAINTS’ ANDY DALTON became a meme.

But the Cardinals’ offense also got going, in part because the team’s star receiver DeAndre Hopkins returned after serving a PED suspension. Hopkins had to step up right away after Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, and he accomplished exactly that.

Hopkins finished his first game of the season with 10 catches for 103 yards despite failing to reach the end zone.

Murray was effective in this game, completing 20 of his 29 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown. As he made his way into the end zone for the team’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter to conclude a night with 12 rushes for 92 yards, he also had assistance from Eno Benjamin in the backfield.

Dalton would end up going 30 for 47 for four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Alvin Kamara, the Saints’ main offensive threat at running back, had 11 attempts for 49 yards and no touchdowns. In contrast, rookie receiver Chris Olave caught seven passes for a total of 106 yards. With 14 targets, he was Dalton’s favorite target of the evening.

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Juwan Johnson added two more touchdowns to his tally for the contest, both coming on drives in the fourth quarter. His five receptions for 32 yards totaled.

After their game on Thursday night, the Cardinals have a lengthy rest as they enter their bye week. They will then play a difficult Minnesota Vikings club on the road on October 30 when that is finished.

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