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3 Cardinals takeaways from brutalizing Week 7 win over Texans

Carindals, Packers, Texans, Kyler Murray, Zach Ertz

With another lopsided win in the books for the 7-0 Arizona Cardinals, they continue to state their case as the best team in the NFC. As they aim to stay hot and continue their winning streak against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, the Cardinals will definitely be bringing the heat in search of their eighth straight win.

Now that they’ve emerged as the most dominant team in the league on both sides of the field, the Cardinals will be coming for blood against a Packers team that’s currently on a six-game winning streak.

But the Cardinals have heavy momentum as well. Let’s take a look at the three biggest takeaways from their brutalizing Week 7 win over the Houston Texans.

Kyler Murray is the frontrunner for MVP 

Already having posted 2,002 passing yards to go along with 17 touchdowns thrown and three rushing touchdowns, Murray has already made his case as the frontrunner for NFL MVP at this point in the season. His speed, elusiveness, and clutch pocket presence have elevated the Cardinals into the NFL’s most explosive offensive unit.

As he continues to pick apart the league’s best secondary’s and light up the scoreboard, the young quarterback has definitely claimed his stake as an MVP candidate with his Pro Bowl-caliber play in full display throughout the season. Come Thursday night, the Packers defense better be ready because Murray won’t be taking any prisoners in the upcoming battle of NFC powerhouses that’s set to be a true test for both teams.

Zach Ertz is already a perfect fit 

Just one game into his tenure with the Cardinals, Ertz already looks like he’s a natural fit in the offense. In their route of the Texans, Ertz had 66 receiving yards and a touchdown on just three receptions while perfectly filling the void for them at tight end. Considering that the Cardinals already had the league’s most electric offense, Ertz just added an exciting new element for them.

His size, agility, and steady hands will give them a versatile approach to their offensive game plan. In a league where it seems like the rich keep getting richer, Ertz definitely lucked out by getting traded to a Super Bowl contender. So watch out for the 30-year-old to continually be a major factor for them on offense this season.

Balanced attack on defense 

All throughout this season, the Cardinals have gotten major contributions from their key defensive players. This has been a catalyst for their success so far and it’s definitely shown with multiple blowout wins. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has a star-studded defensive unit that has come up with big stops and has forced a ton of turnovers against some of the NFL’s toughest offensive crews.

As they work tirelessly to resume shutting down the league’s most dynamic offenses, there’s no denying the Cardinals will continue to come away with big play after big play on defense. In the hopes of staying undefeated, they will definitely have their hands full during their primetime matchup with the Packers.