PODCAST: Preseason standouts, first cuts, players to watch vs. Ravens

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The Arizona Cardinals had their first preseason game this past weekend and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 36-23. There were many standout performances. With a preseason contest in the books and first cuts made, Revenge of the Birds’ Seth Cox and I had a new show to discuss it all.

We talked about who stood out, we went over the performance of players like Zaven Collins, Marco Wilson and Andy Isabella and also discussed first cuts, the Cardinals’ preseason handling of starters and what we are watching in the next preseason matchup.

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The approximate timestamps of the topics of the show:

(1:00) Initial reactions to the game against the Bengals and the standout performances

(21:40) The play of Marco Wilson, Zaven Collins, Andy Isabella

(38:05) The first five cuts

(44:11) The Cardinals’ plan for using starters in the preseason

(51:31) What we want to see in the game against the Ravens

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Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill impressed by preseason win over Bengals

Michael Bidwill gave praise to coach Kingsbury for the team’s dominant showing in preseason against the Bengals last week.

The Arizona Cardinals came out strong against the Cincinnati Bengals for their preseason debut last weekend. The final score ended up at 36-23, but even a 13-point winning margin doesn’t tell the full tale of the blowout win in favor of Arizona.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph’s defense showed the most important trait possible without starters playing significant time — physicality. The Cardinals’ defensive unit was dominating the line of scrimmage during all phases of the game.

On offense, quarterback Trace McSorley and receiver Greg Dortch stood out, putting on a show against the Bengals. The Cardinals also had an impressive display from fourth-year wideout Andy Isabella.

Team owner Michael Bidwill joined Arizona Sports 98.7 to talk about the win, calling it the best-coached preseason win in his life.

“I told coach (Kingsbury) after the game that was the best coached preseason game I’ve ever seen,” he said. “They were well-prepared and it was the best preseason performance I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

Bidwill admired the level of preparation from the Cardinals without the starters playing, particularly with the lack of penalties and turnovers. Two penalties in a preseason game is impressive, particularly given the lack of veteran starters playing. Look no further than the Bengals, who committed penalty after penalty from the opening kickoff.

Despite the preseason victory, Bidwill is looking forward to the regular season opener against the Chiefs, which was just announced to be the No. 1 game on CBS with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.

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Cardinals’ defensive snap counts and observations vs. Bengals

Have a look how the defense’s 67 snaps were divided up in the preseason opener.

In the Arizona Cardinals’ 36-23 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday the defense played 67 snaps. How was that playing time divided up?

Below, we go through each position group and break down the numbers and give any observations there might be.

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Cardinals’ offensive snap counts and observations for game vs. Bengals

The offense played 66 snaps against the Bengals. Check out how the playing time was divided up.

The Arizona Cardinals played 66 offensive snaps on Friday in their 36-23 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals. How did the playing time get split up?

Below are the snap counts for each position and any observations we have about the numbers.

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3 expected starters unimpressive in Cardinals’ preseason win

We needed to see more from Zaven Collins, Marco Wilson and Matt Prater.

The Arizona Cardinals had a lot of good things happen in their 36-23 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals Friday night. Several young players and hopefuls for the roster stood out and made great impressions.

However, not everyone stood out. In fact, three players expected to be starters this coming season fell short of expectations.

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7 players who stood out in the Cardinals’ preseason win over Bengals

These players helped their cases to make the final roster.

The Arizona Cardinals picked up a 36-23 preseason win Friday night over the Cincinnati Bengals. They scored three first-half touchdowns and mostly shut down the Cincinnati offense until late in the game.

Several players really helped themselves making a case for the 53-man roster with their play on Friday.

Below are some of the players who stood out.

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Cardinals 36, Bengals 23: Individual stats from the preseason win

Have a look at all the player stats from the Cardinals’ win.

The Arizona Cardinals came away from Cincinnati with a 36-23 victory over the Bengals to open their preseason schedule.

As a team, they scored five touchdowns, three in the first half.

But let’s look at the stats that everyone had in the win Friday night.

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WATCH: Highlights from Cardinals’ 36-23 preseason win over Bengals

The Cardinals and Bengals combined for 59 points in the preseason opener.

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The Arizona Cardinals picked up a preseason-opening 36-23 win Friday night over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Quarterbacks Trace McSorley and Jarret Gurantano each threw touchdown passes. Running back Jonathan Ward had a pair of touchdown runs. Linebacker Victoir Dimukeje had a pair of sacks. Receiver Greg Dortch made plays in the passing game and had a big punt return.

The Bengals also had their highlights.

Catch them all in the full video highlights from the game above.

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Kyler Murray’s playcalling debut doesn’t lead to points, first downs

He called plays for the Cardinals in their preseason debut in the fourth quarter.

The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 36-23 Friday night at Paycor Stadium to kick off their preseason. They scored five touchdowns, including three in the first half, all without the play of Kyler Murray.

Murray, though was involved, as he took over playcalling responsibilities in the fourth quarter.

It was fun to watch, but it didn’t lead to anything. The offense stalled when Murray had the headset on. They did not get a first down

There were three offensive possessions:

First series:

Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano completed a two-yard pass, threw an incompletion and was sacked.

Second series:

Undrafted rookie running back T.J. Pledger ran for eight yards. Guarantano threw a deep pass to Andy Isabella that was incomplete. They had a delay of game and then Guarantano scrambled two yards short of the line to gain.

Third series:

With the game in hand, the Cardinals were in victory formation and had two kneeldowns to close out the game.

It was a good way to give Murray something to do and to stay involved but, luckily, they won’t need him calling plays once the season starts. They need him making plays on the field.

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Cardinals-Bengals live scoring updates, news, reactions

Keep up live with the Cardinals’ preseason opener.

The Arizona Cardinals see their first action of the preseason with a road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The starters mostly were out of action. Lots of players have something to prove.

Keep up with the action live during the game below and afterward for the game recap.

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