An interesting, competitive and attacking ‘Thursday Night Football’ game?! Who knew this was even possible this season, after many weeks of slow matchups on Thursday.
For two quarters, the Arizona Cardinals are 28-14 ahead of the New Orleans Saints.
Saints quarterback Andy Dalton had a promising start, but goes into the half with three interceptions — two returned for touchdowns.
The Saints offense started strong with a 54-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Rashid Shaheed less than three minutes into the game and the Cardinals answered with a 50-yard field goal on their first drive to make it 7-3.
The Saints marched with a drive of 15 play totaling over nine minutes and looked like they were going to do another touchdown, but Dalton threw a pick into the end zone. This would be the beginning of a rest of choices for the quarterback.
The New Orleans offense tonight has showcased many different looks and Taysom Hill, the sometimes tight and sometimes quarterback, is a big part of that. Dalton linked up with Hill to extend Saints’ lead and the extra point made it a 14-6 game.
Just as the Saints began to build momentum, the Cardinals made a statement with back-to-back touchdowns, one on offense and one on defense.
Keaontay Ingram ran it in from 2 yards and a two-point conversion tied the game at 14. Then the Cardinals defense executed a 38-yard pick 6 for Arizona’s first lead of the night.
It was another déja vu for Dalton who threw another pick 6, extending the Cardinals’ lead. After missing an extra run after the final touchdown, the Cardinals decided to go for two. Their effort was successful making it 28-14 Cardinals.
The Cardinals go into halftime with 22 unanswered points.