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One-Handed Grabs, Kliff's Bloody Lip, And Bears Aftermath

One-hand catches all around.

James Conner made a fantastic one to pull down a high Kyler Murray pass in the flat early in the game, a catch the burly running back took into the end zone. Zach Allen, burly himself on the defensive line, snared the game's final interception by sniffing out a Bears' screen pass and making an interception that way.

Who knows. Maybe when guys see DeAndre Hopkins in uniform, they know they have to show out.

But it was about the drama Sunday, I suppose. Even Kliff Kingsbury admitted he was part of it, telling sideline reporter Paul Calvisi he was calling plays spitting up blood.

Hang on -- there's an explanation, coming out of Dennis Gardeck's ill-timed roughing the punter penalty.

"I was super frustrated," Kingsbury said during his postgame radio interview. "(The bloody lip) was basically karma for me not being able to control my emotions. When we roughed the punter, basically I ran into Leki Fotu, the biggest guy on the field.

"I think it was God letting me know I better settle down."

There was a lot going on in Chicago. Bloody lips, interceptions for days, the quarterback coming back, DeAndre Hopkins making crazy good TD catches as soon as the game starts, wind, rain.

But like Kingsbury chuckling about his in-game injury (accidental or not, I'd really try to avoid running into Fotu, a mountain of a man), whatever wasn't right about the win against the Bears was something to work on later. This team just keeps winning, keeps winning on the road, keeps doing it in convincing fashion.

I don't know if what they did Sunday is proof they could do the same at Lambeau in January if needed, but it can't hurt winning in the elements. And maybe it won't be needed.

-- Good to see Kyler Murray back on the field. The rain was a problem for him to throw the ball. You could see it on some of the throws, and he admitted after he should've been smarter about keeping his hands dry and warm, especially in the first half. But to account for four touchdowns on only 15 passes? Kyler may not have thrown a lot but man, the making-chicken-salad-out-of-chicken-(expletive) gene was on full display.

-- Murray became the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards passing. He's only trending up.

-- The defense had times when it needed to "stop the bleeding," linebacker Jordan Hicks admitted, but the timing on getting all four interceptions (Jalen Thompson, Budda Baker and Byron Murphy had ones besides Allen) was crucial. The first two set up scores that put the Bears in scramble mode very early, and we all have seen what the Cardinals can do playing from ahead.

-- Props to owner Michael Bidwill for flying Baker on his jet to make sure Baker could get in the game but also allowing for Baker to call an audible if his girlfriend went into labor. Baker gets the big pick, and if his daughter is born soon, he's got a heck of a story to tell her when she's older.

-- James Conner was made for games like Sunday, and there is no question he has been a gigantic signing. Kingsbury called him a "godsend."

-- That said, Kingsbury admitted he'd like back the second wildcat play to Conner, on third-and-goal at the Chicago 1 that Conner on which lost six yards.

Bottom line, Kingsbury said there was going to be runs down there that Murray won't get. But there could've been a different way to get Conner the ball.

"It was probably not very smart at times taking it out of (Kyler's) hands but we've had success doing it a couple of times," Kingsbury said.

-- Two road games left to try for the unprecedented 9-0 one-season road record (since no team has ever played nine road games before this season): At Detroit, At Dallas.

-- The Cardinals are only the second team since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to win seven straight on the road by at least 10 points each time. The other? The 1984 49ers, a dominant team that won the Super Bowl.

-- Kingsbury was asked if he was concerned, now that the NFL is looking into all the teams when it comes to potential fake vaccine cards, after the suspension of three Buccaneers, including Antonio Brown.

"It sounds like the league is taking steps to ensure everybody is legit," Kingsbury said. "I trust our locker room and our guys and our staff that works with those things. I feel good where we are at."

-- The last road game the Cardinals scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions? A trip to Soldier Field in 2009. There's something about that stadium.

-- It's crazy to think Hopkins had two catches and that tied for the team lead with Conner and Demetrius Harris. Even with only 11 completions Kyler spread it around – only one catch each for Zach Ertz, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk.

-- In a week, there's a titanic Monday night tilt coming. The Rams will want some revenge. The Cardinals will need to up their game playing at home.

But that's next week. Time to fly home from rainy Chicago.

DHop after Bears TD