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Week 6 Rewind: A ‘Missing Pieces’ Masterpiece
A look back at the Cardinals' victory over the Cleveland Browns
By Zach Galia Oct 20, 2021
Photographs By Derrick Spencer

Resiliency is a word used quite often in sports. A come-from-behind win, battling through difficult circumstances, or even just keeping your cool and recovering from an early mistake. There are a lot of different ways that resiliency finds its way into game day.

You're probably wondering what the exact definition is of this word I continue to reference. As you open your dictionary (since we all still have those laying around), you'll notice that the definition reads, "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, or toughness." And when you look at the picture next to the definition, you'll see a photo of this game (not literally but go with me on this).

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The Cardinals were missing one of the best pass-rushers on the planet (Chandler Jones), two-thirds of their defensive front (Corey Peters, Zach Allen), their starting center (Rodney Hudson) and their head coach heading into a difficult matchup with the dangerous albeit dinged-up Cleveland Browns.

These challenges alone would be enough to bring even the tiniest thread of doubt to any team. Some of the losses were known earlier in the week but losing your head coach two days before the game added an entirely new wrench into the game plan.

"There were a lot of variables coming into this week and it could've given us excuses," Christian Kirk said. "But we banded together. We showed the resiliency of this team."

There's that word… Resiliency.

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"So many incredible odds were stacked against us for what we just went through," Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said to the team following the game. "But what it came down to was the amazing character in this locker room, the amazing leadership in this locker room, and you guys sticking together."

Stick together, they did as the offense posted 30-plus points for the fifth time this season and the defense held their opponents to 20 points or less for the fifth time. Kyler Murray continued his MVP-caliber start to the year by adding four more touchdown passes to his stat sheet.

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DeAndre Hopkins hit both ends of the spectrum on his touchdowns by turning what looked like a stop into a 13-yard score and then finding himself wide open in the back of the end zone from nine yards away.

Jordan Hicks and Markus Golden both chipped in two sacks each, and J.J. Watt got his first sack as a Cardinal.

"It is just the resiliency of this team," Hicks said. "We don't worry about what's going on around us."

There's that word again.

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Oh, and Sports Illustrated ranked the Cardinals at No. 7 in their weekly power rankings… so there's that.

"The best part about this team is, I know that when we go back to work this week it's gonna be turn the page and get working," said J.J. Watt.

1-0 every day.

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