Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray looks to throw in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, left, speaks with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, right, in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, right, speaks with Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel after an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Atlanta. The Tennessee Titans won 24-10. (AP Photo/John Amis)
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons are two football teams with a lot of similarities: productive offense, problems with the defense, and not a lot of wins.
At least the Cardinals have some momentum.
Arizona (1-3-1) is coming off its first win of the season, a 26-23 triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cardinals had a 23-9 lead midway through the fourth quarter before giving up two quick touchdowns, but salvaged the game thanks to a 31-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez as time expired.
Now that the initial victory has been achieved for first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, they'd like to earn their first winning streak.
''We cleaned things up,'' Murray said. ''We played better, but at the same time you, can't really dwell on it because we've got another game this weekend.''
Atlanta (1-4) has spent a week in the desert after getting beaten by the Houston Texans 53-32. The Falcons didn't go home after the loss, flying directly from Houston to Phoenix and practicing on Arizona State's campus.
The Falcons are getting a lot of production through the passing game - quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones are on track for big seasons - but the running game has struggled and the defense has had issues, particularly last week.
Atlanta is hoping for a win against the Cardinals before a tough three-game stretch against the Rams, Seahawks and Saints.
''It's all 11 of us doing our job for four quarters,'' Ryan said. ''There's been some good things, too. There's been time when we've moved the ball effectively and we've been able to score points, but we haven't been able to put a complete game together where we've played for four quarters of consistent football.''
There have been two versions of the Arizona offense this season: The one that looks great in the middle of the field and the one that bogs down in the red zone.
Arizona ranks eighth in the NFL with 22 scoring drives this season. The problem is that 14 of those drives ended with field goals instead of a touchdown.
''I'm open to suggestions if you have any,'' Kingsbury said with a grin. ''I saw improvements. I know it didn't look like it, but I saw improvements in what we're trying to do. We just have to keep getting better, coaches and players, in that area.
Atlanta's Jones is on track for another big season. He's caught 26 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns.
The two-time All-Pro will go against an Arizona secondary that includes several rookies such as cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., and safeties Deionte Thompson and Jalen Thompson. Star cornerback Patrick Peterson can't return until next week because of his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancers.
''Any time you're trying to stop him, no matter who you have, it's going to be a tall task,'' Kingsbury said. ''He's phenomenal. Watching the tape from this season, I've always watched him from afar, but watching it on tape and really studying him, he's an absolute freak. He plays hard every snap. You can tell he's passionate about the game and does everything right.''
Arizona's had its issues on defense this season, but is still getting production from veteran pass rushers Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs.
The Cardinals are tied for the NFL lead with 11 forced fumbles. Jones has forced three while Suggs and linebacker Jordan Hicks both have two. Jones has four sacks while Suggs has 3 1/2.
''Their edge players are guys who have been productive in this league for a long time and are disruptive in what they do,'' Ryan said.
Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, has had a promising start to his career. He's thrown for 1,324 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions while also running for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He's the first player in NFL history with more than 1,300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing through his first five career games.
Murray and Kingsbury both said they continue to grow in understanding what works for the offense.
''The more that the season goes on, and the more we spend time with each other, that trust and that bond will continue to grow,'' Murray said.
DEFENSIVE BOUNCE BACK
Atlanta's defense needs to play much than it did last week, when it gave up 53 points and 592 yards to the Texans.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said making Murray uncomfortable in the pocket is a must for that to happen.
''It's a huge emphasis for us, rush, pressure, the whole thing that we can affect the quarterback,'' Quinn said. ''Sometimes that's with four, sometimes that's with five, six, however it takes, it has to happen and is certainly is our mindset heading into this week.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt will 'absolutely' continue to play a big role in the passing game, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt has 13 catches for 90 yards in two games for the Browns, and he has become a safety valve of sorts for quarterback Baker Mayfield. Throw in a handful of carries, and he is worth considering as a flex option in PPR formats.
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson has 13 total receptions in five games since QB Sam Darnold returned from a bout with mono.
Fantasy Spin: He actually had a big performance in Darnold's first game back, but Anderson has just eight catches for 97 yards in the last four games combined. A Week 11 matchup with Washington looks good on paper, but he is a big-play dependent flex option, at best.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker's 'upside' may be limited in Week 11 because of the coverage skills of Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White, according to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com.
Fantasy Spin: Parker had five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Buffalo, but with Preston Williams sidelined, White and the Bills can focus all their attention on Parker. He is a touchdown-dependent WR3.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) won't be activated from the Reserve/Injured list this season, head coach Bruce Arians said Saturday, Nov. 16.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans (foot) needs surgery on his foot and won't be activated from the Reserve/Injured list this season, head coach Bruce Arians said Saturday, Nov. 16.
Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes (groin) likely will be a game-time decision for the Week 11 game.
New England Patriots S Obi Melifonwu (undisclosed) was placed on the practice squad Reserve/Injured list this week.
Miami Dolphins WR Allen Hurns signed a two-year contract extension with the Dolphins Saturday, Nov. 16, worth $8 million, according to a source. The deal includes $3.27 million in guaranteed money.
Indianapolis Colts practice squad WR Deon Cain and Chicago Bears practice squad RB Kerrith Whyte were signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers 53-man roster Saturday, Nov. 16. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The Steelers also waived LB Jayrone Elliott and RB Tony Brooks-James.
Detroit Lions practice squad RB Bo Scarbrough was signed to the 53-man roster Saturday, Nov. 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB Paul Perkins.
Los Angeles Rams RB John Kelly was waived Saturday, Nov. 16.
Arizona Cardinals TE Maxx Williams signed a two-year extension with the Cardinals Saturday, Nov. 16, that will run through the 2021 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
New England Patriots RB Damien Harris (hamstring) and SS Patrick Chung (chest, heel) have been ruled out of the team's Week 11 game.
Los Angeles Chargers OT Sam Tevi (knee) did not participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 16, and has been ruled out for Week 11. WR Geremy Davis (hamstring) and RB Justin Jackson (calf) did not practice and are listed as doubtful. OT Russell Okung (groin) did not practice and is listed as questionable. S Roderic Teamer (groin) and LS Cole Mazza (illness) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. LB Drue Tranquill (calf) was limited during practice but is not on the injury report. LB Denzel Perryman (knee), DT Justin Jones (shoulder), OG Dan Feeney (shoulder), LB Thomas Davis (non-injury) and OT Trey Pipkins (toe) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (groin) fully participated in practice Saturday, Nov. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Watkins has been targeted 27 times in three games since returning from injury and should have a solid role against the Los Angeles Chargers. He can be considered a No. 3 receiver or flex option in fantasy leagues.
Kansas City Chiefs TE Blake Bell (ankle), DE Emmanuel Ogbah (pectoral) and DE Alex Okafor (ankle) did not participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 16, and have been ruled out for Week 11. CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. OT Mitchell Schwartz (knee) was limited during practice but is not on the injury report. DE Frank Clark (neck), OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle), OT Cameron Erving (ankle), OT Eric Fisher (groin), DT Chris D. Jones (groin) and DT Derrick Nnadi (elbow) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (non-injury) did not participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 16, and is listed as questionable for Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Williams is not dealing with an injury, so he should have a good chance to play in Week 11. He can be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues if he plays.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) fully participated in practice Saturday, Nov. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Mahomes has thrown 18 touchdowns and one interception in eight games this season and continues to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.