First Game After Injury, Chandler Jones Shines in Arizona Cardinals’ Thumping Victory Over Titans

Published 09/13/2021, 1:15 PM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) celebrates the sack of Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports


Chandler Jones missed the majority of the 2020 season due to injuries. Moreover, Jones is in the last year of his contract before he becomes a free agent. If a player ever wanted a reason to prove himself, this can be as easy as it gets. With no signs of Arizona Cardinals extending Jones’ contract, Chandler had to step and so did he.

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Chandler Jones had missed 11 matches in the previous injuries. In the previous season, he had recorded an impressive 19 sacks. On his first match after the injury, Jones didn’t waste much time to get back to his dominating best as he troubled Tennessee Titans quarterbacks all night long.

Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler Jones records a career-best 5 sacks against Tennessee Titans 

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The Arizona Cardinals ran riot over the Tennessee Titans in their opening game of the 2021 NFL season. While Kyler Murray threw four touchdown passes, Chandler Jones notched a career-high five sacks on Sunday.

Cardinals’ Jones, who returned after missing the last 11 games of 2020 with a biceps injury had a blistering first quarter, to say the least. Jones dominated Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill with incessant pressure helping him dictate the tempo of the match.

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Arizona had already opened their scoring when Jones recorded his first sack of the day, punching out the ball from Tannehill. Soon after, quarterback Kyler Murray found receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the back of the end zone to give Arizona a 10-0 lead to round off a dominating first quarter. 

The all-round display by the Arizona based outfit helped them secure a win in the opener and start the proceedings on a positive note. The Cardinals won the match 38-13

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Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. Mandatory Credit: Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports
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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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