The Washington Football Team dropped to 1-1 on the season after losing to the Arizona Cardinals, 30-15, in the desert on Sunday. Washington was unable to overcome a 20-0 halftime deficit, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins was outplayed by fellow 2019 first-round draft pick Kyler Murray.

Here are four takeaways from the game:

Another awful start: For the second straight week, Washington dug itself a hole with an ugly performance in the first half. This time, Coach Ron Rivera’s team didn’t manage to climb out.

The Cardinals had the ball for nearly 10 minutes in the first quarter and built a 14-0 lead with a pair of touchdown drives that started in Washington territory. Arizona led 20-0 and had a 244-96 advantage in total yards at halftime as Dwayne Haskins and Washington’s offense failed to sustain drives.

At one point in the first quarter, the teams combined for three turnovers in the span of eight plays; Washington committed two of them. Poised to cut into the Cardinals’ early 7-0 lead after an interception by Landon Collins at the Arizona ­19-yard line, Jordan Phillips had a sack-fumble of Haskins that was recovered by Chandler Jones. Two minutes later, Steven Sims Jr. fumbled a punt return.

Haskins took four sacks in the first half, including a costly one on third down that knocked Washington out of field goal range in the second quarter. The second-year quarterback rebounded to lead three second-half scoring drives, including a touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin, but Washington’s early mistakes proved too much to overcome.

Kyler Murray bedevils the Washington defense: The Cardinals’ second-year quarterback was a step — or two — too fast for Washington’s front-seven for most of the afternoon and dazzled with his arm and legs. Murray completed 26 of 38 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 67 yards and a pair of scores.

After registering eight sacks in last week’s win over Philadelphia, Washington had only three Sunday, all of them in the first half. Chase Young was credited with one of those, but Murray often left the Washington rookie and his fellow defensive linemen grasping at air in the backfield. Murray was effective throwing from the pocket and on designed rollouts, and his favorite target was DeAndre Hopkins, who finished with eight catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Murray wasn’t as sharp in the second half as he was in the first two quarters, but he also avoided mistakes that would’ve allowed Washington to get back in the game.

Injury bug hits Washington: Washington wasn’t immune to the wave of injuries to key players that hit the NFL in Week 2. In the final minute of the first half, right guard Brandon Scherff had to be helped off the field after his right leg was rolled up on by Cardinals defensive end Angelo Blackson. Scherff was ruled out for the second half with a knee injury and replaced by Wes Schweitzer.

Washington was already thin along the offensive line, with tackles David Sharpe and Saahdiq Charles among the team’s inactives each of the last two weeks. Scherff, who is playing this season on the franchise tag after he and the team failed to agree on a long-term contract, was expected to provide stability along the offensive line. The No. 5 pick in the 2015 draft has missed 13 games the past two seasons with injuries.

Third-down woes: Washington’s struggles, especially in the first half, were most evident on third down. The Cardinals converted four of their first six third-down opportunities and 7 of 17 in the game against a Washington defense that ranked dead last in third-down percentage last season. Arizona also converted both of its fourth-down conversions, including one on a surprising decision to go for it from its own 28-yard line early in the second half.

Washington’s offense was 1 for 7 on third down in the first half and 4 for 12 in the game. One third-down throw Haskins might like to have back came in the third quarter, when he failed to connect with tight end Logan Thomas in the end zone and Washington settled for a short field goal to get on the board.

Washington’s defense did a better job containing Murray in the second half, but its inability to get off the field in the first two quarters and the lack of long drives by the Washington offense may have contributed to defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio’s unit running out of gas on Arizona’s game-icing, six-minute drive.

Read below for highlights from the game.

September 20, 2020 at 7:20 PM EDT
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Final: Arizona 30, Washington 15

By Scott Allen

Washington drops to 1-1 after a 30-15 road loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Washington trailed 20-0 at halftime before mounting a comeback effort in the second half, but the early deficit proved too much to overcome.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray passed for 286 yards and a touchdown, and also had two rushing touchdowns. Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins was 19 for 33 for 233 yards and a touchdown.

Washington travels to Cleveland next week.

September 20, 2020 at 7:16 PM EDT
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Arizona leads 30-15 late in the fourth quarter

By Scott Allen

The Cardinals all but iced the game with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that burned more than six minutes off the clock and culminated in a 28-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez. Washington Coach Ron Rivera elected not to use one of his three remaining timeouts after the two-minute warning. (Arizona 30, Washington 15, 0:26 left in the fourth quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 7:04 PM EDT
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Antonio Gibson’s first career TD pulls Washington within 27-15 in the fourth quarter

By Scott Allen

With 6:49 left in the fourth quarter, Washington Coach Ron Rivera challenged that Arizona had too many men on the field on a third-and-five play that went for no gain. The challenge was a smart one, as the replay review revealed that defensive end Angelo Blackson had not yet reached the sideline when Dwayne Haskins snapped the ball.

Haskins connected with Steven Sims Jr. for a 30-yard gain on the next play and rookie running back Antonio Gibson followed with an 11-yard touchdown run for his first career score. The ensuing two-point conversion failed. (Arizona 27, Washington 15, 6:38 left in the fourth quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 6:45 PM EDT
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Washington cuts lead to 27-9 on Terry McLaurin TD in fourth quarter

By Scott Allen

Washington’s not done yet. After Kyler Murray’s second rushing touchdown of the game, Dwayne Haskins led Washington on a quick five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Terry McLaurin capped the two-minute march with a 24-yard touchdown reception on a slant route, his first of the season. Haskins was tackled short of the goal line on Washington’s ensuing two-point conversion attempt. (Arizona 27, Washington 9, 12:20 left in the fourth quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 6:37 PM EDT
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Arizona takes 27-3 lead in fourth quarter on Kyler Murray’s second rushing TD

By Scott Allen

Washington has no answer for Arizona quarterback Kyle Murray, who scrambled 21 yards untouched for his second rushing touchdown of the day to potentially put the game out of reach. Earlier in the 12-play drive, on fourth-and-four from the Washington 37-yard line, Arizona went for it rather than attempt a long field goal and picked up the first down with Murray’s 12-yard completion to Larry Fitzgerald. (Arizona 27, Washington 3, 14:17 left in the fourth quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 6:21 PM EDT
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Washington gets on the board, trails 20-3 late in the third quarter

By Scott Allen

Washington settled for a 24-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins after its most impressive drive of the game. Running back J.D. McKissic had three carries for 26 yards on the 10-play, 51-yard march, which stalled after a Morgan Moses holding penalty on second-and-goal from the Arizona 3.

Dwayne Haskins’s pass intended for a well-covered Logan Thomas on third-and-goal deflected off the tight end’s fingertips. (Arizona 20, Washington 3, 3:14 left in the third quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 6:12 PM EDT
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Arizona survives fourth-down gamble deep in own territory, still leads 20-0 in third quarter

By Scott Allen

With 9:39 to play in the third quarter, the Cardinals made a surprising decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 28-yard line. The gamble by second-year coach Kliff Kingsbury paid off, as Christian Kirk picked up three yards on an end-around. Three plays and a couple of Arizona penalties later, the Cardinals were forced to punt. (Arizona 20, Washington 0, 8:09 left in the third quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 5:58 PM EDT
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Brandon Scherff ruled out for second half with a knee injury

By Scott Allen

The Washington defense did its job on Arizona’s first possession of the second half, forcing a three-and-out after linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis tackled Chase Edmonds short of the line to gain on a third-down completion in the flat.

Washington right guard Brandon Scherff has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a knee injury and has been replaced by Wes Schweitzer. (Arizona 20, Washington 0, 13:07 left in the third quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 5:37 PM EDT
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Halftime: Arizona 20, Washington 0

By Scott Allen

If Washington is to return from the desert with a win, it’ll take another comeback effort like the one the team produced last week against the Eagles.

Arizona outgained Washington 244-96 in the first two quarters and averaged 6.8 yards per play. Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins was 9 for 16 for 66 yards and took four sacks, including one that resulted in a lost fumble in the red zone.

To make matters worse for Washington, right guard Brandon Scherff was helped off the field in the final minute of the first half after Cardinals defensive end Angelo Blackson rolled up on his right leg.

September 20, 2020 at 5:25 PM EDT
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Arizona takes 20-0 late in the first half

By Scott Allen

Arizona extended its lead with Zane Gonzalez’s second field goal of the half, a 33-yarder that split the uprights. The kick capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive that included a leaping 49-yard catch by Christian Kirk along the sideline. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is 16 for 20 for 189 yards. (Arizona 20, Washington 0, 1:53 left in the second quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 5:12 PM EDT
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Washington trails 17-0 in the second quarter, is 0 for 5 on third down

By Scott Allen

After Cardinals safety Budda Baker tackled Dontrelle Inman one yard shy of the line to gain on a third-and-four play from the Arizona 49, Washington Coach Ron Rivera left his offense on the field. Running back Peyton Barber prolonged the drive by converting the ensuing fourth down with a run up the middle, but Dwayne Haskins took a sack on third-and-long three plays later and Washington was forced to punt.

Washington has 67 yards in the first half and is 0 for 5 on third down. (Arizona 17, Washington 0, 5:52 left in the second quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 5:01 PM EDT
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Cardinals take 17-0 lead early in the second quarter

By Scott Allen

Zane Gonzalez sneaked a 49-yard field goal just inside the right upright to extend Arizona’s lead after another three-and-out by the Washington offense. The big play on Arizona’s five-play scoring drive was a 54-yard pass from Kyler Murray to wide receiver Andy Isabella, who ran past Washington safety Troy Apke on a go route. (Arizona 17, Washington 0, 11:29 left in the second quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 4:49 PM EDT
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Arizona takes 14-0 lead on Kyler Murray touchdown run

By Scott Allen

On the final play of the first quarter, Kyler Murray capped a six-play, 40-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run. The Cardinals’ quarterback juked Washington safety Troy Apke around the 5-yard line before waltzing into the end zone with Arizona’s second touchdown off a Washington turnover.

Murray was 8 for 11 for 54 yards passing in the first quarter and also had four carries for 41 yards. Washington’s defense only managed one sack in the quarter. (Arizona 14, Washington 0, end of the first quarter)

September 20, 2020 at 4:43 PM EDT
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Steven Sims Jr. fumbles punt and Cardinals recover in Washington territory

By Scott Allen

For the second consecutive week, Washington is digging itself a hole with a number of miscues in the first quarter. After Dwayne Haskins fumbled in the red zone, Washington’s defense forced a three-and-out by the Cardinals, but Steven Sims Jr. fumbled the ensuing punt and Aaron Brewer recovered at the Washington 40-yard line. The teams have combined for three turnovers in the last eight plays. (Arizona 7, Washington 0, 2:44 left in the first quarter)