Former CFL QB Chris Streveler leads late touchdown drive for Arizona Cardinals

Former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler got a long look under centre for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, engineering a fourth quarter touchdown drive in a 34-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The score came on a 12-play, 56-yard drive that was capped off on an eleven-yard carry by veteran running back James Connor.

Streveler finished the game completing six-of-nine pass attempts for 36 yards and two carries for four yards. He was also sacked once and charged with a fumble following an awkward exchange with centre Rodney Hudson, though it was recovered by Arizona.

It was a disappointing outing for the Cardinals, who entered the game atop the NFC West with a league-best 8-1 record. Veteran pivot Colt McCoy started in place of an injured Kyler Murray but left the game in the third quarter due to a chest issue. He completed 11-of-20 pass attempts for 107 yards and one interception prior to his departure.

The game also featured Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard, who helped carry the load for the Panthers. He recorded nine carries for 27 yards and a touchdown, which was his third score of the season.

Streveler dressed for every game last year as the primary backup behind Murray, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He saw his first extended action during the final week of the regular season with a playoff spot on the line after Murray was injured during the opening series against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17.

The former Winnipeg Blue Bomber played until Murray returned for a portion of the fourth quarter. He finished the game completing 11-of-16 passes for 105 yards with one touchdown and one interception, which was brought back 84 yards for a touchdown just before halftime.

The 26-year-old made $628,094 in his first NFL season and is slated to collect $780,000 this year.

Streveler threw for 2,698 yards in two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers along with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He rushed for 1,167 yards and 22 touchdowns averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

He was especially effective for Winnipeg during their 2019 Grey Cup run, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown in the West Semi-Final in Calgary and throwing a touchdown pass to Andrew Harris in the Grey Cup.

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