Despite the fact that Kyler Murray was injured and missed the game, the Arizona Cardinals handily took care of the Seattle Seahawks in a 23-13 win on Sunday to improve to 9-2 overall. With Green Bay’s loss on Sunday, that gives the Cardinals sole possession of the top spot in the NFC, which they’ll want to do everything they can to hold onto before the playoffs.

Colt McCoy filled in for Murray at quarterback for the third time and the NFL journeyman did a great job, throwing for 328 yards and two touchdowns. Not only did the Cardinals improve to 2-1 on the season with McCoy under center, but he’s now 3-0 against the Seahawks in his career.

But McCoy’s impact wasn’t just felt during the game. He also made an impact at practice, specifically with defensive end Chandler Jones. Jones, who recently became the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks, told a story about a moment this week involving McCoy that helped him out greatly.

“He’s a leader,” said Jones of McCoy, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ site. “I’ll tell a small story. He saw me working on some moves and he was like, ‘Hey Chandler, I’m kind of hesitating on telling you this, but I see you thinking. Stop thinking.’ He said to me, ‘Just go. Just be yourself.’

“For someone to step out and have those words of encouragement to someone you know but you really don’t know them, it means a lot and it goes to show what type of person he is,” Jones added.

Jones had two sacks against the Seahawks, so apparently, that advice really worked.

It sounds possible that Murray could rejoin the Cardinals for their next game, but if he can’t, it seems like McCoy is handling things just fine in his absence.

[AZ Cardinals]

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Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle.