49ers’ defense is shutting down opposing quarterbacks–but not Kyler Murray

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Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray‘s rookie season is how well he has played against the top pass defense in the league.

Murray has faced the 49ers’ defense twice, and in those two games he has put up numbers like no other quarterback against San Francisco, which leads the league in passing yards allowed and sacks, among other statistics.

In Murray’s two games against the 49ers, he has completed 41 of his 57 passes, a 71.9 percent completion rate. In the 49ers’ other eight games, opposing quarterbacks have completed 133 of 268 passes, a 49.6 percent completion rate.

Murray has averaged 6.9 yards per pass against the 49ers. All other quarterbacks have averaged 4.9 yards per pass against the 49ers.

Murray has thrown four touchdown passes with no interceptions against the 49ers. All other quarterbacks have combined for six touchdown passes with 11 interceptions against the 49ers.

Murray has rushed for 51 yards a game and scored a rushing touchdown against the 49ers. All other quarterbacks have averaged 10 rushing yards per game against the 49ers, and none have rushed for a touchdown.

Murray’s passer ratings in his two games against the 49ers were 130.7 and 101.8. The highest passer rating any other quarterback had against the 49ers was Andy Dalton‘s 90.5 rating in Week Two, and that was aided by his numbers in garbage time; Dalton threw a 66-yard touchdown pass with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter to cut the Bengals’ deficit from 41-10 to the final score of 41-17.

The Cardinals lost both games to the 49ers, and they’re out of playoff contention. But Murray is proving that he can turn in big games against the best competition. He should have the Cardinals in contention for many years to come.

25 responses to “49ers’ defense is shutting down opposing quarterbacks–but not Kyler Murray

  1. The statistics is misleading because Kyler Murray never faced Kwon Alexander, who was put on IR before the first game with the Cards. I am sure that Murray will have a tougher time in the future when he has to face Alexander.

  2. Wow, the 49ers defense is amazing! Beating up on the Browns, Bengals, Redskins, Buccaneers, Steelers, Cardinals?

    Well now they get to play MVP level quarterbacks, Rodgers, Brees, Jackson, Goff, Ryan, Wilson.

    No more cupcakes!

  3. Funny…The Niners had a bottom half ranked defense a year ago. Won 4 games and wasn’t considered to be an elite team coming into the 2019 season. All of a sudden they’re supposed to be held to the higher standard of those perennial elite defenses? Are they a good team with an elite defense, or are they just a bad team, beating up on other bad teams? How many “bad teams” completely, consistently destroy every bad team they face? One would think that bad teams are gonna do what bad teams do…which is lose games they could win. I’m unaware of the bad 9-1 teams…especially the 9-1 bad teams that has had to overcome a litany of injuries, a horribly overrated QB and suspect defense. This Niners team has to be one of the most intriguing anomalies to ever take the field.

  4. Well it’s clear that there is two different 49ers defenses. Against more pocket like QB’s, they’ll sit in zone coverages and let their pass rush get home and tee off on guys that can’t move in and out of the pocket. But when they play against guys that can move, it creates a whole new world of problems for them. That’s why against guys like Murray, Wilson, Rodgers and Lamar Jackson, you’ll see an entirely new defense that struggles with these mobile QB’s.

  5. The defense will be fine but their biggest worry should be the overrated Shanahan. I would pick any SB winning coach over Shanahan in a head to head matchup.

  6. Trip to Baltimore and Lamar in two weeks will tell a lot. More mobile than Kyler and can throw, team speed, and triple tight end sets and a million options off it, and much more with the offensive looks, all will say something about the Niners D. Get ya popcorn.

  7. aa1829 says:
    November 19, 2019 at 10:07 am
    Things will change on Sunday night. There will be a new sheriff in town at the top of the NFC playoff standings.

    _________________________

    Maybe so but the article makes a good point. Murray and that circus offense of the Cards is difficult to defend, just like Wilson and his scrambling is. I don’t put Rodgers in the same class as those two as far as mobility goes. I see him in for a long night with Bosa in his grill. Should be a good one!

  8. Look at the QBs they have faced. Russel Wilson is the only good one on the list who did enough to win the game. It isn’t like they have faced Rodgers (coming this week), Watson, Mahomes or Brady. Outside of Wilson the best QB would probably be Goff or Winston. Got Rodgers, Lamar and Brees in the next 3. Lets see how good they really are.

  9. californianewton says:
    November 19, 2019 at 10:21 am
    The statistics is misleading because Kyler Murray never faced Kwon Alexander, who was put on IR before the first game with the Cards. I am sure that Murray will have a tougher time in the future when he has to face Alexander.

    Weird… I was at the Thursday night game and kwon did play amd tore his pec during that game

  10. This article is dumb.

    “Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray‘s rookie season is how well he has played against the top pass defense in the league.”

    “Murray is proving that he can turn in big games against the best competition.”

    Murray averaged LESS than 200 yards passing/game vs the Niners and less than 250 all purpose yards. That isn’t impressive or a big game. 300-400 yards and 4 TD’s/game is impressive. Both times they played were short weeks, TNF at AZ and then again when the Niners just had a Monday night game. Both times without their starting LB. So he wasn’t exactly shut down completely but it’s not like he was lights out passing for 300-400 yards and 4 TD’s a game…like someone else I know…

  11. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will have their hands full Sunday night.
    It very well may be the staunchest test of their season.
    And I, for one, am looking forward to it.

    People want to put a lot of emphasis on the strength of an individual team’s schedule, but in all fairness, you can only play who you play.
    In 6 weeks, ain’t nobody playing any cream puffs.

    It’s good both these teams are getting a real test and taste of meaningful football, with postseason ramifications, this week.
    The clock to January is ticking.

  12. “Funny…The Niners had a bottom half ranked defense a year ago.”

    Yeah, it’s almost like they added a few players over the offseason who dramatically improved the defense…

  13. mbara33 says:
    November 19, 2019 at 11:27 am
    Hmm, I don’t remember them shutting down Russell Wilson. Huh.

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    We didn’t shut him down (not sure if that’s really possible) but we made him have his second worst game of the season. His 2 TDs started at the 24 and 16 yd line after turnovers. Otherwise, he wasn’t moving the ball as well as he normally does. Then the INT and the strip sack for a TD. It was a sloppy offensive game on both sides. Seattle’s D won that game. They bailed Wilson out. It’s usually the other way around.

  14. Ok… 49er fans are going to have to pick…

    1) Either they are a dominant defense, and Kyler Murray is already an upper echelon QQ who had success over them.

    OR

    2) The 49ers defense is VASTLY overrated because Kyler Murray may be the best QB they have faced this season aside from Russell Wilson (who beat them)

    Which is it ?
    .

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