Kyler Murray, Tom Brady have eerily similar passing statistics

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Sometimes, things we notice while doing this job have no real relevance to anything that has happened or will happen on a football field. But those things are still very interesting.

Here’s one that was discovered during a recent episode of PFT Live, when comparing Philip Rivers‘ touchdown-to-interception ratio to those of other quarterbacks: Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has generated virtually identical passing statistics through 11 weeks of the season.

Brady has thrown 402 passes, Murray has thrown 393. Brady has completed 256 passes, Murray has completed 254. Brady has generated 2,752 passing yards, Murray has generated 2,703. Brady has thrown 14 touchdown passes and five interceptions, Murray has thrown 14 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Brady’s average per attempt is 6.8 yards, Murray is 6.9. Brady’s passer rating is 90.1, Murray’s is 91.2.

Murray has played one more game than Brady. Still, of all quarterbacks to have such similar passing numbers, a six-foot, five-inch 42-year-old who has played for 20 years and a 22-year-old rookie who barely makes it to five-eleven are as different as they come.

Their rushing numbers are obviously not similar. Murray has gained 481 yards on 67 attempts, and Brady has gained only two yards, on 15 carries. That said, both have scored three rushing touchdowns.

18 responses to “Kyler Murray, Tom Brady have eerily similar passing statistics

  1. Brady and the Pats offense is struggling. The reason is they are lacking at WR. Just let that sink in when people claim Edelman should be a hall of famer. You are seeing it now. He’s a good role player and nothing more. If Edelman was a truly great player in his own right, the Pats offense would still be humming.

  2. Their rushing numbers are obviously not similar. Murray has gained 481 yards on 67 attempts, and Brady has gained only two yards, on 15 carries.

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    That’s great but Brady only got sacked 16 times for lost of 116 yards (per ESPN). Murray got sacked 35 times, losing 237 yards.

    Seems Murray put his team in a hole more often than Brady did. Maybe throwing it away for incompletions is better than trying to run or extend the play.

  3. Murray has the skill set to become one of the leagues top QBs, I mean he is a rookie without a lot around him and is just balling playing at a very high level as a rookie 1st year QB and gets better n better each week. Over his last 7 games Murray has led AZs offense to score at least 25+ points in every game scoring on AVG 25.5PTs per game over that stretch. Over his last 6 starts he has 10TDs to 1INT w/ 102.33 QB passer rating AVG 230PYPG completing 67% of his passes w/ 212 rushing yds AVGn 5.5YPC w/2TDs. Murray Is a top 12 ranked QB by PFF w/ a grade of 74.4 & in ESPNs QBR Rankings he is ranked 10th overall with a 62.5QBR overall ranked ahead of several big name QBs, Murray is playing at a very high level for a first year rookie QB breaking multiple rookie records. The Cardinals have to get this kid a defense this off season, if AZ gets just a good solid avg NFL defense they will win more games than they lose if they get that kid a defense that can hold the leads he builds.
    Next season with a few more pieces around him & Murray making a big jump in his development from YR1 to YR2 Arizona is going to have one of the best offenses in the league with Murray at the helm. With AZ set to have a ton of cap space and a top 10 pick in each round of the draft AZ needs to build up that front 7 and get a few more weapons around Kyler Murray, with just an AVG top 12-15 defense Arizona can get back in the playoff mix next season as a wildcard at worst w/ Murray leading that offense. AZ just needs to get him a defense that can get off the field on 3rd downs n hold teams to under 22-23pts per game on average.

  4. randomcommenter says:
    November 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm
    Brady and the Pats offense is struggling. The reason is they are lacking at WR. Just let that sink in when people claim Edelman should be a hall of famer. You are seeing it now. He’s a good role player and nothing more. If Edelman was a truly great player in his own right, the Pats offense would still be humming.

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    There’s nothing wrong with the Patriots offense that a healthier OL can’t fix. That goes for the passing AND running game.

    Watch what happens this week when Wynn is back instead of a guy who should not be a starting left tackle even in the XFL.

  5. jimmyjohns01 says:
    November 20, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    Their rushing numbers are obviously not similar. Murray has gained 481 yards on 67 attempts, and Brady has gained only two yards, on 15 carries.

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    That’s great but Brady only got sacked 16 times for lost of 116 yards (per ESPN). Murray got sacked 35 times, losing 237 yards.

    Seems Murray put his team in a hole more often than Brady did. Maybe throwing it away for incompletions is better than trying to run or extend the play.
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    Murray does throw it away, his offensive line isn’t as good as what Tom Brady has in front of him and yet Murray still has a significantly higher QBR than Brady does w/ Murray ranking 10th w/ a 62.5QBR among QB’s and Brady ranking 15th w/ a QBR of 56.4. According to the QBR rankings Murray is good enough for 21PTs above the level of an average QB while Brady is only good for 8.3 points above replacement. Murray puts his entire offense on his back far more than Brady does and is the reason AZ’s offense is as good as it is, San Fran has an elite NFL defense that usually holds QB’s to a passer rating of 65 or under and Murray is the only QB they’ve faced to post a passer rating of 100+ in both games posting a passer rating of 101.8 and 130.7 in the two starts where he puts his team in position to win both of those games only for his defense to let them down. And O Ya Kyler Murray IS A ROOKIE not in like his 45th year in the NFL.

  6. randomcommenter says:
    November 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm
    Brady and the Pats offense is struggling. The reason is they are lacking at WR. Just let that sink in when people claim Edelman should be a hall of famer. You are seeing it now. He’s a good role player and nothing more. If Edelman was a truly great player in his own right, the Pats offense would still be humming.
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    Nope,
    Problem is two starting offensive lineman are out, and the two most important, center and left tackle. Plus the pro bowl fullback, and hall of fame tight end. Let’s see teams lose that kind of talent, and see where they are. We know the Pats will figure something out before the AFC Championship game.

  7. You left out the only numbers that matter, wins and losses, and the Pats are 9-1 and the Cards are 3-7-1. Passing numbers are extremely subjective.

  8. Brady is old and it’s showing. But the Patriots homers told me he can make anyone look like a hall of famer…including Edelman but it looks like PEDelman cannot do this on his own. He really depended on Gronk.

  9. Brady and the Pats offense is struggling. The reason is they are lacking at WR. Just let that sink in when people claim Edelman should be a hall of famer. You are seeing it now. He’s a good role player and nothing more. If Edelman was a truly great player in his own right, the Pats offense would still be humming.

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    I disagree. Imagine the Pats O WITHOUT Edelman.

    I shudder to think…

  10. 49fromwi says:
    November 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm
    There are two types of lies. Damm lies and statistics.
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    Great quote from Mark Twain that went over most trolls heads since they don’t read books, actually goes, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

    Which was Twain saying that anyone can twist any stat to make any argument. Clearly we know Murray isn’t Brady and never will be.

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