Kyler Murray shines as Cardinals move to 2-0

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Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson were voted as the league’s Most Valuable Player after their second seasons, which led some to suggest that Kyler Murray could find his way into consideration for the prize this season.

The first two weeks of the season have done little to suggest that’s a crazy idea. Murray followed up a stellar opener against the 49ers with another terrific performance in Sunday’s 30-15 win over the Washington Football Team.

Murray opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins and then ran for two touchdowns as the Cardinals cruised to a win in their home opener. Murray finished the day 26-of-38 for 286 yards through the air and added 66 rushing yards on seven carries.

Murray hooked up with Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella for big gainers through the air. Those wideouts, Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald all had at least 50 receiving yards as Murray is forcing defenses to cover every inch of the field on a weekly basis.

Fellow 2019 first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a rough first half that included four sacks and a lost fumble, but showed signs of life in the second half for the second straight week. He couldn’t mount the kind of comeback that made Washington winners in their first outing, but finished the day 19-of-33 for 223 yards and a touchdown to Terry McLaurin.

Washington will try to get back on track against the Browns in Cleveland next weekend. The Cardinals will remain at home to face an 0-2 Lions team that should have its hands full with Murray.

23 responses to “Kyler Murray shines as Cardinals move to 2-0

  1. Kyler Murray? I thought he was too short to play in the NFL? But then so was Russell Wilson. It just goes to show what some people know. I seem to remember basketball players named Spud Webb and Tyrone “Mugsy” Bogues.

  2. Is Carl Cheffers going to get fined or suspended for throwing not one but 2 penalty flags on Patrick Mahomes’ team?

  3. joe6749 says:
    September 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm
    Wow, I know it’s early but the Cardinals look legit
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    That’s what happens when you steal a top 5 wide receiver….I can’t even call it a steal. Like Houston gave him away. They could have used Hopkins today. Top 5 wrs even when they don’t put up huge numbers opens up an offense. And Murray has looked great.

  4. What was that Delay of Game penalty call near the end of the game when the officials held up the snap by the Cards to allow Washington time to substitute, then did not reset the time they took up, and then immediately called a delay of game penalty on the Cards? The Cards did not fight that because it still took time off the game clock.

  5. Where is the bozo that last week said Murray proved nothing last year (offensive rookie of the year?), would prove nothing this year, and was a complete bust? You know who you are.

  6. Ananda says:
    September 20, 2020 at 11:46 pm
    That up coming Cards/Seahawks game s/b outstanding! Wonder if the NFL will flex?

    No kidding. Murray reminds me of a young Wilson, but a better passer AND runner than Wilson was at this stage. Seahawks probably win, but Kyler is the future of the NFC West.

  7. I thought our defensive line was fast enough to keep up with or at least slow down Murray. I did not realize that he was on a joy stick. One thing I an say is that he will put a ball up for grabs rather than take a hit. Getting in position to make a hit is the problem. His quickness makes the defense look like clowns.

  8. The biggest difference in the game was talent at receiver. Neither Haskins nor Murray were especially accurate but the Cardinals receivers were able to make tough catches, while Washington’s couldn’t help Haskins at all.

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 20, 2020 at 8:36 pm
    Kyler Murray > Sam Darnold

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    Uh…duh?

    I don’t think that even jets fans would say otherwise.

  10. Murray is amazing… but massive props has to go to Kingsbury’s offense built around him.

    Wide splits, open running lanes, its a thing of beauty to watch.

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