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Kyler Murray, Tom Brady have eerily similar passing statistics

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 [more]

Chandler Jones leads NFL in sacks, this year and over four years as a Cardinal

No one sacks the quarterback more than Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones. That’s true both this year — when Jones is leading the league with 12.5 sacks — and over his four-year career with the Cardinals. Since 2016, when the Patriots sent Jones to Arizona, he has 53.5 sacks. That’s the best mark in the [more]

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

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 [more]

Teams at top (of draft order) holding serve

Things are still crowded at the bottom, though there are a few teams trying to escape the top 10. The Jets and Falcons putting together actual winning streaks have knocked them down a few spots, but most of their peers are staying put, in terms of the 2020 NFL Draft. If the season ended today, [more]

Kliff Kingsbury on pass interference overturn: I was shocked myself

The Cardinals were on the wrong end of what appeared two missed pass interference calls by on-field officials Sunday. Kliff Kingsbury challenged for a defensive pass interference penalty on the 49ers and won. He didn’t press his luck by challenging a defensive pass interference penalty on his team, which appeared just as “clear and obvious” [more]

Kliff Kingsbury: David Johnson is part of this offense

David Johnson is the fourth-highest paid running back in the league, averaging $13 million per season. He is making $5.7 million in base salary this season and counts $9.75 million against the Cardinals’ salary cap. That makes him the most overpaid running back in the league. The Cardinals’ trade for Kenyan Drake has turned Johnson [more]

Garbage-time 49ers touchdown was “worst-case” (best-case) scenario for Caesers

The spread of legalized wagering has created unprecedented interest in betting, betting lines, and betting outcomes. And when the betting outcome creates a strange outcome for a provider of betting, it becomes news. And, in turn, an advertisement for more betting. Consider the item currently on the front page of ESPN.com, regarding the supposed “worst-case [more]

NFC playoff picture: Different week, same view at the top

The NFC playoff picture wasn’t upended when the 49ers, Saints and Cowboys lost games in Week 10, but it did open the door for bigger changes if the teams couldn’t get back on track. Sunday’s games are all in the books and everyone got back on track. All six teams that opened the weekend in [more]

David Johnson has no touches, only a handful of snaps Sunday

Kenyan Drake is the Cardinals’ starting running back. If that wasn’t clear before Sunday, it became quite clear Sunday. For the first time in five seasons, in his 58th career game, David Johnson didn’t have a touch. Not one carry. Not one catch. He played only nine snaps. “It’s not as much what [Johnson’s] not [more]

Kyler Murray: Disappointing to lose when you’re in position to win

Kyler Murray didn’t have a lot of experience with losing when he was drafted first overall by the Cardinals this year. He never lost a game in high school and only lost three games during his time in college, so he’s in uncharted territory right now. The Cardinals are 3-7-1 after Sunday’s 36-26 loss to [more]

49ers rally for 36-26 victory as Jimmy Garoppolo has career day

The 49ers trailed 16-0 early. They trailed 26-23 with seconds remaining. They won 36-26. Running back Jeff Wilson scored on a 25-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo with 31 seconds remaining. It was the fifth lead change of the second half. Garoppolo, who threw for 317 yards and a career-best four touchdowns two weeks ago against [more]

Dee Ford out with hamstring injury

49ers pass rusher Dee Ford injured his hamstring in the first half. The 49ers initially listed him as questionable to return but now have ruled him out. He did not have any stats. Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley is dealing with cramps and probable to return. The 49ers replaced Moseley with Ahkello Withersppon. Cornerback K'Waun Williams left [more]

Ross Dwelley scores second TD to give 49ers 17-16 lead

George who? The 49ers are without George Kittle, who had six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals two weeks ago. But Arizona can’t stop his replacement, Ross Dwelley. Dwelley, who had no touchdowns in his first 20 games, has scored two today. He had another called back for a holding penalty [more]

49ers draw to within 16-10 of the Cardinals at halftime

The 49ers began Sunday like they had a hangover. Who can blame them? They played a game Monday night that went to the wire, with the Seahawks winning on the final play of overtime. San Francisco had 10 plays for 2 yards on its first three possessions as the Cardinals built a 16-0 lead. The [more]

Cardinals get pass interference call on replay, lead 49ers 9-0

The officials giveth; the officials taketh away. The Cardinals got a rare overturn on a challenge for pass interference to set them up at the San Francisco 3-yard line on their first drive. But they had to a settle for a 26-yard Zane Gonzalez field goal after Charles Clay‘s 2-yard touchdown catch was called back [more]

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