QB Kyler Murray - Arizona Cardinals

5-10, 207Born: 8-7-1997College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2019

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Murray predictably destroyed the Bucs poor pass defense, but has to face the rough and tumble 49ers pass rush this week. He won't be a safe play again until Week 15 and 16 against Cleveland and Seattle with a bye, the Rams, and Pittsburgh up after the 49ers.

Week 11: at San Francisco 49ers

All QB vs SF

FBG says: Bad matchup. The Arizona Cardinals' passing attack is one of the league's highest-volume groups in the NFL. As rookie quarterback Kyler Murray has matured throughout the season, he has shown an ability to minimize negative plays, avoiding both sacks and interceptions at an impressive rate. Murray has turned the ball over just one time in the last six games, and he is taking unnecessary sacks far less frequently. Through the air, Christian Kirk has emerged as the team's new number-one receiver in recent weeks. Over the last three games, Kirk leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and air yards. Kirk has accumulated more than twice as many air yards as the next-closest player on the team, showing how much more valuable his targets are than other Arizona receivers. Larry Fitzgerald is the team's second-leading producer at the wide receiver position. Over the last three games, Fitzgerald ranks second on the team in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. While his role is smaller than it was at the beginning of the season, it is still valuable in a high-volume passing attack like Arizona's. Head coach and play-caller Kliff Kingsbury has done an exceptional job at scheming an offense built to deter opposing defenses from sending pressure at his quarterback. He thrived in this regard during his days coaching in college, and now in the NFL, Kyler Murray is throwing from a clean pocket nearly as much as any quarterback in the league, even behind what many believe to be a sub-par offensive line. The San Francisco 49ers' pass defense is undoubtedly one of the strongest in the NFL this season. They were a relatively untested unit early in the season, as they faced one of the NFL's softest schedules. Monday night's performance against MVP frontrunner Russell Wilson when they allowed just 232 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception solidified their standing as an elite unit. On the season, the 49ers have allowed only 4.4 adjusted yards per attempt, the 2nd-best mark in the league. Their strength against the pass starts with an elite pass rush featuring four above-average pass-rushers. Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner, and Arik Armstead have each tallied at least four sacks this season. This top-flight pass-rush is supported by one of the league's best secondaries. 31-year-old cornerback Richard Sherman still leads the way for San Francisco with 3 interceptions on the season. Alongside Sherman, K'Waun Williams and Emmanuel Moseley have impressed as well this season, rounding out one of the league's deepest and most talented defensive backfields. The 49ers have only allowed 1 300-yard passing performance this season, which came in a 42-attempt week 2 game from Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals' offense thanks to a 66-yard passing touchdown with less than 1 minute remaining in the game. San Francisco stifled Arizona's passing attack two weeks ago, holding Kyler Murray to 241 passing yards on the day. Expect more of the same this weekend when they play host to the Arizona Cardinals in their second clash in the last three weeks.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
7 at NYG 65 14 21 104 0 0 10 28 0 0 8
8 at NO 46 19 33 220 0 0 2 13 0 0 11.3
9 vs SF 57 17 24 241 2 0 5 34 0 0 23.45
10 at TB 70 27 44 324 3 1 3 38 0 0 31
11 at SF PROJ-Dodds * 21 34 * * * 6 * * * *
11 at SF PROJ-Tremblay * 21 33 * * * 6 * * * *
11 at SF PROJ-Bloom * 22 35 * * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Kyler Murray's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs TB (27 / 44 / 324 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 38 / 0 rush)

Kyler Murray rebounded from a sluggish start to rally a comeback where Arizona had the ball in the closing minutes down by a field goal. However, the deficit was largely his fault with a back-breaking interception with Arizona in scoring range minutes earlier and milking a lead. Murray missed two wide open early throws to Pharoh Cooper in the end zone and Keesean Johnson on third down to contribute to Arizona's slow start. Murray got hot, however, with perfect deep passes to Christian Kirk and a potential fourth touchdown to Maxx Williams on fourth down only to have the tight end lose the wide-open opportunity in the glaring sun. Murray added a big play on the ground, showing his speed on a keeper for nearly 30 yards.

2019 Week 9 vs SF (17 / 24 / 241 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 34 / 0 rush)

Murray saw his second-lowest passing volume of the season in the home loss against the 49ers. Partly due to the 49ers controlling the game and clock with extended drives and also the Cardinals found lightning in a bottle with Kenyan Drake as a trade acquisition earlier in the week and turning around for 19 touches. Murray avoided an interception for the fifth straight game, but did have two regrettable throws, one should have been an interception and the other was a high throw to Christian Kirk on third down. Murray also took two drive-killing sacks on third down. On the positive side, Murray rebounded from a mostly-silent first half to comeback from multiple touchdowns down in the second half. Murray threaded the needle on a high-level-of-difficulty deep crossing route to Andy Isabella into a tight window, fueling a long run-after-catch touchdown. Murray also got Arizona back into the game with a rollout touchdown to KeeSean Johnson with impeccable accuracy. The Buccaneers secondary offers an ideal matchup in Week 10 for Murray to have one of his better games of the season.

2019 Week 8 vs NO (19 / 33 / 220 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)

For the fourth time in five games Murray did not throw a touchdown pass, this time in a sound blowout loss in New Orleans. Murray, however, has done an outstanding job avoiding turnovers and this week was another feather in his cap in the category in addition to weathering the storm of a hostile road environment early in the game. Murray was without a rushing attack for much of the game plus Chase Edmonds was out with a hamstring injury and Zach Zenner was so new to the team Murray was consistently coaching Zenner between the play call and snap on assignments. Through the air, much of Murray's production came on a handful of chunk plays downfield, one a long flea-flicker design to Charles Clay on the opening drive. Murray is unfazed by the small windows of the NFL, consistently sticking passes into said windows over the middle and between defenders. Murray nearly had an interception on a deep ball towards Christian Kirk in double coverage. Murray also threw behind Larry Fitzgerald on a fourth-down slant in the fourth quarter when the game was still relatively in doubt. The 49ers offer Murray the stiffest test of the season to-date on a short-preparation week on Thursday night in Week 9.

2019 Week 7 vs NYG (14 / 21 / 104 / 0 / 0 pass, 10 / 28 / 0 rush)

Murray was not asked to do much in the road win against the Giants, throwing a career low 21 passes, but running at least 10 time for a third straight game. Murray made key throws amidst his 14 completions, including stick passes to Trent Sherfield on a fourth down crosser route and later Pharoh Cooper on a third down comeback. The weather turned ugly in the second half and Arizona turned more conservative as they controlled the game. Murray's lone clunky sequence came with a circling-in-the-pocket sack near Arizona's goal line and the following punt was blocked for a touchdown. The Saints next week offer a much more difficult assignment than the Cincinnati-Atlanta-Giants trio of recent weeks for Murray and the Arizona offense.

2019 Week 6 vs ATL (27 / 37 / 340 / 3 / 0 pass, 11 / 32 / 0 rush)

Murray's strong career start continued in Week 6 as Arizona produced more than 30 points against the suspect Falcons defense in the home win. Murray averaged more than nine yards-per-attempt and logged no turnovers in his best statistical game to-date. Christian Kirk missed the game, but Murray connected on a highlight deep sideline throw to Trent Sherfield for a huge gain in tight coverage plus a long bomb to Damiere Byrd through double coverage down to the goal line. Murray exploited the Falcons defense with David Johnson as a downfield weapon, including a fade touchdown, plus added a touchdown to a wide-open Maxx Williams on a tight end throwback play design. Murray was active in the run game, logging at least eight carries for the third time over the past four games. Murray converted a third-and-one sneak plus added two chunk runs, one in the red zone, for much of his rushing production. The Giants offer another strong matchup in Week 7 to continue his promising play.

2019 Week 5 vs CIN (20 / 32 / 253 / 0 / 0 pass, 10 / 93 / 1 rush)

Murray's rushing production has progressed well since the opening two games of the season when he was seemingly stapled to the pocket. Murray had a blend of read option, designed quarterback runs, and scrambles among his team-leading 93 rushing yards. Murray's touchdown on the ground was an impressive fourth down bootleg in the red zone, diving successfully for the pylon. Murray had four runs of at least 10 yards in the game while still being smart with avoiding big hits as a runner. Through the air Murray made two of his best throws to David Johnson downfield, dropping the ball in the bucket on the sideline late in the game and the other a perfect back shoulder to his running back for a chunk gain. With the Falcons struggling to stop opposing offenses, Arizona will have a matchup to continue their success in Week 6.

2019 Week 4 vs SEA (22 / 32 / 241 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 27 / 1 rush)

In the sound home defeat to the Seahawks, Murray struggled to comeback from an early deficit. Murray's flash moments were just that - moments - as consistency has eluded the Arizona passing game and their offense overall through four weeks. Murray's interception came at the hands of an athletic play by Jadaveon Clowney, snaring an intended screen pass and turning it into a pick-six touchdown. Murray's best plays used his mobility, like breaking a tackle in the pocket before delivering a strike to Trent Sherfield and eluding rushers before finding David Johnson over the middle for nearly 30 yards. Murray also added a well-designed red zone draw play for a touchdown, Arizona's lone end zone appearance on the day. Cincinnati's struggling defense offers a potential get well matchup in Week 5.

2019 Week 3 vs CAR (30 / 43 / 173 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 69 / 0 rush)

Murray threw at least 40 passes for the third straight game, this time out of necessity as Arizona trailed late. Arizona got off to a hot start with Murray's newly added mobility to the offensive structure, running for more yards in the first half than the previous two games combined. However, the offensive line become a significant issue against Carolina's defensive front, limiting the Arizona passing game more as the game progresses, especially in the second half. On the positive side, Murray was smart with his running, rarely absorbing a solid hit when scrambling or in a designed run concept. Murray had his moments as a passer, like a perfect deep ball to Christian Kirk (dropped) and a laser down the seam to Larry Fitzgerald. Murray's highlight touchdown came on a perfect throwback to David Johnson across the field as the running back had a runway to the end zone. Pressure was the theme of the second half and an interception down the sideline essentially ended Arizona's comeback effort. Before a potential' get well' game in Week 5 against Cincinnati, Arizona gets another significant test next week against Seattle.

2019 Week 2 vs BAL (25 / 40 / 349 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Murray performed well in Baltimore, avoiding game-altering mistakes and delivering a number of 'wow' throws in the face of the Ravens' defense. Murray's mobility has a been a complete secondary trait for a second straight week as the rookie stands in the pocket, making reads, and accuracy passes. The entire field is unlocked due to Murray's overt arm talent, including a deep corner route to Christian Kirk for more than 30 yards, a back-shoulder throw to Damiere Byrd, and an on-point deep sideline floater to a sliding Larry Fitzgerald for another long gain. The biggest negative against Baltimore was bogging down in the red zone and settling for short field goals. Also, with four minutes to play and down six points, Arizona squandered their final opportunity to drive the field with penalties and miscommunication. Murray is off to a promising career start and gets the reeling Panthers at home in Week 3 for a chance at his first NFL victory.

2019 Week 1 vs DET (29 / 54 / 308 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)

Murray's NFL debut was a tale of two games for the first overall pick. Arizona's offense showed no dazzling play design or creativity early and certainly no use of Murray's mobility to unlock the Cardinals offense. Murray's biggest mistake also came early in the game as the rookie floated a pass down the sideline when the play appeared over and time to throw the ball out of bounds and live to fight another down. Detroit promptly picked off the pass and build a strong lead. However, Murray and the Arizona offense came alive in comeback mode and Murray minimized mistakes from that point forward. Murray's arm talent unlocks tight windows and areas of the field few quarterbacks will trust. Murray's highlight throws included a deep seam pass to Larry Fitzgerald, again to Fitzgerald on a deep corner route, and a seam touchdown to David Johnson. Murray's mobility was not a huge factor in the game as he preferred to deliver from the pocket and extend plays when needed, not the typical pattern from an athletically gifted rookie signal caller. Murray will be tested to a much higher degree in Baltimore in Week 2.

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Cardinals | Kyler Murray tosses three TDs (Sun Nov 10, 07:11 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray completed 27-of-44 passes for 324 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 10 road loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Our View: Murray had his best downfield passing day of his rookie year. He was one of the best fantasy quarterbacks of Week 10, but faces an uphill climb to points at San Francisco next week.
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Schedule

11@ San Francisco 49ers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams