Arizona Cardinals passer is honored for strong performance
By Jim Koch
Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week after his superb outing this past Sunday
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was on a mission. After two consecutive losses, the pressure was on the team’s leader to help get things going in the right direction against the New York Jets. To say that Murray accomplished that feat this past Sunday would be an understatement.
Murray’s play during the Cards 30-10 blowout of the Jets was nothing short of spectacular. In recognition of his outstanding performance, it’s been announced that the signal-caller has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week. Arizona came through with a badly-needed, all-around effort versus New York, but it was the young passer’s impressive showing that really stood out.
Murray completed 27 of his 37 pass attempts for a career-high 380 yards. The first-overall pick of last year’s NFL Draft recorded two touchdowns for the Cardinals, one with his arm and another with his legs. Murray’s scoring toss was a beauty, a 37-yarder down the left sideline to the almost unstoppable DeAndre Hopkins.
The 23-year old, as mentioned, did some damage to the Jets on the ground as well. Murray’s 31 rushing yards on nine carries included a nifty 16-yarder up the middle during a first-quarter scoring drive. In the second quarter, the 5’10, 209 pounder practically walked into the end zone from two yards out, a scamper that gave the Cards a 14-3 lead with 2:41 to go until halftime.
Murray is no stranger to accolades. At the conclusion of the 2019 campaign, the University of Oklahoma product was handed the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. In December of 2018, Murray took home the Heisman Trophy after a sensational season with the Sooners.
The honor bestowed upon Murray for his work last weekend was well-deserved. Cardinals fans can only hope that there will be many more awards for the new “face of the franchise” in the future.