Kyler Murray suffered what was called a “leg whip” on the final play of the game last week. With his status still a bit uncertain, the Arizona Cardinals have two equal options.
Brett Hundley and Chris Streveler have quietly been in the quarterback room this year. However they’ve hardly seen the field and now a potential decision looms. If Murray can’t go, one of these men will have to get the start in a game that is the biggest since the 2015 NFC Championship. It could be another “battle of the backups”, much like the John Skelton/ Stephen McGee Christmas night showdown in 2010 that was surprisingly an electric game that Arizona emerged victorious in 27-26 barnburner.
We know what is on the line: a playoff spot and the thrilling chance to knock out a division rival, which to my knowledge at the time of this writing has never occurred. This game should be the one that is on Sunday Night Football, but that’s fighting an uphill battle. At this point both skillsets are almost equal, one has NFL experience and the other won the CFL title. Going against the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive line isn’t any easier from the next opponent.
The Cardinals are going to need to put up points and not settle for field goals, which has put them in predicaments all throughout the season. During this writing, it was just announced that Cooper Kupp has been placed on the COVID-19 list and will not be playing this week. Which makes (on paper) the Cardinals’ job that much easier. Let’s compare these two near-journeymen quarterbacks, their skills, and who should ultimately get the reigns to the offense if needed.