3 reasons why the Cardinals will surprise critics in the playoffs

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Kyler Murray
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Kyler Murray /
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Murray’s road performance

For some reason, Kyler Murray looked like an All-Pro quarterback on the road, and it’s no secret that when Murray’s hot, the entire offense clicks. When he stagnates, they stagnate.

Just how good has Murray been on the road? He had a touchdown to interception ratio of 15 to 3 in nine road games in 2021, with a 109.2 quarterback rating as opposed to a rating of just 93.2 at home. He also only took 11 sacks on the road in 2021 and 20 at home, losing an average of 7.8 yards per sack on the road and 10.0 yards per sack at home.

While Murray did have a better completion percentage and yards gained per pass attempt at home, they were a less than one percent and 0.2-yard differential. His touchdown to interception ratio also tanked at home at just 9 to 7.

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At least as far as 2021 goes, Murray is more comfortable when he’s not playing at State Farm Stadium. So for 2021 measures, it may be a good thing the Cardinals secured the fifth, and not the fourth seed, after 18 weeks.