The Great Stagnation is the best way to describe Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s performances in 2022, but that can change tonight.
It’s no secret that Kyler Murray has been awful this season. Through his 10 starts in 2022, Murray is throwing touchdown passes just 3.6% of the time, the worst mark of his career. He is also struggling through his worst career passer rating – 87.1, and his worst yards per attempt – 6.1 – literally right down there with Kenny Pickett.
Many are quick to point the finger at Kliff Kingsbury and his poor playcalling. But as I’ve said many times, Kliff isn’t the one behind center running the offense on the field. Furthermore, the Kliff-Kyler duo has been together for four seasons and they have seen success. So if you think this is all on Kliff, do yourself a favor and cut the biased speculation. It’s on Kyler as much as it is on Kliff.
But that doesn’t mean Kyler won’t turn things around over these final five contests. And going against a quarterback who was supposed to make a leap but has been equally as bad in Mac Jones, Kyler has an opportunity to be that guy tonight.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has a huge opportunity
In Jones’ nine starts, the Patriots have scored just 158 points, or 17.5 points per game. This game, as you may have guessed, begins with the Arizona Cardinals defense. Jones has 7 touchdowns and 7 picks, and just 218.1 passing yards per game. The result has contributed to the Patriots ranking 29th in total offense, two slots behind the Cardinals.
It also tells us that the Cardinals defense should be able to stifle Jones and Company, which will put the ball in Kyler’s hands often. If that is the case, then Kyler has multiple chances to finally bust out of this season-long slumber he has found himself in.
However, Kyler must contend with the league’s second-ranked defense. And given his struggles this season, odds are, he will continue to stagnate tonight. But with Jones and the Patriots offense struggling even more than Kyler and his Redbirds offense, the opportunity for success sits with the latter.
Will he look like the Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback that we saw in 2020 and 2021, and even at times earlier this season? We will find out tonight.
(Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference)
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