The Arizona Cardinals have nothing but praise for Matthew Stafford. And the Los Angeles Rams continue to gush about Kyler Murray. While some of that could be attributed to gamemanship, both quarterbacks are deserving of high praise for their MVP-caliber starts to the 2021 season. Both have led their teams to victories in their first three games, ranking in the top six in passing yards, passer rating, passing touchdowns, and total touchdowns.
- Passing yards : Murray (1,005), Stafford (942),
- Passer rating : Stafford (129). Murray, 113; 8 (second). 4 (sixth)
- Passing TDs : Stafford, nine (tied for second); Murray, seven (tied for fifth)
- Total TDs : Murray, ten (tied for second); Stafford, nine (fourth)
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! Murray and Stafford have emerged as the odds-on favorites for NFL MVP, and they can settle the early season debate on the field when the NFC West rivals face off on Sunday, October 3 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Murray and Stafford have emerged as the odds-on favorites for NFL MVP, and they can settle the early season debate on the field when the NFC West rivals face off on Sunday, October The game will begin at 1:05 p.m. MST. Kliff Kingsbury: Matthew Stafford Is a ‘Freak Show’
Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury is winless in four tries against Los Angeles and his friend/coach Sean McVay. The Cardinals have now lost eight straight games to the Rams, with their last victory coming on January 1, 2017. The Rams made it more difficult to end the losing streak in March, when they traded quarterback Jared Goff and a slew of draft picks to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Stafford.
Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, led the Rams to two NFC West championships, three postseason appearances, and one Super Bowl appearance. They’ve been even better through three games with Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009 who is now in his 13th NFL season.
Kingsbury, a former Texas Tech player and coach, saw Stafford play in high school in Highland Park, Texas. Stafford’s arm strength was “legendary” even back then, according to the Cardinals’ coach.
Kingsbury told reporters on September 29 that “he is a freak show at that position.” Sean McVay: Kyler Murray Is an ‘Unbelievable Playmaker’
Meanwhile in California, McVey praised Murray’s performance this season, calling the 24-year-old quarterback an “unbelievable playmaker” who’s “seeing the field really well.” Murray, who is now in his third NFL season, has struggled against the Rams in his previous four games, throwing four interceptions while averaging 187 passing yards and scoring six total touchdowns. The 2019 NFL Draft’s No. 1 pick has also been sacked 11 times and has a passer rating of 75. In those games, you get an 8. Murray is a “unique” player who is “dynamic” both inside and outside the pocket, according to Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris. Morris told reporters on Thursday, September 30 that “he’s got a great arm.” “He can throw, run, and he’s quick..” In the red zone, he becomes especially dangerous.
“It’s a great challenge for us to try to get him on the ground. It’s a great challenge for us to try to fluster him. It’s a great challenge for us to try and get him off his rhythm and off balance. It’s our job to do that. We’ve got some capable players to do it too, and I look forward to the challenge.”
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