Despite recent struggles, Arizona Cardinals have managed to enter the playoffs. This marks Kyler Murray’s first career postseason game. The 2019 No.1 draft pick had lost his momentum after a dream start to the season but looks like he has found his rhythm once again.
The Cardinals were undefeated the first seven weeks of the season. They seemed practically invincible at the start but lost their way during the middle stretch of the season. They lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the season finale game but still made the playoffs. Cardinals Head coach, Kliff Kingsbury expects his quarterback’s performance to be remarkable come Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
Kingsbury said Kyler Murray has been waiting for this moment since he entered the NFL
Kingsbury lauded Kyler Murray’s grit and hard work during the entire season. “I think this is what he’s been waiting for three years,” Kingsbury said Wednesday, via ESPN. “He’s a guy who wants to be playing for something and knows he’s playing for something.”
“This is his first shot at the playoffs, and I expect him to probably play the best game of his career. I know he’s going to give it everything he’s got.” Murray already has plenty of experience playing in big and pressure-packed games. He won three straight state championships in high school and led the Oklahoma Sooners to the 2018 College Football Playoff semifinals.
Can Murray perform like he did in the first seven weeks or is he going to lose in his first playoff encounter?
Murray has just seven passing TDs in his last seven games. He had 17 pass TD in Weeks 1-7. Over the past seven weeks span, Arizona is 2-5, with Murray completing just 65.5 percent of his passes for 6.9 yards per attempt, a 7-5 TD-INT ratio, and an 86.5 passer rating.
Despite his declining performance, there were brief moments of Murray recapturing his early-season form. The Cardinals QB was exceptional against the Dallas Cowboys and the Seahawks as well. Murray made some jaw-dropping throws and moved the ball up-and-down the field, even when he didn’t get much help from his receivers.
After three years in the NFL, Kyler Murray finally has the opportunity to showcase his skills in the postseason. It’ll be interesting to see whether Murray rises up to the occasion or he fails to make his mark in the playoffs this year. The Cardinals are going to face the Los Angeles Rams at the SoFi Stadium on Monday night.