When Chase Edmonds heard the number, he wanted to double check.
“You said he threw for 380?” he asked. “I didn’t know that. That’s a sneaky 380.”
Quarterback Kyler Murray did indeed throw for 380 yards, a career high, in the Cardinals’ 30-10 win over the Jets on Sunday. He did so connecting with nine different receivers, completing 27 of 37 passes with one touchdown and one interception.
Three of the Cardinals’ four touchdowns came on the ground on a day where the team had 496 net yards on offense. DeAndre Hopkins led all receivers, gobbling up 131 receiving yards on just six catches. He surpassed 9,000 career yards Sunday, the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach that mark.
A 37-yard touchdown pass to Hopkins came on the same drive where the wide receiver had a 45-yard catch. With just one defender on him, Hopkins was rightfully confident.
“I like my odds, and I was telling Kyler, ‘Just trust me,’ ” Hopkins said. “I just told him to give me a chance, and let’s work on some things.”
Any slight tweaks by Hopkins and Murray are building off of an already high standard. In three of his five games as Cardinal, Hopkins has had 130 receiving yards or more.
“That one to D-Hop, I didn’t even know if he was gonna catch it,” Murray said. “He shows you time and time again why he’s the best in the league.”
Murray connected early with Christian Kirk. The two have looked comfortable together since Murray entered the league, but Kirk still said Sunday felt like a breakthrough. Kirk finished with 78 yards on five catches, second-most on the team.
“You can just kind of tell when your guys are feeling it,” Murray said on Kirk. “I could tell he was feeling good.”
Oct 11, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws the ball as New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers (91) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Vincent Carchietta, Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
He also threw Edmonds’ way six times. Edmonds finished with five catches, good for 56 yards, as Murray surpassed 300 passing yards for the sixth time in his career. His previous high was 349, which came Week 2 of last season.
“To throw for that many yards, it’s not just me out there on the field,” Murray said. “It’s obviously a team effort. Coach called a great game.”
The down-field shots were a stark contrast from last week’s loss to the Panthers.
“This week, it felt a little bit more aggressive,” Hopkins said.
On 4th and 1 in the third quarter from their own 39 and up a touchdown, the Cardinals went for it. Murray found tight end Darrell Daniels short right. Needing just one yard, Daniels picked up 31.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury called the play “beautiful,” and said it came from tight end coach Steve Heiden earlier this week.
Kingsbury still said there were spots he could have done a better job. He once again noted in particular his desire to get veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald more involved. Fitzgerald finished with 35 yards on four catches, but one particularly mind-boggling play as he bobbed it to himself. The one-handed snatch seemed more like a magnetic force field was at play than normal human fingers.
“It’s insane what he can do,” Kingsbury said. “He makes those every day in practice, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Andy Isabella had two catches, one good for 21 yards. Wide receivers Trent Shefield and KeeSean Johnson and running back Kenyan Drake each finished with a catch.
With yards after the catch a big factor and with so many receivers involved, Kirk agreed with Edmonds’ description of Murray’s day.
“Yes, it definitely does feel like a sneaky 380,” Kirk said. “Just because that how our offensive scheme is. We have so many different guys involved. …
“You don’t see a lot of just Kyler dropping back and just throwing bombs all over the field. That’s sometimes what 380 looks like. But you definitely feel the effectiveness. I thought he did a great job today of going through his reads and taking what the defense gives him.”
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