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Kyler Murray Can’t Believe Cardinals Ranked No. 1 in Offense

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) waits to stretch during practice on Sept. 24, 2020, at Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center in Tempe, Ariz. Cardinals
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Who knew that Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals would be 5-2 through their first seven games? Who knew that at that time, the Cardinals would have the top-ranked offense in the NFL? Nobody could have guessed the success that Arizona has enjoyed so far this season.

Even Kyler Murray was shocked when he was told that his team had No. 1 offense in the league, racking up 419.1 yards per game. After a reporter asked him how he feels about the Cardinals ranking No. 1 in offense, Murray turned to media relations director Chris Melvin and asked, “Is that real?” And smiled when he was told yes.

As the quarterback of the team, Murray has been key to the Cardinals’ success. So far in the season, he has thrown for 263.9 yards per game with a 66.8 completion percentage. His touchdown-interception ratio is a solid 13:7. He has rushed for 62.4 yards and 1 touchdown per game on the ground, which is very impressive for a quarterback.

Acquired right before the Houston Texans season, Cardinals wide receiver Deandre Hopkins also deserves a lot of credit for the team’s success. This season, he is averaging an outstanding 100.6 yards per game, which is the highest in the league. No doubt, he has had a huge impact on the offense.

During this year, the top eight teams from each conference will make the postseason. However, a team that does not have a top-four record can still be in the top four. Because division leaders make up these spots in the conference, regular-season record determines the rest of the playoff picturThethe Cardinals currently re second in their division behind Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (6-1). Right now, Arizona holds the fifth seed in the NFC standings.

If Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense can stay hot, there is an excellent chance that the team will make its first playoff appearance since 2015, when the team reached the NFC Championship.

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