- Kyler Murray says he will play on Sunday against the L.A. Rams.
- Murray suffered a leg injury during the final play of their 20-12 loss to the 49ers last weekend.
- The Cardinals are in a do-or-die situation against the Rams with a spot in the NFC playoffs at stake.
Kyler Murray says he will be playing in Sunday’s do-or-die game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Arizona Cardinals’ starting QB was in question after suffering a leg injury during the final play of their Week 17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. But with their season on the line, Murray isn’t leaving anything to chance.
“There’s no holding back,” Murray said. “We lose, I’ll be home, chilling. My leg, I’m fine.”
If the Cardinals win on Sunday, they will advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 when they made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game. Should they lose, Arizona will finish the season with an 8-8 record and go home disappointed again.
No One Saw it Coming
49ers beat the Cardinals in a divisional showdown, 20-12.
C.J. Beathard: 3 Pass TDs
Jeff Wilson Jr.: 183 Rush Yds pic.twitter.com/Su0btZXdcX
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 27, 2020
No one saw last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers coming. Arizona was a solid six-point favorite in the spread odds and a -270 at the money line.In San Francisco, Arizona faced a team that was down to its third string quarterback in C.J. Beathard and its third string running back in Jeff Wilson. But instead of following the script, Beathard ended up throwing three touchdowns while Wilson rushed for 183 yards. And now the Cardinals have to fight for their lives.
The San Francisco defense made life difficult for Murray. The reigning NFL Rookie of the Year threw a total of 50 passes but gained only 247 yards through the air. The Cardinals were outgained 388-350 despite running a total of 80 plays compared to only 55 for the 49ers. Arizona converted only four out of 16 third down attempts.
But that game is water under the bridge now. The task at hand is Los Angeles and without Goff, the Cardinals are thee-point betting favorites at the spread odds and a slight -157 odds on favorite in the moneyline market. However, this doesn’t guarantee a win which will in turn guarantee a playoff spot. The Cardinals have to earn it. And thank God, Murray will play on Sunday.
Murray Will Play on Sunday
The @AZCardinals will have their starting quarterback Sunday against the Rams.
Kyler Murray: “Yeah, I’ll be playing.”https://t.co/4kTOzOpcSP
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 30, 2020
The Cardinals dodged a bullet with Murray’s injury. If he were a no-go this weekend, Arizona would have given the keys to the offense to backup Chris Streveler, an undrafted former CFL product. Had Streveler started, it would have been his first ever NFL start and he would’ve thrown his first ever NFL pass. Not to put down Streveler, but just imagine how that would’ve worked in a high-stakes game.
Murray meanwhile has been electric this season. Building on a Rookie of the Year winning season, the 23-year old former Heisman Trophy winner has been one of the league’s top dual-threat quarterbacks this season. The former number 1 pick has thrown a total of 26 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. Murray is also second among NFL quarterbacks with 816 rushing yards while also scoring 11 rushing touchdowns.
The reason why management brought both Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray to the Cardinals is to get the team back to the playoffs. After a promising first year in 2019, they are one win away from fulfilling that mission.