Kyler Murray’s remarkable rise continued in Week 10 of the NFL season as the Arizona Cardinals quarterback authored an unbelievable finish in their win over the Buffalo Bills.
The diminutive quarterback, who eschewed a baseball career to head to the NFL, produced an astonishing last-gasp throw to DeAndre Hopkins, who rose above several defenders to pluck the ball out of the air and give Arizona a victory that moves them to 6-3.
Murray’s performance was a historically significant one as he once again thrived throwing and running the football.
The dual-threat superstar unsurprisingly leads our look at some of the best statistics from a wild Sunday as the fight for the postseason heats up.
Murray produced arguably the play of the NFL season so far with his incredible game-winning Hail Mary pass to Hopkins against the Bills to give the Cardinals the division lead in the NFC West.
Almost as impressive as that throw are Murray’s continued exploits running the football. He rushed for two touchdowns in the defeat of Buffalo, becoming the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era – and first since 1956 – to run for a touchdown in five consecutive games.
His 10 rushing touchdowns put him tied with Johnny Lujack for the most by a quarterback in his team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history.
HOP CAUGHT IT!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/lyAG9gWYPn
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 16, 2020
With 6,097 passing yards and 1,148 rushing yards in his career, Murray has joined Cam Newton as only the second quarterback to pass for at least 6,000 yards and run for 1,000 in the first 25 games of his career.
Next for Murray and the Cardinals is a trip to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Thursday. Arizona can take command of the division with a win at CenturyLink Field and, after another two-interception display from Russell Wilson in Week 10, it is Murray who looks a better bet to contend for the MVP award than the man previously considered the frontrunner.
Adams on pace with receiving greats
Davante Adams’ decisive grab against the Jacksonville Jaguars may not receive the acclaim of Hopkins’ remarkable catch, but it was no less important as the Green Bay Packers claimed an unconvincing win to move to 7-2.
His stunning spinning reception was Adams’ ninth touchdown catch of the season. With 61 catches for 741 yards, he joins Marvin Harrison (1999) and Randy Moss (2007) as the only players with at least 700 receiving yards and nine scores in their first seven games of an NFL season.
Those numbers are why many consider Adams the top wide receiver in the NFL. Averaging 105.9 yards per game, Adams is on pace for his finest season yet and his reputation will only be enhanced if he can deliver another influential performance against one of the league’s toughest defenses when the Packers visit the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11.
— NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2020
NFC South running backs show their worth
The New Orleans Saints overcame a 10-point deficit to beat the depleted San Francisco 49ers thanks to three touchdowns from running back Alvin Kamara.
Kamara ran for two scores and added another as a receiver, meaning he now has 17 career games with at least two touchdowns, tying him with Chuck Foreman for the second-most in his first four seasons in NFL history. Larry Johnson (18 games) is the only player to have more.
His prolific day also saw Kamara move level with Foreman in another category, as he recorded his eighth career game with both a rushing and a receiving touchdown. Christian McCaffrey (nine) holds the record for the most by a player in his first four seasons in league history.
With Drew Brees suffering a rib injury that kept him out of the second half, Kamara may have to take on an even larger role if the Saints have to switch to a backup quarterback, with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill both ineffective in Brees’ absence.
RONALD JONES GOES 98 YARDS!
— NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2020
Another NFC South running back, Ronald Jones of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, demonstrated his value with an incredible 98-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of their clash with the Carolina Panthers.
It gave the Bucs a nine-point cushion in what had until then been a tight game, with Tampa going on to ease to a 46-23 win.
Jones’ score made him the fourth player in NFL history to record a rushing touchdown of at least 98 yards, following in the footsteps of Tony Dorsett (99 yards in Week 17, 1982), Ahman Green (98 yards in Week 17, 2003) and Derrick Henry (99 yards in Week 14, 2018).
If Jones can deliver more game-breaking plays down the stretch, it will help diversify a Buccaneers offense loaded with weapons in the passing game as Tom Brady and company look to become the first team to play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium.