Kyler Murray was a big reason why and his performance was recognized by the NFL.
From the team:
This is Murray’s third career “Offensive Player of the Week” selection and second in the past three weeks after he won the award following Arizona’s Week 5 win at the New York Jets. He is just the second player in team history to win “Offensive Player of the Week” honors twice in a three-week span (Boomer Esiason, 1996). Murray also becomes the first Cardinals quarterback to be named “Player of the Week” twice in the same season since Kurt Warner in 2009.
It is the third consecutive week the Cardinals have a “Player of the Week” winner after safety Budda Baker was named “Defensive Player of the Week” following Arizona’s Week 6 win at Dallas and Murray won offensive honors after the Cardinals Week 5 win at the Jets. This is the fourth time (2015, Weeks 14-16; 2014, Weeks 8-10; 1998, Weeks 15-17) in team history that the Cardinals have had “Player of the Week” winners in three straight weeks.
In Sunday’s win, Murray completed a career-high 34-of-48 pass attempts (70.8%) for 360 yards, three touchdowns and a 104.5 passer rating. He also added 67 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
With his performance, Murray became the first player in NFL history to throw for 350+ yards and 3+ touchdowns while also rushing for 50+ yards and a touchdown in a single game. He also became the first player in franchise history with 300+ passing yards and 50+ rushing yards in a game.
Sunday’s win vs. Seattle was Murray’s seventh career game with both a passing and rushing touchdown, including his sixth such performance in seven games this season. Murray’s six games with a passing and rushing touchdown in 2020 are the most in a single season in franchise history and he became the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat six times in the first seven games of a season.
Murray’s five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter on Sunday was his seventh rushing touchdown of the season. Just seven games into the 2020 campaign, Murray already established a franchise single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Murray and Cam Newton (7 in 2011) are the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era with at least seven rushing touchdowns through the first seven games of a season.
Congratulations to Murray on his second Player of the Week award on the season.