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Checking in on the Arizona Cardinals with and without Kyler Murray in 2023

Take a look at the stats with and without Kyler Murray in the 2023 season.

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The Arizona Cardinals are sitting at 3-10 at the bye week.

Now the question is how have things looked over the course of those 13 games and what are the differences with Kyler Murray being back.

We will obviously take a look at this at the end of the season too.

Starting with the easy stuff, like bulk stats.

Without Kyler Murray, so Josh Dobbs and one Clayton Tune start:

  • 16.8 points per game
  • 289.7 yards per game
  • 162.7 passing yards per game
  • 127 rushing yards per game
  • 1.3 turnovers per game
  • 26.7 points per game allowed
  • 352.4 yards per game allowed
  • 1.1 turnovers forced per game

1-8 record overall.

With Kyler Murray:

  • 19.8 points per game
  • 311.3 yards per game
  • 194.3 passing yards per game
  • 117 rushing yards per game
  • 0.8 turnovers per game
  • 22.8 points pre game allowed
  • 361.8 yards per game allowed
  • 1.3 turnovers forced per game

2-2 record overall

So, going over things everything is obviously better, but I am surprised to see how much better the defensive points per game allowed have been. This is something we need to look at more closely and break down if there is any correlation, but boosting up things offensively is not a surprise.

I took out the Tune game, just to get a look, and this is what the Dobbs starts look like:

  • 18.8 points per game
  • 318.6 yards per game
  • 180.9 passing yards per game
  • 137.8 rushing yards per game
  • 1.1 turnovers per games
  • 26.6 points per game allowed
  • 1.3 turnovers per game forced

So, the points and passing yardage are just a bit lower, with a little more rushing yards. I am guessing that is based on how much Dobbs was running the ball, but again this is a brief, just overview of the differences.

The wildest thing is how even with a better rushing attack and a positive turnover differential, the defense was still giving up four more points per game.

Again, I am excited at the end of the season to see how these things break down, but there are obvious positives through four games.

We will see with the killer schedule to end the season how it ends up.