The Cardinals are 4-0 for the first time since 2012 and remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL. A lot of this early success is due to the gunslinger under center.
The Arizona Cardinals are currently undefeated, and this past Sunday was their most dominant win against a high-powered Rams team. Quarterback Kyler Murray was very efficient, completing 75% of his passes. He also had two touchdowns and 268 yards through the air. It certainly has been a promising start for the former number one draft pick, which would explain why he has become the new favorite in the MVP race.
Stafford has looked pretty sharp as well this season. He has over 1000 yards already on the season, and he’s completing 68% of his passes. He has an 11-2 touchdown to interception ratio. The head-to-head matchup is what pushed Murray over the top.
But what about other quarterbacks?
Josh Allen has had a pretty good start in Buffalo. The Bills are 3-1 and are coming off a 40-0 shutout against the Houston Texans. Although Allen is only completing 63.5% of his passes, the Bills haven’t had the most challenging schedule. The real test for Allen will be if he can go toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes this Sunday.
Where does number 15 fall on this list? It should be pretty high. Mahomes has 14 passing touchdowns, which are three more than the second-highest quarterback (Stafford). With the extra regular-season game this year, Mahomes is on pace to shatter his MVP performance in 2018. He is also completing over 72% of his passes and almost as many yards as Stafford and Murray. Mahomes has thrown four uncharacteristic interceptions, but he is tied with Kyler Murray in that category.
The real difference in the MVP race between Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes lies within their respective records. The Cardinals are 4-0 while the Chiefs are 2-2. Usually, the NFL MVP is awarded to someone who is on a winning team, and right now, nobody is winning more than Kyler Murray. The NFL season is long, though, and nothing tells me that the Chiefs won’t be back in this thing come playoff time.
We’ll see what the Cardinals can do the rest of the way. That NFC West division is stout. Arizona still has to play Seattle and San Fransico twice. They also have the Rams again, plus Cleveland, Green Bay, and Dallas. Murray definitely has the weapons to compete with DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, and Christian Kirk. It will be primarily up to him whether or not he can keep up this pace.
Mahomes has a tough road too. He’ll have to play Green Bay and Dallas as well. Buffalo is no joke, either. However, Mahomes has been here before. He has to face some adversity every season. The last time the Chiefs lost two straight games, they went on to win the Superbowl. He also had to bounce back from a dislocated knee.
It’s a long season, and hats off to Kyler Murray for what he’s been able to do so far, but I’m still putting my chips on 15 red.