For the first time in five years, the Arizona Cardinals are 2-0.
Kyler Murray was sensational, throwing the ball for 286 yards and one touchdown, as the Cardinals defeated the Washington Football Team 30-15.
The sophomore quarterback was also a threat on the ground, rushing for 67 yards on eight attempts, with two touchdowns.
Murray has 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns through two games this season. It is the first time in NFL history that a quarterback has posted those rushing numbers through two games. If Murray keeps this up, he could set the rushing record for a quarterback.
“That’s the dynamic that we have in this offense because I’m able to move. It’s a blessing to be able to move fast,” Murray said.
Pro Bowl wideout DeAndre Hopkins praised Murray after the game.
“He adds a different dynamic to this offense when he can go and score from 20, 30 yards out,” he said. “It’s something that is hard for defenders to be able to attack when you have a quarterback like that that’s looking to score, not just get the first down.”
For his second touchdown of the game, Murray rushed for a 21-yard score. With his team up by 17 points in the fourth quarter, he scrambled to the left side of the field and had plenty of room to march down the field.
Washington’s Troy Apke was the final hope to stop Murray, but the 23-year-old stunned his counterpart with some quick footwork to find the endzone.
“Once I got a guy 1-on-1, I like my chances,” Murray said.
And that wasn’t the only time in the game that Murray pulled a fast one on Apke. It also happened in the first quarter.
Murray rushed for a 14-yard touchdown when he sprinted through a small opening that emerged, leaving Apke a sitting duck.
Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said that Murray’s game continues to evolve each week.
“He’s running more aggressively, he’s getting vertical more. That was a point of emphasis for us, because he is one of the most dangerous people probably in the league when he’s in the open field like that.”
Murray was also effective with the long pass. He connected with Andy Isabella for a 54-yard reception, as well as Christian Kirk for another 49 yards.
Murray’s first touchdown of the game was to Hopkins, and the Cardinals had shutout Washington 20-0 at the half.
While Washington eventually broke through for a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, it was too little, too late.
The Cardinals will shoot for 3-0 next Sunday at home when they square off against the winless Detroit Lions, who are coming off a dismal 42-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
But despite an excellent start to the season, Murray believes his team has yet to reach their full potential.
“I feel like we’re not really scratching the surface yet,” Murray said. “I feel like there’s a lot of work to be done.”