As the most recent No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray can see his immediate future. As a former No. 1 overall pick in the final year of his contract, Tampa Bay Buccaneers counterpart Jameis Winston cannot say the same heading into Sunday’s matchup between the teams.
When: Sunday, Nov. 10
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Murray, who has thrown for 2,229 yards and nine touchdowns against only four interceptions, has had a typical rookie season with ups and downs as the Cardinals (3-5-1) could arguably be the best last place team in the NFL. He is coming off one of his better games, throwing for 241 yards and a pair of scores in Arizona’s 28-25 defeat to San Francisco on Oct. 31.
He had the longest scoring play of his brief career, an 88-yard hookup with fellow rookie Andy Isabella, whose previous two NFL catches covered eight yards. The Cardinals also received a stellar debut from recently acquired running back Kenyan Drake, who had 110 rushing yards and another 52 receiving after Arizona shipped a conditional sixth-round pick to Miami for his services.
Arizona will have the chance to use both Drake and regular running back David Johnson together for the first time in this game. Johnson, who is second on the team behind Murray with 300 rushing yards, sat out the loss to the 49ers with an ankle injury but said he was “definitely” playing vs. Buccaneers.
Murray has not thrown an interception in his last five games, a span of 147 attempts. While that is a positive, the rookie quarterback has been sacked 29 times — tied for the second-most in the NFL behind Winston (30).
Speaking of Winston, the first selection in 2015 has never truly moved on from the inconsistencies expected of rookie quarterbacks, as he is now in his fifth season. Winston has thrown for 2,407 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he also has thrown 12 INTs and is tied for the NFL lead with 16 turnovers when including his fumbles.
Winston did all he could in last Sunday’s, 40-34, overtime loss at Seattle, as he finished with 335 yards and a pair of touchdowns without getting picked off for Tampa Bay (2-6). The problem was Winston was outplayed by Russell Wilson, who torched the Bucs secondary for 378 yards and five TDs.
That has been a season-long theme for the Buccaneers, who rank 31st in passing yards allowed (293.5) and points allowed (31.5) per game. Tampa Bay has also yielded a league-worst 140 points in the second half.
Arizona has won the last three games between the teams and held off Tampa Bay, 38-33, in the most recent meeting in Week 6 of the 2017 season. Larry Fitzgerald had 10 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals, while Winston left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.