The first battle between Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts was intense. What will they do for an encore?
The wheels will be on display when Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts face off for the first time since their epic battle in 2020. You can be sure of that, but can the Philadelphia Eagles QB prove he’s the better passer in 2022?
No one would have asked that question a year ago, but Murray may have left the door open after having worn down during the home stretch in each of the past two seasons. Kyler achieved high marks from PFF in each of his past seasons, 82.8 and 84.0 after earning a pedestrian 64.2 mark in 2019.
We won’t knock him for the low mark as he was a rookie, but we will place a spotlight on Hurts as his rookie grade was pedestrian (56.2). Kyler has also proven that he can be among the great signal-callers in the NFL. Their games are similar, but Murray is ahead of Hurts in his development. Their duel in 2022 could earn Jalen Hurts the title of being one of the game’s electrifying players to watch.
Hurts ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash which is exceptional for a quarterback. Kyler ran a 4.49. Those legs move! Hurts beat him in rushing production in 2021 though. Kyler only racked up 423 yards and five TDs compared to Hurts’ 784 yards rushing and ten rushing TDs… Advantage… Hurts.
That can be better understood by looking at their physical frames. Hurts has the size to take hits if he has to (though that isn’t what we want), The same can be said for Murray, and we have evidence. As mentioned earlier, he’s worn down during the stretch run of each of the Cardinals’ past two seasons (and he quit in Arizona’s lone playoff game).
Let’s talk about passing numbers. Kyler has thrown 20, 26, and 24 TDs during each of his first three seasons. In 2021, his QBR was 57.3. His passer rating was 100.6. The new-look Eagles defense will have its hands full. Plus, this game is on the road.