Murphy was given an elite 90.4 grade against the run and an impressive 77.5 mark in coverage. He finished the contest with eight tackles and a fumble recovery, while also breaking up a couple of passes.
It was a tough rookie season for Murphy in 2019, as he played out of position at outside cornerback and regularly faced No. 1 receivers while still learning the NFL ropes. The experience was valuable, as the former second-round pick has improved across the board this season as he settles into the slot cornerback role.
Other Pro Football Focus observations from the blowout win over Dallas:
- Budda Baker certainly passed the eye test, and PFF agreed that he had a whale of a game against the Cowboys. He finished with a team-best 92.6 overall grade, including 91.9 in coverage and 79.0 rushing the passer. It was the sixth-best defensive performance in the NFL this week. Baker's 80.0 grade on the season is tops on defense.
- Left tackle D.J. Humphries followed up a dominant effort against the Jets with another sterling effort. Despite a back issue that left him questionable to play, Humphries logged an 86.9 overall grade, which was the best on offense. Humphries' run-blocking grade of 93.2 was second-highest in the NFL this week behind the Giants' Matt Peart.
- Outside linebacker Haason Reddick did a great job in the Cardinals' first game without Chandler Jones, logging a pair of sacks and earning a 76.4 grade on 36 pass-rush snaps. He has a team-leading four sacks on the season, which few would have predicted back in training camp.
- Rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons played the most snaps of his career with 21, and made them count. He finished with the second-highest defensive grade on the team at 86.3. Simmons was in coverage on 15 snaps and allowed just one completion for six yards on a pair of targets.
- Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips also picked up the slack, with an 81.9 overall grade. Phillips was stout against the run while adding a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
- Wide receiver Christian Kirk had his highest-graded game of the season at 73.9, which was second-best on offense behind Humphries. He has trended up in all five games this season in both overall and receiving grades.