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Kyler Murray Opens With Top-5 Quarterback Performance

Rushing efficiency sparked impressive showing in upset of 49ers

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the regular season opener on September 13, 2020.
Kyler Murray had the fifth-best quarterback performance in the NFL in Week 1, according to ESPN's Total QBR.

Kyler Murray faced one of the NFL's best defenses right out of the gate and had quite the day.

Even though the passing numbers were mediocre, Murray's fantastic rushing performance in Sunday’s 24-20 upset of the 49ers led him to the fifth-best Total QBR of all Week 1 quarterbacks.

His 85.0 rating was only topped by Lamar Jackson (94.1), Aaron Rodgers (92.9), Patrick Mahomes (90.4) and Russell Wilson (87.5).

Murray accumulated 10.7 expected points added in the contest, which was the second-most among quarterbacks behind Rodgers (11.1). His 5.7 expected points added on the ground was the most in the league, with only Cam Newton (4.0 EPA) anywhere close.

Murray is unfazed by MVP talk, but this was the type of start that gives credence to his spot within that discussion.

Other numbers of note following the Cardinals' Week 1 win over the 49ers: