Kyler Murray’s Stats During Call Of Duty Promo Weekends Are Concerning

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Maybe the now erased independent study clause the Arizona Cardinals stuffed into Kyler Murray’s contract wasn’t such a bad idea after all?

At least that’s the conclusion drawn by one dedicated Reddit user. And by “dedicated,” I mean really, really dedicated.

The user, who goes by the name u/NegativeBee, did some digging into Murray’s past, and broke down exactly how he plays on Sundays when the video game Call of Duty is offering promotional weekends, compared to when it’s just a normal weekend.

The end result? Well, some may call it coincidence, while others — especially those with teenagers at home — will know exactly what’s going on.

Yes, Murray apparently plays significantly worse on weekends where the video game is having special promotions – also known as 2XP or 3XP (don’t bother looking it up, you’ll go down a wormhole I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.)

The statistical difference is … something.

Let’s dig in.

First off, the difference in passing yards and completion percentage is pretty negligible, so we’ll skip those. But the difference in passer rating? That’s certainly a show-stopper if you will.

It may not seem like a lot, but the difference between a passer rating of 97 and 89 is pretty big. Don’t believe me?

Patrick Mahomes had just over a 97 passer rating last season. Ryan Tannehill had an 89.

Justin Herbert had a 97.5 passer rating. Davis Mills had an 88.8.

Kyler Murray and Call of Duty? Yep. They may just go together pretty well. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Finally, the win-loss record is suspect. Murray is 18-16-1 on non-promotional weekends compared to 4-7 on others.

So, some weekends Kyler was Patrick Mahomes, and others he was Ryan Tannehill. Is it because he was “grinding for rare character skins,” as this user says? Who knows.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this …

This year’s Call of Duty — Modern Warfare 2, for those who care — will be released Oct. 28. Murray and the Cardinals are set to play at the Minnesota Vikings two days later.

I’m just saying.

Written by Zach Dean

Zach grew up in Florida, lives in Florida, and will never leave Florida ... for obvious reasons. He's a reigning fantasy football league champion, knows everything there is to know about NASCAR, and once passed out (briefly!) during a lap around Daytona. He swears they were going 200 mph even though they clearly were not.


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  1. This reminds me of a dude I played high school basketball with. Weekday evening games probably averaged 18/19 points per game. Saturday evening games after partying hard on Friday and smoking weed all day Saturday maybe 11/12 point per game. Difference is my buddy from high school wasn’t getting paid $250M. Grow up Kyler, you are a spoiled brat.

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