In his third year as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Kliff Kingsbury has turned his team into a Super Bowl frontrunner. NFL betting trends show that many are on board with the Cardinals’ ride to Super Bowl LVI.
So far, crisscrossing the country doesn’t seem to affect Kingsbury’s squad. Yet, the Cardinals face a more challenging test in Week 6 against the Browns with this trip East. So here’s a look at the scoring trends that are occurring under Kliff Kingsbury’s reign.
Cardinals Offense 2019
After an overtime tie to start his career at the helm, Kliff Kingsbury followed with three straight losses. The Cardinals finally eked out two wins in a row by three points or less.
The Cardinals offense led by Kyler Murray had its troubles scoring with consistency. Larry Fitzgerald managed 75 catches but only four touchdowns.
2019 was also the rookie season for Kyler Murray, and Kingsbury stood by his quarterback. Murray had a completion rate of 64%.
The Cardinals finished the season an unimpressive 5-10-1, but coach Kingsbury laid the groundwork for improvement. The learning curve the two shared is paying off now.
Cardinals Offense 2020
The second season for Kliff Kingsbury and company showed several offensive improvements. Kyler Murray’s completion rate grew to 67.2%, and he threw for 26 touchdown passes.
Larry Fitzgerald’s stellar career showed its first signs of waning as he caught a mere 54 passes for one touchdown. Instead, Murray relied more on his new favorite target, DeAndre Hopkins, who hauled in 115 receptions.
The most significant difference for the Cardinals in 2020 was their red zone efficiency. Kingsbury’s offense converted on 65.5% of their red zone visits, compared to only 45.3% in his first season.
Those scoring numbers help when Kliff Kingsbury has no fear of his quarterback improvising. Kyler Murray used his running ability to score another 11 touchdowns.
Kliff Kingsbury’s Vision Realized in 2021
The Arizona Cardinals offense continues to move in the right direction this year. Kyler Murray is completing an incredible 75.2% of passes so far. And in the red zone, the team’s 71.4% conversion rate is nothing short of remarkable.
Time of possession improved because Kingsbury seems to be making better use of the running game this year. Chase Edmunds has half the touches he had for the 2020 season and averages 5.5 yards per rush.
Kingsbury is also putting new addition James Conner into goal line situations which have resulted in four touchdowns. However, the running game hit a wall against the 49ers’ defense last week. Kingsbury needs to get his ground attack going again for the Cardinals vs. Browns matchup.
The Cardinals have come out of the gate on fire this season. Week 5 produced another win, but the offense struggled to score. Yet, the Cardinals sit at 5-0 going into Cleveland. So Kliff Kingsbury must decide if last week was a wake-up call or merely a blip on the radar.
The Browns proved they could score points with anybody, even in a loss to the Chargers, but the Browns defense is banged up and has struggled the two times they’ve taken on top-tier quarterbacks.
The Arizona Cardinals have shown steady progression over Kingsbury’s tenure. Of course, an undefeated season is a lot to ask, with an extra game on the schedule this season. But, if Kliff Kingsbury can maintain consistency, the Cardinals have a real shot at playing in February.
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