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Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 3
Arizona at Jacksonville
The Cardinals’ all-in push on Kyler Murray’s frenetic game has paid dividends, particularly in fantasy terms. Through the first two weeks he’s looked erratic at times, but has completed 74% of his throws for 689 yards and 7 touchdowns. His ability to extend a play indefinitely allows his talented receivers to work their way open down the field. And Murray is spreading the ball around well, with each of his top four wideouts having drawn nine targets or more through two weeks. DeAndre Hopkins has yet to dominate the ball, though he’s played well and already found the end zone three times. Christian Kirk and A.J. Green have rotated across the field, and each has made his share of big catches. The team has found a gem in rookie Rondale Moore, a slot specialist capable of exploding down the field as well. There’s enough firepower here to blow a hole in the Jaguars’ bottom-of-the-barrel defense.
The Jaguars continue to field one of the game’s weakest pass defenses. It’s nothing new to see them shredded through the air, and they’ve opened the year as punching bags to Tyrod Taylor (291 yards and 2 touchdowns) and Teddy Bridgewater (328 and 2). Bridgewater would’ve even had another 40 yards or more if not for an egregious pass interference in Sunday’s fourth quarter. At this point, the Jaguars simply don’t possess a strong cover cornerback at any spot, with C.J. Henderson still proving his mettle as last year’s first-round pick. He’s gotten no support from new teammate Shaquill Griffin or rookie Tyson Campbell, while Chris Claybrooks has long been one of the game’s weakest cover men. And without a strong coverage safety on board, they can be exploited on all levels of the field. They’ve already given up huge lines to the two prominent big-play threats they’ve faced, Brandin Cooks (5 for 132) and Courtland Sutton (9 for 159). The Cardinals’ ability to space the field and deliver tough throws downfield makes this matchup virtually unfair. Barring the unforeseen, Kyler Murray will be able to pick and choose his spots as his receivers win all over the field.
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