Time for a little argy-bargy?
Kyler Murray has been one of the NFL’s main characters this offseason: From his contract drama with the Cardinals, to the scrubbing of his social media accounts, to his extension, to the addition (and removal) of an “independent study” clause in his deal, there’s been no shortage of headlines made by the freshly paid passer.
It doesn’t seem that the headlines are through just yet.
A bit of statistical analysis introduced by conspicuous Redditors seems to indicate a correlation between the release of new “Call of Duty” games and a slight dip in Murray’s fantasy football numbers in each year since he’s been in the league.
Someone graphed Kyler Murray’s average career fantasy points, then marked when the new Call of Duty game comes out ever year 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/SxVVJXx5eK
— Kyle Ledbetter (@SportsDSD_) July 27, 2022
Here is Kyler Murray’s fantasy points for each game of his career. The line in orange is when the annual Call of Duty game released. Coincidence? @Danny_Heifetz @DannyBKelly @noahmoreparties @pahowdy pic.twitter.com/kGhxe0CEje
— rosecitypeach (@rosecitypeach) July 25, 2022
Murray, a notorious “Call of Duty” player, even has his own Twitch channel where he streams “Madden,” among other things.
More from Reddit:
A statistical analysis of NFL Quarterback Kyler Murray’s performance shows that he plays worse when there’s active Double XP weekends happening in Call of Duty. There were rumors stating that they he played a lot of Call of Duty, even during the season. https://t.co/47sI8lwN8u pic.twitter.com/PcBMs33RcY
— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) August 2, 2022
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 2, 2022
It’s worth noting that Murray is coming off his second Pro Bowl season in which he completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns to 10 interceptions in 2021.
So what does it all mean?
On one hand, all of this probably means a lot of nothing: Under Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona has had some pretty noticeable second-half swoons, so it’s hard to pin anything on Murray. Also, there are plenty of athletes, from Murray to Devin Booker, who play video games and still carve up opposing teams.
On the other hand, it’s pretty easy to get consumed by release day and Double XP weekend — so can you blame him?
A friendly reminder, though, that high-school statistics taught us all that correlation doesn’t always equate to causation. Murray can indulge in whooping people in “Warzone” and Hardcore Team Deathmatch and then throw for 300 and two touchdowns on Sundays.
That being said, “Modern Warfare 2” releases on Oct. 28 this year. All eyes are on Arizona’s Oct. 30 matchup vs. the Vikings.