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Oklahoma Football in the NFL: Kyler Murray continues to dazzle football fans

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Kyler Murray is that dude.

Arizona Cardinals v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

A wild Week 11 started with Baker and the Browns on Thursday night and wrapped up with a thriller in Mexico City last night, with a bevy of Oklahoma Sooners taking the field across the league. Here’s the rundown:

Kyler Murray may have turned in his most impressive performance of his young NFL career, despite ending in a loss to the league’s undisputed best defense. The electrifying rookie, currently the only quarterback to achieve at least a 100.0 QB Rating against the 49ers this season, went 24-of-33 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 67 yards and another score in a down-the-wire thriller against San Francisco.

In fact, Kyler has reached that QBR in both outings against the stout Niners defense. Not bad for an undersized rookie from a QB-friendly system, amirite?

Though the Cardinals ultimately lost 30-26, this was a performance that deserves some recognition. Kyler not only managed the game with poise and patience but looked pretty damn comfortable doing it. As relentless as he is athletic and elusive, Kyler Murray is that dude knocking on the door of one hell of an NFL career. Following a Week 12 bye, Arizona hosts the Rams on December 1.

Although the headlines from Thursday night almost exclusively revolved around a certain helmet-related incident that has been discussed to exhaustion, what was unfortunately lost in the shuffle was a solid performance by Baker Mayfield and the Browns in a 21-7 win against the Steelers. Completing 17 of his 32 passes for a modest but timely 193 yards and two touchdowns, Baker’s led the Browns to two straight victories following a four-game slide and could actually be trending up to close this season. Then again, these are the Browns.

Cleveland takes the field next Sunday at home against 2-8 Miami.

Mark Andrews and Lamar Jackson continued their connection this week, with the former Sooner tight end catching four passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 41-7 blowout of the Texans. Andrews now leads the team across the board in total targets, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in his stellar second pro season. Now all he needs to work on is his post-TD vertical.

Marquise Brown added two receptions for 23 yards for B’More in the rout, while Kenny Stills caught four of his seven targets for 27 yards on the other side for the Texans.

Joe Mixon rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and added one catch for 17 yards in the Bengals’ loss at Oakland.

Adrian Peterson rushed nine times for 25 yards and added another five yards on two catches in Washingtons loss to the Jets. Aaron Colvin added one solo and one assisted tackle for Washington.

Dede Westbrook caught four passes on six targets for 32 yards in the Jaguars’ loss to the Colts. Starting QB Nick Foles, with whom Dede had a strong connection in the preseason, made his return after his Week 1 injury. It’d be great if the two can get back on the same page and rescue what’s been a disappointing and injury-plagued season for Westbrook.

Gerald McCoy grabbed one solo tackle and assisted on three others, sacked Matt Ryan once and defended a pass in the Panthers’ loss to the Falcons.

Jordan Phillips grabbed two solo tackles and a sack in a big Bills win over Miami. Steven Parker registered one solo tackle on the other side for the Dolphins.

Damien Williams rushed for seven yards on four carries and added a catch for six yards on Monday Night Football in the Chiefs’ thrilling 24-17 win against the Chargers in Mexico City. He unfortunately left the game with a rib injury in the second quarter and did not return.

These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:

(*denotes starter)

*Orlando Brown (OT - Ravens), Jordan Evans (LB - Bengals), *Cody Ford (RT - Bills), *Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles), Obgbonnia Okoronkwo (LB - Rams), *Austin Seibert (K - Browns, *Tress Way (P - Washington), Daryl Williams (OT - Panthers),*James Winchester (LS - Chiefs)

The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 11:

Rodney Anderson (RB - Bengals, IR), Blake Bell (TE - Chiefs), Bobby Evans (OG - Rams), Tony Jefferson (S - Ravens, IR), Corey Nelson (LB - Broncos), Ben Powers (OG - Ravens), Dru Samia (OG - Vikings), Sterling Shepard (WR - Giants, Bye Week), Trent Williams (OT - Washington)

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