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Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick & Prediction OCT 19TH 2020

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The Dallas Cowboys formally begin life without star quarterback Dak Prescott when they host the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.

 

Prescott's season is over after he sustained a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle during last Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

 

Prescott has passed for an NFL-leading 1,856 yards and veteran Andy Dalton will be asked to keep the Dallas offense churning. The Cowboys lead the NFL in total offense (488.0 yards per game) and rank third in scoring (32.6).

 

Running back Ezekiel Elliott indicated he isn't the least bit concerned since Dalton has nine prior years of experience as an NFL starter for the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

"Dak definitely is special," Elliott said. "He definitely is special but I think we have a lot of pieces in this offense and Andy's played at a high level in this league. I think we should still be one of the best offenses in the league."

 

Dalton, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has passed for 31,705 yards and 204 touchdowns in his career. The Bengals released Dalton in late April after using the No. 1 overall draft pick on quarterback Joe Burrow and Dallas signed him as insurance behind Prescott a few days later.

 

That $3 million the Cowboys guaranteed Dalton now looks like a stellar investment after Prescott's injury.

 

Dallas coach Mike McCarthy said there will be adjustments to the offense but he doesn't expect any decline in production.

 

"We all have great confidence in Andy," McCarthy said. "We've all been working together since training camp. ... I expect Andy to keep our offense moving forward and hopefully we can improve some."

 

Perhaps the defense will be the bigger issue when the Cowboys (2-3) try to slow down quarterback Kyler Murray and the Cardinals (3-2).

 

Dallas is allowing an NFL-worst 36.0 points per game and ranks 27th in total defense (404.4 yards) and Murray and offensive-minded coach Kliff Kingsbury are likely salivating at the matchup possibilities.

 

Murray is highly familiar with AT&T Stadium in Arlington because he won three state high school titles in the facility while playing for Allen High, located about 25 miles north of Dallas.

 

Murray said there won't be much time for reminiscing during his first visit as an NFL player.

 

"I will be able to enjoy the moment, but at the same time I know what's at stake," said Murray, who also won two games at AT&T Stadium while in college at Oklahoma. "This isn't about me going home. I'll be able to enjoy it, but at the same time, to enjoy it, you got to win."

 

Murray passed for a career-best 380 yards in last Sunday's 30-10 road victory over the New York Jets. The second-year pro has passed for 1,299 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions while also rushing for 296 yards and five touchdowns.

 

Murray and offseason acquisition DeAndre Hopkins have quickly formed a bond. Hopkins had six catches for 131 yards and one touchdown versus the Jets and leads the NFL in receptions (45) and receiving yardage (528).

 

Hopkins spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Houston Texans prior to the trade but he said he is fitting in well with the Cardinals.

 

"Those guys trust me to get me the ball downfield," Hopkins said. "A lot of people look at me as just a possession receiver, I guess. And my abilities and my talent, obviously show that I'm not just a possession receiver but I'm a downfield threat."

 

Arizona received its own injury blow Sunday when star linebacker Chandler Jones suffered a season-ending torn biceps. Jones was the runner-up for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors last season when he had a career-best 19 sacks and tied for the league lead with eight forced fumbles.

 

In better news for the Cardinals, safety Chris Banjo (hamstring) was a full practice participant on Thursday and is hopeful of returning after a two-game absence. Also, safety Jalen Thompson (ankle) is practicing and could be activated from injured reserve. He was hurt in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers.

 

Dallas standout linebacker Leighton Vander Esch returned to practice Thursday and might be activated from IR. Vander Esch has missed the past four games since breaking his collarbone in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.

 

The Cowboys won the last meeting 28-17 in 2017 after Arizona won the previous four matchups.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Arizona Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys

Player Position Lineup
Dan Arnold primary: Tight End Starter
Budda Baker primary: Safety Starter
Mason Cole primary: Center Starter
Kenyan Drake primary: Runningback Starter
Larry Fitzgerald primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jordan Hicks primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
D.J. Humphries primary: Left Tackle Starter
Christian Kirk primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Byron Murphy Jr. primary: Defensive Back Starter
Justin Murray primary: Right Guard Starter
Kyler Murray primary: Quarterback Starter
Corey Peters primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Patrick Peterson primary: Cornerback Starter
Justin Pugh primary: Left Guard Starter
Haason Reddick primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Deionte Thompson primary: Safety Starter
DeAndre Hopkins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
De'Vondre Campbell primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Phillips primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kelvin Beachum primary: Right Tackle Starter
Dre Kirkpatrick primary: Cornerback Starter
Angelo Blackson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Zach Allen primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Aaron Brewer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Darrell Daniels primary: Tight End Substitution
Chase Edmonds primary: Runningback Substitution
Lamont Gaillard primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Dennis Gardeck primary: Linebacker Substitution
Zane Gonzalez primary: Kicker Substitution
Andy Isabella primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Andy Lee primary: Punter Substitution
Trent Sherfield primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ezekiel Turner primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tanner Vallejo primary: Linebacker Substitution
Devon Kennard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chris Banjo primary: Safety Substitution
Charles Washington primary: Safety Substitution
Max Garcia primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Trevon Coley primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Isaiah Simmons primary: Linebacker Substitution
Josh Jones primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Leki Fotu primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Reggie Walker primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jonathan Ward primary: Runningback Substitution
Kevin Peterson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jordan Thomas primary: Tight End Substitution
Evan Baylis primary: Tight End Substitution
Kylie Fitts primary: Linebacker Not active
KeeSean Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Joshua Miles primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Chris Streveler primary: Quarterback Did not play
Brett Hundley primary: Quarterback Not active
Eno Benjamin primary: Runningback Not active
Isaiah Irving primary: Linebacker Not active
Player Position Lineup
Amari Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tyrone Crawford primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ezekiel Elliott primary: Runningback Starter
Michael Gallup primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Brandon Knight primary: Left Tackle Starter
Demarcus Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Jourdan Lewis primary: Cornerback Starter
Zack Martin primary: Right Guard Starter
Dalton Schultz primary: Tight End Starter
Jaylon Smith primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Leighton Vander Esch primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Connor Williams primary: Left Guard Starter
Donovan Wilson primary: Safety Starter
Xavier Woods primary: Safety Starter
Aldon Smith primary: Defensive End Starter
Dontari Poe primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
CeeDee Lamb primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trevon Diggs primary: Cornerback Starter
Tyler Biadasz primary: Center Starter
Daryl Worley primary: Cornerback Starter
Andy Dalton primary: Quarterback Starter
Terence Steele primary: Right Tackle Starter
Dorance Armstrong primary: Defensive End Substitution
Noah Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
C.J. Goodwin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Punter Substitution
Justin March-Lillard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Connor McGovern primary: Guard Substitution
Tony Pollard primary: Runningback Substitution
Cedrick Wilson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Antwaun Woods primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Darian Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
L.P. Ladouceur primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Anthony Brown primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Greg Zuerlein primary: Kicker Substitution
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Substitution
Marcus Henry primary: Center Substitution
Justin Hamilton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Neville Gallimore primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Bradlee Anae primary: Defensive End Substitution
Ben Dinucci primary: Quarterback Substitution
Francis Bernard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sean McKeon primary: Tight End Substitution
Rico Dowdle primary: Runningback Substitution
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Substitution
Joe Thomas primary: Linebacker Substitution
Steven Parker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Greg Senat primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Luke Gifford primary: Linebacker Not active
Saivion Smith primary: Cornerback Not active
Reggie Robinson II primary: Cornerback Not active
Malik Turner primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Rashad Smith primary: Linebacker Not active
Garrett Gilbert primary: Quarterback Not active

Arizona Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys

  • Match Start
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 34 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 80 Yards
    • Passer: Kyler Murray
    • Conv Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
    • Pass Receiver: Christian Kirk
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
    • Rusher: Kenyan Drake
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
    • Pass Receiver: Christian Kirk
    • Passer: Kyler Murray
  • Period 3
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
    • Rusher: Kyler Murray
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 69 Yards
    • Rusher: Kenyan Drake
    • Conv Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Pass Receiver: Amari Cooper
    • Passer: Andy Dalton
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 26 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @L.A. Rams L 7 - 18
  • San Francisco L 20 - 12
  • Philadelphia W 26 - 33
  • @N.Y. Giants W 26 - 7
  • L.A. Rams L 38 - 28
  • @New England L 17 - 20
  • @Seattle L 21 - 28
  • Buffalo W 30 - 32
  • Miami L 34 - 31
  • Seattle W 34 - 37
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @N.Y. Giants L 19 - 23
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 37
  • San Francisco W 33 - 41
  • @Cincinnati W 30 - 7
  • @Baltimore L 17 - 34
  • Washington L 41 - 16
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 28
  • Pittsburgh L 24 - 19
  • @Philadelphia L 9 - 23
  • @Washington L 3 - 25

Last Meetings

  • Cardinals @ Cowboys 38-10
  • Cardinals @ Cowboys 27-3
  • Cowboys @ Cardinals 28-17
  • Cowboys @ Cardinals 20-18
  • Cardinals @ Cowboys 28-17
  • Cowboys @ Cardinals 7-12
  • Cowboys @ Cardinals 13-19
  • Cowboys @ Cardinals 26-27
  • Cowboys @ Cardinals 24-30
  • Cowboys @ Cardinals 27-10

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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