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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 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Seattle L 21 - 28
  • Buffalo W 30 - 32
  • Miami L 34 - 31
  • Seattle W 34 - 37
  • @Dallas W 38 - 10
  • @N.Y. Jets W 30 - 10
  • @Carolina L 21 - 31
  • Detroit L 26 - 23
  • Washington W 15 - 30
  • @San Francisco W 24 - 20
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Washington L 41 - 16
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 28
  • Pittsburgh L 24 - 19
  • @Philadelphia L 9 - 23
  • @Washington L 3 - 25
  • Arizona L 38 - 10
  • N.Y. Giants W 34 - 37
  • Cleveland L 49 - 38
  • @Seattle L 31 - 38
  • Atlanta W 39 - 40

Next Games

  • @New England(09-16-12) W 20 - 18
  • L.A. Rams(12-01-19) L 34 - 7
  • @N.Y. Giants(10-20-19) W 27 - 21
  • Philadelphia(10-26-14) W 20 - 24
  • San Francisco(10-31-19) L 28 - 25
  • @Baltimore(10-14-12) L 29 - 31
  • @Cincinnati(12-09-12) W 20 - 19
  • San Francisco(09-07-14) L 28 - 17
  • Philadelphia(10-20-19) W 10 - 37
  • @N.Y. Giants(11-04-19) W 37 - 18

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

Last Injuries

Dallas Cowboys

  • D.J. Reed

    Foot
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Reed is managing a foot injury, and it is undetermined if he will suit up Monday versus the Eagles.

  • Cameron Erving

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Erving exited the last game with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Ravens in Week 13.

  • Zack Martin

    Calf
    Late Dec | out

    Martin will miss three to four weeks with a calf injury.

  • Luke Gifford

    Suspension
    Elig Week 14 | out

    Gifford has been issued a two-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He will be eligible to return Week 14 against the Bengals.

  • Anthony Brown

    Ribs
    day-to-day | questionable

    Brown sat out the last contest with a rib injury, and it is undetermined if he will be active Week 13 versus the Ravens.

  • Greg Zuerlein

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Zuerlein is bothered by a back injury, but it is projected that he will take the field Thursday versus the Washington Football Team.

  • Blake Bell

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Bell is tending to a back injury, but he is expected to line up against the Washington Football Team on Thursday.

  • Tyler Biadasz

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Biadasz has landed on the injured reserve list due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown when he will get back on the field.

Arizona Cardinals

  • Deionte Thompson

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Thompson has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an unknown length of time.

  • Maxx Williams

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams is suffering from an illness, but he is expected to take the field against the Patriots on Sunday.

  • Charles Washington

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Washington sat out the last game due to a groin injury, and it is up in the air if he will take the field for Sunday's showdown versus the Patriots.

  • Jalen Thompson

    Ankle
    Out Sun | out

    Thompson is managing an ankle injury, and he will not line up against the Patriots on Sunday.

  • Trent Sherfield

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sherfield has ended up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long it will take for the symptoms to subside.

  • Justin Murray

    Hand
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Murray was held out of the last two games due to a hand injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up for Sunday's contest versus the Patriots.

  • Kyler Murray

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Murray is expected to be available against the Patriots on Sunday despite an AC joint injury in his right shoulder.

  • Larry Fitzgerald

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Fitzgerald has wound up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list due to contact tracing purposes. Team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys

Kyler Murray passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to help the Arizona Cardinals record a 38-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night at Arlington, Texas.

Christian Kirk caught two touchdown passes -- including an 80-yarder -- and Kenyan Drake rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for the Cardinals (4-2). Murray completed 9 of 24 passes for 188 yards and also rushed for 74 yards on 10 carries while Budda Baker and Dre Kirkpatrick intercepted passes.

The Cowboys played their first game without star quarterback Dak Prescott, who is out for the season after a severe ankle injury. Andy Dalton completed 34 of 54 passes for 266 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for Dallas (2-4), which committed four turnovers.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 49 yards on 12 carries and lost two fumbles -- one as a runner, one as a receiver -- for the Cowboys. He has fumbled five times this season, losing a career-worst four.

Murray played at AT&T Stadium for the first time as a pro and improved to 7-0 in the facility, counting his high school and college careers. Allen won three state titles in the building while playing for Allen High, located about 25 miles north of Dallas.

The game was played in front of 25,174, a count limited by COVID-19 protocols.

Arizona held a 438-344 edge in total offense while beating Dallas for the fifth time in the past six meetings.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Cardinals scored 21 points in the second to take control.

The first touchdown occurred shortly after Elliott's first lost fumble. Kirk came across in motion and received a forward flip from Murray and raced toward the right side of the end zone for a 6-yard score with 12:58 left in the half.

Elliott lost another fumble to give the Cardinals a short field, and Drake scored from the 1 to cap a five-play, 27-yard drive to make it 14-0 with 10:31 left.

Arizona forced a punt later in the stanza and Murray and Kirk teamed up on the 80-yard touchdown on the first play. Kirk stretched out his arms to make a fingertip grab at the Dallas 35-yard line and raced for the score with 4:43 left in the half.

Greg Zuerlein kicked a 34-yard field goal with 10 seconds left to leave Dallas trailing 21-3.

Kirkpatrick intercepted Dalton -- the two were teammates in Cincinnati for the past eight seasons -- early in the third quarter. The Cardinals cashed in with Murray's 1-yard run with 7:53 left in the period.

Zane Gonzalez booted a 26-yard field goal to give the Cardinals a 31-3 lead with 8:54 left before Dalton threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Amari Cooper with 2:48 remaining. Drake tacked on a 69-yard touchdown run with 1:49 left.

--Field Level Media