The Dallas Cowboys suffered an ugly loss at home to Arizona Cardinals, 38-10. Without Dak Prescott and with pale Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys didn’t stand a chance against the very inspired guests who played at the highest possible level.
Arizona utilized all the hosts’ mistakes, scoring each time when Dallas gave up the football. The Cowboys had four turnovers, and the Cards posted three TDs and a field goal after them. What was very problematic for the home team, was that they fell behind early on, reaching a 21-0 deficit midway through the second quarter.
“I started the game out with two fumbles, gave the ball away, and gave them all the momentum they need to go take off. I want to say I’m sorry and this one is on me. I need to be better,” Ezekiel Elliott told the reporters following the event.
Zeke had a terrible game with two fumbles and just 49 rushing yards on 12 carries. He added 31 yards on 8 receptions, but that wasn’t enough for the bad Cowboys to avoid a high loss.
Andy Dalton, Dak Prescott’s backup, made the other two turnovers, both of them interceptions. It is obvious that Dalton still didn’t adjust to the new role, and that there isn’t good chemistry between him and the receiving corps. He was 34-of-54 for 266 yards, one TD, two interceptions.
Amari Cooper delivered that only score for the hosts in the late part of the match, catching Dalton’s one-yard pass. Cooper had 79 receiving yards, while CeeDee Lamb added 64.
As for the Cardinals, they were superb this Monday night. Kyler Murray was all over the place, proving that he likes to play at AT&T Stadium, where he still holds a perfect record, 7-0. That is with his high-school games counted in.
“It was fun,” Murray said. “It brought back a lot of memories. It felt like I’d been playing there every Sunday, honestly. It was comfortable, felt good.”
Murray had 188 passing yards for two TDs, 9-for-24, but ran for 74 yards and a score. His teammates were fantastic. Kenyan Drake scored twice, rushing 20 times for 164 yards. He had a 69-yard TD run with 1:49 to go, to close this match and seal the Cards’ triumph.
Christian Kirk caught two passes for 86 yards, and both of them were for a TD. DeAndre Hopkins had two receptions too, for 73 yards but without a TD. Budda Baker had a forced fumble, a sack, an interception and seven tackles.
Murray was thrilled with the way his defense got the job done tonight.
“I don’t even have a word for it, but to hold them to three points for most of game with the weapons that they have over there, force three turnovers, it’s a testament to them, all the hard work they’ve been putting in.”
That defense will be on a test next week, with the Seattle Seahawks coming to town. Russell Wilson and his crew are undefeated so far, and they are looking pretty convincing. After that, the Cards await the Miami Dolphins, and the Buffalo Bills.
As for the Cowboys, they hit the road for two divisional contests that they need to win. The first is against the Washington Football Team, and the second is against the Philadelphia Eagles. A lot is at stake for Mike McCarthy’s unit, and these matches could define Dallas’ season.
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