The 1-1 Dallas Cowboys travel to Arizona to take on the 1-1 Cardinals in this week 3 Monday night matchup with both teams coming off very different weeks. Dallas was blown out 42-17 by the Denver Broncos as they played poorly on both sides of the ball. It was a disappointing loss as they looked impressive in their 19-3 season opening victory over New York. Arizona had a nice come from behind win in their 16-13 road victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The Cardinals were trailing 13-3 midway through the fourth quarter when they scored 13 unanswered points to grab the overtime win. Arizona played without star running back David Johnson who dislocated his left wrist in week 1 and after surgery will be out until at least December.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott both struggled last week as the Cowboys offense generated just 278 yards last week. Prescott finished with a quarterback rating of 35 as he completed 30 of his 50 passes for 238 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His favorite target was Jason Witten who had 10 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Elliott averaged less than 1 yard per rush as he gained 8 yards on 9 carries. As a team they gained just 40 yards on the ground. Defensively, they couldn’t stop the run or the pass as they allowed the Broncos to accumulate over 400 yards. Trevor Siemien threw 4 touchdown passes and the Broncos rushed for 178 yards. They did force 2 Denver turnovers, sacked Siemien twice and had 4 tackles for losses. The Cowboys were playing without top cornerback Orlando Scandrick who is nursing an injured hand and his absence was felt. His status for the game against Arizona is questionable.
Arizona came up big down the stretch to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2005. Carsen Palmer finished with a quarterback rating of 46 as he completed 19 of his 36 passes for 332 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He was also sacked 4 times. His favorite target was J.J. Nelson who had 5 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Chris Johnson led a lackluster run game with 44 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, they played well giving up just a field goal after the first quarter. They limited the Colts run game to just 76 yards on 29 carries which is an average of 2.6 yards per carry.
The Cardinals will have home field advantage but are listed as 3 point underdogs in this game. The Cowboys are 1-1 against the spread this season while Arizona has gone 0-2. With Johnson’s injury the Cardinals have been platooning Kerwynn Williams and veteran Chris Johnson at running back but neither can replace Johnson who finished among the top 10 last year in pro bowl voting . They will also be without starting left tackle D.J. Humphries who sprained his MCL last week. Dallas is healthy and coming off their most embarrassing loss in 2 years and will be looking to get back on track.
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