Cowboys Look Awful in Loss to Cardinals in First Game Without QB Dak Prescott
Andy Dalton completed 34-of-54 passes for 266 yards and two interceptions filling in for Prescott
Filling in for an injured Dak Prescott, Dallas quarterback Andy Dalton completed 34-of-54 passes for 266 yards and two interceptions as the Cowboys were rolled by the Arizona Cardinals 38-10 on Monday Night Football.
Dalton, who didn’t throw a touchdown until the game’s final minutes, was under constant pressure in the pocket and didn’t get much help from star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who set up the visiting team’s first two TDs with a pair of early fumbles. The Dallas defense didn’t help matters as the Cowboys have now allowed a league-worst 36.3 points per game.
Dalton’s counterpart on Arizona, quarterback Kyler Murray, was impressive evading defenders all night and rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown in addition to throwing for two scores.
The loss drops the Cowboys to 2-4 on the season in the NFC East while the win brings Arizona to 4-2 in the NFC West. Somehow, Dallas is still in first place in their division. Arizona is in second in theirs behind the Seahawks.
“The record, it is what it is right now, the division is what it is right now, but it’s still early,” Dalton said. “There’s a lot of football left to be played, and for us, we’ve got to improve as a football team.”
Thanks to Monday’s loss, the NFC East is a combined 5-18-1 (.208 winning percentage) this season. A national audience will get a chance to watch the division on Thursday night when the Giants take on the Eagles. Ugh.
In Monday’s earlier NFL game, the Chiefs knocked off the Bills 26–17 as Kansas City ran for 245 yards on 46 rushes. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 161 of those yards. Already rushing the ball quite effectively, the Chiefs should have former Pro Bowl RB Le’Veon Bell available next week.
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