Arizona Cardinals Good Defense Continues 14-10 Lead
By Scott Allen
The third quarter belonged to the defenses as neither the Arizona Cardinals or Dallas Cowboys scored
Neither the Arizona Cardinals or the Dallas Cowboys were able to get on the board in the third quarter. It was however still entertaining with good defense on both sides. The Cardinals continue to lead the Cowboys 14-10 going to the fourth quarter.
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The Cardinals defense came up big. Safety Tyrann Mathieu got his first interception of the season. It was a poorly thrown ball by Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden on break by the receiver to the outside. However Mathieu saw it and and returned it nine yards.
The Cardinals were able to move the ball on their last third quarter drive but a chop block penalty on center Lyle Sendlein put the Cards in a long situation. They ended up with a third and 18 and got 15 of it back on a pass from Cards quarterback Carson Palmer to receiver Michael Floyd.
As for the Dallas Cowboys, they were set back at their own 15 on their current drive that takes them into the fourth quarter. However receiver Dez Bryant was able to put on a show to entice the referees to call a penalty on Patrick Peterson. Replays showed that was iffy at best.
Cowboys Demarco Murray got going in the drive too. Murray has rushed 17 times for 77 yards. Still, he is short of the 100 yard mark, a mark he has reached in all previous eight games this season.
Now the all-important fourth quarter. This may come down to who makes the fewest mistakes on offense and can make the important stops on defense. It has become a defensive battle here in the second-half.