With the Arizona Cardinals set to face off against the Dallas Cowboys in their home opener, an old rivalry will be renewed.
Growing up an Arizona Cardinals fan in a family full of Texans is not easy, by any means. Especially in the ’90s. To put it in perspective, the Cardinals sold out a total of 12 games during their time at Sun Devil Stadium. Seven of those games were when the Cowboys came to town, many of which I attended.
The only thing a Cards fan could boast about those days was that Michael Irvin would be a non-factor in the game. Constantly pursued and shut down by Hall of Famer, Aeneas Williams. A fight worth the price of admission between the two.
Once division rivals in the old NFC East, the Cowboys own the overall record against the Cardinals at 55-32-1. Over the last 11 years, however, the Cardinals’ record is 4-1, with Arizona winning the last four matchups.
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This upcoming matchup is an interesting one, to say the least. The Cardinals are still searching for an offense, and Dallas is still looking for answers on defense after being embarrassed by the Denver Broncos. After Monday night’s game, one of these teams will have a losing record, barring a tie.
The Cardinals will look to gain momentum after storming back to take one in Indianapolis. The Cowboys will look to stay relevant as a contender after a successful 2016 campaign.
Who would’ve thought that when this game came around, it would be David Johnson, not Ezekiel Elliot that would be sidelined for the game? But that’s life in the NFL and the other players will certainly not make excuses for an injury.
I expect this game to be a slug fest. Whatever team can establish the run and get off the field on third down on defense will win this close game.