The Arizona Cardinals get off to quick start but fell to Dallas Cowboys after mistakes get in their way
For about a half on Monday night, it looked like the Arizona Cardinals were back to where we left off in 2015. Unfortunately they play two halves in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys proved to be too much in running away with a victory on Monday Night Football. In the end, we may have a better idea in what we have with the Cardinals.
After jumping out to a 7-0 lead on their first offensive drive, it was mostly downhill for the Cardinals from there. This week, there is not much blame though for quarterback Carson Palmer.
Palmer came out 11-11 to start the game. He threw touchdown passes to Jaron Brown and Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz had eight receptions in the first half, a career-high for a half.
With no offensive line help, the run game suffered. It made the Cardinals one-dimensional on offense. On defense, they let Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot have his way. He had 80-yards on 22 carries.
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The Cardinals didn’t turn the ball over but they did have six big penalties. Kicker Phil Dawson also missed a field goal in the first quarter that proved to be costly.
That’s three straight weeks that Dawson has missed a kick. He may not be the answer the Cardinals are looking for. The Cardinals would have had at least a shot within eight points if not for the miss.
The Cardinals as a team carried the ball 21 times for 49-yards. No team will find themselves on the winning end of things very often with numbers like that.
Injuries could be used as an excuse but the Cardinals won’t use it with the offensive line, nor should they. They have a veteran in right tackle Jared Veldheer who just flat out appears to have his better days behind him.
Palmer was sacked five times. He was under pressure though most of the night and without a quick trigger easily could have been sacked more than 10 times.
Now the Cardinals regroup and will go to 1-2. Next week they host the San Francisco 49ers who are 0-3.