These days, there is so much onus put on the quarterback when it comes the game of football. But as we see all the time, there are so many ways a team can put points on the board without the benefit of their offensive unit. Such was the case for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday evening at Dallas. Thanks to a sloppy effort by Jason Garrett’s club, new head coach Steve Wilks saw his team won its preseason record to 3 – 0 with a 27-3 victory over the mistaken-prone Cowboys.
Here are a few things to keep in mind here. First, this is a new-look Arizona team. The club did use a first-round pick in April on UCLA’s Josh Rosen he did not see action in this contest. The starter was veteran Sam Bradford and he was later replaced by both Mike Glennon and eventually rookie Chad Kanoff.
But the story of this evening was mistakes. The Cowboys made a bunch of them. Eight of them, if fact. Now keep in mind that this was a Dallas’ team that played without starters such as quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. However, the club’s early miscues came on special teams thanks to a pair of fumbled punts, one of which led directly to a touchdown for the Cards.
Later, we saw Arizona veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson pick off Cowboys’ quarterback Cooper Rush and return the ball 30 yards for a touchdown. It was 14-0 Arizona early in the first quarter and Wilks’ offense hadn’t gotten close to the end zone. Rush finished the evening with a pair of interceptions. And he (1) and Mike White (4) were sacked a combined five times.
By evening’s end, Dallas turned over the ball an embarrassing eight times. Yes, this is a game that doesn’t count in the standings and will soon be forgotten about by both clubs. And to be fair, the Cowboys’ defense played very well and allowed only 209 total yards by game’s end. Regardless of the fact that this was a preseason game, Garrett and his team have to eliminate the mistakes if they are to be ready for Week 1 vs. the Carolina Panthers.
Latest posts by Russell Baxter (see all)
- NFL 2018 Playoffs: The Top Seeds Return to the Field - 8 January 2019
- NFL 2018 Week 16: A Wild Final Sunday is on the Horizon - 26 December 2018
- NFL 2018 Week 13: Who Is Really the Top Dog? - 4 December 2018