- Dak Prescott is out for the year with a fractured, dislocated ankle
- The up-and-coming Cardinals are 2-1 on the road this season
- Andy Dalton has the best supporting cast of his career
Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense engineered four touchdown drives of 70-or-more yards in their 30-10 blowout win over the helpless Jets Sunday afternoon. With the road win, Arizona improves to 3-2 straight up and against the spread this season.
The Cowboys rallied back to beat the Giants 37-34 and all it cost them was their franchise quarterback. Dallas improved to 2-3 on the season, but fell to 0-5 against the spread after failing to cover 7.5 inside the Jerry Dome.
|Week 6: Arizona Cardinals Dallas Cowboys Game Info|
|Date: October 19, 2020, 8:15 p.m. ET|
|Stadium: AT&T Stadium|
|TV Coverage: ESPN|
|Opening Odds: Cowboys -3 | O/U 52|
|How to Bet: Best Online Sportsbook Reviews|
Dallas opened as 3-point home favorites prior to Dak’s injury, but have since become 2.5-point home dogs to Arizona. The Cowboys moneyline hovers around +120 as of Monday afternoon. The point total opened at 52, but has ticked up to 53.5 and 54 at the online sportsbooks we track.
Arizona Cardinals News and Notes
Here’s a surprise, the addition of DeAndre Hopkins has opened up the Cardinals offense. Now, their mobile franchise quarterback with the great arm can keep defenses guessing on every down. DHop has posted 131-or-more receiving yards in three of his five games this season and now he and Kyler Murray get to face the the 20th-ranked pass defense, which allows the most points per game in the NFL, 36.0. And despite Hopkins’ propensity for driving defensive backs insane, it’s actually Arizona’s running game that should concern the Cowboys more. Led by Kenyan Drake and Murray, the Cardinals average 141 rush yards per game, sixth-most in the league, while Dallas yields 155 rush yards per game to rank 27th.
Typically it’s the teams with young quarterbacks which struggle finishing off drives in the red zone, but Murray has his offense converting 81.2 percent of Arizona’s trips inside the opponent’s 20 yard line.
Dallas Cowboys News and Notes
Let’s get the gruesome stuff out of the way. Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in Sunday’s win over the Giants. The franchise quarterback is out the next 4-to-6 months. Next man up is former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. He’s started 133 games in his career and provides a veteran presence to a team on the edge of complete collapse.
Dalton finished 9-of-11 for 111 yards and was 3-for-3 for 72 yards in the drive that set up the game-winning field goal. He’s far from perfect, but also keep in mind the Cowboys offense is a shell of what it was suppose to be. Dallas’ o-line lost two starting tackles for the season and started three dudes against the Giants with one combined start before the 2020 season. This is sub-optimal when trying to open running lanes for Ezekiel Elliott or when attempting to stop the Cardinals pass rush. The good news is that if the rag-tag o-line can give Dalton time in the pocket, the trio of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup is the best receiving corps the Red Rifle will have enjoyed in 10 seasons. While he might not average 400+ passing yards per game like his predecessor, Dalton within the Cowboys offense is a good fit. It’s a question of whether or not he can beat the Cardinals defense that comes into focus.
Through five games, which includes wins over the 49ers, Washington and the Jets (yikes), Arizona’s defense has looked better. They rank fifth in points allowed per game at 20.4, rank fourth on third down as opposing offenses have converted just 35.5 percent of their down and distances and although the Cards allow 4.2 red zone attempts per game – fourth-most in the league – they’ve embraced the bend, but don’t break mentality as just 42.8 percent of their opponents’ red zone trips have been converted into touchdowns, which is third-lowest in the NFL.
Betting Pick: Cowboys +2.5 and OVER
Andy Dalton isn’t your typical back-up quarterback. He has plenty of experience in this league and has helped lead previous Bengals rosters to the playoffs. Arizona remains an up-and-coming NFC threat, but I’m not going to get too giddy following a 30-10 win over the Jets after losing their previous two games. Kyler Murray could be the real deal, but I think Dalton wins this game in a shootout.