Vegas Odds & NFL Predictions: Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys (August 26th, 2018)
Winless Dallas Hosts Undefeated Arizona on Sunday Night Football
The Dallas Cowboys starting offense has looked excellent in limited action in their first two games. But the team has yet to pick up a win with the subs getting outplayed by their oppositions.
They dropped a 24-21 decision to San Francisco in the opener and then lost 21-13 last week to Cincinnati.
Week 3 is typically where the starters get their most action, but that will be a major dilemma for the Cowboys offense this week. Four members of the starting offensive line unit, dubbed the best in football, are likely to miss the game with Travis Frederick and Zack Martin for the preseason and beyond. Tyron Smith and Lael Collins are dealing with lessor injuries but likely to skip this game.
Thus the question becomes how much do you want to expose your skilled players in a game like this, especially Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott by the way has yet to appear in any preseason action, getting all his reps in practice.
The Arizona Cardinals are breaking in a new coaching staff and new starting quarterbacks as well this preseason. Long-time coach Bruce Arians retired at the end of last season, so now former Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks takes the reigns.
Carson Palmer also retired and in his wake the team signed the oft-injured Sam Bradford to be the short-term answer at quarterback. Then they went and drafted Josh Rosen to be the quarterback of the future.
The team beat the Chargers in their preseason opener 24-17 and then took down the Saints 20-15 last week.
Rosen really struggled in his debut, going 6-13 for 41 yards. Bradford attempted just one pass in the Chargers game which he completed for six yards.
They both picked up the pace against the Saints, offering some promise for the future. Rosen went 10-16 for 107 yards and fired his first touchdown. Bradford was a perfect 6-6 for 61 yards.
Rookie WR Christian Kirk has been a preseason darling, nearly getting a special teams touchdown in his first touch and posting 4-49-1 numbers last week. If he can provide a strong presence opposite Larry Fitzgerald this team could be dangerous. That’s even more true if RB David Johnson is able to return to form after missing most of last season.