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Monday Night Football Game Preview: Cardinals vs. Cowboys

Monday Night Football Game Preview:  Cardinals vs. Cowboys

There was no Thursday Night Football this week, but that’s okay because Monday will make up for it. The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs will play first at 5 PM/ET and then the primetime game between the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys kicks off under the lights. Let’s take a deeper look at the Cards and Cowboys matchup along with the best sportsbook to roll with on Monday night. 

Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys

Monday, October  19, 2020 – 08:15 PM EDT at AT&T Stadium

Why Cardinals Will Win

The 3-2 Arizona Cardinals travel to Arlington for a showdown against the 2-3 Dallas Cowboys. Coming off of two-game losing streak, the Cardinals got themselves back in the winning column with a 30-10 blowout against the New York Jets. 

Last week, we got to see second-year quarterback Kyler Murray get back in his groove again throwing for 380 yards including a 37-yard touchdown to his No.1 target DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins finished last Sunday with six catches for 131 yards. Arizona had 500 total yards before and respectively took a knee to end the game.

The Cowboys had an emotional Sunday after QB Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending ankle injury. Last time the Cardinals visited the Cowboys in 2014, the Cowboys were stuck starting their backup quarterback then, Brandon Weeden and lost. This time it’s Andy Dalton

Dallas showed they can put points up of the boards, but did so against to one of the weakest and injured defenses in the league. 

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Why Cowboys Will Win

The Cowboys don’t want to just win this one for the books, they want to win in honor of Dak Prescott. Backup Andy Dalton, who completed 9 of 11 passing attempts and threw for 111 yards,  took over for Prescott. 

After trailing behind in the fourth quarter, the ex-Bengals QB had an 11-play drive, which concluded with a game-tying field goal at the 1:56 mark. The Seahawks would then run the clock down to 3 seconds before kicking the game-winner. 

Running back Ezekiel Elliott finished with 91 yards and two TDs on 19 carries. It was a close loss, but they have a leaky defense that’s allowing an average of 36 points per game.

The Cardinals offense has been great, though their defense not so much. It’s hard to really say about the Cowboys and their offense without their leader now. We know their explosiveness around Prescott, but it’ll be interesting to see how they connect with Dalton front and center.

Dallas’ main key to winning this one is keeping DeAndre Hopkins out of the end zone and they’re experienced with this. When Hopkins played for the Houston Texas, Hopkins never scored against the Dallas Cowboys but still caught 15 throws for 214 yards. 

Prediction

Cardinals coach Kliff Kinsbury pays a visit to his Lone Star State to show off his re-built offense. Dallas could have won last week, but didn’t. I’m not impressed with them yet. 

I would either take the Over for this NFL pick with both offenses matchup up to poor defenses or pull for the Cardinals since the point spread is so low here that the Cardinals just have to win by a smudge.

Cardinals -1(-110)
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