The Cardinals could be lucky for getting the Cowboys at this point in the season, or it could be a nightmare. That is what makes this game so intriguing. Until we see it on Monday, anything could plausibly happen.
Dallas is Soft?
The key to the game for Palmer and the offense will be to throw the ball to the running backs. Sean Lee is an excellent linebacker for the Cowboys, but I still like the match-up of Ellington and Chris Johnson in the open field. If the Cardinals can run the ball, and throw to the backs, they can eventually open the game up for Palmer and the receivers. I’m looking for a big game from Andre Ellington specifically, and all of that time on the sideline watching David Johnson means fresh legs for the 28 year old.
On the defensive side of the ball, the focus must remain on Ezekiel Elliott. In the games the Cowboys have lost the last two seasons, Elliott averaged just over 55 yards rushing. The Broncos most recently proved that when the Cowboys can only throw the ball, they are much less threatening. I hope Peterson trails Dez all day, while the rest of the Cardinals hone in on Elliott, Witten, and Prescott’s legs. It’s a tall task to ask any defense to guard this offensive juggernaut for 60 minutes.
Big Game Implications
If the Cardinals can rise to the challenge however, this can be a game that propels the team for the rest of the season. If they crumble in the big moment, it can be equally demoralizing. Watch it for the now, because this team’s season can be in trouble starting Monday, or this could be the beginning of a special run. We’ll just have to wait and see.