Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys
Date: Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 Time: 1:00 pm EST TV: FOX
Game Line: Dallas -2.5 (from JustBet) Over/Under: 44.5
Sunday NFL analysis: The 6-1 Arizona Cardinals travel to the Lone Star State to take on the 6-2 Dallas Cowboys in a key NFC conference matchup from AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a loss on Monday night to division rival Washington, their first since the opening week of the season. Dallas’ offensive line was a tad exposed in terms of pass protection, as quarterback Tony Romo was sacked 5 times. Washington employed different blitz schemes that frustrated Romo for a majority of the night. Tony Romo went to the locker room with a back injury in the third quarter with a back injury; he returned in the fourth quarter but was ineffective. Demarco Murray was effective as usual with 141 yards rushing, but did have a costly fumble in the red zone. Dallas leads the league in rushing behind the best offensive line in the league, averaging 161 yards per game. Demarco Murray continues to amaze, with more than 100 yards rushing in all 8 games. Their defense is much improved and opportunistic, and are allowing 237 yards passing and 119 yards rushing per game.
Well folks, Arizona got it done once again last week as Carson Palmer threw a 75 yard touchdown pass to John Brown to take the lead for the eventual win over Philadelphia. Quarterback Carson Palmer is enjoying quite the resurgence of his career, completing 61% of his passes for 1136 yards with 8 touchdowns and only one interception. Palmer did miss some time this season, but the Cardinals have persevered. Palmer has plenty of weapons at his disposal, with wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald (443 yards) and Michael Floyd (353 yards) along with the aforementioned speedster John Brown (316 yards, 4 TD’s). Andre Ellington leads the backfield with 464 yards rushing and 274 yards receiving. Their defense is stout, allowing just 77.9 yards rushing, but have struggled against the pass ranking 32nd in the league allowing 302.9 yards per game. Their defense is forcing turnovers though, with 14 takeaways and ranking 2nd in the league with a +9 turnover ratio.
I’m grabbing the points with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Reports surfaced this weekend that Tony Romo had two small fractures in his back and his status for Sunday’s game is uncertain. Whether or not Tony Romo plays on Sunday, I like Arizona. I do believe that the Cowboys were a tad exposed last Monday night, and I do think Arizona has the personnel on defense for Todd Bowles to employ blitz schemes on passing situations. Dallas will have success running the ball, but they won’t have as much success as they’ve had against other teams, and I believe this puts Romo (or Brandon Weeden) at a disadvantage. I think Arizona will have a lot of success against a shaky Dallas defense that’s banged up and will be missing linebacker Justin Durant, who is the team’s leading tackler. On a short week, I’m getting points with a team that’s clicking on all cylinders in all 3 phases of the game, against a team that’s unsure about its quarterback and on a short week. I like the Cardinals to win on Sunday.
Free Week 9 Sunday NFL Pick: Arizona +2.5, Over 44.5
Arizona vs. Dallas Score Prediction: Arizona 24 – Dallas 21