Cowboys lose big to Cardinals: Costly turnovers continue

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /

On Monday Night Football, the Dallas Cowboys turned over the win to Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals arrived at to AT&T Stadium to play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night with their young quarterback, Kyler Murray, hoping to remain undefeated at the stadium after posting a 6-0 record in high school and into his college days at Oklahoma. The Cowboys were hoping to be .500 and extend their lead in the lowly NFC East.

What looked like a good game defensively for both teams early on quickly turned into a beatdown of the Cowboys. Two fumbles by running back Ezekiel Elliott were followed by two touchdowns by the Cards.

To make matters worse, the Cowboys lost their top offensive lineman in right guard Zack Martin due to a concussion. With the last star left on their supposed “dream” offensive line exiting the game, Dallas had to rely on unproven talent and rookies.

For the fifth time in a row, Dallas gave up 20+ points in the first half. They could have scored their first touchdown of the game before halftime, but wideout Michael Gallup couldn’t bring in a catchable football in the endzone. Dallas settled for a 34-yard field goal and being down 18 points.

At halftime, the Cardinals were winning 21-3

To start the half, the referees opted not to call a pass interference against the Cardinals when cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick tackled wideout CeeDee Lamb, which turned into an interception. Ironically, they called pass interference against corner Jourdan Lewis the very next drive.

On a personal note, it was at this point that I wanted to turn off my TV. I had to find a way to push through all this frustration. And when I saw kicker Greg Zuerlein miss a 58-yard field goal with a curveball-like kick, I felt so much better. Oh, the agony.

Cardinals safety, Budda Baker, made a great diving interception to mark four turnovers for the Cowboys in this contest. The game was too far gone at this point to make any magical comeback.

On the bright side, the referees gave Dallas a few pass interference calls late in the fourth, which led to their only touchdown of the day. It was a one-yard catch by wideout Amari Cooper.

To put the cherry on top, running back Kenyan Drake ran for an 80-yard touchdown while attempting to run out the clock with less than two minutes left in the contest. It’s the third game this season Dallas gave up 150+ rushing yards. Game over … 38-10, Cardinals.

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Some other takeaways from this matchup include the Dallas Cowboys now have 10 total turnovers this season. Quarterback Andy Dalton finished completing 34 of 54 passes for 266 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Kyler Murray completed only nine of 24 passes. The 2-4 Cowboys will play the 1-5 Washington Football Team at FedExField next Sunday at noon CDT.