Last week at home vs the Bills the Cardinals played their best game of the year, coming out with a 41 point outburst vs a good Bills team that came in undefeated. This week they play another high scoring good team in the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC battle that down the road could be a playoff preview. The Cowboys are 4-1 after beating the Bengals at home Sunday, in a bounce back game from a loss two weeks earlier to the Redskins.
Arizona is led by an offense that is 5th in the league, and with the Cowboys secondary a little banged up and not all that great even when healthy, you can bet that Kurt Warner is going to be pass happy. The Cards have no problem trying to trade points with Dallas, knowing that they can score, and score a lot. Warner has already thrown for 1472 yards in 5 games, and 10 TD’s with four picks.
Warner and the wide outs will try to stretch the field vs Dallas, and should have success. When things get tough, they will turn to Edgerrin James, who has run for 334 yards in five games, good for 66.8 yards per game. Make no mistake about it though, this game will come down to Warner’s arm, and the Cards ability to score points.
Even after allowing 56 two weeks ago vs the Jets, the Cards D at home is a lot better and they play with a lot more attitude. They are a bit better vs the run than pass, so Tony Romo will also wear his arm out looking for his big play guys like Jason Witten, Terrell Owens and even Miles Austin. Look for more from Felix Jones as well, who is starting to come into his own just five games into the year.
Dallas’ offense is 3rd best in the league, so they feel like Arizona that they are going to score, and score quite a bit. They found their running game last week, and will get Marion Barber and Jones their share of carries, while at the same time spreading the ball around to their pass catchers. They will try and force some turnovers as well, and make Warner and the Cards offense make some big mistakes.
That’s likely what this game will come down to. Easy to say, but the team that plays better on offense and wins the turnover battle will come out on top. Tony Romo has thrown five picks to Warner’s four, so we’ll throw it out that the upstart Cards pull off the upset at home and move to 4-2 with a close shaven 3-point win.