LIVE BLOG: Cardinals vs. Cowboys Updates, Analysis and Highlights

Alex Weiner

The Arizona Cardinals take on the Dallas Cowboys in their first Monday Night Football Game since 2017, which was also against Dallas. 

This is a popular primetime matchup between two former division foes. The formerly known St. Louis Cardinals faced Dallas in their first ever Monday night game in 1970. In 1988, the Cardinals played their first home game in Arizona on a Monday against the Cowboys. 

Tonight, quarterback Kyler Murray plays in his first Monday Night Football game, and it happens to be in his home town. 

Pregame

Cardinals Promotions:

Reminder that this season teams can add two players to the 53-man roster for game days. 

Walker fills in for depth at outside linebacker, an area where the Cardinals are reeling with injury issues. Chandler Jones was placed on Injured/Reserve this week (biceps).

Safety Jalen Thompson was placed on IR after Week 1. He is designated to return tonight, but has not been reinstated yet. Game time decision for him. 

Cowboys Promotions: 

- Safety Stephen Parker
- Center Marcus Henry

The Cowboys made several roster moves Monday. They placed starting quarterback Dak Prescott and defensive tackle Trysten Hill on IR and activated Pro Bowl linebacker Leighton Vander Esch from IR. Andy Dalton is in at quarterback tonight.

Cardinals Inactives:

Cowboys Inactives: 

Cardinals in the reds today.

Dallas wins the toss and defers to the second half. The Cardinals will start with the football. 

First Quarter

15:00: Cardinals start on the 25 after a touchback. 

14:13: Murray looks to go very deep to Andy Isabella on third down. Incomplete. Three-and-out for Arizona. 

14:04: Dallas starts on their own 28.

12:52: Cardinals force three-and-out of their own. Slow start for offenses. Arizona takes over from the 24. 

Good pressure from Dennis Gardeck forced Dalton to get rid of the ball early. He had two sacks last week in 10 defensive snaps.  

11:00: Cardinals move the chains for the first time. Murray finds tight end Darrell Daniels. 

9:02: Murray picked up 13 on a designed run. Third first down for Arizona. Cardinals in Dallas territory. 

8:17: cardinals punt again, Dallas starts inside the 10. Inconsistent start for the Cardinals pass game, lots of short passes with a couple of deeps tries that have yet to connect. Murray is 3/9.  

8:09: Jordan Hicks drops easy interception. Looked like his eyes were on the end zone and not the ball. Second down. 

7:22: Gardeck strikes again. He gets to Dalton again, this time in the end zone, nearly causing a safety. Cowboys forced to punt again to the Cardinals, who will start at midfield. 

6:35: The Cardinals have had a lot of miscommunications. 

6:28: Penalty on Larry Fitzgerald. That is the third of the game for the Cardinals, the most penalized team in the league. That flag took away a DeAndre Hopkins first down. 

6:00: Cardinals punt again. Cowboys start on their own 26. 

5:17: Cowboys RG Zack Martin down on the field. 

4:20: Cowboys move the chains for the first time today. Dalton finds Michael Gallup. 

4:00: Dallas halfback Ezekiel Elliot picks up another first down. Eleven-yard gain.  

2:36: FUMBLE recovered by Arizona. Budda Baker punches ball away from Elliot. Recovered by Jordan Phillips. Cardinals start on their own 46. 

2:12: Murray makes a move and picks up the first down. Ten yards on the ground. 

Note - Murray has 31 yards on the ground and 12 through the air. 

1:04: Hopkins with his first catch of the game. That was his fifth target. 

End of the first quarter. Not the prettiest game so far. Both teams have combined for 119 total yards. Murray is 5/14. Scoreless game. 

Second Quarter

14:10: Halfback Kenyan Drake drops the first down catch. Fourth-and-one. 

14:05: Murray picks up 11 on a designed run for the first down. Ball on the Dallas seven.

Note - Cardinals are 5/5 on fourth down this year.  

12:59: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Murray flips it to Christian Kirk for a six-yard touchdown catch. Extra point good. 7-0 Cardinals. 

Note - That was Kirk's seventh touchdown catch at AT&T Stadium. The other six were in college for Texas A&M. 

Injury Update: 

12:10: FUMBLE recovered by the Cardinals. Phillips knocks the ball away from Elliot. Byron Murphy recovers. Cardinals take over on the Dallas 27. 

First time in Elliot's career that he has two fumble in a game. 

10:37: Murray takes off and nearly breaks the end zone. Gain of 16. Arizona is a hair away from the goal line. 

10:31: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Drake punches it it for six. Extra point good. 14-0 Cardinals. 

Note - Murray has 57 rushing yards and 48 passing yards. He almost scored his sixth touchdown run, which would have tied a franchise record for quarterbacks (Jim Hart). 

9:15: Baker with a big sack on Dalton. Loss of seven sets up a second-and-long. 

8:37: Dalton finds Gallup for 17 yards and the first. 

Note - Baker has four tackles, a sack and forced fumble. 

5:30: Haason Reddick with a tipped pass forces an incompletion.

4:53: Dallas punts back to Arizona for a touchback.

4:43: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Murray airs one out to Kirk for an 80-yard touchdown connection. Extra point is good. 21-0 Cardinals. 

Great catch by Kirk as the ball was a bit out in front of him. Now he has eight scores in this building. 

Two Minute Warning. Cardinals up 21-0, but Dallas is driving to the Cardinals 32. 

0:25: Reddick with a big sack. The Cowboys had first-and-goal on the nine, but Reddick drops them back to the 14. 

0:13: Gallup with a drop in the end zone. Big break for the Cardinals. 

0:13: FIELD GOAL Dallas. Greg Zuerlein gives the Cowboys their first score. 21-3 Arizona.  

Some extra words between teams after the kick. 

Halftime. Cardinals lead 21-3. After a dismal first quarter, Arizona's defense provided a spark with two forced fumbles leading to touchdowns. 

First half notes: 

- No penalties for Arizona in the second quarter after three in the first.

- Murray is the game's leading rusher with 56 yards on seven carries. 

- Kirk's 80-yard catch was a career-long for him. 

Third Quarter

14:26: Big gain for Dallas as Dalton finds Amari Cooper for 26 yards. Cowboys in Arizona territory. 

12:25: INTERCEPTION Cardinals. Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb falls and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick comes away with his first pick as a Cardinal. Second interception of the year for Arizona. 

11:50: Drake with a pair of huge runs for 20 and 22 yards. 

Injury Update: Martin is out for the game. 

9:27: Arizona is running through the Dallas defense on this drive. Murray picks up another first down with 12 yards. 

7:58: Pass interference in the end zone against Dallas' Jourdan Lewis. Cardinals on the doorstep again. 

7:53: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Murray punches it in. That is his sixth touchdown run of the season. Extra point good. 28-3 Cardinals. 

Note - Murray made franchise history with that score. He tied a team record for touchdown runs by a quarterback previously set in 1968 by Jim Hart. Hart did it in 13 games. Murray in six. 

That was a 79-yard touchdown drive and the Cardinals had no receptions. 

Wide out Cedrick Wilson is down for Dallas. 

5:48: Murphy knocks away another pass on third down. Second breakup of the day for him.

 5:48: Zuerlein misses a 58-yard field goal wide right. 

0:38: Dallas is driving after getting the ball back via a punt. Lamb breaks a tackle a picks up 27 yards to the Cardinals 40. 

0:07: On a cover zero blitz, Baker comes in and hits Dalton as he threw. Incomplete pass.

0:00: Reddick sacks Dalton for a loss of seven to end the quarter. Second sack for Reddick today. He had four this year. 

Fourth Quarter

14:09: Dallas converts on fourth-and-11 as Dalton finds Noah Brown for 14. 

13:07: INTERCEPTION Cardinals. Baker bursts to jump the pass. First career interception for Baker. Return negated as he was down by contact after he dove for the ball. 

Baker has an interception, forced fumble, pass deflection, sack and two quarterback hits. 

He can bowl too: 

10:29: All the Cardinals needed was a big Hopkins play. Well, Hopkins picks up 61 yards, mostly after the catch. He reached the Dallas 11. That was Murray's first completion of the half. 

8:58: FIELD GOAL Cardinals. Zane Gonzalez hits from 26 yards. 31-3 Cardinals. 

Murray missed an open Fitzgerald in the end zone. He's just 9/24 today despite all the successes. 

5:04: Dallas converts on fourth-and-nine. 

3:40: Cardinals cornerback Kevin Peterson called for pass interference on the Arizona three. 

3:00: Peterson called for a second pass interference, this time in the end zone. Rough couple plays. 

2:52: TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Dalton hits Cooper for their first touchdown of the game. Extra point good. 31-10 Cardinals. 

Two Minute Warning

2:00: TOUCHDOWN Cardinals. Drake bursts up the middle for 61 yards to the house. Extra point good. 38-10 Cardinals. 

Game. Cardinals dominate quarters 2-4 and win 38-10. They improve to 4-2 on the season, tied for second place in the NFC West. 

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