Demarcus Lawrence shines as the Cowboys take down the Cardinals 28-17
The game didn’t start as planned for the Dallas Cowboys, allowing Carson Palmer and the Cardinals offense to cruise down the field with ease en route to an early 7-0 lead. After a three-and-out by the Cowboys, the Cardinals did it again—this time, a touchdown pass came off the board due to a penalty and Phil Dawson missed a 36-yard field goal. Right there, the momentum shifted and the Cowboys never looked back.
The game ball goes to Demarcus Lawrence–he had three of the Cowboys’ six sacks — two in the final two minutes — becoming only the third player in NFL history to have more than one sack in the first three games of a season. Kevin Greene and Mark Gastineau also accomplished the feat.
Lawrence now has a league-leading 6.5 sacks, only 1.5 short of his career best from 2015.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, with 30 coming on one play, as he rebounded from a career-worst outing at Denver. Dak Prescott completed 13 of 18 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Dez Bryant caught only two passes for 12 yards, but one was a memorable 15-yard touchdown as he dragged seven Cardinals into the end zone with him, and Brice Butler had two catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.
After gaining only 57 yards in the first half, the Cowboys ended up with 273. The Cardinals, who had 140 yards in the first quarter, gained 332.
Carson Palmer completed 29 of 48 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and Larry Fitzgerald caught 13 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals, trailing by 10, reached the Dallas 5 with 40 seconds left. Instead of kicking a field goal, though, they went for the touchdown and Palmer’s pass was incomplete.
That was the final straw for a Cardinals team that made questionable calls all night, including a challenge on a play that was very clearly not going to favor Bruce Arians and his team (he was blasted by the MNF announcers).
The Cowboys host the Rams at 1 p.m. on Sunday
The Cardinals host the 49ers at 4 p.m. on Sunday