Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys Free Pick- 8/17/13
Dallas Cowboys (8-8) at Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -2.5 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Cowboys and Cardinals meet in Arizona as the Cards look to remain unbeaten in the preseason while the Cowboys look to rebound after a loss In Oakland.
It was only the second time the Cowboys had taken to the field in this preseason and surely you have to take every contest with a grain of salt but their loss to the Raiders has to present some bells and whistles in big D as they should have walked away easily with a comfortable victory. The Cowboys defense was solid once again but offensively they couldn’t find a rhythm and now with this being their third contest of the preseason they’ll surely be looking for a better effort. The Boys travel to Arizona who is coming off a convincing 17-0 victory over the Green Bay Packers and looked energized on defense against one of the league’s top offenses. As the preseason continues along we are more lkely to see increased reps by the likes of Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Demarco Murray but I’m still not convinced it comes in this one and as such the Cowboys could find themselves in a similar situation as they did in Oakland but this time with a much better defense in their way.
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The Cardinals’ defense was touted as one of the best in the game a year ago after they started with a shocking 4-0 record and while the wheels fell apart on the Cardinals’ season you can’t blame their defensive unit for any of it. Led by Patrick Peterson, who could very well be the best secondary patroller in the NFL the Cards can look forward to another season of stellar defensive play and will just have top find a way to score some points and they could challenge for a playoff spot this season. The Cardinals looked very good at Lambeau Field last week and while this is still the preseason and home field may not take precedence here I like the Cardinals to take this one as they come out firing on defense and force the Cowboys to go to their reserves earlier than anticipated.