It wasn’t pretty as the Cowboys were blown out 27-3 by the Cardinals. Let’s break down how it happened, and what else occurred during the game.
The Cowboys got the ball first! What else is new? A few short plays later Cooper Rush and company were forced to punt.
On the Cardinals first possession, Sam Bradford (he’s still getting paid?) tries to connect with J.J. Nelson but Byron Jones delivers the hit to break up the pass.
On 3rd down, Randy Gregory blazes past the tackle for the SACK on Sam Bradford forcing the punt on 4th & 15:
Cowboys DE Randy Gregory, with the sack pic.twitter.com/GETdMdwcbL— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) August 27, 2018
On the punt, Byron Jones...What are you doing?!
Byron Jones giveth: Nice PBU against Nelson— ✭Michael Sisemore✭ (@MrSisemore) August 27, 2018
Byron Jones taketh away: Collides with Lance Lenoir causing muffed punt
When it rains it pours as Kavon Frazier dings up his shoulder defending a pass on the next series:
@dallascowboys safety Kavon Frazier headed to x-ray room (left shoulder)— KristiCowboySideline (@KristiCowboy) August 27, 2018
That safety position is getting downright ugly for the Dallas Cowboys:
Thankfully, the Cardinals were unable to capitalize due to the Cowboys incredibly stout pass rush, DeMarcus Lawrence was right there at the quarterback forcing an errant throw:
Cowboys defense holds off the Cardinals offense. The turnover doesn't come back to haunt them.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 27, 2018
A sack and three defended passes in the first 5+ minutes is promising for the defense— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) August 27, 2018
Cooper Rush was back out there for another chance but again made a lightning-fast exit after taking the sack. It’s okay because Jeff Cavanaugh reminds us:
And offense doesn’t matter so it’s all good https://t.co/sSGaW7oe0p— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) August 27, 2018
The Cardinals next drive was more of the same as the pressure was there and so was Chidobe Awuzie. We agree Nick Eatman!
If I was the DB coach, I would say, "Hey Chido, you're playing great... Now get out!" #cowboyswire— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) August 27, 2018
Just when things are going well, Lance Lenoir and the punt team have to ruin everyone’s fun:
Not a great look for Lance Lenoir who has shown in two preseasons that he cannot be a return man:
people think Lenoir has a job without having a special team's role?— KD Drummond (@KDDrummondNFL) August 27, 2018
That'll be interesting.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Cooper Rush makes a poor decision to throw at a covered Tavon Austin, All-Pro Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson takes it in for the PICK-6!
Cardinals 14, Cowboys 0
The Cowboys let Rod Smith take over and get us to the second quarter:
It's the Rod Smith show on this drive. Run first and over and over again. #cowboyswire— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 27, 2018
Side note: Who was Rod Smith choosing to run behind? Well... Jumbo Joe Looney of course!
You have to love what you're seeing from Looney at starter so far. He's doing some attractive things.— Patrik Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) August 27, 2018
Well, it’s just been one of those nights because just as we’re praising Rod Smith, he decides to try and hurdle over Patrick Peterson but fumbles the ball...Womp-Womp
Once Rod Smith is ruled to have fumbled after a 1-yard catch following a replay review, the Cowboys will have four turnovers in the first 16:37 of the game: two muffed punts, a pick six and a fumble. https://t.co/pIolSNxc07— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 27, 2018
Four turnovers for the Dallas Cowboys in ONE QUARTER?! No bueno...
Thankfully, that Cowboys defense is too legit to quit. Chidobe Awuzie makes a great tackle in space:
Awuzie out here exorcising all the demons from that No. 24 and making Everson Walls smile in the process.— Patrik Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) August 27, 2018
A few moments later, we have more defensive linemen blowing up the Cardinals offensive line, Tyrone Crawford gets involved:
Tyrone Crawford says he can make plays too, dammit.— Patrik Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) August 27, 2018
And to force the punt, we have another appearance by the Hot Boys! Gregory almost had his second sack on the night:
Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence at full capacity could be truly devastating for opposing teams. Can mask a lot of growing pains with Dallas' young secondary.— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) August 27, 2018
On the bright side, Randy Gregory doesn't look at all like a man who's playing his first football in essentially two years. #cowboyswire— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 27, 2018
It was LB Joe Thomas that delivered the massive hit on the Cardinals running back:
Joe Thomas is a monster pic.twitter.com/3GgxO0oPDp— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 27, 2018
Too bad every time the Cowboys get the ball on offense, Cooper Rush squanders the opportunity:
Pretty cool that Cooper Rush to Cole Beasley was super open cause it was 7-11 but pretty not cool that Cooper thought Cole was 7'11" when he threw it— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 27, 2018
Not Cooper Rush's best performance tonight.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 27, 2018
Cowboys punt, the fun is over as starting defense is done for the preseason:
The first team defense is done. It has not given up a touchdown all preseason— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 27, 2018
Well, it took all of one snap to notice the difference between the 1's and the 2's for the #Cowboys defense...— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 27, 2018
The second string did settle down after allowing a huge run and were able to hold the Cardinals to a field goal.
Cardinals 17, Cowboys 0
Talk about a missed opportunity, on the Cowboys next possession, Michael Gallup has Patrick Peterson beat deep but timing is everything:
Gallup beat Pat Peterson. Mistimed jump or not... that’s a great sign for the rookie WR.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) August 27, 2018
Did I say the fun was over on defense? I was wrong as in a few short moments the sequence went as follows:
Joe Thomas chases Christian Kirk down on a punt return attempt:
Joe Thomas chasing down Christian Kirk - inject it into my veins— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 27, 2018
Then Justin March-Lillard blows up the Cardinals offense followed by Charvarius Ward (my pet cat) gets the defense off the field.
Cooper Rush starts connecting with his receivers and is on a roll with Cole Beasley but eventually Rush couldn’t help himself:
ugh - was just about to tweet about this drive being something to feel confident about Cooper Rush... then bam, endzone INT— KD Drummond (@KDDrummondNFL) August 27, 2018
The Cowboys trail 17-0 at halftime after just a miserable first-half performance by the offense. The Cowboys have six first downs, one third-down conversion and 111 yards. Cooper Rush, the No. 2 quarterback, has been intercepted twice. Rush has not... https://t.co/iGnz0DE4SK— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 27, 2018
This game finally reaches halftime but now the Cowboys have more concerns:
Joe Looney appeared to hurt his snapping hand while making the tackle on that INT. Doctors looking at him on the bench— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 27, 2018
Who’s the backup center’s backup?
#Cowboys second half should be a showcase for JACOB OHNESORGE.— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) August 27, 2018
Jason Garrett on the first half: “I thought there were some good things. I thought the defense played particularly well. The Cardinals couldn't get anything going offensively. We defended the run. We rushed the passer. We made plays on the back end on the ball."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 27, 2018
It is halftime, my dudes.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 27, 2018
Cooper Rush, and honestly almost everything about the offense, was pretty bad. It seemed like Joey Looney played well, which is great news for the starting offense..
Dallas defense continues to look fantastic at all three levels.
It's 17-0 Arizona at halftime. Cowboys with five turnovers, two INTs by Cooper Rush, two muffed punts, a fumble but they've gained more yards than Arizona, 111-105— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 27, 2018
Don’t praise them too soon Mr. Helman, these backups...OUCH!
T.J. Logan takes off with a 59-yard TD pic.twitter.com/ORF8yZnkAd— TheRenderNFL (@TheRenderNFL) August 27, 2018
Kris Richard was on the sideline looking for the culprit of that missed tackle, here you go coach!
Kris Richard makes you as a Cowboys fan feel _____? pic.twitter.com/Loim4H88oW— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 27, 2018
Marqueston Huff has had a terrible night.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 27, 2018
Cardinals 24, Cowboys 0
The Cowboys decide to put a different quarterback in the game, Mike White takes over but Blake Jarwin lets him down:
Blake Jarwin just fumbled. It's six turnovers and counting for the Cowboys tonight. This is a career-high for me in a preseason game.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 27, 2018
that's exactly what concerns me the most about Blake Jarwin...is he strong enough yet to hold onto the football?— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) August 27, 2018
That is the ... sixth? Turnover by the Cowboys.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 27, 2018
Thank god this *isn't* a true dress rehearsal.
The Cowboys defense didn’t allow the Cardinals to take advantage of that fumble though as Jourdan Lewis was there again. It’s been a nice night for Lewis, who’s battling to start as the nickel corner.
Really nice to see Jourdan Lewis putting together a good game tonight.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 27, 2018
The Dallas cornerbacks really seem to be putting together a nice game. Chido looked great in the beginning, while Lewis and Ward have been jumping out often during these middle quarters. A nice positive for a unit that hadn't been great in the other games. #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 27, 2018
The Cowboys were pinned deep on the punt and it took all the effort they could muster not to give up a safety. Cowboys punt again.
This Redskins reporter must be new but “Mother Football” let him know what’s up:
Cowboys didn't play most of their offensive starters. Hard to make any judgements based on Dak, Zeke, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, etc. not playing. https://t.co/M7aUFRfQL5— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) August 27, 2018
Go get him, she’s a Hall of Famer, y’all better recognize!
Does anyone nationally understand the Cowboys didn't play most of their offensive starters? I'm seeing tweets about how good the Cardinals look. Did you watch the Cardinals' starting offense vs. the Cowboys' starting defense?— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) August 27, 2018
Mike White began to move the ball much better on his next possession:
Mike White was 8 of 8 for 71 yards in the third quarter. #cowboyswire— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 27, 2018
RB3 Battle Watch: Is Darius Jackson leading Bo Scarbrough at the moment?
Darius Jackson is pushing Bo Scarbrough hard for that RB3 spot. He's hitting the holes well. Bo looks indecisive at times.— John Owning (@JohnOwning) August 27, 2018
Can it get any worse for these backup quarterbacks tonight? The answer is yes, it can:
The Cowboys just committed their seventh turnover, some dude named Cap Capi, beats Cameron Fleming to force the strip sack on Mike White.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 27, 2018
Perhaps the most promising drive of the entire night for the Cowboys offense, so naturally it ends in the seventh turnover of the night.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 27, 2018
This is the woofiest performance to ever woof.
Everyone can second this opinion, our sincere condolences for such bad football:
Let me repeat this for those who missed it in the first half https://t.co/9UN2u38fJH— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 27, 2018
On the Cowboys next offensive possession, penalties galore:
If Cowboys keep holding on every play, Mike White will never throw an incompletion.— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) August 27, 2018
Anybody want to guess how 3rd and 20+ ended for Mike White? You guessed it, lucky number 8:
Eight turnovers and now you understand why nearly 40 guys will not have a #Cowboys helmet come next Sunday.— Patrik Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) August 27, 2018
Cowboys have more turnovers (8) than punts (6)— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 27, 2018
Can Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, or anyone else just be the Cowboys backup QB?
Maybe the Cowboys will go with only one quarterback on the 53— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 27, 2018
Cardinals ball again but the Cowboys defense still fighting until the end, bless them:
Cardinals kick the field goal, it’s Cardinals 27, Cowboys 0 and we’re finally under the two-minute warning.
Though it’s hard to look back at this game for positives, Brett Maher made a field goal in the end to save the Cowboys from shutout shame:
This was undoubtedly a horrifically awful game of football, particularly from the Dallas offense.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 27, 2018
But the Cowboys got useful tape to watch on their young players. And they got over the final preseason hurdle with no major injuries. That’s A-OK with me. #cowboyswire
It’s the very definition of beating yourselves:
Total Yards— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) August 27, 2018