Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals preview: Point spread, prediction for Week 3 clash

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Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse (1) holds the ball in the end zone after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)

The undefeated Dallas Cowboys (2-0) will head to State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona this Sunday to take on the Arizona Cardinals (0-2).

Dallas is coming off an impressive 30-10 win over the New York Jets. The offense racked up nearly 400 yards against one of the better defenses in the NFL. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns and CeeDee Lamb had a huge game with 11 receptions for 143 yards. Running back Tony Pollard accounted for 109 total yards (72 rushing, 37 receiving).

The Cowboys’ defense was the story with Micah Parsons recording two sacks and the Dallas pass rush harassing Jets quarterback Zach Wilson into three interceptions. Special teams were a big part of the Cowboys’ victory as well with Brandon Aubrey going 5-for-5 on field goals.

Arizona looked like it was headed toward its first win of the season after storming out to a 20-0 halftime lead over the New York Giants. But the Giants staged a huge second-half rally to win 31-28. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs had a solid game with 228 yards passing, 41 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Running back James Conner had 106 yards on 23 carries.

The Cowboys’ fast start has impressed the oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook. Dallas has improved its odds to +800 to win the Super Bowl. That puts the Cowboys as the 4th-best favorite on the board behind the Chiefs (+550), 49ers (+650) and Eagles (+750). The Eagles are also a slight +100 favorite to win the NFC East with Dallas at +110.

Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals

Time/TV: 3:25 p.m. CT (Fox)

Point Spread: Cowboys -12.5

Over/Under: 42.5

Moneyline: Cowboys -670; Cardinals +490

Analysis: Arizona was expected to struggle this season and last week’s loss to the Giants is a crushing blow with the Cowboys on tap. Dallas should be able to keep the offense rolling while team defense harasses Dobbs into some early mistakes to start the blowout. The crowd at State Farm Stadium will likely make this sound like a Cowboys home game.

Prediction: Cowboys 38, Cardinals 10

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