The NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (7-4) take their four-game winning streak on the road, as they travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals (4-7).
The Cowboys’ recent winning streak has them sitting atop of the NFC East, while the Cardinals have been struggling, trying to find answers for their passing game. Both teams come into this game with good rushing attacks. The Cowboys are led by rookie DeMarco Murray, and the Cardinals are led by Beanie Wells.
Where: Univ. Of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix
When: Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:15 p.m. EST
Betting Line: According to SBG Global, The Cowboys are a 4.5 point favorite. You should take the Cowboys here to cover. Arizona has been unable to throw the ball since starting quarterback Kevin Kolb went down to an injury. Plus the Cowboys come in with the 10th-best rushing defense in the NFL.
Betting Over/Under: According to SBG Global, the over/under is 45.5. Take the over as both the Cowboys and Cardinals come into this game averaging 24 and 19 points per game, respectively. Dallas will have this game won by the start of the fourth quarter, while Arizona will score a couple of late touchdowns.
Who Might Not Play For Dallas:
No injuries to report for the Cowboys, as WR Miles Austin looks to be back this week.
Who Might Not Play for Arizona:
QB Kevin Kolb: Kolb is questionable with turf toe. There is a chance he returns this week.
RB Beanie Wells: Wells is questionable with a knee injury. However, it seems like he’s questionable every week with an injury.
TE: Todd Heap: Heap is probable with a hamstring injury.
Fantasy Big Players:
Dallas, QB Tony Romo: For as criticized as Romo has been as an NFL quarterback, he has been a great fantasy football quarterback this year. This week against the No. 25 passing defense from the Cardinals, he will have a big day. You can expect to see a final stat line of 325 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Dallas, RB DeMarco Murray: If you play in a league where you are rewarded 10 points for 100 yards, then Murray is the perfect running back. In this game, against a defense that is giving up 120 rushing yards per game, Murray will rush for another 100-plus yards. However, just like every week, he will struggle to find his way into the end zone.
Dallas, WR Dez Bryant: Bryant has been Dallas’ best receiver this year. However, with the returning Austin this week, he will see some of his production dip this week. Nevertheless, Bryant is a must-start this week. He will still get five to eight targets, and will have 75-100 yards with a touchdown.
Key to Dallas win:
The Cowboys have to contain Wells. Once they take out Beanie from the Arizona offense, they become one-dimensional.
The Cowboys must get Romo going early. When Romo is hitting his receivers early while working into a groove, he is very successful.
The Cowboys must get Austin into the passing game. Miles is coming back after suffering his second hamstring injury. The Cowboys will need him during their playoff push.
Key to Arizona win:
The Cardinals must get Wells heavily involved in the offense. Last week Wells rushed for 228 yards in a win. He has to have a big game if the Cardinals look to get two in a row.
The Cardinals must get the ball to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is their best player on offense. Last week they went away from him, only getting the talented receiver three catches for 55 yards. 41 of those yards came on one catch.
The Cardinals must get pressure on Romo. When Romo is hit often and early, it forces him to make quicker throws. Those throws result in easy interceptions for the opposing secondaries.
Prediction: The Cardinals are coming into this game after rushing for a season-high 268 yards. However, that was against the league's worst rushing defense in St. Louis. The Cowboys are starting to get healthy, and are starting to become a multi-dimensional offensive team.
They have too much skill and talent for Arizona to keep up this week.
Dallas 38 - Arizona 20.