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, Senator and notable Arizona Cardinals fan.To begin, David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald were held out of playing, in addition to Josh Rosen, which was a surprise to some.Fellow starters DT Corey Peters, DT Robert Nkemdiche and DT Olsen Pierre had already been ruled out due to injury ahead of the game.The game re-debuted a much maligned...(or praised?) feature on 3rd down called “the green zone” that showed the entire distance to gain on 3rd down rather than not just a yellow line.It was met with a mixed response.It was met with a mixed response on social media:What are your thoughts on the new NBC graphic?Anyway, on to football:The game began with the Cardinals forcing a 3 and out of the Cowboys before taking over.With another J.J. Nelson drop on 2nd down:The Cardinals ended up forcing their 9TH turnover of the preseason on the ensuing punt, and took over on offense.That’s where the struggles began...Sam Bradford was under duress early and often, taking big hits fromboth D.J. Humphries and Andre Smith blowing the pass blocks.And then of course...To the chagrin of many Cardinals fans, Rosen was not bound to play after his injury (and considering the first team offensive line woes, perhaps it was for the best).Rosen ended up not playing in the game, but clearly he still managed to still find a way to enjoy himself:But with Rosen out of the picture, what narrative would rule the day?(Turnovers, of course).The sheer amount of turnovers was the story of the night, with a second fumbled punt by Dallas being housed by the Cardinals for 6.Listen below from former Colts punter Pat McAfee as he went viral praising Cardinals punter Andy Lee with one of the funniest color commentary bits you will have heard in a long time:And some more praise for the play of special teams as well:That would be #30 and special teams ace Rudy Ford, thank you.Not to be outdone by the transition team, Patrick Peterson decided to welcome himself back to the discussion for “Best Corner in the NFL.” with a telegraphed interception for 6 points.It was all special teams and Cards D in Big D.The Cowboys offense got a few first downs and missed a few deep shots, but all in all it was a defensive game.Chase Edmonds, wonder rookie extraordinaire, showed what he can do when he gets some space up the middle in the running game.Edmonds ended with a solid day overall in relief of David Johnson Alright, it’s nearly halftime so stop me if you’ve heard this before but the Cardinals defense forced ANOTHER turnover...this time from Budda.That makes 5.Overall, it was a solid night with 6 defensive turnovers and two on special teams, with 14 points directly from those plays.Players with a takeaway in this game?Get ready for it....One player who did NOT have a takeaway (because they didn’t suit up) was a former 2016 3rd round cornerback:Ruh-roh.Most likely he was injured and not playing but in a make-or-break year for the guyAt halftime, it was tough not to throw a bit of shade at the Dallas Cowboys and their more recent quarterback history:So where was the offense in the game?Well, it finally came in the 3rd quarter from T.J. Logan in substituting for the injured D.J. Foster with a 59-yard dart right up the middle.Logan had a few times he looked electric on the night.And then, it was on to the 4th quarter.Which meant only one thing...Cap Capi, preseason sack master, was back-backey, forcing a strip-sack and fumble recovery and then celebrated in true “Dallas” fashion with the photo of the night:You rock that moment, Cap.Unfortunately, Capi ended up taking on an injury and came out of the game late, no new update on his status right now.Fans were dismayed.Fortunately Womens Chandler Jones Jersey
, Cap seems like he’ll be alright as he tries to fight for a spot on the final 53:To sum up...You see this tweet below?The Cardinals just forced another turnover in the time it took to read that.8 in all for the game.Now, it’s just preseason.So there’s no room to truly overreact.But....!We’ll leave it on this note from the Cardinals’ play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch and former NFL star Reggie Bush:What are your thoughts?Are you buying into the defensive hype?Do you have concerns about the offense?Sound off in the comments below! Five games into the season, the Arizona Cardinals' offense is running like some old car with a sputtering engine.The Cardinals (1-4) rank 31st out of 32 teams in total offense (210 yards a game), 31st in passing offense (146 yards per game) and dead last in rushing offense (64.6 yards per game). This with a team that features one of the best running backs in the NFL in David Johnson."Well, we've definitely got to improve in that area," Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said after Wednesday's practice. "We've got to make sure that we put the ball in the end zone, No. 1, get more points, and that starts with being more effective upfront, from a standpoint of getting movement, being able to run the ball, being able to protect. Also, taking advantage of our opportunities. When the ball's thrown, we've got to make sure we make the catch."Arizona made much of its rebuilt offensive line this season, with D.J. Humphries at left tackle, Mike Iupati at left guard, rookie Mason Cole at center and Justin Pugh at right guard. Andre Smith was brought in to play right tackle, but his time has been limited by injuries, leaving the job to John Wetzel."We definitely can play better, without a doubt," Wilks said of the O-line. "I think if you asked those guys that question, they'd tell you the same thing — too inconsistent, not running the ball well. We've got to do a much better job in that area."Two seasons ago, Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards and caught 80 passes for 879 yards. He led the NFL in yards from scrimmage and touchdowns. He went down with a season-ending wrist injury in last year's opener and hasn't found much room to run this year.Through four games, Johnson has 242 yards rushing on 74 carries, 3.3 yards per attempt. He's caught 15 passes for 120 yards."Just keep grinding," Johnson said when asked how he was holding up through the difficulties, "just keep grinding and doing what they pay me to do, doing what the coaches, my teammates expect me to do Authentic D.J. Humphries Jersey
, and we'll get through it."But what needs to be done to improve things in a hurry? The Cardinals play at Minnesota on Sunday."Fixing my mistakes," said Johnson, known to be his own worst critic, "and continue to give them confidence in the run game."Wilks knows he needs more out of Johnson, whom he called "one of the top running backs in the league.""I think we're doing some great things in practice," Wilks said. "You can see the progress there. You've just got to understand that it goes at a totally different tempo with those guys on the other side of the ball. So, it really comes back to really just execution and understanding that you've got to take advantage of each opportunity because this could be the difference in the game."Wilks doesn't think teams are keying on Johnson."I wouldn't say that," he said. "We've got to do a better job, as I mentioned before, of just trying to spread him around a little bit, get him in different areas, get him out of the backfield some, loosen up the defense a little bit and really take what they're giving us."Rookie Josh Rosen is preparing to make his third start. He knows things aren't clicking for the offense yet, at least not consistently."I think we all have areas we need to improve on," he said. "We had maybe one sack last game, and it was my fault. I held the ball a little too long in the two-minute, so I think everyone's playing pretty well. We have just one-off mental mistakes everywhere. Like me, linemen, receivers, running backs, some people make one mistake, but when you have eight or nine people making one mistake on separate plays, you almost just want to be like, 'All right guys, let's all screw up this first play together and then play great from then on.'"It's just about locking in and staying focused. We've all got things to get better on."NOTES: Johnson took a ride in a jet fighter Tuesday and said it was "a lot of fun" although he almost passed out. ... DE Chandler Jones was chosen NFC defensive player of the week after getting six tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and pass defensed in Arizona's 28-18 win at San Francisco. ... Iupati (shoulder) and Humphries (knee) were among those who sat out Wednesday's practice. Wilks said he expects both to play on Sunday.