DALLAS COWBOYS (1-1)
at ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
University of Phoenix Stadium
Preseason Series Record: Arizona leads the series 3-0
Last Preseason Meeting: Dallas 11, at Arizona 13, Aug. 13, 2005
Regular Season Series Record: Dallas leads series 55-31-1
Last Regular Season Meeting: Dallas 13, at Arizona 19 (OT), Dec. 4, 2011
Cowboys & Cardinals
The Cowboys and Cardinals have squared off against each other 87 times during the regular season, but have faced each other only three times during preseason action. Dallas has only faced three other teams — Philadelphia, N.Y. Giants and Washington — more than the 87 times they have faced the Cardinals in regular season action.
The Cowboys and Cardinals have faced each other three times in preseason action, with the last time during the 2005 season when Dallas dropped a 13-11 contest at Arizona. The Cardinals are one of 13 teams that Dallas has faced three times or less in preseason action.
Season Series: The Cowboys and Cardinals have squared off 87 times, with Dallas winning 55 of those contests.
* The Cowboys have won 22 of the last 31 meetings.
* Dallas had a 13-game win streak over Arizona (1990-96), the longest win streak against an opponent in club history.
* Since the Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988, the clubs have met 36 times with Dallas holding a 23-13 record. Of those 36 times, 19 games have been played in the desert with Dallas holding a 9-10 record.
Notes from Oakland 19, Dallas 17 game (Aug. 9)
Tony Romo made his first appearance of the preseason, getting the start and passing for 88 yards on six-of-eight passes while playing for two series (38-yard field goal and a 26-yard blocked field goal) into the second quarter. Kyle Orton then took over for the remainder of the second quarter, finishing a perfect 6-of-6 for 52 yards with a 15-yard scoring pass to Cole Beasley — the first passing touchdown of the preseason for Dallas. Nick Stephens opened the second half, playing through the complete third quarter and a portion of the fourth, to complete 7-of-12
passes for 78 yards and one interception while leading the offense on a touchdown drive. Alex Tanney finished the game late in the fourth quarter, passing for eight yards on 1of-6 passes.
Demarco Murray made the start and his first appearance in the preseason, gaining eight yards on two carries and caught one pass for 11 yards while playing in two series into the second quarter. Lance Dunbar entered the contest next and contributed 21 yards on three carries while also hauling in three passes for 15 yards. Joseph Randle scored his first touchdown of the preseason on a one-yard rush in the fourth quarter while totaling 16 yards on eight carries and one catch for 15 yards in the game. Phillip Tanner added seven rushes for 25 yards.
Miles Austin (two receptions, 22 yards) and Dez Bryant (three receptions for a team-high 55 yards) made their first appearances of the preseason as the starting wide receivers. Cole Beasley tied for the team-high with three receptions for 49 yards and caught a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter — the first receiving touchdown of the preseason. He left the game shortly after with a left foot injury. Anthony Amos (two receptions, 20 yards), Jared Green (two receptions, 15 yards), Tim Benford (one reception, 12 yards), Anthony Armstrong (one reception, 11 yards) and Danny Coale (one reception, one yard) all made catches in the contest. Terrance Williams (concussion) did not play.
Jason Witten joined the rest of the first-team starters with his first appearance in the preseason, but did not make a catch. No tight end on the roster recorded a reception either.
The starting line consisted of LT Tyron Smith, LG Ronald Leary, C Travis Frederick, RG Mackenzy Bernadeau and RT Doug Free. Together, the first-team line played in tact for two quarters, producing 10 points (38-yard FG, 15-yard passing touchdown). The line re-shuffled in the second half as LT Darrion Weems, LG David Arkin, C Phil Costa, RG Travis Frederick and RT Edawn Coughman stepped in and had one scoring drive (one-yard touchdown run) to their credit.
MLB Sean Lee (three tackles, a half sack and one pass defensed) and WLB Bruce Carter (one tackle) made their first appearances of the preseason while starting alongside SLB Justin Durant. Brandon Magee (three tackles), Cameron Lawrence (three tackles), Ernie Sims (three tackles), DeVonte Holloman (two tackles), Deon Lacey (one tackle, one sack and a quarterback hurry), Caleb McSurdy (one tackle), Taylor Reed (one tackle) all produced defensive statistics.
DeMarcus Ware appeared in his first preseason game and started while tallying two tackles. Making up the rest of the starting defensive line were LDE George Selvie (two tackles), DT Jason Hatcher (one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery) and DT Nick Hayden. Jeris Pendleton (two tackles), Jerome Long (two tackles), Ben Bass (one tackle), Jabari Fletcher (one tackle) and Kyle Wilber (one tackle) all made defensive stops.
LCB Brandon Carr made his first preseason appearance with the start but did not record any stats. With Morris Claiborne (knee) sidelined, RCB Orlando Scandrick was the other starting corner but did not have any stats. B.W. Webb (three tackles), Xavier Brewer (two tackles), Brandon Underwood (two tackles) and Sterling Moore (one tackle and a pass breakup) all contributed in the secondary.
At the safety position, FS Barry Church (two tackles) and SS Will Allen were the starters. Wilcox led all Dallas tacklers with six stops along with an interception and a pass breakup. Eric Frampton (five tackles and a pass breakup) and Danny McCray (one tackle) also made contributions to the defense.