Cardinals preparing for an Ezekiel Elliott who will be 'ready to roll'

Arizona's speedy wide receiver J.J. Nelson could be a game changer on Monday night

Arizona's speedy wide receiver J.J. Nelson could be a game changer on Monday night

They looked strong in their season opener against the New York Giants, where they finally got over the hump to take down their divisional rival for the first time in two seasons, but fell apart in their loss to the Broncos.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said two main reasons the Broncos had success against the Cowboys stood out in the film study: Denver got and held on to the lead, forcing the Cowboys to pass and essentially rendering Elliott useless; and Broncos linebacker Von Miller. While Arians' response was a amusing one, it also served as a reminder that only so much can be taken from a prior result due in large part to the differences in personnel. Denver's defense is ridiculously good, ESPECIALLY at home.

Prescott was 30-of-50 passing for 238 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns.

Mobile quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott - not to mention the 20,000-plus Cowboys fans who will infiltrate UOP Stadium - will be too much for the Cards to handle. It's hard to get separation whenever a defensive back is holding onto you as if he's escorting you to the prom. He completed less than half his passes in twice - that NY game and in a win over Philadelphia last October.

Atlanta (2-0) at Detroit (2-0): The only matchup of 2-0 teams, one somewhat expected, the other a surprise.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones. They spent a long five-plus weeks in the building for training camp, but then came four straight road games, including the final two of the preseason.

If the Cowboys want to win, they will have to improve their running attack, and Elliott must do better with his carries, as to take some pressure off Prescott's shoulders.

The Cardinals (1-1) won 16-13 at Indianapolis in Week 2, but the win didn't quell the growing doubts about whether they're playoff material. What was more frightening his inaccuracy in missing some rare open targets throughout the game. While Wide Receiver J.J. Nelson hauled in 5 Receptions for 120 Yards, the rest of the Cardinals just chose to sit back and take it easy. Following an embarrassing loss to the Denver Broncos a week ago, Dallas now travels to Arizona looking for some measure of redemption.

He set career lows in 10 different rushing categories last weekend, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Arizona WR J.J. After throwing for 332 yards, Carson Palmer was able to find JJ Nelson for a 45-yard TD pass with 7:47 left in the 4th. He has seven TDs in his past seven games. He has eight sacks, three forced fumbles and two recoveries in his past nine home games. This pretty much forced football fans to either focus their love of the game to college or simply pick a professional team that seemed like a good idea at the time.

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