Bob Kemp

CARDINALS 19, COWBOYS 16

BOTTOMLINE
       *KLIFF KINGSBURY HAS ALTERED HIS OFFENSE: More than occasionally the quarterback lined up under center, and not in shotgun formation, which immediately opens up the playbook. Most significant was lining up under center in some short yardage downs.
        *MATT PRATER WAS NEAR-PERFECT: The new Cardinals kicker nailed all four field goal attempts and was a touchback machine.
        *ROOKIE CORNER MARCO WILSON LIVED UP TO HYPE: Wilson, a training camp standout, was frequently praised by Kliff Kingsbury before the impressive coverage display during the pre-season opener. The Cardinals traded up to select Wilson after he surprisingly dropped to the fourth round.
        *ENO BENJAMIN WAS BUSY: The ASU alum carried five times for 50 yards and rushed for the Cardinals lone touchdown. Benjamin was inactive all 16 games last season, largely because he did not play on special teams. On Friday night, he returned kicks (three for 84 yards with a long of 35 yards) and was part of the kickoff team.
        *THE CARDINALS WERE WITHOUT 13 POSSIBLE STARTERS FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS: Robert Alford, Budda Baker, Malcolm Butler, James Connor, A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Chandler Jones, Andy Isabella, Kyler Murray, Corey Peters, Jordan Phillips, J.J. Watt and Brian Winters did not play.
        *THERE WERE MANY INJURIES: The Cardinals lost at least running back Jonathan Ward (lower leg) and safety Chris Banjo (arm). The injury to Ward increases the chances of the previously mentioned Benjamin to make the Week One roster … The Cowboys lost at least five players, including starting defensive tackle Neville Gallimore who suffered what Mike McCarthy called “a significant elbow injury”.