Preseason isn’t the most exciting football, but as a football fan, you have to respect the process. Preseason gives us the chance to look at draft picks and new additions to the team over the off-season.
Not only does preseason give us an idea of how the team will mesh this season, but it also gives us FOOTBALL, after a long six months without it. This year, there are only three preseason games, but that is because we now get 17 regular-season games.
The Cardinals’ first preseason game is exactly six months before the Super Bowl and they will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys, who are coming off a loss in the Hall of Fame game. State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, recently partnered with BetMGM to open a sportsbook inside the stadium by the 2022 season.
Cardinals And Cowboys Game Preview
It is worth noting that most of the big-name Arizona players will probably not suit up for the game. They will still be on the field, but quarterback Kyler Murray will most likely not play at all. And if he does, it would only be for a snap or two. There is no sense risking injury to the star QB when he really doesn’t need the preseason experience under his belt. JJ Watt is recovering from an injury, so he most likely won’t be playing either. Deandre Hopkins might be out there for a couple of plays, but you can expect rookies to be getting most of the playing time like the Cardinals’ first-round draft pick, Zaven Collins. Other draft picks like Rondale Moore, Marco Wilson, and James Wiggins will also take the field.
It will be the same with the Cowboys. Quarterback Dak Prescott will not be playing, mainly due to his injury. In fact, he didn’t even travel with his team to the HOF game. You might see some of the offense step out for a couple of plays like wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back Ezekiel Elliott. But again, the Cowboys’ draft picks like Micah Parson, Kelvin Joseph, and Jabril Cox will be playing most of the game.
As for the coaching staff, both head coaches are under pressure this year to produce a winning season. Last season was Mike McCarthy’s first season as the Cowboys head coach and the team ended the season with a 6-10 record.
Kliff Kingsbury returns for his third year as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The team barely missed the playoffs last year, finishing the season with an 8-8 record.
Arizona Cardinals Sports Betting Odds
Sports betting in Arizona doesn’t launch until September 9, so you won’t get a chance to actually wager on this game. But it is still worth noting the odds.
For Arizona’s first preseason game on August 13, PointsBet has the Cardinals at -2 and the over/under at 40.
As for the Super Bowl, FanDuel has the Cowboys at +2800 to win it all and the Cardinals at +4800.
How To Watch/Listen To The Cardinals NFL Preseason Week 1 Game
- Date: Friday, September 13
- Time: 7:00 PM MST
- Location: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
- TV: NFL Network